KPop Vocabulary: Vol 1


Over the past eight years since my family hosted Youngjae, I’ve consumed a lot of Korean media and learned a lot about the culture along the way. Not only from Youngjae, but I’ve learned a plethora of words just from watching dramas and variety shows and from listening to music. In this post, I’d like to share a handful of words that I’ve learned from some of my most favorite songs! It can also serve as a mini list of song recommendations. ^^  


The first word on my list is “이상해”, which translates to strange or weird. I first heard this word in Lee Hi’s song “내가 이상해” (I’m Weird/Strange) and it was instantly one of my favorites from her debut album. I love the somber tone and lyrics and it’s a good song to listen to on a rainy day.

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The second word on my list is “다시”, which means again. I learned this word from listening to Infinite’s “다시돌아와 (Come Back Again)”. This word was easy for me to learn because of how often it’s repeated in the upbeat song. The song itself is fun to listen to and great for dancing!

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The third word on this list is “좋아”, which directly translates to good, but can also mean like, as in you like someone/something. The song I picked for this is Jay Park’s “좋아”, which a sweet song from the rapper/singer where he happily expresses his feelings towards the person he likes.

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The fourth word is “하지마”, which means do not. When you first start listening to Korean music or watching shows, you will probably hear this word frequently since it’s pretty common. The song I chose for this word is Taeyang’s “눈,코,입 (Eyes, Nose, Lips)”. He begins the sad song by telling his lover that they do not need to be sorry. It’s one of my favorite songs from the Big Bang vocalist. 

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The fifth and final word on today’s list is “아파”, which means hurt. This is another common word you’ll probably hear in a lot of songs or in dramas. But I chose 2NE1’s “아파 (It Hurts)” for this list. It’s one of my favorite songs from the four ladies and filled with so much emotion, that it’s almost painful listening to it. Especially when Park Bom laments towards the end how much it hurts.

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 What are your favorite songs?


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