Do you like listening to music in a language that you don’t understand? Apparently, I do. I discovered Kpop or Korean pop through a friend in 9th grade (15 years-old to those not in America) and I’ve been a crazy fangirl ever since. What I appreciate the most about this genre is how much work is put into it. Hours and hours of practicing for several years before a group makes it debut – that’s a lot of dedication! Not only is the singing great, but every single has a music video with actual choreography. I’m not one to be picky about my music – if it makes me happy and it’s catchy, I like it. Doesn’t matter if I have no clue what they’re saying! However, I do leave the subtitles on to familiarize myself with the words.
Discovering music from another country opens up a whole new world just waiting to be experienced. From kpop, I’ve learned the Korean alphabet and how to read the letters (although understanding what they mean is a whole different ballgame). I’ve been able to learn about Korean cuisine, movies, shows, actors, and history! It’s helped me connect with other people who share those interests as well. I was watching a movie with my friend the other day and it had something written in Korean which I was able to translate! And how cool would it be to have a patient who was Korean – being able to speak the same language would be really helpful in order to build that patient-nurse rapport.
Is anyone else learning a new language or know multiple languages? I would love to know.
ps – the featured image is the hangul name of my favorite kpop group – Shinee