Learn Korean with K-pop

Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Let It Go by Hyorin (SISTAR)


안녕하세요, everyone~

How are you today? Have you recovered from your Lunar New Year/American Superbowl festivities? Are you at home because of a snow day? I hear the middle part of the United States is getting pummeled with snow right now! I hope everyone stays safe!

Speaking of snow, I recently saw the movie “Frozen” (known as “겨울 왕국” (Winter Kingdom) in Korean) and became totally OBSESSED with the soundtrack. I listen to the song “Let It Go” almost every day on my way to the office, so if you are ever in Seoul and see a crazy forienger dancing and singing loudly, that’s probably me 😀

Although I listen to the English version of “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel a lot, I also really enjoy the K-pop version by Hyorin 😀

Check out Hyorin’s version here:

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Learn Korean Words with K-pop – 노약자석 (Noyakjaseok) by Odebak and Fatdoo

K-pop: Odebak and fatdooHappy New Year, everyone! 새해 복 많이 받으세요~! Are you ready for all the great things 2014 has in store for you? I know I sure am! I’m also ready for warmer weather, but it’s only January, so I might have to wait a while for that…

Anyways! For this year’s first Learn Korean Words with K-Pop blog post, I’ve chosen a couple things from “노약자석” (Noyakgaseok) by 오대박 and 팻두 (Odebak and Fatdoo). 오대박 revealed to us that this song was actually inspired by our very first TTMIK Iyagi episode! How awesome is that?
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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – 야생마 by 노라조

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How have you been? It’s been a while since my last blog post, but now that I’m FINALLY in Korea and moved into my apartment, these posts will definitely be more regular!

While I was unpacking my things and cleaning my new place, I was watching SBS MTV and saw a performance by the comic band 노라조 (Norazo) for their song “야생마”, or “Wild Horse”. This was my first time hearing this song, and even with my limited Korean skills, it was still pretty fun. As with most 노라조 songs, “야생마” is an energetic, fun, and catchy song that seems to make absolutely no sense, but this song actually has a deeper meaning. If you check out the full song and video below, the story line is comparing and contrasting the lives of horses in captivity with that of wild horses and illustrates finding happiness in freedom.

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


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~! 😀

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

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Learn Korean Words with K-Pop – Fiction by B2ST


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 😀

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!

Full Official Music Video:

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


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 – 누난 너무 예뻐(Replay) by SHINee


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 – Electric Shock by F(x)


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 – Sorry Sorry by Super Junior


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! 😀

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 – 강남 스타일 (Gangnam Style) by Psy


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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