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      ›› Kpop Korean Lesson: “is love funny”

    1. This is a title of a Davichi song that’s fairly easy to translate.  

      사랑이 우숩니

      사랑 - love

      이 - subject marker

      우숩니 - funny, humorous 

      A bit brief right now, sorry!

    2. ›› Kpop Korean Lesson: Narsha - Bbi Ri Bba Bba

    3. There are a few that claim this songs lyrics are Luciferian; I’m not familiar with the teachings of that belief system so keep that in mind.  If this offends simply skip it.


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    4. ›› It’s all about the aegyo!

    5. I learned something today that I can’t resist sharing.  


      Can you guess what physical feature they have in common before reading?

      Something I’ve known for a while but didn’t really care about was the fact that on Kpop idols having fat under their eyes, in Korea, is considered cute.  I wasn’t too phased by the trend but today I finally figured out what that fat is called.  Or at least a slang term for it.  It probably has a more technical term that I don’t know right now.  Anyway, that fat is called 애교살.  For those who can read Korean, now you know where I got the post title.  For those who can’t read Korean it is called “aegyo sal”.  

      Aegyo is a common term to describe idols who act cute for attention in Kpop fandom (SNSD’s Sunny is quite known for aegyo as is/was Super Junior’s Sungmin).  Aegyo means something like charm.  Aegyo is meant to draw people to you and most often it’s done in a cute manner.  

      Sunny:  Yoona has a lot of aegyosal!


      What’s fun about aegyo sal is that it means something like “charming fat”.  I also noticed that a some of the girls that are considered the most popular or the most attractive in their bands all have this trait.  Yoona, Kahi, Sulli, Ivy, Kang Minkyung, Hara, Suzy and Lee Hyori all have aegyo sal.

      Aegyo sal should not be confused with bags under the eyes from a lack of sleep, however.  There is a difference.

      Do you have a favorite idol with “charming fat” under their eyes?  I’ve always been drawn to Seohyun’s myself when I noticed such things.


      Enjoy the aegyo sal!





    6. ›› Goodbye Baby Goodbye [Korean Lesson]

    7. Oh my gosh, this song is a lot better than I thought it was going to be.  I am going to make no secret of the fact I’m not exactly a JY ENT fan.  I tried and I failed, however, Jia and orange hair, along with this song, may make me a Say A very, very soon.  


      Miss A -Goodbye Baby

      This song is so addictive!  So I decided I want to pick apart some Korean from their interview with Naver.  

      Q:  이번 앨범을 한마디로 정의 한다면?

      This time album in one word define (to-do verb)

      This time define in one word the album?

      A:  중독, 블랙홀!!

      Addicting, black hole!  


      이번 - this time (endic.naver.com)

      앨범 - album (Konglish)

      한마디로 - in one word (endic.naver.com)

      정의 - define (endic.naver.com)

      한다면 - to do verb (endic.naver.com)

      중독 - addicting (endic.naver.com)

      블랙홀 - black hole (Konglish)

      을 - direct object marker

      Sorry I can’t provide more for some of this.  I found bits of it confusing, so I linked dictionary articles.  

      Remember:  Everything is being moved to my Wordpress site since Tumblr is having issues staying up.  My Wordpress site is located here:  http://korea.china-rouge.net I am trying to wean myself off of Tumblr so for a while there will be cross posts but there will come a time where I just post links.

      This tumblr won’t ever close, though.  I like it too much but there will come a time where all the bulky articles are at the wordpress and this just used for light, fun things.

    8. ›› 끝까지 들어

    9. 끝까지 들어 is a phrase I’ve always been confused about.  I figured I’d finally do what should have been obvious…but wasn’t.  I went to the Naver dictionary.  끝까지 by itself means “to the end” and 들어 is where this phrase got confusing.  It turns out 들어 is a verb that means enter but also hold, take, walk in, cut, and be sharp, according to Naver’s dictionary.  

      끝까지 들어 together, however, I found means something like “don’t interrupt me.”   So it being titled in English as “Listen to the End” means something like “listen until I’m done”.  

      I figure since this is something I found in the dictionary at Naver as a full phrase it’s just a phrase I have to learn to understand as meaning “don’t interrupt” instead of taking it apart as I normally do.  When taken apart you can see the basics of “hold” and “to the end” and that does give clues to the phrase; I guess what through me off was it being titled “listen to the end.”  

      PS.  Welcome to Navi Week, yes.  

    10. ›› 2NE1, 26일 ‘인가’서 신곡 ‘내가 제일 잘나가’ 첫방

    11. On the 26th group 2NE1 will return to the stage to show off their flashy new moves with their new song “I am the Best” on….*drumroll* SBS’ Inkigayo.

      Source:  star.mt.co.kr

      Taken from article:  그룹 2NE1이 가요 프로그램 ‘인기가요’를 통해 신곡 무대를 첫 선보인다.

      For group 2ne1 the music program Inkigayo is the first stage they will show their new songs.

      Random Vocabulary: 

      첫 - first

      가요 - music

      프로그램 - program

      선보인다 - show off (something)

    12. ›› 뭘봐 - M&D


      뭘봐 =/= Close Ur Mouth.  뭘봐 = What are you looking at?  봐 is a rude-ish way of saying look, while 뭘 is a contraction that means what.  Kind of like in English we say don’t for do not, that’s what 뭘 is.  The English title is appropriate for the content of the song, however, please know that it is not a translation.

    14. ›› Korean Vocabulary - 몇시예요?

    15. 몇시예요 - what time is it?

      오전 - AM

      오후 - PM

      시 - hour, o’clock

      분 - minutes

      Know how to combine?  4시15분 means it’s 4:15. It’s really that simple…unless, you want to make it hard by learning all the Sino-Korean and native Korean numbers to use instead.  That will come in a later post.  AM/PM aren’t really necessary if using 24 hour time but if using 1-12 you may want to add it on.  For example: 오후 4시15분 means 4:15 PM.  The AM/PM goes in front of the time.  

      More fun with time:

      전 - can be used to say 10 before 4.  For example:  10시5분전 is five minutes before 10. (4시10분전 is how you say 10 before 4 by the way) 

      반 - half.  4:30 = 4시반

    16. ›› Kpop Korean Lesson: Park Bom - Don’t Cry


      여기까지가 우리 둘의 끝인가요

      Here is the end for the both of us.

      여기까지 - here, to this place, so far

      우리 - we, us

      둘의 - two, both

      끝인가요 - end

      가 - subject marker

      의 - possession marker

      요 - makes things more poliet

      Video credit:  (youtube)

    18. ›› SDN 48 and Jung Siyeon

    19. A Korean actress will be in the group SDN48’s third generation.  I thought this was very interesting so I decided to look it up!


      새로운 한류의 신호탄?

      New Hallyu flare?

      새로운 - new

      한류의 - hallyu (+grammar marker that indicates possession) 

      신호탄 - flare

      영화배우 정시연, 일본 걸 그룹 SDN48 정식 데뷔

      Actress Jung Siyeon, to formally debut in Japanese girl group SDN48.

      영화배우 - actress

      일본 - Japan/Japanese

      걸 - girl (Konglish)

      그룹 - group (Konglish)

      정식 - formally

      데뷔 - debut (Konglish)

      Curious about the band she’s debuting into?  SDN48 is a sister group to AKB48 (yes, that AKB48, the one smashing records right now) and this far into their career they’ve shown strong interests in debuting in Korea and producing Korean language music.  They even have a song called “Ai chuseyo”  (Love Please) which has Korean right in the title.  They are “adult idols” so don’t expect the stuff you see from SNSD, Kara, or even their sister groups.  None of the girls are minors.  Consider the fact they’re called “adult idols” and that none of them are minors your full warning about anything SDN48.

    20. ›› Korea News Report: ‘Fake Academic Background’ Kang Tae Jae, “Sorry, I will not resign.”

    21. 'Fake Academic Background' Kang Tae Jae, “Sorry, I will not resign.”

      '허위학력' 강태재 “미안하다, 사퇴안한다”

      허위 - fake, false

      학력 - academic background

      미안하다 - sorry, to be sorry

      사퇴안한다 - will not resign

      사퇴 - resign

      What’s Happening:

      Kang Tae Jae had put that he graduated from a certian high school when he in fact had dropped out.  He works at the 청주 Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  Kang went decades with his falsified background.  Kang had a hard life growing up and his father died while he was young which resulted in him dropping out of high school.  He had many siblings that needed taken care of.  Since it has been happening for decades he is not going to resign over this event.  


    22. ›› Girls Day “Scandal” - Are they showing underwear?

    23. I wanted to post something about this because this is how misunderstandings happen and anti fans form:  Girls Day were not showing off their underwear in their short-short outfits.  


      The white shorts you’re seeing are called dancers shorts, or spankies.  They’re tight, short shorts and, on the contrary, you wear them in order to hide your underwear.  Dancers, cheerleaders, and performers use them often in short outfits. 

      걸스데이 기저귀패션 논란 해명 “반바지인데 춤추다 보니…”

      Rough Translation:  Girls Day’s diaper fashion controversy explanation “it is dance shorts you’re seeing”

      걸스데 - Girls Day

      이 - subject marker

      기저귀 - diaper

      패션 - fashion (Konglish)

      논란 - controversy 

      해명 - explanation

      반바지 - shorts

      춤추다 - do a dance

      보니 - watch, see

      Source:  tvreport.co.kr

    24. ›› 가요계 부는 걸그룹 열풍 ‘하반기 나올 걸그룹만 12팀’

    25. "가요계 부는 걸그룹 열풍 ‘하반기 나올 걸그룹만 12팀’"

      What does this mean?  This means 12 more girl groups are debuting this year alone.  My gosh, STOP IT.  I adore girl groups but oh my gosh 12 MORE THIS YEAR ALONE?!?  NO, just no.


      가요계 - the world of singers

      걸그룹 - girl group

      열풍 - craze

      12팀 - 12 teams

      하반기 - the second half of the year


    26. ›› Back to the Basics of Korean

    27. There is a very useful guide from Omniglot for learning Korean and it even teaches you the characters names.  I thought this was essential.  


      (photo credit:  http://www.omniglot.com/writing/korean.htm

      Link:  http://www.omniglot.com/charts/print/hangeul.pdf (does not include double consonants)  

      I decided reviewing Hangul was very important recently.  More Back to the Basics soon.

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