Kpop Teaches Korean Too | 2PM “Promise (I’ll Be)” [Word of the Day]

안녕하세요!

Alright, so this song right now is really new and gaining a lot of attention. For starters, everyone is excited to see 2PM but they have a very classic, mature sound with this song. It took me about 3 or 4 songs before deciding on this sooooooooooo let’s get started!

We’re only looking at the first verse for this song so you won’t see the hook or chorus here. However, you can still use the same methods for the hook and chorus.

시계만 쳐다보고 있어
기다리기가 너무 힘들어
1분 1초가 너무 길어
I need you right now

sigyeman chyeodabogo isseo
gidarigiga neomu himdeureo
ilbun ilchoga neomu gireo
I need you right now

1) 시계만 쳐다보고 있어 (sigyeman chyeodabogo isseo)

  • 시계만 (sigyeman) | “clock” and “only”
    • This is a duo meaning because -만 is a particle that means, “only” and 시계 (sigye) means “clock” or “timepiece”
  • 있어 (isseo) | comes from the verb 있다 meaning, “to be”.
    • This verb is typically conjugated to take on the meaning of “have”, “am”, etc.

Unfamiliar word:

  • 쳐다보고 (chyeodabogo) | “to look; to glance; to stare”

Okay, we won’t focus so much on grammar today. I just added the little bits of information above for background. So based on what we went over Sunday, let’s go ahead and put this sentence together

“I’m staring only at the clock”


2) 기다리기가 너무 힘들어 (gidarigiga neomu himdeureo)

  • 기다리기가 (gidarigiga) | “wait”
  • 너무 (neomu) | “too”

Unfamiliar word:

  • 힘들어 (himdeureo) | from the verb 힘들다 ‎(himdeulda) meaning “to be difficult” or “to be hard”

“Too hard to wait” or “It’s too hard to wait”


3) 1분 1초가 너무 길어 (ilbun ilchoga neomu gireo)

  • 1분 1초가 (ilbun ilchoga)
    • I put these two together because they are dealing with time. Although you may know that 분 means, “minute”, you may have not heard the word 초가 before.
    • 분 | “minute”
    • 초가 | “seconds”
  • 너무 (neomu) | “too”
  • 길어 (gireo) | “long; lengthened”

“1 minute, 1 second is too long” or “Each minute, each second is so long

 

Alright so what do we have so far?

시계만 쳐다보고 있어
기다리기가 너무 힘들어
1분 1초가 너무 길어
I need you right now

sigyeman chyeodabogo isseo
gidarigiga neomu himdeureo
ilbun ilchoga neomu gireo
I need you right now

I’m staring only at the clock
It’s too hard to wait -or- Too hard to wait
1 minute, 1 second is too long or- Each minute, each second is so long
I need you right now

And now on to the second part of the first verse!

니가 없는 밤은 너무 길어
지금 바로 데리러 갈까
오늘은 너무 늦었나
I need you right now

niga eobsneun bameun neomu gireo
jigeum baro derireo galkka
oneureun neomu neujeossna
I need you right now

1) 니가 없는 밤은 너무 길어 (niga eobsneun bameun neomu gireo)

This one will probably be the easiest sentence, aside from the English lyrics, because you probably know every word in that line. Or at least, you’re familiar with them. Don’t believe me, look below!

  • 니가 | “you”
  • 없는 | “without”
  • 밤은 | “night” + object particle
  • 너무 | “too”
  • 길어 | “long”

“Nights without you are too long”


2) 지금 바로 데리러 갈까 ( jigeum baro derireo galkka)

  • 지금 | “now”
  • 갈까 | “shall; should”
    •  we just covered this during the Grammar of the Week last week.

Unfamiliar words:

  • 바로 (baro) | “immediately; right now; exactly”
  • 데리러 (derireo) | “pick up”

“Should I pick you up right now?”


3) 오늘은 너무 늦었나 (oneureun neomu neujeossna)

  • 오늘은 | “today” + object particle
  • 너무 | “too”

Unfamiliar words:

  • 늦었나 (neujeossna) | comes from the verb, 늦다 ‎(neutda) meaning “to be late”.
    • -었나 | past tense particle that also indicates a question being asked.
      • 었 is past tense
      • 나 is a question particle

Because I said I wasn’t going to get too involved with grammar, I won’t go into a lot of detail.

“Is it too late today?”

And now let’s see the fully translated version of the second half.

니가 없는 밤은 너무 길어
지금 바로 데리러 갈까
오늘은 너무 늦었나
I need you right now

niga eobsneun bameun neomu gireo
jigeum baro derireo galkka
oneureun neomu neujeossna
I need you right now

Nights without you are too long
Should I pick you up right now?
Is it too late today?
I need you right now

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