Learning Korean through a Song – Teen Top (틴탑) To You

Since I’m a self-proclaimed multilinguist, and a brokenhearted fool (again), and obsessed with both, I thought:

… why not combine them and create a post for this long abandoned blog of mine?

And that’s when I started listening to this song for about 160 times (that’s 8 hours divided by the song’s duration which is 3 minutes), until I was able to come up with this one heck of a translation below. Geez, what an insomniac night it has been, but all worth it! The 한국의 monster inside of me had a wonderful time gobbling up new words! And now that she’s full, I can finally take my zzzZzs.

Wanna feed yours, too? Here you go… oh wait, just help yourself for some laughs at the “broken english” translation (the 3rd line of each). They’re mostly “word for word” and would sound nonsense more often than not. Don’t take those lines seriously and get your monster a constipation!

Digest it well! This is a very good song, I assure you 😉

 

To You

by Teen Top (틴탑)

We gotta go
Teen Top & Brave Sound

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

넌 ••••• 내 맘이 •••••• 들리긴하니 ••••••• 모른척하니
neon•• nae mami•• deulliginhani •• moreulcheokhani
you ••• my heart ••• do you hear •••• do you pretend
Can you even hear my heart or are you pretending not to?

왜 그리 •••••• 몰라 ••••••••••• 이 멍청한 •••••••••••••••• 바보야 •••• oh
wae geuri •• molla ••••••••• i meongcheonghan •• baboya •• oh
why so ••••• don’t know •• you stupid •••••••••••••• you fool •• oh
why don’t you know, you stupid fool oh

I’m falling down •• 점점 ••••••••••••• 깊어 •••• 져가
I’m falling down •• jeomjeom ••••• gipeo •• jyeoga
I’m falling down •• increasingly •• deep ••• low
I’m fallin’ down, getting deeper

니 •••• 그리움에 ••••• 너무 •••••• 숨이 •••• 막혀와 •••••••••• girl ••• 오늘도
ni •••• geurieume •• neomu •• sumi ••• makhyeowa •• girl •• eoneuldo
you •• longing •••••• too •••••• breath •• blocked •••••••• girl •• today
Because of my longing for you, I can’t breathe, girl again today

다들 ••••••••• 미쳤다고해
dareul •••••• michyeottdagohae
everyone •• was crazy (I is implied)
Everyone says I’m crazy,

그만 ••••••• 잊으 •••• 라고해
geuman •• ijeu •••• ragohae
stop •••••• forget •• is said (they is implied)
they tell me to forget you

그개 •••••• 안되자나 •••••• woo woo hoo, •• 도대체 왜
Geugae •• andoejana •• woo woo hoo ••• dodaechewae
it •••••••••• useless •••••• woo woo hoo, ••• why (in the world)
But that’s not easy, woo woo hoo, exactly why?

나도 ••• 지칠 ••• 것같애 •••••••• 시간이 •• 흐를수록
nado •• jichil •• geotgatae •• sigani •• huireulsureok
I •••••••• tired •• I think •••••••• time •••• goes by
I think I’ll get tired too as time goes by

변해가는 •••••••••••••• 내 •••• 모습을 ••••••••• 보는데
byeonhaeganeun •• nae •• moseubeul •• boneunde
changing ••••••••••••• I ••••• look ••••••••••• viewing
I see myself changing

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

내 •••• 맘이 •••• 아파 •• 오는데
nae •• mami •• apa •• oneunde
I •••••• heart ••• hurt •• coming
My heart hurts

답답한 ••••••••• 맘을 •••••••• 니가 ••• 알리 ••• 없잖아
dapdaphan •• mameun •• niga •• alli •••• eopjanha
tight ••••••••••• heart ••••••• you •• know •• cannot
but you won’t know my frustrated heart

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

나 •• 혼자 ••••• 슬퍼 •••••• 지는데
na •• honja •• seulpeo •• jineunde
I •••• alone ••• sad •••••• on my own
I am getting sad alone

너는 •••••• 지금 •••••• 어디서 ••••• 뭘 하는데
naneun •• jigeum •• eodiseo •• mweol haneunde
you •••••• now ••••••• where •••• what is doing
but where are you and what are you doing?

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

오늘도 •••• 니가 ••• 없는 ••••••••• 방안에서
oneuldo •• niga •• eomneun •• banghanaeseo
today ••••• you ••• absent ••••• in the room (방 room + 에서 within/present)
Again today, in this room without you

하루종일, •••• woo hoo woo hoo, •• 눈물짓네
harujongil •• woo hoo woo hoo, •• nunmuljitne
all day, ••••• woo hoo woo hoo, ••• shed tears (눈물 tear + 짓네 to make it a verb)
All day, woo hoo woo hoo, ••••••• I shed tears

모든게 •••••••• 거짓말이야 •••••• 날 ••••••• 사랑한단 •• 말
modeunge •• geojitmariya •• nal ••••• saranghandan mal
everything •• lie ••••••••••••••• I/me •••• one love •• words/speech
Everything was a lie including you saying you loved me

바보가 •••• 됐어 •••••••••• 이렇게 •••• 나 •••••• 혼자
baboga •• dwaesseo •• ireohge •• na •••••• honja
fool ••••••• was •••••••••• like this •• I/me •• alone
I became a fool like this all by myself

야!… •••• 뭐?
ya!… ••• mweo?
Hey!… •• What?
Hey… what?

아 진짜 ••••• 나더러 ••••••• 뭘 •••••••• 어쩌라고?
a jinjja ••••• nadeoreo •• mweol•• eojjeorago?
Oh really •• you want •• what •••• about me?
So what the heck do you want me to do?

날 ••• 떠나 ••••• 얼마나 •••••••• 행복할라고?
nal •• tteona •• eolmana •••• haengboghalrago?
me •• leave ••• how much •• happy?
How much happier do you think you’ll get by leaving me?

끝이란 •••••• 한마디로 ••••••••••• 나는 •••••• 님이 •• 남이되?
ggeutiran •• hanmadiro •••••• naneun •• nimi •• namidoe?
finished •••• saying in short •• you ••••••• by •••• stranger / being someone else?
Can we become strangers again with just one word saying it’s over?

나는 •••••• 못하겠으니까 •••••••••••• 그딴건 ••••••••••••••• 바라지마요
naneun •• mothagesseunikka •• geuddangeon ••••• barajimayo
I ••••••••••• will not ••••••••••••••••• do a damn thing •• don’t expect
I can’t do it so don’t expect that from me

넌 •••••• 너무 이뻤어 ••••••••••• 널 •••• 만나 기뻤어
neon •• neomu ippeosseo •• nal ••• manna gippeosseo
You ••• so pretty •••••••••••••• I/me •• glad to meet
You were so pretty, I was so happy to have met you

하지만 ••••• 넌 •••••• 나와 •••• 달랐나봐, •••••••• huh?
hajiman •• neon •• nawa •• dallattnabwa •• huh?
but •••••••• you •••• out ••••• different, •••••••• huh?
But I guess you were different from me, huh?

널 ••••• 잊고 ••• 사느니 ••••• 나 •• ha.. •• 차라리 •••• 죽는게 •••••••• 낫겠어
neol •• itgo •••• saneuni •• na •• ha., •• charari •• jukneunge •• natgesseo
you •• forget •• living •••••• I •• ha… •• rather ••• dying ••••••••• would rather
If I have to live while forgetting you, I’d rather die

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, •••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

내 ••••• 맘이 •••• 아파 ••• 어는데
nae •• mami •• apa •• eoneunde
my •• heart ••• hurts •• coming
My heart hurts

답답한 ••••••••• 맘을 ••••••• 니가 ••• 알리 •••• 없잖아
dapdaphan •• mameul •• niga •• alli ••••• eopjanha
tight •••••••••• heart ••••••• you ••• know •• cannot
but you won’t know my frustrated heart

It’s like •• 매일 매일, •••••• everyday ya
It’s like •• maeil maeil, •• everyday ya
It’s like •• daily daily, ••• everyday ya
It’s like every day, every day ya

나 ••• 혼자 •••• 슬퍼 •••••• 지는데
na •• honja •• seulpeo •• jineunde
I •••• alone •• sad ••••••• on my own
I am getting sad alone

너는 •••••••• 지금 •••••• 어디서 •••• 뭘 하는데?
neoneun •• jigeum •• eodiseo •• mweol haneunde?
you •••••••• now •••••• where •••• what is doing?
but where are you and what are you doing?

Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now
Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo Whoo woo hoo
Hey to you to you to you now

All I can say is
Please give me one chance to make it right?
This song is… to you

Here’s a bonus:

To download the song:
http://www.musicaddict.com/mobile/mp3/teen-top-to-you.html

And to watch the music video (please be a good angel and hit “Subscribe”. Don’t worry, it’s 틴탑’s official channel, not mine):
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3XCrWhZPDFo

Sources:
English translation (broken):
Google Translate

English translation (not broken):
princessoftea.com

The rest:
My plain common sense 😀 😀

Phew! And now to sleep. I need to self recharge, you know, ‘coz I’ll be singing and dancing to the tune of this song for another 160 times (or more) when I wake up.

PS: If you love Teen Top too, or if you’re also brokenhearted (or if you just happen to hear me snore), just leave a comment or violent reaction below. g’nyt 😉

Basic Korean Lesson 1.06: The Vowel 오

In Lesson 1.05, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “ae” as in speck.

In this lesson, we will learn a new vowel – the vowel , which sounds like “o” in toss or “ow” in float.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ o ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization o *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, this vowel looks like the vowel that’s been rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Sounds a bit complicated? Let’s put it more simply then. The vowel is like letter O resting on an upside-down letter T. That’s your vowel ! Very easy to recall, isn’t it?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we have studied before and the rest of the vowels and consonants that we will be studying on the next lessons.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels. We will begin by using it as a substitute for the sound /o/ in English words.

ver
mrnng
bwte
crssrd
stne
lwnm오애r
wrdrbe

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

ppa older brother (of a female)
s clothes or dress
Jeunghaeyo detest
da come
radi radio (a borrowed word)
cheonwoneochi five thousand won worth
niy, moreugessyo. No, I don’t understand.
Annyonghi kashipshiy. Good-bye.
Yogi kyesanso chom kacho-osey. Please bring me the check.
run-jjok uro doll ka-jusaeyo. Please turn right.

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.05 ↞|↠ More Korean Lessons

Learn Korean – Lesson 1.05: The Vowel 애

In Lesson 1.04, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “ey” as in paint.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks a little like – the vowel , which sounds like “ae” as in speck.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [e/Ɛ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization [ ae ] *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

This vowel looks very similar to the vowel . But for a clearer perception, let’s put it this way: the vowel “ae” in Hangeul is like the letters “O” and “H” written very close together. That’s your vowel ! Very easy to recall, isn’t it?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we have studied before and the rest of the vowels and consonants that we will be studying on the next lessons.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels. We will begin by using it as a substitute for the sound /e/Ɛ/ in English words.

crmpts
scnry
mttrss
tst이애r
pnkllr
thopia
ppr

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.04 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.06

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.04: The Vowel 에

In Lesson 1.03, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like soft “uh” as in bought.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks a little like the vowel – the vowel , which sounds like soft “ey” as in paint.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ e ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization e *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, the vowel looks very similar to the vowel . The only difference is that it has an extra vertical line on the right side.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels that we have learned. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /e/ in English words.

spde
snl ml
tster
pnkller
asslnt
rdo

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

Chilpan sseuseyo. Write it on the chalkboard(, please).
Urin seoro cheonnun banhaessyo. It was love at first sight.
PAL 112 Pyeon yeyakago sipyo. I’d like to reserve a seat on PAL Flight 112.

(… to be continued)


Korean Lesson 1.03 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.05

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.03: The Vowel 어

In Lesson 1.02, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like “a” as in smart.

In this lesson, we will learn another vowel that looks quite similar to – the vowel , which sounds like soft “uh” as in bought.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ Ɔ/Ә ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization eo *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, th vowel looks very similar to . The only difference is that the small horizontal dash attached to its vertical line is on the left side instead of having it on the right side.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the previous vowels that we have learned. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /Ɔ/ or /Ә/ in English words.

brght
pper
sft
mck
cgh

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

Algessyo? Do you understand?
Ne, algessyo. Yes, I understand.
아niyo, moreugessyo. No, I don’t understand.
Jilmun issyo? Are there any questions?
Ne, issyo. Yes, there is.
아niyo, eopsyo. No, there aren’t. / No, there isn’t.
Urin seoro cheonnune banhaessyo. It was love at first sight.
Uri heeojyesse. We split up.
Nae yeojachinguga doejullae? Will you be my girlfriend?
PAL 112 Pyeon yeyakago sipyo. I’d like to reserve a seat on PAL Flight 112.
Yeongrul malsum halsu issyo? Do you speak English?


Korean Lesson 1.02 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.04

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Learn Korean – Lesson 1.02: The Vowel 아

In Lesson 1.01, we have learned about the vowel which sounds like “i” as in beet.

In this lesson, we will learn about a very similarly-looking vowel, the vowel , which sounds like “ah” as in swan.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ a ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization a *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

As you can see, this vowel looks very similar to the vowel , but note the difference on the right side of the vertical line in . It has a small horizontal dash attached to it.

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel , we will use it the way we used the vowel previously. We will start by using it as a substitute for the sound /a/ in English words.

hrd
md
smrt
sld
swrmng
mttress

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

niyo No (informal)
niya (It’s) not.
Orun-jjok uro doll ka-jusaeyo. Turn right (, please).

(… I’ll be posting more examples here as soon as I find more)


Korean Lesson 1.01 ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.03

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Basic Korean Lesson 1.01: The Vowel 이

In this lesson, we will learn about the vowel which sounds as “i” as in beet.

Hangeul
Phonetic Symbol [ i ] *from the International Phonetic Alphabet)
Romanization i *from the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2000)

This vowel, as you can see, is written as a small circle with a straight, vertical line on its right side. That’s your vowel /i/. Very simple, right?

Do your best to be familiar with this vowel, memorize its appearance, so that you will be able to combine it with the other vowels that we will be studying next time.

Now, for you to get familiar with the vowel, we will put it into use. You might find this technique a little strange, but all the same, as long as it is effective. First, we will use the vowel as a substitute for the sound /i/ in English words.

bt
mtshop
shorse
Ethopia
stl
snior
scnery
swarmng

Are you now familiar with the vowel ? Let’s take it to the next level by using it in Korean words this time.

dar이 the moon
ra이to lighter (a borrowed word)
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Urin cheonsaengyeonbun이ya. We’re a match made in heaven.
Gaeuleun dokseoeui gyejeol이ya. Autumn is a season for reading.
이geo eolmayeyo? How much is this?
jusoui upyeonbeonhoga mwoyeyo? What’s the zip code for this address?
Naneun silmang이yeyo haeyo. (I am/I feel) disappointed.
Geugeoseun) maeryeokjeok이yeyo haeyo. It is charming.
Geugeoseun) gamdongjeok이yeyo heayo. It is moving. (moving here refers feeling, not movement)


More Korean Lessons ↞|↠ Korean Lesson 1.02