Word of the day: 필승

Have you seen students in dramas wear some sort of “bandana” around their foreheads while studying for exams? Ever wondered what they write on them?

Firstly, it’s mostly a drama thing; Very few Koreans actually do that nowadays so I and my language partner have been joking about getting some cloth, writing on them and taking pictures of us wearing them. But some of the things you might see written are:

필승 (必勝) ~ roughly translates into “resolve” or “victory at any cost”.
열공 ~ shortened version of 열심히 공부하다.

These days I’m revising for the first of my finals and 필승 is my motto.

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