A Quick Guide to Asian Emoticons

We know that you may have emoticons of your own but we’re here to tell you that those are pretty basic if you compare it to the “kawaii” emoticons that Asians have. It’s close to impossible to compile every known emoticon in Asian history so a quick guide is in order.

Think again if you feel that emoticons are not necessary. You will totally need a quick guide when chatting with a newly found Asian friend. Besides virtual stickers, how else will your new friend know how you feel? How else will you express how you feel in a cute way? Emoticons!

Here’s our short compilation (or guide) with corresponding descriptions or meanings. Have fun:

Let’s start with simple emotions

( °٢° )  – Drooling over whatever it is that you’re talking about. Might be food, it might also be a boy.

ಠ⌣⌣⌣⌣⌣_ಠ – This is the face that says WTF. You know how to use this, definitely.

( ゚д゚) – WOAH! Surprised! or Shouting my lungs out!

(ΘεΘ) – I’m whistling and looking at the opposite direction. I’m ignoring you.

☜(⌒▽⌒)☞ – I’m an angel! Yeah!

( ̄ー ̄) – Possible Snorlax, the Pokemon.

(╬ ಠ益ಠ) – Extreme anger to the point where your vein is showing.

( ・∀・ )- Happy. They’re not boobs, they’re the emotion: HAPPY.
(´∀`)- Lalalalal! Feeling carefree.

Continuing with Korean Crying Emoticons

All of these emoticons convey that you are welling up in tears or you’re currently crying your eyes out to the point that they look like waterfalls. These are not to be taken literally, of course.

You can use them when you’re disappointed or tired or you have a lot of work (or homework) and etc. The top one is the most commonly used (like two “T”s put together, depending on the font).






Next up, emoticons useful for love or flirting

( ^)(^-^) – I’m giving you a kiss.
(*^3^)/ – I’m puckering up.
(^3^)/ – I’m sending you a kiss.
)^o^(  – Kiss, kiss, kiss.
( ^3^)/ – I’m blowing you a kiss.

(^^)/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~(((((;^^) – Catch me if you can!
(^_^)-c<^_^;)  – You’re cute, I’m pinching your cheeks.
(;^^)===C<T_T) – I’m pinching you and it hurts.

(((o(^¡^”)o))) – Trembling with joy.
((o(^°^)o)) – Excited about something and trembling with joy.
(o(^°^)o) – Trembling with joy some more.
o(^-^)o – I feel joyful.
o(^o^)o – I feel joyful with my mouth open. No kidding!

^_-)db(-_^) – We’re making a promise.

More emoticons when you feel embarrassed or annoyed

(>_<) (>.<) – This would be the face the Homer Simpson makes when he makes that sound. You know what it is and you know how it feels like. Use this emoticon if you feel that way.

(>_>) (¬_¬) – You’re so annoying or that’s so annoying.

(T_T) (T~T) (ToT) (T^T) – Other non-Korean crying emoticons.

ಠ_ಠ σ_σ – I despise you or I’m giving you the look of disapproval.

(X_X) x_x – D-E-A-D, knocked out cold.

O_o o_O o.o @_@ – Shocked with eyes wide open. Unbelievable!

&_& – I’m rolling my eyes at you, yes you!

┐(‘~`;)┌ ¯\(o_O)/¯, ¯\(°_o)/¯,˘\(°_o)/˘ – I don’t know! You can choose from one of these whichever one you feel connected with.

\|  ̄ヘ ̄|/_______θ☆( *o*)/ – I just kicked you and you’re currently flying out of the room.

Aren’t Emoticons Fun?

The great thing with emoticons is that you can make up some of your own. There are…we’re not sure about the number of characters available on your keyboard but it’s sky’s the limit. Get creative! Here are a few examples of creative ones:

✿◠‿◠) (◡‿◡✿) (◕‿◕✿)    (✖╭╮✖) (≧◡≦) (¬_¬)    (◑‿◐) (◕‿-) ✖‿✖ (-’_’-)    (╥_╥) (╯_╰) (╯3╰) (o_-)    (¬‿¬) (◣_◢) (∪ ◡ ∪)    (≧ω≦) o(≧o≦)o (⋋▂⋌)    (॓_॔) (╯ಊ╰) (─‿‿─)    ‹(•¿•)› (╯︵╰,) (︶︹︺)    (∩︵∩) (。◕‿◕。) (⊙_◎)    (~ ̄▽ ̄)~ (︶ω︶) (+_+)    (。♥‿♥。) (✿ ♥‿♥) ♥╣[-_-]╠♥    ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃•̃)۶ ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶ ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶    (u_u) (*_*) (º_º)    ٩(×̯×)۶  (ñ_ñ)    (∩▂∩) (¬▂¬)

So that’s about everything that we have on emoticons. If you have your own emoticons to share, go ahead because they are loads more Asian emoticons out there that we haven’t mentioned.