What’s “MOLLA”? Learn a K-POP word (KWOW #44)

Professor Oh April 10, 2012 36

MOLLA (몰라) means “I don’t know.” This is informal so use this version towards friends and those younger than you. When speaking to the elders, always remember to add a “yo” at the end of “molla.” Mollayo.

Time to develop your ear to hear MOLLA in songs and more! Can you find where Girls’ Generation sings “MOLLA” in their song “Gee”?

Did you find it? MOLLA is sung at 2:05!
Korean: (몰라몰라몰라몰라) 몰라몰라 하며
Romanization: (Molla Molla Molla Molla ) Molla Molla hamyuh
English: (I don’t know, don’t know, don’t know, don’t know) While saying I don’t know, don’t know

Next song! Where do you hear MOLLA in 2NE1′s “Ugly”? Listen carefully.

Ready for the answer? MOLLA is found in Minzy’s part at 1:47.

(민지)날 쉽게 이해한다고 하지마
못생기고 삐뚤어진 내 마음이 널 원망할지도 몰라

(Minzy) Don’t say you understand me so easily
You don’t know, but my ugly, crooked heart may come to resent you.

Can you spot the first MOLLA sung in T-ara’s “Roly Poly”?

Did you find it? It was at 5:10!

For you SHINee lovers out there, here’s Taemin singing “Molla” (originally sung by Uhm Jung-hwa back in the 90s). Can you spot the third MOLLA he sings?

Answer time! He sings the third MOLLA at 1:31.

***Are you ready for the GRAND FINALE QUESTION?***

How many MOLLA’s can you find in FT Island’s “Girls Don’t Know”? Write your answer in the comment area below! The first three people to get the right answer get a reply from their favorite KWOW host :) Post ONE number and tell us your favorite host by this Saturday, April 14, midnight PST.


  1. Marty LaPierre February 23, 2014 at 7:52 am - Reply

    I have recommended this site to my friends in the military stationed in Korea and on Guam. You don’t know how many days we have all walked around Korean cities baffled by what we saw around us. Professor Oh’s explanations are very informative and fun to watch. A Must see for all US military personnel who will socialize with Koreans on a daily basis.

  2. Chungee February 22, 2014 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Apink’s song I don’t know has a lot of mollayo

  3. Mickey July 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    2pm’s Again & Again has a lot of “molla” in the chours

  4. pwillow1Rr June 25, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    Teen Top also uses “molla” several times in their new single “Miss Right.”

  5. PRIMADONA April 1, 2013 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Ft Island !! Girls don’t know !! My favourite song !!

  6. Duyen February 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    BIGBANG song Bad Boy also uses MOLLA in the beginning of their song.

  7. Courtney December 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Does anyone know what “mollaseo” means? I’ve heard it like this before too and I can’t figure out the distinction between molla/mollayo and mollaseo. I’ve also heard “moreugeseoyo” as meaning “I don’t know.” Are they related terms?

  8. Miharu June 9, 2012 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Lol First song “Gee” XD Thats what I thought too

  9. Pinkgloom May 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Love it as always :)

  10. Cassandra April 30, 2012 at 6:18 am - Reply

    And I like the new girl in town Madison-ssi. Yeppeuda!

  11. Cassandra April 30, 2012 at 6:15 am - Reply

    How many “molla”? Molla! :) btw. it’s been a while that since the last time I open this site. I like the changes. :)) neomo Joayo!

  12. Precious France Maglente April 19, 2012 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    um prof. oh,… i think you missed the song “molla” “i dont know” by Apink this songs states a clear use of molla:) just saying:))

  13. Gabriel April 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I thought of Roly-Poly too omg that’s my favorite part of the song :p

  14. Brooke~ April 11, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Gah, love that song; Hongki’s voice is just gorgeous.
    Taemin >___<
    Biases everywhere!

    • PRIMADONA April 1, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

      Yes !! Hong Ki voice is adorable !!

  15. emmy-la April 11, 2012 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I heard 24 mollas :D I would like to hear from Billy-Jin! I love her enthusiasm and aegyo!

  16. myoijin April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Holy cow~ That’s a lot of MOLLA’s! O~O;;

  17. DeAndra April 11, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    i heard 21 “molla”s i hope that right….i would love to hear from Billy Jin if i get picked :) she’s my fav…i need her to teach me more about aegyo :)

  18. Büsra Yvzr April 11, 2012 at 5:30 am - Reply

    I think it was 24 times

  19. Ryan (64packets) April 11, 2012 at 3:37 am - Reply

    I think there was 23

  20. MinHyun April 11, 2012 at 3:19 am - Reply

    INFINITE has a song named “Molla”

  21. Tomo April 11, 2012 at 12:39 am - Reply

    molla we can find in fx-nu abo video too :) i was wondering what does that mean-now i finally know :)

  22. markedria April 11, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply


  23. Laly April 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    25 ?

  24. Vanessa Tan April 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    I heard 23-24! =) I thought one of them was Molla but it sounded a bit like nolla haha

    • sweetandtastytv April 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      24 is correct! Who’s your favorite KWOW host? Ask them a question and they will reply to you :)

      • Precious April 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm - Reply

        um prof. oh,… i think you missed the song “molla” “i dont know” by Apink this songs states a clear use of molla:) just saying:))

      • Precious April 19, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

        here is the link of “mollayo”=>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ldfUBGW918

      • Vanessa Tan April 20, 2012 at 5:21 am - Reply

        My favourite is Billy Jin! =) haha which K-pop band does she like best? =)

        • sweetandtastytv April 20, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

          Hey Vanessa! I have sooooo many favorite bands! Hehe~ Right now I really, really love 2NE1 :D Once again, nice job on finding 24 molla’s! Keep up the good work~ Love, Billy Jin ;)

  25. Tiarni Johnston April 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    I heard 24!! I hope that’s right O_O my fingers and toes ran out after a while :)

    • sweetandtastytv April 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Congratulations! There were 24. Who’s your favorite KWOW host? Ask them a question and they will reply to you :)

  26. Cody Anderson April 10, 2012 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Eeshipsa of course!

    • sweetandtastytv April 16, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Indeed there are 24! Who’s your favorite KWOW host? Ask them a question and they will reply to you :)

  27. Diana April 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    CNBLUE’s “I’m A Loner” also has “molla” in the chorus :D Keke, thank you for this week’s kwow :D

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