SIX K-POP SONGS TO EASE YOUR WAY INTO LEARNING KOREAN

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In a cultural revolution that has transcended borders, the enthusiasm for learning Korean has found an unconventional yet rhythmic ally – K-Pop songs.

Asian languages expert LTL Language School, in its latest study on language learning trends, delves into the phenomenon of enthusiasts mastering the Korean language through the infectious beats and catchy lyrics of K-pop and lists six different and unique tracks that anyone can dive into to ease the way into learning what can seem a complex language.

The intersection of entertainment and education underscores how music acts as a gateway to language acquisition, fostering a deeper connection between enthusiasts and the vibrant Korean culture.

 

  • Just One Day – BTS

Released in 2014 as part of the group’s second extended play, Skool Luv AffairJust One Day is also famous online as one of the most accessible songs to follow if you’re trying to learn Korean.

Known for its soothing melody and heartfelt lyrics, the track explores the desire to spend a special moment with a loved one. The song’s clear pronunciation and emotional delivery make it an excellent choice for Korean language learners seeking to enhance their listening and comprehension skills. Moreover, BTS’s popularity ensures a wealth of learning resources, including lyric videos and translations.

 

  • Love Scenario – iKON

Generally considered the song that brought the then-seven-member group to stardom, Love Scenario is still today iKON’s most famous track and one of the catchiest ballads in K-pop, regardless of it being released in 2018.

It is an ideal song for learning Korean due to its catchy and repetitive chorus, which aids in memorization and pronunciation practice. The clear enunciation of words by the band members makes it accessible for language learners. Moreover, the lyrics feature everyday vocabulary commonly used in conversations, providing practical language skills for daily communication.

 

  • Solo – Jennie (from Blackpink)

A powerful anthem that explores independence and self-reliance, Solo marks Jennie Kim’s debut as a soloist artist in 2019, parallel to her activities with Blackpink.

The song’s dynamic vocals and energetic beats expose learners to diverse vocabulary and expressions, making it a valuable resource for those looking to expand their language proficiency, especially those interested in modern K-pop trends. Being a solo release, Jennie’s solo project allows learners to focus on one artist’s pronunciation and expression.

 

  • Lilac – IU

LILAC, IU’s fifth studio album, was released in 2021. Its title track of the same name is a beautiful ballad with a gentle melody, making it an ideal choice for learners who appreciate emotive vocals and introspective lyrics. The song’s slower tempo allows learners to grasp pronunciation carefully, and IU’s enunciation provides clarity. Additionally, Lilac offers cultural exposure to IU’s celebrated artistry.

 

  • Next Level – aespa

Part of aespa’s first extended play, SavageNext Level was released in 2021 and quickly became a sensation, contributing significantly to the group’s success that the four members enjoy to this day.

The song stands out for its contemporary sound and incorporation of pop culture references, and with its contemporary language use, it provides learners with insights into modern colloquial expressions, making it both entertaining and instructive. Moreover, with the lyrics being catchy and rhythmic, learners can easily make out words and follow the song more easily.

 

  • Hello Future – NCT Dream

A vibrant and catchy track with an upbeat tempo, Hello Future was also released in 2021 as the title track of the group’s first album repackage of the same name.

The song’s lively rhythm and relatable lyrics make it an enjoyable option for language learners. As a relatively recent release, similar to Next Level, it provides exposure to contemporary language expressions and colloquialisms used by the younger generation, enhancing the learning experience.

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