Hallyu Word of the Day #1

Since I’m learning Korean myself, I thought it would be interesting to do a Korean word of the day!

The focus, is Hallyu of course, and this so-called ‘Korean wave’ tends to throw specific words at its audience, through its music, dramas, etc.

So, I want to inaugurate, so to speak with a word that practically all Korean learners (and non-learners alike) tends to find themselves getting to know first (although by a few accounts this is 빨리, which we will be coming to later) : 사랑해 (sa – rang – hae), which means I love you (actually, it’s a phrase and a word all in one).

The suffix -요 can be added for politeness to make 사랑해요 (sa-rang-hae-yo).

사랑해, of course being a much-used phrase in K-pop, and other Korean music, not to mention Korean dramas (and drama doesn’t refer to theatre in Korea, it refers to what we call soap operas)

A related word 사랑, means love. If you listen to a lot of Korean music, then you’ll know what I’m talking about – about 50% of the songs in my iTunes have 사랑해/사랑/ 사랑한다 and other variations in their title/lyrics, all derived from the verb 사랑하다 – to love.

A few popular Korean songs with 사랑해 (links lead to MVs in youtube) :

  • Alex & JiSun (duet) – 사랑해 ….a very interesting music video storyline, followed in two parts.
  • Fly To the Sky – 사랑해 ….from their 7th album No limitations
  • Mighty Mouth Feat. Yoon Eun Hye (of Coffee Prince fame) – 사랑해…. this is fairly new
  • Namolla Family Feat. Taein and Kim Kyung Rok of VOS – 사랑해요… Namolla family is a group of comedians, I think, but they’re songs are fairly good – catchy!

You can watch the MV for Alex (Clazziquai) and JiSun (ex-Loveholic)’s duets here:

Part One : Very Hurtful Words (너무 아픈 이말).

Part Two : I Love You (사랑해).

Highly recommended! Really, it’s a MUST WATCH! Genre : fantasy – a guy goes fishing and he reels in something very unusual… And remember to look out for Alex’s and JiSun’s voices – very beautiful. And, remember it’s a continuous storyline, so watch part one then two, and no – it’s not horror/scary – I don’t really like that genre that much…

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  1. […] 4 : (7.5/10) Romantic ballad – reminiscent of ‘Very Hurtful Words‘ (his duet with JiSun). This is a beautiful song, with an easy melody – nice to listen to on […]

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