너도 상상했던 너가 될거야

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너도 상상했던 너가 될거야.

You’ll become the you that you dreamed of, too.

– lyrics from Loco’s song, You Too | 로꼬의 노래 ‘너도’ 가사

Sometimes we all just need a bit of encouragement from those who have ‘made it’ – those who have achieved their dreams already.

 

Translation credit to ilyricsbuzz

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Seoul Sounds: Music Is Food For The Soul

Warning: this is rambling, a bit introspective, and entirely related to my experience of sounds in Seoul (If you want to read some points about concerts, albums and music stores, just scroll down to where it says Let’s talk about music).

How can NELL's CDs be so pretty?

How can NELL’s CDs be so pretty?

It took an unacceptable amount of time to rephrase the title for this post, so I hope you appreciate it in all its glorious simplicity and soul/seoul-iness. I am sitting here with three brand new albums (well, I was when I wrote this on October 16th) and feeling moderately victorious over surviving three of my four classes’ finals (let’s not talk about how they went, just acknowledge the fact that they’re over). I have multiple Korean exams and tests left of course, but I’ve studied enough today and I need to catch up on some blog posts!

Music is life for me. I listen to music almost constantly, although I have a deep appreciation for silence – both the kind where I am silent and I listen to the noises that the world around me creates, and the kind where everything is so silent that you can hear your own heartbeat pushing blood through your head. Silence is a beautiful thing, and in Seoul, it is rarely so silent that the latter is possible. The former, however, is a glorious thing to experience. I love sitting outside at night as the weather gets colder and listening to the wind twist through the trees and sends leaves scattering across the pavement for adorable ahjussis to sweep up in the morning. The night is crisp and alive in its own beautiful way. I don’t sit in the bustling downtown – no, I mean sitting outside near trees and buildings where people are sleeping or simply not there.

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Still Alive by BIGBANG (빅뱅)

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

[Seungri]
Saramdeul da tteonado moduga deungeul dollyeodo kayeoun-deuthan nae moseube neo dongjeong-haedo (Even if everyone leaves, even if everyone turns against me, Even if you take pity over my pathetic self)

[Daesung]
Sesangeun andwehn-da-go nae-ge marhajiman geu nalye ul-ko it-deon nan chigeum utko isseo (The world tells me that I can’t but The crying me of the past is now smiling)

[Taeyang]
Eonjena boran -deushi kkeut-kkaji churakhajiman I’m alive (I’m falling down till the end as if it’s for show but I’m alive)
Nan teo isang irheul-ke eop-seo kwahkeoneun dwiiroha-go jump out (There’s nothing more to lose now, I’m gonna push the past behind and jump out)
Gipi tteo-reojigo i-nneun nae moseubi areumdawo chigeum (The image of me falling deep is so beautiful)

Nae jashineul haneu-re deonjyeo nan jayurowo, I sunkan-mankeumeun nan sara-isseo I’m still alive (I’m even more alive at this moment, I’m still alive)

Fantastic Baby by BIGBANG (빅뱅)

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

One of my favorite lyric-Photoshop creations ^_^

Fantastic baby live version of Fantastic Baby from their Alive World Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siVPAd0O5KQ

Baby Don’t Cry by BIGBANG’s Daesung (대성)

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

Lyrics created in Photoshop 11. Please credit if you remove for your own purposes.

sumanheun saramdeul tteonagadoi noraen yeongwonhae ne gyeote (hamkke halgeoya)

Even though many people will leave you, this song will stay with you forever (well do it together)

geu manteon chingudeul da tteonadoyeogi nan ne yeope gyesok seo isseulgeoya

Even if many friends all leave you, I’ll continue to stand here by your side

Baby don’t cry baby don’t cry baby don’t cry

eonjenga deo bitnalgeoya Give me your smile

Someday you will surely shine; just give me your smile

Baby don’t cry baby don’t cry baby don’t cry

hanbeonman deo nal wihae Just give me your smile

One more time for me, just give me your smile

Translation credit to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltahc2BCS4s

Learning a Language through Music

안녕하세요!

When you’re studying a language of another country, immersion in that language is a fantastic tool for stepping up the level of vocabulary and pronunciation. However, depending on where you live and how much money you have, immersion can be a difficult thing to pursue. How do you deal with this?

Create your own immersion. There are many ways to do this, and it’s best if you combine them all. Watch shows in your target language, listen to music by native speakers, and read books (whether they’re short picture books or full-length novels, or not even books at all, you can find them at your local library or order them from a site like HanBooks).

Music touches the soul. Listening to Korean music can really invigorate you and give you the motivation to study a bit harder, a bit longer. Because you really want to be able to sing along and understand the lyrics without looking them up. And music in your target language is a great background to whatever you’re doing. Go work out, work on homework, or cultivate a garden, or just relax into a chair and listen to something calming. All these things can be done while listening to Korean music.

If you don’t like K-pop, it’s not the end. There are lots of other Korean music genres to listen to. Do some research and find a music style that appeals to you. Then you can make a YouTube playlist of the songs, buy them on iTunes, order a physical copy from an online store, or, if you’re feeling like exploring, try the rad.io app.

rad.io allows you to listen to basically any Internet radio under the sun. Stations like seoul.fM, Big B Radio, and Kpop play a mix of the latest and greatest OSTs, K-pop, and have little or no advertising.

Ready to immerse yourself wherever you are? 그래. 화이팅!

감사합니다!