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K-Talk Tuesdays: DAEBAK, FIGHTING and other Korean expressions. (Part 1)

안녕 하세요~! I hope you guys haven’t missed me too much!

This week I’m going to be making you sound just that little bit more authentically Korean with some common expressions and idioms used by Native Speakers! If you’re a K-drama buff (like myself) you may have heard a couple of these words before! You may already know some words such as Annyeong Haseyo – 안녕 하세요 (Hello) , and Kamsahamnida – 감사함니다 (Thank you) – But here are a couple more words to add to your Korean vocab.

DAEBAK – 대박 – Jackpot!

This expression is often used when something awesome has happened or if something impresses you. It’s like a parallel word for the English expressions “Awesome!”, “Cool!” or “Hell yeah!”. Basically, Daebak is a word of exclamation!

So how do you use it?:

“I got a high distinction for my assignment! DAEBAK!” (In all honesty, I only scraped by with a low pass)
“The Wonder Girls just won a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award! DAEBAK!” (They didn’t really, but I wish they did)

FIGHTING! – 화이팅~!

A battle cry! You all know this one! It’s so overused and every single drama (that I’ve ever watched) has incorporated it in some way. Basically, other than the fact that it’s a sort of battle cry, it’s a term used to encourage someone and to get them to do the best they can. It’s often (or always) accompanied with a little fist pump like this :3

Fighting~!

You go, success kid! :’) Anyway, here’s how you’d use it:

“We’re going to win this football match tonight! FIGHTING!”
“I know you can get through this! FIGHTING!”

I should also point out that Koreans pronounce this word as “hwaiting” as it is spelled that way phonetically in hangeul (화이팅!)

OMO – 오모 / AIGOO – 아이구 – Oh My Goodness!

OMO! Omo and Aigoo both basically have the same meaning as the English expression “Oh My Gosh!” Once again, I’m sure the drama buffs already use “omo” a lot. Although the words have the same meaning, they sort of have different connotations (I think). I’m not entirely sure but I think Aigoo is more interchangeable than Omo. Aigoo changes meaning depending on the context, for example, you’d use Aigoo if you spilt boiling water on yourself, or if you’re exasperated, or sympathising with somebody. Omo has more of a positive connotation to it. It’s pretty much like saying OMG.

“Aigoo, that’s no good! You poor thing.”
“OMO! Lee Sin and Gyu Won just kissed!! Omo, Omo, Omo!!! 


SNSD’s Jessica – “Aigoo! Stress!!”

JEONGMAL – 정말/ JINJJA – 진짜 – Really??

Like Aigoo and Omo, Jeongmal and Jinjja both mean the same thing: “Really”. It can be used as a statement or a question depending on how you say the word. If you were to ask the question “Really?” you’d raise the end of the word, otherwise you’d just say it straight. Basically, these words can be used as sentences all on their own. Besides that, here are some examples of how you’d use it in sentences taken from my little bible: “Korean For Dummies”.

“Jinjja gyosunimkkeseo sukjega eopdago hasyeoseoyo!”
“진짜 교수님께서 숰제가 엎다고 핫여서요!”
” Really, the professor said there was no homework!”

“Jeongmal oneuldo yageunieyo?”
“정말 오늘도 야근이에요?”
“Really? I’m working overtime today?”

Another way to say “really” is the word cham 참  but it is closer to the english word “sure”.
(Btw, I’m not sure if the hangul for those last two sentences are right, so please correct me if I’m wrong.)

Omo! Jinjja, Bom?

Anyway, have fun using these words guys! I’ve almost resurfaced from under all my assignments (Aigoo! Stress!) and I’ll be updating the blog often again. Give me about two weeks.

I’ll give you guys more words to use next week! Fighting!

안녕!

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What songs do you show a K-Pop n00b?

K-Pop is getting more and more popular with each passing day especially with all these groups trying to break into the International market. I mean, Billboard has a K-Pop Hot 100 chart, SNSD were on The Late Show with David Letterman a couple of weeks ago, 2NE1 are working with Will.I.Am, and Hyuna had so many comments from foreigners on her Bubble Pop video when it came out on Youtube (mostly because of not-so-innocent and non K-Pop related reasons).

I'm sure Bill Murray feels the heat!

But what songs do you show someone who’s never listened to or given K-Pop a chance?

I believe K-Pop isn’t too different to Western music. There’s something for everyone. This is just my opinion but I don’t think you can limit K-Pop to just straight pop. You have Big Bang for your Hip Hop lovers, CN Blue & FT Island for the rockers, Clazziquai for the Jazz Cats, (Some) Park Bom for the Balladeers, Wondergirls for the Motown folk, and SuperJunior for the “Big Band” fans (lel) :/ … the list is endless.

I think all you have to do when you’re showing someone K-Pop for the first time is match their music tastes to the K-Pop group. Obviously you wouldn’t show an acoustic fan a B.A.P. song and you wouldn’t show a heavy rocker dude an SNSD song. It’s all just a matter of matching the music to the person.

B.A.P.

Anyway, the reason I came to writing this post was because I had an assessment at uni today. What we had to do was choose a song we like and re-arrange it into a new genre. Most of the people in my class have not listened to K-Pop (if they’re listening to world music, it would most likely be Latin) so what I did was sing “The Boys” by Girls Generation and I re-arranged it into a Motown shuffle feel. I got a few giggles from the class when I said I took a K-Pop song but in the end I definitely enjoyed it and I’m sure other people liked it too.

So here’s a list of what I think are some great introductory K-Pop tunes in no particular order:

  1. Nobody – Wondergirls

    How can you go past this song? This song started my K-Pop journey for me, and along with the Korean version, there’s an English version too to slowly ween people onto the genre.
  2. Fiction – B2ST

  3. Trouble Maker – Hyuna & JS

    Two words: Sex Sells.
  4. Hate You – 2NE1

    I put this one in the list more for the video clip. It’s different and I’m sure people will appreciate it.
  5. Gee – Girls Generation

  6. 직감 – CN Blue

  7. Haru Haru – Big Bang

    Don’t think I’m going to finish this post without adding at least one Big Bang song. (VIP!) If you haven’t already checked out their  new tracks “Bad Boy” and “Blue” from their new album “Alive” do so now!

Anyhoo, these were just the songs that popped into my head as I wrote the post. There are so many more songs that I could add (but I’m sleepy now). Let me know what songs you would show a K-Pop n00b in the comments below!

Annyeong~!

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Kids React to K-Pop

D:

I just think this video is absolutely worth a watch. It reminds me of me before I took the time to actually listen to K-Pop. Now I’m ashamed to say, I’m the absolute opposite of these children.

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Major setback

Bring the boys out!

So unfortunately my keyboard decided to die this afternoon. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a music student so having a keyboard is vital to my education. Because of this, I had to dig out some $$$ from my Korea Kitty to buy a new keyboard ASAP.

This sucks terribly because it has placed a massive dent in my savings.

But in other news, I have applied for a job to help speed savings up a bit faster so hopefully I get hired so I can check-out chick my way into Korea.

Fighting~!

(Also, the song I was charting out when my old Casio died was The Boys by Girls’  Generation. Ha! I just thought you should know!)

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