If you’re into Korean entertainment, it wouldn’t be long before you hear celebrities blasting out “fighting (화이팅)” all the time. At first, you might wonder if they really mean physical fighting, but don’t worry, this Korean word is used as words of encouragement or cheer meaning “good luck,” “let’s go,” and “add oil,” along with its distinctive hand gestures resembling a fist pump.
Although the word sounds more like “hwaiting” or “paiting,” Koreans love to say this word in any kind of situations from cheering for their national sports teams to wishing another the best of luck in exams, competitions, or any kind of challenging situations.
The usage is well demonstrated by the cast in a Korean drama Full House (2006).
At sporting events, you can often hear the crowd cheering for their team with fighting, preceded by “aja aja (아자아자)” to pump the crowd up, resulting in a synchronized chant of “aja aja fighting (아자아자 파이팅).”
在運動項目中，你能經常聽見人群為他們的隊伍喊口號打氣，在之前會說「aja aja」（아자아자）來集合打氣人群，結果變成了一種同步配合的口號「aja aja fighting」（아자아자 파이팅）。
So the next time you want to cheer for a friend or your team, use the word “fighting”!