Category: Learn Korean with K-pop

Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – 내가 제일 잘 나가 (I Am The Best) by 2NE1

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Happy weekend, everyone!

Are you planning to study Korean over the weekend? We hope you can spare some time to study a couple more Korean phrases with us. We are always going to be here to help you develop your Korean language skills, 하나부터 열까지(in every possible way)!

Sometimes, taking a shower before you sit down to study helps you feel refreshed, which can help you focus more. Showers really give you that fresh feeling 머리끝부터 발끝까지 (from head to toe)! Unfortunately, during this time of year, it’s unbelievably hot and humid in Korea, so the refreshing effect of taking a shower only lasts a couple of minutes. Crazy, right? We really hope you’re experiencing much better weather wherever you live!

I’m sure you’re really anxious to get right into our 3rd “Learn Korean with K-Pop” song, so let’s not waste any more time!

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – 강남 스타일 (Gangnam Style) by Psy

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Dearest TTMIK listeners and readers,

Have you recently encountered a music video by a certain Korean artist that’s gone viral like crazy with over 21,000,000 YouTube views in a matter of a few weeks? This video is seriously a worldwide Internet sensation and the world is getting hooked on the song. It has even appeared on CNN News! Do you have a clue as to what it is?

We had already selected this week’s song, which just happened to be one of the most beloved K-pop songs in recent history, but we couldn’t help but change it at the last minute. This new hit song deserves a TTMIK lesson so you can get a better understanding of the song.

We are talking about PSY’s “강남 스타일 (Gangnam Style)”!

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Sorry Sorry by Super Junior

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Did you enjoy last week’s blog post about PSY’s “Gangnam Style”? We hope so, because we might have to do another PSY post if he and Justin Bieber do something awesome together! :D

This week, we have chosen an extremely well-known K-Pop song. We’ve heard that this song was ranked No. 1 in Thailand for over 50 weeks. That’s nearly an entire calendar year! We are very happy to finally introduce this song, especially after receiving many, many requests!

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Electric Shock by F(x)

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It seems that the hot summer temperatures of Korea have given way to the refreshing and cool breeze of fall. Morning and night, the crisp wind rustles the leaves on the trees, the sound of which feels like a distant memory. It’s amazing how nature goes its way no matter what we human beings think, complain about, or praise.

This week’s K-Pop group once sang a song called “Hot Summer,” which would have been a perfect choice a couple weeks ago, but this time, we’ve picked another one of the group’s sensational songs.

Have you figured out what group we’re talking about?

It’s f(x)! And the song for today is “Electric Shock.”

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – 누난 너무 예뻐(Replay) by SHINee

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Dear K-Pop fans, especially SHINee fans:

We’ve heard your requests loud and clear! This week, we thought about covering the latest SHINee song, “Sherlock”, but unfortunately, it turned out to be quite tricky to find useful expressions in the lyrics to use in everyday conversations. Perhaps this is because the theme of the song is a character from a novel, but the lyrics are a bit deceptive and impractical to use in conversation. In fact, we’ve found that most of SHINee’s songs have similar lyrics.

To still give you some SHINee, we went back to 4 years ago and chose to dissect their debut song, “누나 너무 예뻐.” As far as we remember, this song stood out on so many levels and was a perfect choice to help introduce SHINee to the world. The music, the choreography, the styles of the 5 handsome guys who can sing and dance……….

Okay! That’s enough fangirling! Let’s cut to the chase! :-)

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – U&I by Ailee

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Hi, everyone! 오랜만이에요! (It’s been a while!)

It’s been nearly 1년 (year) since our last Learn Korean with K-Pop blog post, and we think it’s high time we get back to it! Learn Korean with K-pop is a blog series that will introduce various vocabulary and phrases found in K-pop lyrics. Listening to music and studying the lyrics is a great way to support learning a language, but it’s not always the most useful way to study since the lyrics are, sometimes, not very practical and are often poetic.

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Fiction by B2ST

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While I was at the gym, I had my iPod on “shuffle” and the B2ST song “Fiction” came up. I will admit that I was a little obsessed (okay, REALLY obsessed) with the song when it first came out a couple years ago, but I haven’t listened to it for a long time, and it was refreshing to hear it again. However, I was *really* struggling to suppress my fangirl urge to start the penguin dance! Old habits die hard, I guess :D

Anywho, there’s one line in “Fiction” that I thought would be really great to explain, especially since it’s found in a ton of other K-Pop songs, such as T-ara’s “Lovely” and Big Bang’s “사랑 먼지” (“Love Dust”). Before writing this, I actually came to read a comment in the last blog post from Agata asking what this particular phrase means. (Thanks for the comment, Agata!) I hope this explanation answers your question!

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – 남자 없이 잘 살아 by miss A

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Hi, everyone! It’s time for another edition of “Learn Korean with K-pop”! Are you ready? 시작할까요? (Shall we start?)

I’ve chosen two phrases from miss A’s “남자 없이 잘 살아” (I Don’t Need a Man) since it’s really catchy and a fun song. The title itself literally translates to “I can live well without a man”, but Fei, Suzy, Jia, and Min couldn’t possibly live well without their male fans, right? If you’re a man, don’t turn away just yet! You can still enjoy the song and this lesson even if you’re a guy~! :D

But, I digress. If you haven’t heard the song before, check out the full MV below:

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