“너는 너를 알잖아” 모아나 (“Know Who You Are” Moana) | [Word of the Day] (Kpop Teaches Korean Too)

안녕하세요!

Okay, so maybe you read this title and immediately thought, “well that’s not kpop that’s Disney!” And you’re right. Technically, this just is a translated song from the Disney movie “Moana”. But, I picked this type of song because I wanted those of you who don’t already do this to consider doing it.

Movies, books, songs, etc. that you already know are the perfect place to start when learning a new language. This song is short and simple and applies techniques that we’ve talked about often here.

Today, I’m going to show you how to use “active listening.” It’s a tedious process but it’s really worth it if you’re more hands-on with learning.

We won’t focus on the English translation, we’re going to do more of a literal translation. It’ll be kinda like a rough draft.

Let’s get started!

한글

수평선 건너 너를 찾았어
너를 알아 너는 심장을 빼아겼지만
결코 넌 변하지 않아 이건 니가 아냐
너는 널 알잖아

Romanization

supyeongseon geonneo neoleul chaj-ass-eo
neoleul al-a neoneun simjang-eul ppaeagyeossjiman
gyeolko neon byeonhaji anh-a igeon niga anya
neoneun neol aljanh-a

English

I have crossed the horizon to find you
I know your name
I may have stolen the heart from inside you
But this does not define you
This is not who you are
You know who you are

  • 수평선 건너 너를 찾았어 (supyeongseon geonneo neoleul chaj-ass-eo)
    • 수평선 (supyeongseon) | horizon
    • 건너 (geonneo)
      • comes from the verb 건너다 meaning “to cross” or “to be moved from one side to another”
      • in the case of this song, it means “cross”
  • 너를 (neoleul) | you + object particle 를
  • 찾았어 (chaj-ass-eo) | found
    • comes from the verb 찾다 meaning “to search” or “to find”
    • -았어 is past tense ending

Okay so with the translation out of the way, we see it literally translates to: “I found you across the horizon”.

Not too much different from the English translation right? Let’s keep going!

  • 너를 알아 너는 심장을 빼아겼지만 (neoleul al-a neoneun simjang-eul ppaeagyeossjiman)
    • 너를 (neoleul) | you
    • 알아 (al-a) | know
    • 너는 (neoneun) | you + subject particle 는
    • 심장을 (simjang-eul) | heart + object particle 을
    • 빼아겼지만 (ppaeagyeossjiman)
      • comes from the verb 빼다 meaning “to take out”.
      • 겼 part tense verbs
      • 지만 meaning “but” this is used to connect to the next phrase of the song

Literal translation: “I know you. They took away your heart but-”

  • 결코 넌 변하지 않아 이건 니가 아냐 (gyeolko neon byeonhaji anh-a igeon niga anya)
    • 결코 (gyeolko) | not at all
    • 넌 (neon) | “you”
    • 변하지 않아 (byeonhaji anh-a)| “doesn’t change”
    • 이건 (igeon) | “this”
    • 니가 (nige) | “you”
    • 아냐 (anya) | “not”

Literal translation: “It doesn’t change you. This isn’t you.”

  • 너는 널 알잖아 (neoneun neol aljanh-a)
    • 너는 (neoneun) | you + subject particle 는
    • 널 (neol) | you (object form/short hand of 너를)
    • 알잖아 (aljanh-a) | to know

Literal translation: “You know you”

Okay so hopefully after that breakdown you can also do the same as you listen to familiar and unfamiliar songs. You won’t always need to translate what you’re listening to, in fact, I encourage you not to do it. But when you’re starting out and learning new words, it’s good to listen to something and write down what words you understand and what words you’re unfamiliar with and look them up as you go along. This process is called “active listening” and what this will do is allow to, in the future, immediately recognize words and make connections to definitions in your mind. It’ll happen so quickly that you won’t even recognize you’re doing it.

I hope that makes sense.

That’s it for today! This post was a lot longer than I thought it would be.

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