As a Korean Language enthusiast, I sometimes find my self uttering some of Korean expressions or words. Like the word 아이구 – aigoo or 아이씨 just comes out when I am a little irritated, dismayed or disappointed. Watching Korean dramas and movies makes you notice these common expressions that people would use in regular conversation.
From one drama to another this expression without even looking at dictionary or consulting my super helpful Korean friends, the word 깜짝이야 (kkamjjagiya) is an expression of surprise.
I hear it a lot of times although it’s a bit too long for an expression of surprise compared to my native language. Here is a video of how it is said, the video is taken from posts of learnkoreanwithlily from Youtube.
In Filipino language when we are surprised, we typically utter random words like kalabaw (cow), huh, susmaryosep, etc but Koreans actually have the word for it 🙂