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      ›› Kara - Step

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      So, since I’m on the Kara topic.  Who’s your favorite member?  Mine’s Seungyeon!  My favorite song from Kara is Secret World from their first album.  I predict that this song will be a moderate hit winning a couple of awards before they head off to Japan.  :)  I’m excited!  I have Kara and April Kiss to look forward to!  

      Speaking of April Kiss is their name Aprilkiss or April Kiss?  I’m not sure!  I see it written differently everywhere!  I hope April Kiss does not get killed off by 2PM fan girls who think no one can compare to their oppas.  I would be devastated.  

      I will be tracking Kara’s Korean comeback after Chuseok!  I’m very excited because there’s always low expectations for these girls and they always prove that they are better than that.  I hope they get more international fan love soon!  

    2. ›› It’s all about the aegyo!

    3. 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!

       

       

       

       

    4. ›› Girl Group Diets

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      I can’t be the only girl in Kpop fandom that’s looked at the bodies of these girl groups and at some point went “want”, I really can’t.  

      These diets, however, get a lot of controversy from international fans and some of it is misinformed.  That’s what this post is for.  This post will cover Kara and Soshi since they are the two most known for their diets and bodies.  

      Disclaimer:  I do not endorse or encourage anyone to try any type of diet at all.  This post is purely educational; you do diets at your own risk, after consulting a doctor.  I am not a doctor!  I am not qualified to help you with your diet in anyway/shape/form.  This post is based on research and personal experience only.

      Kara - “We Starve Ourselves”

      This one IS unhealthy!  Avoid this one at all costs!  Their diet where they watch calories and carbohydrate intake is much healthier.  However, that diet is very similar to SNSD’s.  

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    6. ›› Kpop Korean Lesson: Kara - Pretty Girl

    7. 어디서나 당당하게걷기

      Anywhere you go, walk confidently.  

      The video I was watching has it translated as “Walk confidently anywhere you go.”  Same thing, no?  

      youtube credits: gossipwhatever

      Anyway, breaking down 어디서나 당당하게걷기 is actually kind of fun.

      어디서나 - anywhere

      당당하 - confident

      게 - makes confident an adverb, aka it’s now confidently.  The general rule of thumb is that adverbs modify verbs.  (Also adverbs modify adjectives and other adverbs, but, if nothing else, remember that they modify verbs.) In this case confident(ly) is describing you how you should walk.  Walk is the verb.  

      (PS. 게 also means crab)  

      걷기 - walk

      Can you put the parts together now?  

    8. ›› Kpop in Japan Round Up: May 5th

    9. This week includes:  SNSD, Jang Geun Suk, and MBLAQ!

      This week was a firece battle on the Oricon between SNSD and actor Jang Geun Suk, who landed first on the charts?  Find out that and more under the cut! (Includes pictures and videos)

      Who came out on top of the charts this week; Jang Geun Suk with his debut single “Let Me Cry” while SNSD had to settle with second place with “Mr. Taxi” but these two Korean acts weren’t alone on the charts this week!  Kara with “Jet Coaster Love” held on to a top 10 spot for yet another week coming in at number nine!  This is Kara’s fourth week in the top ten!  That’s not all as well, on May 5th four of the ten spots on the daily charts are taken up by Korean artists!  힘내세요 Kpop!    

       

       

      Special Mention: FT Island These boys somehow fell through the cracks between the two weekly updates I’ve done.  

       

    10. ›› Kpop in Japan Round Up

    11. I tend to avoid Kpop artists Japanese works for this blog because this is a Korean language blog so I feel like I get no benefit in Japanese language things, but Super Junior is right in the blog description and they’re going to Japan!  So I decided I would do a Kpop in Japan roundup.  Enjoy the pictures and information under the cut.

      This week includes:  SNSD, Kara, Super Junior

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