March 25, 2013

Shorts: North Korea

North Korea recently released a propaganda video showing the "defeat" of the United States and the take-over of South Korea.
With my trip to South Korea just around the corner in May, a few of friends have expressed concern about me traveling.
Right now North Korea's bark is far worse than its bite.  eatyourkimchi and askthekorean both have very insightful posts about it.

I like equate the North Korean threat to tornados.  North Korea is to South Korea what tornados are to Tornado Alley.  Yes, they can be dangerous and they do take lives, but those in Tornado Alley don't cower in fear all spring from the threat of tornados.

March 23, 2013

Shorts: Have I Seen You Before...?

Have you ever noticed how SM recycles voices and faces???

Kangta --> ZhouMi --> Tao
Tony Ahn --> Yoochun
Donghae --> Amber
Stephanie Kim --> Zhang Liyin --> Tiffany (Stephanie) Hwang
Siwon --> Suho
Taemin --> Kai
BoA --> J-Min
Han Geng --> Lay
Jaejoong --> Kris
Jang Woo-hyuk --> Eunhyuk
Lee Min-woo --> Henry Lau

Stephanie --> Zhang Liyin
Changmin --> Baekhyun
Jonghyun --> Chen

I was always wondering what SM saw in the Jung sisters at such a young age.  I was rewatching BoA's "ID; Peace B" music video and realized how much like a young, make-up free BoA the Jung sisters must have looked like.  Jessica's predebut photos look a heck of a lot like BoA did when she was 14...

March 6, 2013

Let's Learn Together: 봄날 (One Fine Spring Day) // 슈퍼주니어

Let's Learn Together:  봄날 (One Fine Spring Day) // 슈퍼주니어

Song:  봄날 (One Fine Spring Day)
Artist:  슈퍼주니어 // Super Junior
Album:  미인아 (Bonamana)

English:  N/A
Translation Difficulty:  4 / 10

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[Edit: 3/7/14] [Edit: 4/7/14]

Just A Few Words:
This is something I dedicate to my grandfather, who passed away a few weeks ago.  It's a lovely song and I like the meaning behind it. :)

English:  N/A

Translation Difficulty:  4 / 10

10 Words:
  1. 화분 (noun):  flowerpot, pot
  2. 드리우다 (verb):  to cast
  3. 겨울 (noun):  winter
  4. 사실 (adverb):  fact, truth; actually, in fact, as a matter of fact, to be honest, to tell the truth
  5. 그리우다 (verb):  miss, long for; feel [be] homesick [for]
  6. 사소하다 (adjective):  trivial, minor, insignificant, unimportant, trifling, petty
  7. 향기 (noun):  scent, fragrance, perfume; redolence; aroma
  8. 흩어지다 (verb):  scatter, disperse
  9. 훗날 (noun):  the future
  10. 얘기하다 (verb):  [Informal - 이야기하다] to talk, speak, tell

Politeness Level:
The singer(s) are comfortable to the audience.  They are close friends, family, or in a relationship.