Lee Michelle (feat. Oh Tae Seok) – That’s OK (말 시키지 마)


So with all the buzz, how can I possibly not do a post about 이 미쉘? Michelle just released her single “Without You” last month after appearing on K-pop Star Season 1 a few years ago.  The single is great and has a powerful video about Michelle confronting the bullying she received as a child due to being biracial in Korea. “Without You” also comes with a tiny little bonus track: That’s OK featuring Oh Tae Seok. For our purposes, the bonus track is simpler, gives clear grammar points, and it’s damn catchy. But I encourage you to check out “Without You” as well, and follow Michelle as she breaks into stardom. She’s a breath of fresh air.

This song’s gives us some useful adjectives and the grammar points Adj+게 to turn adjectives to adverbs, and Verb + (으/느)ㄴ 척 하다 meaning “to pretend to do something.” 

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나혼자 – 씨스타

20140421_theoneshots_sistar_fierce I found this song an 8tracks mix (great place to search for K-pop, K-rock, K-indie) and, after singing along to the chorus without even reading the lyrics, I knew I had to write a post on it. This song is from a 4-member girl band called 씨스타 (Sistar), and while I’m not a fan of much of their music, this particular song is sung slowly and the chorus is very easy to understand and sing along with. Also, the music video is so bad it’s good. In this song we can learn vocabulary about breakups and heartache. There is so much grammar in this song that I had a really hard time deciding what to focus on. Finally, I chose -(으)ㄹ 까, meaning “I wonder/Do you think that..” -(으)ㄹ 까 보다, meaning “might” Continue reading

무단횡단 (Jaywalking) – Eye Candy


This gem comes from the OST of 닥치고 꽃미남 밴드 (English title: Shut Up and Let’s Go).  I often watch Korean dramas to try to help my Korean studies, but I end up becoming addicted to the shows and rarely acquire any new knowledge about 한국어 itself. Oh well, at least they’re fun! This particular drama was great for many reasons (check out episode recaps here), one of them being the music. The fictional boy band Eye Candy produced this number, and it’s great for what I’m calling middle school romance vocabulary and for looking at the grammar points 어/아도even if/even though,” V-ㄴ대로 “just like . . . ,” and 아모것도 “anything.” Continue reading

오늘밤은 어둠이 무서워요 – 10cm


I started listening to Korean Indie through 10cm. This male duo is made up of 권정열 who sings and play a jembe and 윤철종 who plays guitar and sometimes sings too. Their simple sound elevated them from the K-Indie underground to pop stardom. This song in particular won 2011’s Best Pop Song at the Korean Music Awards. “오늘밤은 어둠이 무서워요” gives us a lot of everyday vocabulary (in contrast to the poetic words in many love songs, this one talks about crushing insects with tissues and taking taxis) and we’ll revisit the grammar Verb+ ~어/아 주다 and take a look at -까지 meaning “until”.

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Crescendo – 악동뮤지션


My friend Antoine helped me pick apart this empowering, lighthearted tune. The band 악동뮤지션 comes out of K-Pop Star season 2 and is composed of a young brother and sister duo. This song, besides being unbearably catchy, has some useful vocabulary about inspiration and the sky, and highlights the grammar point Verb + 도록 to say “so that.”  Continue reading

Romantico – 투개월


This cover by 투개월 appeared first on SuperstarK Season 3, sung by the adorable duo 김예림 and  도대윤.  The original is by 테테 and is also quite good but feels less like a pop song. Since 투게월’s debut, 김예림 has become Lim Kim in her solo act, but I don’t think any of her newer songs top Romantico.

This song is very poetic and full of sentence fragments, so don’t worry too much about the grammar or trying to put together full phrases. Romantico is great for (surprise!) romantic vocabulary and two grammar points: using adjectives to describe nouns with ~ㄴ/은 and turning nouns into adjectives with ~스럽다. Continue reading

I Love You – 2NE1


Let’s start with 2NE1’s single I Love You. This song was the inspiration for this blog. It’s sung just slow enough that the lyrics are easy to hear, and it is loaded with useful vocabulary. Also, it’s rockin’.

This song introduces verbs about passion (and some adjectives too), and the grammar Verb+ ~어/아 주다 and Verb+지 말다. Continue reading