K-Pop as Heard on the Streets of Busan

These K-pop songs entered my consciousness with their catchy choruses whether I wanted them to or not. If you go for a stroll in any commercial district, every single mobile phone store, which is pretty much every other store, blasts music into the street with their outdoor speakers. This is a sample of what they’re playing. While arguably lacking any “soul” or “authenticity”, these songs make up for their lack of “street cred” with good production and catchiness.

Girls’ Generation 소녀시대_’Mr.Mr.’_Music Video (Electronic Dance Pop)

까탈레나 (Catallena) – 오렌지캬라멜 (Orange Caramel) (Super sugary pop with a sushi-themed MV)

Overdose – EXO-M (Boy band pop)

감아 – 로꼬 (Loco) Feat. Crush (Hip Hop)

나의 옛날이야기 by 아이유 (IU) (Pop ballad)

200% – Akdong Musician (Light Pop with Hip Hop-influence – the sibling artists are 15 and 17 years old)

썸 – 소유 & 정기고 Feat. 릴보이 Of 긱스 (Funky Pop RnB)

2NE1 – COME BACK HOME (Reggae with Dub Step chorus)

If you’re interested in understanding the lyrics and learning Korean, check out TalkToMeInKorean’s page on learning Korean with K-pop.

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5 languages in 5 cities for 6 weeks each….

Well that’s the plan thus far….

  • German in Berlin
  • French in Marseille
  • Arabic in Jordan or Turkish in, well, Turkey (somewhere)
  • Japanese in Japan
  • And Korean in Korea

List of doubts…

  • Is this a stupid plan?
  • What can you really learn in 6 weeks?
  • Why put all this effort into learning languages anyways?!
  • 5 cities and 6 weeks ends up being roughly 8 months
  • I could visit a lot more than 5 cities in 8 months.

The plan roughly was inspired by all the great things I got out of taking Italian classes in Rome during 2010.

Comments are welcome of course!