Here’s a quick post about a super efficient way to improve your Korean pronunciation. When I first started speaking Korean sentences I felt as if my tongue was going to break or at least get permanently twisted. A great (and fun) way to overcome this initial tongue paralysis is singing along to your favorite Korean songs. The more upbeat and fast-paced the better as this will make speaking at a normal rate seem like a piece of cake in comparison.

If you’re a K-drama fan, how about singing along to your favorite OST?

Here’s a link to a pretty upbeat tune called 잘못된 만남 from the new TvN drama 두번째 스무살. Let’s just say that if you can sing along to this one without problems you have a fairly good grasp of Korean.

And of course the lyrics (from Naver music):

Rap)
난 너를 믿었던 만큼 난 내 친구도 믿었기에
난 아무런 부담없이 널 내 친구에게 소개 시켜줬고
그런 만남이 있은후로부터 우리는 자주 함께 만나며
즐거운 시간을 보내며 함께 어울렸던 것뿐인데
그런 만남이 어디부터 잘못됐는지
난 알 수 없는 예감에 조금씩 빠져들고 있을때쯤
넌 나보다 내 친구에게 관심을 더 보이며
날 조금씩 멀리하던

* 그 어느날 너와 내가 심하게 다툰 그날 이후로
너와 내 친구는 연락도 없고 날 피하는 것같아
그제서야 난 느낀거야 모든것이 잘못돼 있는걸
너와 내 친구는 어느새 다정한 연인이 돼있었지
있을 수 없는 일이라며 난 울었어
내 사랑과 우정을 모두 버려야 했기에
또다른 내 친구는 내 어깰 두드리며
잊어버리라 했지만 잊지 못할것 같아

Rap)
너를 사랑했던 것만큼 난 내 친구도 믿었기에
난 자연스럽게 너와 함께 어울렸던 것뿐인데
어디서부터 우리의 믿음이 깨지기 시작했는지
난 알지도 못한채 어색함을 느끼면서
그렇게 함께 만나온 시간이 길어지면 질수록
넌 내게서 더 조금씩 멀어지는 것을 느끼며
난 예감을 했었지
넌 나보다 내 친구에게 관심이 더 있었다는 걸

9 Comments »

  1. Learning to sing the lyrics of my favorite K-drama soundtracks is something I recently started. It’s a real challenge – sometimes a hilarious one. I work as a speech-language pathologist, and this adventure in learning to blend Korean sounds has helped me to experience a little of what it is like for my students.

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  2. Hi there Sofie! I’m a new follower of your blog(which I love so much >.<) and a newbie in the wordpress blog community.
    Talking about pronunciation,what did you use to study the Korean pronunciation?
    I started using "The Sounds of Korean" which is a helpful book;but it's getting really annoying that by now I still can't hear the difference between vowels like 에 and 애 no matter how much I try.
    I feel like by being able to hear the difference I won't make that many mistakes in spelling and won't need to actually study how each word is written to be able to spell it correctly.

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  3. Well the rap part is quite difficult ahah ! I can sing along at a normal pace but when it comes to rap in Korean it seems like I have a long way to go ! Buuut challenge accepted, I’m going to try and sing along this rap again one month from now ;). I really need to improve my reading pace anyway so it’s perfect ! Thank you =)

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