How to express PAIN in Korean (KWOW #48)

Professor Oh May 8, 2012 17

How do you communicate your physical and emotional pains in Korean? Let KWOW #48 teach you a lesson! :)

Think you can recognize APA and APEUDA? Test yourself with these exercises. Answers are located at end of this blog entry.

Question #1: When does the 3rd APA appear in 2AM’s “I Made a Mistake”?


Question #2: How many APAs can you find in this excerpt from “200 Pounds Beauty”?


Question #3: Where do you hear the 1st APA in Fly to the Sky’s performance of “Even Though My Heart Breaks”?

(Trivia: This song is an OST for the Korean drama “Fashion 70s.” See the original music video here.)

How many APAs are sung in 2NE1′s “It Hurts” music video?

Answer #1: The 3rd APA appears at 2:16 right after two APAs.

Answer #2: Two is the magic number!

Answer #3: Brian Joo sings the first APA at 1:47.

Answer #4: Write your answer in the comment section below with a question to Bongja. First *three* people to get the correct answer get a reply from this week’s KWOW host! No question, no reply. Good luck :)


  1. Andini Rizky May 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Professor Oh and friends. I love Wednesday because of you. 여러분들 때문에 수요일 좋아해져요.

  2. 애 차 May 12, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I love you! I look forward to KWow every Wednesday!! 사랑해요 선생님!! 아이고오오오오. 머리 아파.

  3. JimK May 12, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Oh yeah I forgot to ask question to bongja. Chirumun#…May I ask what kind of dishes do you like to to cook?

  4. JimK May 11, 2012 at 6:29 am - Reply

    13 “apa” and 2 “apayo”. If “apayo” is countes as apa then “15″.
    “apa” and “apayo” is same meaning?

  5. Pinkgloom May 9, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the new word!

  6. Xiao Vee May 9, 2012 at 10:08 am - Reply

    18? :) how many grandchild do you have?

  7. Menmei May 9, 2012 at 8:33 am - Reply

    15 times I believe.

  8. mk! May 9, 2012 at 8:05 am - Reply

    15! Bongja, whats your craziest story?

    • sweetandtastytv May 16, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

      Dear MK!,

      Very splendid. Your ears are functioning quite well because 15 is the correct answer. Granny Kim kept saying she heard “apa” 20 times. I think everything echos in her ears. Let’s see… Craziest story? I do have to keep it kid-friendly here, yes. Here’s a G-rated crazy-enough story: Granny Kim and I hitchhiked from Pyongyang to Seoul right before the Korean War began. We must’ve been 10 years old at the time. We slept in strangers’ houses and were fed amazing home-made food. Back then, you were able to trust everyone. I miss those days. Such a utopia.


  9. madihah May 9, 2012 at 6:33 am - Reply

    15 times ! ^_^
    How did you manage to keep your skin so smooth and fair ? =D

    • sweetandtastytv May 16, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

      Dear Madihah,

      Very fantastic. Your answer is correct. To answer your question: My smooth skin is the product of a lifetime’s worth of effort and patience. I love the sun, but I am disciplined enough to take only small doses of it. Always moisturize! Also, I never eat junk food. It speeds up the aging process.


  10. Ja May 9, 2012 at 6:05 am - Reply

    “cleasing cream” BEG: start with apa apa too :)

  11. Ramona G. Quimby May 9, 2012 at 5:12 am - Reply


  12. Firuze May 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    15 Times? I think, of i am not wrong… ^^.

    • Firuze May 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Hahaha look at my engrish ^^.

  13. Ryan (64Packets) May 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    how did you and granny Kim meet?

    • sweetandtastytv May 16, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Dear Ryan,

      Very good. 15 is the correct answer. To answer your question, Granny Kim and I met in elementary school. We used to visit each others’ houses and play all the time! We still do.


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