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The Top 5 K-Pop Songs To Learn Korean!

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Can you learn a language just by listening to music? Probably not.

However, while it would be illogical to rely solely on music to learn a language, it can definitely help!

This is true for learning Korean.

Here are a few reasons why music CAN help you learn Korean:

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1. Music can help you remember!
Ever had a song stuck in your head? Music stimulates memorization naturally. So while you’re singing your favorite Korean pop song every night before bed, you’ll be working on your language skills at the same time! How’s that for practicing Korean?

2. Practice on the go!
With modern technology, you can listen to music anywhere. The convenience of music is what makes it the perfect way to supplement your Korean language studies. On the bus, in a cafe, stuck in traffic…just turn on your car stereo or put on your headphones and go!

3. Learn about the culture!
This is one of the coolest things about listening to popular music from Korea. You’re able to dive in and experience a piece of the culture first-hand. By doing this, you can familiarize yourself with the current trends, slang, idols and actors of Korea!

4. Bring life your studies to life!
We all know that reading through notes can get boring, so why not spice up your studies a little? Music is fun and relaxing. Whether you want to dance on your bed to techno or unwind in your backyard to a soothing melody, nothing beats a study break that actually helps your studying.

And without further ado, here are our five songs that will help improve your Korean:

1. 2NE1 - I Love You

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2NE1 is one of the most popular K-pop groups around! Composed of three members, 2NE1 has been on the Korean music scene since 2009. The song I Love You features a smooth and catchy tune with a hook that is actually in English! This combination of Korean and English can be a great way for beginners to start learning through music.

2. SHINee - Hello

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Similar to the previous song on the list, Hello also sports a simple English chorus. SHINee is one of the most respected boy bands in Korea, as well as Japan! This song is perfect for someone who is at a beginner level.

3. EXO - 으르렁 (Growl)

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This song is sure to help intermediate and advanced learners. Don’t be surprised if the beat gets stuck in your head for days, it’s THAT catchy! Though some of the lyrics can get complex, the words are always spoken at an easy to follow pace!

4. Girls’ Generation - Gee

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This light-hearted song is sure to lift up your spirits, as well as help you learn Korean! One of the older groups on this list, Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007. Gee is comprised of simple and cheery lyrics that anyone can enjoy!

5. BIGBANG - Fantastic Baby

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BIGBANG might be the most popular group on the list and Fantastic Baby is one of their most popular songs. Like a few of the other songs on the list, English can be found in the lyrics, making it a comfortable track for beginners.

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Did you know 옷 (ot) means Clothes?

Did you know 옷 (ot) means Clothes?

Here are the words picked by Jae:

  • 스웨터 - sweater
  • 티셔츠 - T-shirt
  • 바지 - pants

Learn more words about clothes!

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가장 좋아하는 한국 뮤지션은 누구예요? Who is your favorite Korean musician?

가장 좋아하는 한 뮤지션은 누구예요? Who is your favorite Korean musician?

가장 (gajang): Most

Here are some answers from our users:

  • U-KISS
  • FT Island
  • 빅뱅 Bigbang

Who is your favorite Korean musician?

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Did you know 개 (gae) means a dog in Korean?

개 (gae): dog

Koreans have always loved having dogs as pets. Two native Korean dogs are the Jindo dog and the Sapsal dog. The Jindo dog is especially well-known for its loyalty to its master and its homing instincts.

Other popular pets in Korea are cats and hamsters.

개를 키우는 것은 생각보다 쉽지 않았습니다. (gaereul kiuneun geoseun saenggakboda swipji anatsseumnida.): It was not as easy to raise a dog as I thought.

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Do you like 한국 음식 (hanguk eumsik; Korean food)?

Do you like Korean food ?

Here are some words picked by Jae:

  • 쇠고기 beef
  • 돼지고기 pork
  • 밥 rice, meal

Learn more words about Korean food!

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Did you know 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) means ‘hello’?

did you know 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) means Hello?

This greeting is similar to the English word “hello” and can be used at any time of day and in any situation.

However, when Koreans answer the phone, they don’t say annyeonghaseyo but instead use yeoboseyo (여보세요) as the opening greeting.

안녕하세요, 여러분 (annyeonghaseoyo, yeoreobun): Hello, everyone.

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The Daily Dose of Korean is a Calendar that gives you new, 1-minute lessons every day. Why? Because learning a little every day is easy, strengthens your habits and motivation and you improve your Korean over time. Lessons range from culture and holidays to grammar, slang, phrases and more. Find it in the Korean Resources menu or in the Quick Links menu on your Dashboard.

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한국 이름이 뭐예요? What’s your name in Korean?

What's your name in Korean?

이름 (ireum): name

Answers from our users:

  • 레일라 “Leyla”
  • 나타샤 “Natasha”
  • 젬마 “Gemma”

What’s your name in Korean?

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가장 좋아하는 취미는 뭐예요? What is your favorite hobby?

What is your favorite hobby?

취미 (chwimi): hobby

Answers from our users:

  • 책 읽기 그리고 모든 종류의 배우기.
  • 쓰기, 읽기입니다.
  • 드라마, 예능 보는 것.

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얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? Do you know how to answer this question?

Do you know how to answer this question?

얼마 동안 (eolma dongan): how long

Here’s how to ask how long someone’s been studying Korean in Korean:

  • 얼마 동안 한국어를 공부했습니까? How long have you been studying Korean?

Here are the ways to answer the question.

  • 한 달 동안 공부했습니다. I’ve studied for 1 month.
  • 이 년 동안 공부했습니다. I have studied for 2 years.
  • 반년 동안 공부했습니다. I have studied for half a year.

How long have you been studying Korean?

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한국어를 배울 때 가장 어려운 점은 뭐예요? What’s the hardest part of learning Korean?

What's the hardest part of learning Korean?

어렵다 (eoryeopda): difficult

Answers from our users:

  • Memorizing the Korean alphabet and how to pronounce it.
  • Korean grammar and making proper sentences.
  • 한국말을 배우기에 가장 어려운 부분은 무엇보다 한글을 외우는 겁니다.

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