Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Gee by Girls’ Generation


Hello, everyone! We hope you all are having a great time on your journey of learning Korean with TTMIK! To help you continue your journey, we’d like to present you with a new series to help you learn useful Korean vocabulary and phrases through something that almost everyone enjoys…K-Pop!

We aren’t really sure if K-Pop, or the Korean Wave, is really all that popular in other countries, or if it’s just a fad that the Korean media is exaggerating, but we are certain that there is a fairly large amount of people who want to learn Korean because of K-Pop. We thought it might be helpful to create something that incorporates K-Pop into learning, so we’ve decided to create the “Learn Korean Words with K-Pop” series.

“Learn Korean with K-Pop” is a weekly blog post that will introduce various vocabulary and phrases found in K-Pop lyrics. Listening to music and studying the lyrics is a great way to help you learn 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.

Most vocabulary words will be defined in the infinitive (dictionary) form in this series. Some of the words will be different in the actual lyrics, and if you don’t already know conjugations, please check out our lessons on the subject of conjugation (Level 1 Lesson 22 and Level 3 Lesson 24)

Alrighty then! Enough of that! I bet you’re ready to see what song we’ve chosen for our very first “Learn Korean with K-Pop” blog post!

It’s none other than…

“Gee” by 소녀시대 (So-nyeo-si-dae), a.k.a. Girls’ Generation!

1. 눈이 부셔

In the first verse of “Gee”, 서현 (Seohyun) sings “ 너무 너무 멋져 눈이 눈이 부셔”.

Listen to her sing it here:

너무 [neo-mu] = a lot; too (much); very – often used for emphasis
멋지다 [meot-ji-da] = to be cool; to be wonderful; to be full of beauty
눈 [nun]= eye
부시다 [bu-shi-da]= to be dazzling; to be glaring; to be blinding; to be radiant

When you look at the words individually like this, the phrase doesn’t seem to make much sense, does it? The first part of this phrase, “너무 너무 멋져”, is basically saying “OMG, you’re SOOOOO cool”, but what does the”눈이 눈이 부셔” have to do with it?

The phrase “눈이 눈이 부셔” literally translates to “eye eye dazzled”, but it really means “to be dazzled/blinded by” something or someone. However, depending on the context of the sentences, 눈이 부셔 can take on slightly different meanings. In this casual, present tense form of this phrase, the -이 (subject marking particle – see Level 1 Lesson 9) is often dropped in everyday Korean conversation to create the more natural “눈 부셔.” In every day conversation, particles are often omitted if the intention of the speaker is obvious, and of course, for convenience. The fewer words you have to say to get your point across, the better…right? :D

눈이 부셔 is used in a few other places throughout the song, and if you’re a fan of Super Junior, you’ll recognize this phrase from the chorus of the infamous “Sorry Sorry.”

Let’s look at a couple of sample sentences which are used every day in Korea that include 눈 부셔:

Sample Sentences
1) 눈 부셔요. 창문 닫아 주세요.
[nun bu-syeo-yo. Chang-mun da-da ju-se-yo.]
It’s too bright/dazzling. Please close the window.

2) 우와! 정말 예뻐요. 눈이 부셔요.
[u-wa! Jeong-mal ye-ppeo-yo. Nu-ni bu-syeo-yo.]
Wow! You are really beautiful. I’m blinded/dazzled (by your beauty).

2. 깜짝
In the chorus of “Gee”, the girls sing “깜짝 깜짝 놀란 나는 oh oh oh oh oh”. Listen here:

깜짝 is an adverb to express being suddenly surprised or startled. This word goes well with the adjective 놀라다, which means “to be surprised.” Nevertheless, 깜짝 is an extremely common word in Korean and is often used as an interjection. Try using it the next time your friends surprise you!

Sample Sentences
1) 깜짝이야!!!!!!
= OMG!/Oh my goodness!/Holy Crap!

2) 깜짝 놀랐잖아!
[kkam-jjak nol-lat-ja-na!]
= You really surprised me!

So, everyone, what do ”너무 너무 멋져 눈이 눈이 부셔” and “깜짝 깜짝 놀란 나는” actually mean? What do some of the other lyrics of “Gee” mean? Share your answers with us in the comment box and thanks for checking out our first “Learn Korean with K-Pop” blog post!


This is a guest post by Youngbin Lee.
Youngbin (영빈) on Twitter: http://twitter.com/0bin

My name is Youngbin Lee. I’m a geeky engineer based in Incheon who love learning languages. Learning languages is pure pleasure to me and I’d like to help others feel the same way as I do. My ultimate goal is to become capable of communicating with you in your language. Are you with me? :D


  • Gabrielle

    Waaah, Perfect !

  • Tiffany

    OMO! I’m so glad that you’ve introduced this segment. Not only can I learn Korean this way, but SNSD’s Gee is still one of my favourite K-pop songs! Gamsahamnida!

  • Peggy

    Thanks so much for this one! It makes me really happy there’s another series I can keep up with
    (almost at level 5, catching up slowly XD)
    Once again, thank you so much!! :D

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  • TaeYeonMoni

    깜짝이야! Thank you so much for letting us learn Korean through K-pop.
    I´m always listening to these groups and learning Korean with you guys, so this is so perfect! 고마워 ^^

  • lloyd

    OMOOO! SoNyuhShiDae! hahaha

    Thank you for making them as the first sample for this blog! :) They’re actually the reason why I am and wanting to learn Korean. Thanks! it’s been great so far! :D gomawo lots! hehehe :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheng-Man-Grace/100000150824210 Cheng Man Grace


    • Sam

      It’s 감사합니다. :)

  • Aloy

    Yeah… u basically got me, I got into learning Korean cuz of K-pop lol
    So this just makes me more excited to learn the language!!

  • Ayi Mee

    i love this and i love super junior,girls generation and ss501 too i’m so glad i can learn coreean like this .:)

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  • Lena

    It’s very simple ^-^

  • Fation

    The reason why “눈이부셔” = “eyes are dazzled” and still makes sense is because in korean, they usually say stuff like that right? Example: “I’m hungry.” is “baegopayo” = stomach is hungry

  • Bella

    What is the difference between 멋지다 and 멋있다

  • shaniah violon

    gam sa hap ni da

  • shaniah violon

    snsd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…………………………….your the best<3

  • Terence Poon


  • Angelo

    This was awesome guys! But can you do 4Minute Volume Up? I absolutely love that song and I want to sing it very badly.


  • dian

    Thank you. SNSD is my fav K-pop girl band. That’s why I like this learn so much ^,^

  • MiYoung Woo

    정말 감사합니다 !!!! ^.^

  • http://twitter.com/androoea Andrea

    I love this section of Talk To Me In Korean ^_^

    I’m from Indonesia, if there any Indonesian here, you can mention me on my twitter, and maybe we can meet and learn Korean together :D


  • Tony

    More 소녀시대 please!!!

    And thank you guys so much for the website. Its great!

  • BV-sone

    WoW!!!what a great idea!!!learning korean with kpop!!???!!!!깜짝이야!
    thank u so much.
    i love kpop ,specialy snsd!!!!!!so please learn us korean with the other songs of snsd
    감사합니다 :D

  • Sheriff

    I thought ‘kkamjja kkamjja’ meant ‘sparkle sparkle’?

    • Kaeti

      No, that would be ‘반짝 반짝’ (ban-jjak ban-jjak)

  • Hanzel

    이거 대박이야.. 소녀시대 좋아요..
    감사합니다 영빈씨.. 당신은 선생님이에요?

    sorry, my korean is lack.. hehe

  • http://www.twitter.com/Yongra_Lee Yongra Lee

    what about this lyric
    “su-ju-beun na-neun-nyo”
    would u break it down word by word????
    Thanks before ^^


    what does 짜릿 짜릿 몸이 딸려 mean ?

  • Peggy

    it’s been a while since I saw this lesson, but I just thought I’d come back and say ever since I first heard this one I’ve heard 눈이 부셔 once in every ten kpop songs I’ve heard, haha
    thanks for the lesson!

  • Sasipa

    …the infamous “Sorry Sorry” LOL

  • http://ayogirlsgeneration.blogspot.com 윤민희

    이 노래 찐자 좋아해요! ^^ 너무 반짝 반짝 눈이 부셔 no no no no~ ^^

  • Vern

    I got in to Kpop due to watch Psy, then after doing the search on youtube I also found SNSD along with others that I now like and listen to along with being in to alot of the Korean TV shows as well. Im learning Korean, due to planning a trip there next year.

    Love you site, I am new to the lessons, Lev 1 lesson 5 and Im also teaching my wife and kids as well.

  • http://TALKTOMEINKOREA vhazn

    I LOVE KOREA :**

    • 니콜

      I absolutely love everything about Korea. I was inspired by watching a music school drama and I was interested right away. I wanna visit and live in Korea SO BAD!!


    • 니콜

      I absolutely love everything about Korea. I was inspired by watching a music school drama and I was interested right away. I wanna visit and live in Korea SO BAD!!

    • Naa Adei Kotey

      Me tooooo!!! My mum thinks I am crazy, but am damn serious. I really love this Korea and I am dedicating this summer to learning how to speak Korean fluently “)

  • https://www.facebook.com/kristinejoy.catan.7 Kristine Joy Catan

    Now, I know what their song means…
    I love learning Korean…
    And I want to learn more and more about everything.
    My dream is to meet my K-Pop idols, that’s why I’m learning how to speak and understand Korean language. And TTMIK is really the best teacher!
    Thank you TTMIK! jeongmal kamsahamnida!! You’re the best.

  • Darlyn Luna

    i like korean too

  • Darlyn Luna

    naneun hang-ugi gago sipeo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! neirummun Darlyn imnida……. modu,aNNyeong-ha-se-yo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • yuki