Why do you hear K Pop

K-Pop - what is it actually?

Hey guys!Or should I say "Annyeonghaseyo"?

If you haven't read my last post, in which I cleared up my inactivity, then I ask you to do so just so that you are cleared up ^ • ^

In this article on K-Pop, I'll tell you what it actually is and explain the most important terms to you. Just comment on whether I should perhaps start a mini Korean course c; I could explain the alphabet (Hangûl) and the Korean numbers, as well as the Sino-Korean numbers and their differences! Korean isn't as difficult as it looks.

But back to K-Pop!

K-pop meansKorean-pop. Even if Korea isn't as well known as China, for example, K-Pop has made itself quite famous. I mean, when you hear Asia, you tend to think of China, India or Japan first, right? But that's not entirely wrong with Japan either. South Korea was under Japanese colonialism for a while, which is why they didn't really express a lot of creativity and generally couldn't create many of their own creations. K-Pop was therefore heavily influenced by Japanese J-Pop. Although the Korean singers were quite talented, their colonial position prevented them from expressing themselves artistically.

Nevertheless, K-Pop managed to establish itself fairly well over time and became more popular than the competition in parts of the USA, although the popularity level is even higher in Asia. You prefer to hear what you understand, don't you?

I'm a big fan of K-Pop myself. A few years ago I saw a show that included my favorite one K-Pop Group - BTS - was presented, but also a lot was said about K-Pop in general. I've been interested in K-Pop ever since, although my interest was also aroused more by a video that happened to be displayed on my YouTube homepage. I am particularly fascinated by the cohesion of the group and their outstanding dance choreographies, which can be seen particularly well in the music videos or during live performances. Of course, they are not designed by themselves, but somehow they have to do it.

But there is still one big, unanswered question here:

How does a K-Pop group come about?

Most groups are planned in advance by the companies, e.g. when capacities have just become free because a group has stopped, or when the company has just enough money and thinks it's time again. Then members are selected from the so-called "trainees" who are already under contract with the company and are usually around 15 to 19 years old, and they then train as a group and prepare for their debut. During this time, members can still be removed from the group, added to or exchanged.

But not all groups are created that way. VIXX were founded, for example, in a reality show and the members were allowed to be determined by the audience by voting. Some other groups were / are also founded in so-called "survival shows" (examples: Produce 101, Mix Nine, I-Land, The Unit), in which the candidates have to complete tasks or compete against each other and only the best remain in the end Members of a new group left.

So K-Pop has a lot to do with marketing. After all, popular groups earn millions of euros with their fan articles and albums sold, which also have an advantage for the state.

But now I would like to explain to you the most important terms in K-Pop that you will come across again and again when reading articles or talking to members of a group!

Salutation (romanized)

  1. Maknae: The Maknae is the youngest member of a group.
  2. Dongsaeng: This term is used when you speak of younger people in general.
  3. Hyung: When boys speak of / to older boys, they often address them as "Hyung".
  4. Noona: When a boy speaks of an older girl, he often calls her "Noona". The word "Noona" can also mean "big sister".
  5. Oppa: When a girl talks about an older boy, she often addresses him as "Oppa". The word "oppa" can also mean "big brother".
  6. Eomma: the mother
  7. Appa: the father
  8. Unnie: "Unnie" is used like "hyung" when girls speak of / to older girls. In addition, "Unnie" can also mean "big sister".
  9. Ahjumma: An "Ahjumma" is an older lady who can also be middle-aged (50+).
  10. Ahjussi: An "Ahjussi" is, like the "Ahjumma", an older man who can also be middle-aged (50+).

Other (romanized)

  1. Annyeonghaseyo: Hello, good afternoon
  2. Annyeong: Hi, Bye, bye ect.
  3. Daebak: "great success", "especially great"
  4. Saranghae: "I love you"
  5. Omo: "Omg (Oh my God)", * amazed *
  6. Jjang: "the best" or "the best"
  7. Aigoo: complain / sigh
  8. Aissi: Shit, oh pig, oh no ect.

That's it for me! As I said above, just comment on whether I should start a mini Korean course! Annyeong! : D