April 2, 2014

Let's Learn Together: Dancing Queen // 소녀시대

Let's Learn Together:  Dancing Queen // 소녀시대

Song:  Dancing Queen
Album:  I GOT A BOY
Artist:  소녀시대  //  Girls' Generation  (少女時代)  //  SNSD)
Lyrics:  music.naver.com
Company:  SM Entertainment

English:  9 / 10
Translation Difficulty:  1 / 10



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Just A Few Words:
The song that could've been!  However, I'm glad they stuck to "Gee" instead of this song.  Since it is a remake of Duffy's "Mercy," Girls' Generation may not have been the powerhouse that it is today!

English:  9 / 10
Since all the lyrics written in English are spoken by Girls' Generation's two English speakers, the pronunciation is fine (I don't count the Konglish words written in Korean as it is expected they will be pronounced in a "Korean" way like 파티 as "pah-tee" instead of "par-tee.")  The only issue I have with the song's English is the "dancing queen."  A dancing queen is usually an insult used toward guys who dance that questions their sexuality.  I would assume they would be talking about a girl, but the song is too sexy to be from girl to girl.  So what does "Dancing Queen" actually mean?
The grammar is fine even though it is in the vernacular.

Translation Difficulty:  1 / 10
This was pretty easy, but there was some guess work involved.  Sometimes song lyrics tend to omit "known" information.  This is okay if you (think) you know where the song is going, but otherwise it's a headache.

10 Words:
  1. 무대 (noun):  "stage"
  2. 평범하다 (adjective):  "ordinary" or "common" or "normal" or "average" or "plain" or "run-of-the-mill"
  3. 인생 (noun):  "(human) life"
  4. 지루하다 (adjective):  "boring" or "bored" or "dull" or "tedious" or "tiresome" or "wearisome"
  5. 일상 (noun):  "everyday life" or "daily life"
  6. 하룻밤 (noun):  "one night" or "single night"
  7. 사로잡다 (verb):  "captivate" or "fascinate" or "win (one's heart)" or "knock sb out"
  8. 화려하다 (adjective):  "fancy" or "showy" or "splendid" or "colorful".  Also "impressive"
  9. 솜씨 (noun):  "skill (at/in)" or "ability" or "dexterity" or "knack"
  10. 아찔하다 (verb):  "dizzy"
Credit:  dic.naver.com


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


Dancing Queen

Girls' Generation
Let's dance.
Hit the beat and take it to the fast line.

무대 위 너를 처음 봤을 때
stage + on top (of) // you + [OBJ] // first; start; beginning // to see; look at + {past tense} + {simultaneous}
While [I] first saw you on the stage.
-->  When I first saw you on stage.
내 주위에 시간들은 모두 멈추고 가슴만 뛰어
I; me + [POS] // surroundings; {surround} + [LOC] // time; hour + {plural} + [TOP] // all; everything; everyone // to stop; halt + and // heart; mind + only; just // to thump; pound; beat
As for time, time stops around me and only [my] heart beats.
-->  Time stops around me and only my heart beats.
--->  Only my heart beats as time stops around me.

평범한 나의 인생은 바꿔준 넌 나의 댄싱 퀸
to be common; mediocre; ordinary + [MOD] // I; me + [POS] // life + [TOP] // to change; switch; turn; alter + {for someone} + [MOD] // you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // dancing queen
As for you, you, who changed my life that was ordinary, [are] my dancing queen.
-->  You who changed my ordinary life are my dancing queen.
--->  You're my dancing queen who changed my ordinary life.
---->  You, my dancing queen, changed my ordinary life.
지루한 나의 일상을 깨워준 하룻밤의 파티
boring; dull; tedious + [MOD] // I; me + [POS] // everyday life; daily life + [OBJ] // wake (up); awaken; awake + {for someone} + [MOD] // one night; single night + [POS] // party
A one night's party that wakes up my daily life that is boring.
-->  A one night's party that wakes up my boring daily life.
--->  A night's party that wakes up my boring life.
---->  *My boring life is awakened by a night's party.

내 맘을 사로잡은 댄싱
I; me + [POS] // heart; mind + [OBJ] // to captivate; fascinate; win (one's heart) + [MOD] // dancing
The dancing that captivates my heart.
-->  [Your] dancing that captivates my heart.
--->  Your dancing captures my heart.
그 화려한 솜씨
that // fancy; showy; splendid; colorful; impressive + [MOD] // skill (at/in); ability; dexterity; knack
That ability that is impressive.
-->  That ability {of yours} that is impressive.
--->  That impressive ability.
너의 그 이기적인 맵시
you + [POS] // that // self-centered; selfish; egotistic + to be + [MOD] // {chic}; {stylish}; {smart}
Your style that is self-centered.
-->  Your self-centered style.
--->  *Your style that's all about you.
그 아찔한 섹시
that // to be dizzy + [MOD] // sexy; sexiness
That sexiness that is dizzy.
-->  That dizzying sexiness.
--->  That dizzying sexiness of your.
숨 막힐 듯 해 Yeah
be choked; be suffocated; be stifled + to be like; as if // Yeah
[It] is like being suffocated.  Yeah
-->  It's like [I am] being suffocated.  Yeah
--->  It's like I'm being suffocated.  Yeah

한참을 지나
{quite}; {a while}; {far} + [OBJ] // pass; go by
A while passes.
-->  *Time passes.
--->  *As time goes by,
내가 무대 위에서 그때 그대처럼 춤추고 노래해
I; me + [SUB] // stage // on top (of) + [LOC] // at that time; then // you + like // to dance (a dance) + to sing (a song)
I dance a dance and sing a song on stage like you at that time.
-->  I dance and sing on stage like you did.
마치 꿈같아...정말로
like // dream(s) + to be like // ... // truly; really; indeed
[It] is like a dream...really
-->  It's like a dream...really!

평범한 나의 인생은 바꿔준 넌 나의 댄싱 퀸
to be common; mediocre; ordinary + [MOD] // I; me + [POS] // life + [TOP] // to change; switch; turn; alter + {for someone} + [MOD] // you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // dancing queen
As for you, you, who changed my life that was ordinary, [are] my dancing queen.
-->  You who changed my ordinary life are my dancing queen.
--->  You're my dancing queen who changed my ordinary life.
---->  You, my dancing queen, changed my ordinary life.
지루한 나의 일상을 깨워준 하룻밤의 꿈
boring; dull; tedious + [MOD] // I; me + [POS] // everyday life; daily life + [OBJ] // wake (up); awaken; awake + {for someone} + [MOD] // one night; single night + [POS] // dream(s)
A one night's dream that wakes up my daily life that is boring.
-->  A one night's dream that wakes up my boring daily life.
--->  A night's dream that wakes up my boring life.
---->  *My boring life is awakened by a night's dream.

내 맘을 사로잡은 댄싱
I; me + [POS] // heart; mind + [OBJ] // to captivate; fascinate; win (one's heart) + [MOD] // dancing
The dancing that captivates my heart.
-->  [Your] dancing that captivates my heart.
--->  Your dancing captures my heart.
그 화려한 솜씨
that // fancy; showy; splendid; colorful; impressive + [MOD] // skill (at/in); ability; dexterity; knack
That ability that is impressive.
-->  That ability {of yours} that is impressive.
--->  That impressive ability.
너의 그 이기적인 맵시
you + [POS] // that // self-centered; selfish; egotistic + to be + [MOD] // {chic}; {stylish}; {smart}
Your style that is self-centered.
-->  Your self-centered style.
--->  *Your style that's all about you.
그 아찔한 섹시
that // to be dizzy + [MOD] // sexy; sexiness
That sexiness that is dizzy.
-->  That dizzying sexiness.
--->  That dizzying sexiness of your.
리듬에 몸을 맡겨 나 Yeah
rhythm + [LOC] // body; figure + [OBJ] // leave (sth to sb); assign (sb sth); entrust (sb with sth) + to continue // Yeah
(Continue) to leave [your] body in the rhythm.  Yeah
-->  Leave your body to the rhythm.  Yeah

넌 나의 댄싱 퀸
you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // dancing queen
As for you, you [are] my dancing queen.
-->  You're my dancing queen.
누가 뭐래도 영원히 내 마음속의 스타
{no matter what anyone (says)} // forever; eternally; for good [ever, eternity] // I; me + [POS] // one's heart; one's mind; bottom of one's heart + [POS] // star
No matter what anyone says, {you} [are] the bottom of my heart's star.
-->  No matter what anyone says, you're my heart's star.
--->  No matter what anyone says, you're the star of my heart.
(I don't care what anyone thinks
Cause you're the one who makes me dance
You're the one who makes me sing
Can't nobody be my dancing queen but you.)
넌 나의 hero
you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // hero
As for you, you [are] my hero.
-->  You're my hero.
넌 나의 hero
you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // hero
As for you, you [are] my hero.
-->  You're my hero.
넌 나의 hero
you + [TOP] // I; me + [POS] // hero
As for you, you [are] my hero.
-->  You're my hero.
(I get the "chills" when I see you move,
See you groove.
The way you shake your body is
"Look at me everybody!"
Your dancing makes me hot)

댄싱, 그 화려한 댄싱
dancing, // that // fancy; showy; splendid; colorful; impressive + [MOD] // dancing
Dancing, that dancing that is impressive.
-->  Dancing, that dancing {of yours} that is impressive.
--->  Dancing, that impressive dancing.
니 이기적인 맵시
you + [POS] // fancy; showy; splendid; colorful; impressive + [MOD] // skill (at/in); ability; dexterity; knack
Your ability that is impressive.
-->  Your ability {of yours} that is impressive.
--->  Your impressive ability.
그 아찔한 섹시
that // to be dizzy + [MOD] // sexy; sexiness
That sexiness that is dizzy.
-->  That dizzying sexiness.
--->  That dizzying sexiness of your.
리듬에 몸을 맡겨 나 Yeah
rhythm + [LOC] // body; figure + [OBJ] // leave (sth to sb); assign (sb sth); entrust (sb with sth) + to continue // Yeah
(Continue) to leave [your] body in the rhythm.  Yeah
-->  Leave your body to the rhythm.  Yeah

내 맘을 사로잡은 댄싱
I; me + [POS] // heart; mind + [OBJ] // to captivate; fascinate; win (one's heart) + [MOD] // dancing
The dancing that captivates my heart.
-->  [Your] dancing that captivates my heart.
--->  Your dancing captures my heart.
그 화려한 솜씨
that // fancy; showy; splendid; colorful; impressive + [MOD] // skill (at/in); ability; dexterity; knack
That ability that is impressive.
-->  That ability {of yours} that is impressive.
--->  Your impressive ability.
너의 그 이기적인 맵시
you + [POS] // that // self-centered; selfish; egotistic + to be + [MOD] // {chic}; {stylish}; {smart}
Your style that is self-centered.
-->  Your self-centered style.
--->  *Your style that's all about you.
그 아찔한 섹시
that // to be dizzy + [MOD] // sexy; sexiness
That sexiness that is dizzy.
-->  That dizzying sexiness.
--->  That dizzying sexiness of your.
숨 막힐 듯한 너 Yeah
be choked; be suffocated; be stifled + to be like; as if + [MOD] // you // Yeah
You that is like being suffocated.  Yeah
-->  It's like you are being suffocated.  Yeah
--->  It's like you're being suffocated.  Yeah

Bring it on

파티 젊음을 불태울 댄싱파티
party // youthfulness; youthful + [OBJ] // to ignite a fire; ignite; kindle + [MOD] // dancing party
Party, a dancing party that will ignite the youthfulness.
-->  Party, dancing party that will ignite the youth.
모두 다 함께 해 파티
all; everyone; everything // all; {emphasis} // together (with) // to be // party
Everyone all together does, party
-->  Party, everybody all together does [it].
--->  *Party, everybody party together.