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How to Learn Korean Through Fairy Tale Stories

Top 6 Korean Fairy Tale Stories and Characters

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Do you know what the top 6 Korean fairy tales are?

Reading short stories in Korean is a fun way to learn the Korean language and culture. Check out the 6 Korean fairy tale stories below and learn must-know folk story words and phrases in Korean!

1. Top 6 Korean Fairy Tales

Top 6 Korean Fairy Tales

1. Heungbu and Nolbu

The Korean title is 흥부와 놀부 (Heungbuwa nolbu). Heungbu and Nolbu are two brothers, with opposite personalities. Their vicissitudes show how caring about the others brings wealth and, most of all, happiness.

2. A Filial Daughter, Sim Chong

The Korean title is 효녀 심청 (Hyonyeo simcheong). Sim Chong sells herself to restore her father’s sight. During a storm, the sailors sacrifice her and instead of dying, she becomes the sea queen.

3. The Rabbit’s Liver

The Korean title is 토끼의 간 (Gyeonuwa jingnyeo). The Dragon King must eat a rabbit’s liver to recover from an illness. The rabbit tells him that he didn’t bring his liver and escape.

4. Gyeonu and Jiknyeo

The Korean title is 견우와 직녀 (Gyeonu and Jiknyeo). Two lovers marry but then begin to neglect their duties. Angry, the heavenly king only allows them to meet once a year on a bridge of magpies.

5. The Fairy and the Woodcutter

The Korean title is 선녀와 나무꾼 (Seonnyeowa namukkun). A man steals the robe of a fairy and is told not to return it until she has three children. He returns it and she leaves with his two children.

6. The Gold Ax and the Silver Ax

The Korean title is 금 도끼와 은 도끼 (Gum dokkiwa eun dokki). A woodcutter loses his axe. A wizard appears and gives him a choice of an iron, gold, and silver axe. The woodcutter takes his own axe and is rewarded.

2. Fairy Tale Characters and Words in Korean

Here are some common fairy tale characters and words in Korean you may come across while reading Korean folktale stories.

Korean Romanization Meaning
요정 yojeong fairy
유니콘 unicon unicorn
seong castle
마법 mabeop magic
마녀 manyeo witch
주문 jumun spell
yong dragon
도깨비 dokkaebi Ogre
wang king
왕자 wangja prince
공주 gongju princess
옛날 옛적에 yennal yeotjeoge once upon a time
마법사 mabeopsa wizard
인어 ineo mermaid
거인 geo-in giant
난쟁이 nanjaengi dwarf
계모 gyemo stepmother
여왕 yeowang queen

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Conclusion

You might not understand every single word in Korean stories at first but try to guess what they mean in context. Illustrations will also help you understand the story. After reading it, make sure to look up the words in the dictionary and read the story a few more times. If you do that, you’ll surely get better at reading Korean.

So what Korean tale would you like to read first? Do you know any other fairy tale stories in Korea? Did we miss any Korean fairy tale words? Let us know in the comments!

4 Reasons Why Korean Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Korean slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Korean slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Korean? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Korean or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Korean Culture

If you turn on any popular Korean TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Korean slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Korean culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Korean slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Korean slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Korean people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Korean TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Korean slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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At KoreanClass101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Korean slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Korean slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
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Korean Slang Part I

For Korean learners: You need to know that, unfortunately, the real world looks a bit different from what you learnt, more confusing and less structured with the use of slang. Here we will tell you why you must study slang, and you will learn 5 of the most used Korean slangs in everyday life and how to use them properly!

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Slang is an aspect of language that isn’t usually taught in the classroom but is an important part of becoming proficient in any language. A person learning Korean might attend daily classes. They might study the grammar and the formalities and might even produce complex and coherent sentences. But, take this student out of the classroom and away from the textbooks, and they will encounter a world of language that breaks the rules they learned.

Although studying proper Korean rules is important, slang is unavoidable, no matter what language you’re speaking. In drama and k-pop, conversations and advertising, language becomes less formal and goes less and less “by the rules”. Real-life Korean is so different from the textbooks.

Taking the time to understand slang and informal speech will boost your communication and language skills, and save a whole lot of confusion. Slang will allow you to use language in a current, useful way. No amount of time in class can prepare you for the contemporary nuances you’ll be faced with when you put your language knowledge to practical use out in the real world.

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It’s time to cover common Korean slang expressions that are used every day in Korea!

1. 장난 아니다 (jangnan anida) - No kidding

This expression means “no kidding” or “it’s no joke.” It can also be used to express that something is amazing. It is intended to express extremes. 장난 (jangnan) means “joke” and 아니다 (anida) means “not.”

장난 아니다. 숙제가 너무 많아.
jangnam anida. sukjega neomu mana.
It’s no joke. I have too much homework.

2. 오나전 (onajeon) - Totally

The word 오나전 (onajeon) means “totally.” 오나전 (onajeon) originated from the Korean word 완전 (wanjeon) meaning “completely, totally.” It used to be a common typo of 완전 (wanjeon) and is now a slang word. You can use this expression when exaggerating or emphasizing something.

오늘 오나전 기분 나빠.
Oneul onajeon gibun nappa.
I feel totally awful today.

3. 쩐다 (jjeonda) - Great

The word 쩐다 (jjeonda) literally means “great in scale.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “great.” You can use this expression when referring to something enormous or great. This expression is often used by young men.

여기 음식 쩐다,
Yeogi eumsik jjeonda.
The food here is great.

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4. 인생짤 (insaengjjal) - Best photo

The word 인생짤 (insaengjjal) literally means “once in a lifetime shot.” But when it’s used as a slang expression, it means “best photo.” You can use this expression when referring to one’s best photo. This expression is often used by young people.

이 사진이 내 인생짤이야.
I sajini nae insaengjjariya.
This is the best photo of me.

5. 핵노잼 (haengnojaem) - Boring

The word 핵노잼 (haengnojaem) literally means “nuclear no fun.” It is a combination of three words: 핵 (haek), 노 (no) and 재미 (jaemi) meaning “nuclear,” “no,” and “fun.” 잼 (jaem) is the contraction of 재미 (jaemi). When used as slang, the whole word means “boring.” You can use this expression when describing something so boring that the level of boredom can be compared to being nuclear. This expression is often used by teenagers.

이 수업은 핵노잼이야.
I sueobeun haengnojaemiya.
This class is so boring.

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How To Learn Korean with Korean Dramas and K-Pop?

We always see this kind of advice on the Internet: “You should listen to K-Pop, it helped me to quickly progress” or “There is nothing better than Korean dramas without subtitles for learning Korean”.

How to learn Korean with Korean dramas and K-Pop?

Can you really learn a language without much effort by watching dramas and listening K-Pop?

Following this advice can bring many advantages:

  • Attuning your ears to Korean by listening to native speakers
  • Boosting your vocabulary
  • Boosting your dialogue-related listening comprehension
  • Letting you hear a language used in context
  • Learning passively while having fun

    At the end of the day, it seems like a great idea, but in reality it’s not totally true… Actually, it varies! We definitely recommend that you expose yourself to a lot of resources in their original language such as movies, drama, anime, music…for the reasons above. But you will never learn Korean like that.

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    Dramas and K-Pop as a complement to your learning tools
    It’s best to see these videos as a Korean learning complement. You need to acquire a certain amount of vocabulary and grammar in order to better comprehend a Korean video or conversation.

    This is our approach: KoreanClass101.com brings you tons of audio and video lessons, from songs to dialogues and cultural insights, and each of these lessons has a grammar focus, a vocabulary list, a lesson transcript and notes so that you don’t miss any points. We give you the foundation you need to be able to understand dramas and benefit from watching it.

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    The myth of learning by only watching Korean dramas

    The “watch dramas and learn Korean” concept is just a myth. A lot of high school students improve their English level by reading books and comics, or watching dramas and movies in English with subtitles in their own language. You, meanwhile, might watch all episodes of Heirs or Running Man in Korean but still not make any progress!

    The difference? Those foreign students are not starting from scratch when they use this method to learn Korean. Even though they might still be at a low level, they were working on some solid foundations.

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    Basically, what you will hear after 6 months of watching dramas in Korean, while hiding the subtitles, would probably be something like:

    bla bla bla bla bla Hello bla bla bla bla Thank you bla bla bla bla You A**hole bla bla bla You’re so handsome bla bla bla bla bla It hurts! bla bla bla bla I love you bla bla bla bla bla bla really!?

    Still quite far from fluency, right?

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    The key to learning through K-Pop and dramas

    The key is the amount of passive vocabulary you already have. It’s all the vocabulary you understand when listening to or reading Korean, without having the need to search in the dictionary. Our brain has limited capacity and if it doesn’t recognize 70-80% of the words in a sentence, it will be incapable of filling in the blanks to give a sense to the unknown words based on the context.

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    Let’s look at these two cases:
    1. You are at a beginner level of Korean
    2. You are at an intermediate level of Korean

    In both cases, you must expose yourself to a lot of Korean media: podcasts, videos and so on…

    In the first case, your brain won’t be able to analyze what you hear when you’re watching dramas or listening K-Pop because you miss too many words. Of course we don’t forbid you from doing this, but be aware that you are only training your ears to become accustomed to the sounds of Korean. This is a good start, though. But you will also need to start learning grammar basics and vocabulary.

    Our Korean for Absolute Beginners series will offer you the resources you need to quickly understand the foundations of the Korean language, through entertaining topics.

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    If you are at an intermediate level, you will need to acquire a lot of vocabulary covering a large range of topics. Challenge yourself with our Listening Comprehension series on YouTube, listen to our podcasts and verify through the lesson notes and transcripts that you understood everything, from the grammar point to the explanation of the kanji used in the lesson.

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    Korean dramas and K-Pop can be great learning tools because there are fun and there is a lot of it around. Just make sure to do a little extra work to optimize their use! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account to access all our resources and be able to watch dramas without subtitles!

  • Top 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Korean

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  • 제 이름은 민준입니다.
    Je ireumeun Minjunimnida.
    My name is Minjun

  • 한국 사람입니다.
    Hanguk saramimnida.
    I’m from South Korea.

  • 서울에 살고 있습니다.
    Seoureseo salgo itsseumnida.
    I live in Seoul.

  • 한국어를 1년 째 공부하고 있습니다.
    Hangugeoreul illyeon jjae gongbuhago itsseumnida.
    I’ve been learning Korean for a year.

  • KoreanClass101.com에서 한국어를 배우고 있습니다.
    Koriankeullaseuwonowondatkeomeseo hangugeoreul baeugo itsseumnida.
    I’m learning Korean at KoreanClass101.com.

  • 안녕하세요. 만나서 반갑습니다.
    Annyeonghaseyo. Mannaseo bangapsseumnida.
    Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

  • 27살 입니다.
    Seumurilgopsal imnida.
    I’m 27 years old.

  • 교사입니다.
    Gyosaimnida.
    I’m a teacher.

  • 독서는 제 취미 중 하나입니다.
    Dokseoneun je chwimi jung hanaimnida.
    One of my hobbies is reading.

  • 음악 감상을 즐깁니다.
    Eumak gamsangeul jeulgimnida.
    I enjoy listening to music.

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  • How to be a Good Lover in Korea

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    - 사랑해요.
    Saranghaeyo.
    I love you.

    - 당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요.
    Dangsineun naege mucheok sojunghaeyo.
    You mean so much to me.

    - 나랑 사귈래?
    Narang saguillae?
    Will you be my Valentine?

    - 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해.
    Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saenggakae.
    I think of you as more than a friend.

    - 백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야. 백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야.
    Baek gaeui simjangdo neoreul hyanghan nae modeun sarangeul damgieneun neomu mojaralgeoya.
    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    - 정말 잘생기셨어요.
    Jeongmal jalsaenggisyeoseoyo.
    You’re so handsome.

    - 나는 너에게 반했어.
    Naneun neoege banhaeseo.
    I’ve got a crush on you.

    - 사랑은 그저 사랑이다. 절대 설명 될 수 없다.
    Sarangeun geujeo sarangida. Jeoldae seolmyeong doel su eopda.
    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    - 당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요. 당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요.
    Dangsin deokbune nan deo joeun sarami doego sipeojyeoseoyo.
    You make me want to be a better man.

    - 당신이 하는 모든 일이 사랑으로 행해지기를.
    Dangsini haneun modeun iri sarangeuro haenghaejigireul.
    Let all that you do be done in love.

    - 내 사랑 당신은 내 행복의 근원이에요.
    Nae sarang dangsineun nae haengbogui geunwonieyo.
    You are my sunshine, my love.

    - 말은 당신을 위한 내 사랑을 설명 할 수 없습니다.
    Mareun dangsineul wihan nae sarangeul seolmyeong hal su eopseumnida.
    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    - 우리는 천생연분이야.
    Urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya.
    We were meant to be together.

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    Top 10 Break-Up Lines in Korean

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    1. I need to focus on my career.

    나는 일에 집중해야 해. (Naneun ire jipjunghaeya hae)

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    2. I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    난 그냥 이런 종류의 연애를 위한 준비가 안 됐어. (Nan geunyang ireon jongnyuui yeonaereul wihan junbiga an dwaesseo)

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    3. I need my space.

    내 공간이 필요해. (Nae gonggani piryohae)

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    4. You deserve better.

    너는 내게 과분한 사람이야. (Neoneun naege gwabunhan saramiya)

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    5. Let’s just be friends.

    우리 그냥 친구하자. 우리 그냥 친구하자. (Uri geunyang chinguhaja)

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    6. I think we’re moving too fast.

    우리 진도가 너무 빠른 것 같아. (Uri jindoga neomu ppareun geot gata)

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    7. We should start seeing other people.

    우리는 다른 사람을 만나기 시작해야 해. (Urineun dareun sarameul mannagi sijakaeya hae)

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    8. I’m not good enough for you.

    나는 너에게 충분하지 않아. (Naneun neoege chungbunhaji ana)

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    9. It’s for the best.

    이게 최선이야. (Ige choeseoniya)

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    10. I just don’t love you anymore.

    난 그냥 너를 더 이상 사랑하지 않아. (Nan geunyang neoreul deo isang saranghaji ana)

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    The Top 10 Korean Words & Phrases For Going On A Date

    The Top 10 Words You'll Need For A Date!

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    Summer is here and love is in the air! But are you going to be able to go on that date with that special someone… who only speaks Korean?!

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    1. I love you.
    사랑해요. (Saranghaeyo.)

    2. You’re so beautiful.
    정말 아름다우세요. (Jeongmal areumdauseyo.)

    3. Rose
    장미 (jangmi)

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    4. Kiss
    키스 (kiseu)

    5. I think of you as more than a friend.
    나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해. (Naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saenggakae.)

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    6. Love
    사랑 (sarang)

    7. I’ve got a crush on you.
    나는 너에게 반했어. (Naneun neoege banhaeseo.)

    8. Date
    데이트 (deiteu)

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    9. Heart
    하트 (hateu)

    10. We were meant to be together.
    우리는 천생연분이야. (Urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya.)

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    Top 10 Foods That Will Kill You Faster in Korean

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    1. 가공육。 - Processed meat.

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    2. 감자칩。 - Potato chips.

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    3. 냉동식품。 - Frozen meals.

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    4. 마가린。 - Margarin.

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    5. 베이컨。 - Bacon.

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    6. 사탕。 - Candy.

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    7. 소다。 - Soda.

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    8. 에너지 음료。 - Energy drinks.

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    9. 인스턴트 라면。 - instant noodles.

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    10. 전자레인지용 팝콘。 - Microwave popcorn.

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    The Top 5 K-Pop Songs To Learn Korean!

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    Can you learn a language just by listening to music? Probably not.

    However, while it would be illogical to rely solely on music to learn a language, it can definitely help!

    This is true for learning Korean.

    Here are a few reasons why music CAN help you learn Korean:

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    1. Music can help you remember!
    Ever had a song stuck in your head? Music stimulates memorization naturally. So while you’re singing your favorite Korean pop song every night before bed, you’ll be working on your language skills at the same time! How’s that for practicing Korean?

    2. Practice on the go!
    With modern technology, you can listen to music anywhere. The convenience of music is what makes it the perfect way to supplement your Korean language studies. On the bus, in a cafe, stuck in traffic…just turn on your car stereo or put on your headphones and go!

    3. Learn about the culture!
    This is one of the coolest things about listening to popular music from Korea. You’re able to dive in and experience a piece of the culture first-hand. By doing this, you can familiarize yourself with the current trends, slang, idols and actors of Korea!

    4. Bring life your studies to life!
    We all know that reading through notes can get boring, so why not spice up your studies a little? Music is fun and relaxing. Whether you want to dance on your bed to techno or unwind in your backyard to a soothing melody, nothing beats a study break that actually helps your studying.

    And without further ado, here are our five songs that will help improve your Korean:

    1. 2NE1 - I Love You

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    2NE1 is one of the most popular K-pop groups around! Composed of three members, 2NE1 has been on the Korean music scene since 2009. The song I Love You features a smooth and catchy tune with a hook that is actually in English! This combination of Korean and English can be a great way for beginners to start learning through music.

    2. SHINee - Hello

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    Similar to the previous song on the list, Hello also sports a simple English chorus. SHINee is one of the most respected boy bands in Korea, as well as Japan! This song is perfect for someone who is at a beginner level.

    3. EXO - 으르렁 (Growl)

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    This song is sure to help intermediate and advanced learners. Don’t be surprised if the beat gets stuck in your head for days, it’s THAT catchy! Though some of the lyrics can get complex, the words are always spoken at an easy to follow pace!

    4. Girls’ Generation - Gee

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    This light-hearted song is sure to lift up your spirits, as well as help you learn Korean! One of the older groups on this list, Girls’ Generation debuted in 2007. Gee is comprised of simple and cheery lyrics that anyone can enjoy!

    5. BIGBANG - Fantastic Baby

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    BIGBANG might be the most popular group on the list and Fantastic Baby is one of their most popular songs. Like a few of the other songs on the list, English can be found in the lyrics, making it a comfortable track for beginners.

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