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Practice Your Listening Skills | Hyolyn Interview [video]

I do this from time to time to test out how well I understand what I’m learning. At the moment, I can read something and tell you what it says (sometimes I can respond in Korean if it’s really simple) but I’m not as strong with my listening skills like I’d like to be. The problem?

Speed.

Believe it or not, if you talk to me really slowly in Korean I can understand but the faster you talk, the harder it is for me to follow along. If you have that same problem, you may be wondering how do you work on this? Well, you practice by listening to things like interviews or documentary clips. Not necessarily k-dramas. Although they are fun to watch, it’s usually really dramatic and not how people will speak on a day-to-day basis but interviews like this and documentary clips are closer to the speed and tone people will use in everyday conversations.

So test your skills!

The clip below has subtitles but to test how much you know, don’t look at them! They’re embedded into the video so there’s no way to turn them off. But just focus on the people and listen to what they’re saying and see how much you understand.

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Monday Kpop Update | Tablo Interview, Talks HIGHGRND Amidst Release of Lee Hi New Album + Monday Couple Backlash? Netz Tired of Storyline + FIESTAR “A Delicate Sense” Live Performance

This weekend wasn’t as busy as last weekend in the kpop world so I took the time to take a break from it. Today, it’s still not very busy but there were a few things that happened that over the weekend that kinda carried over into today that I got excited about.

Starting with Lee Hi. If you remember a while back, they signed with Tablo’s independent label HIGHGRND. We got to see some teasers for the official debut of the company shortly before it was announced that Lee Hi’s comeback would be soon. Well, with the comeback news, many fans were wondering, what’s really the difference between HIGHGRND and YG Entertainment? Aren’t they the same? Tablo, owner of HIGHGRND says, “No, they’re different.” (no Lee Hi pun intended.)

In a recent interview with Sports Illgan, Tablo said:

“President Yang gave me this authority…. he must think by letting me take the lead independently that perhaps I will come up with totally different products from YG. He has no knowledge of all out decisions. He is also unaware of our ongoing plan. Legally, we are two different companies.”

(source: kpopstarz)

I actually thought that HIGHGRND was a sub-unit of YG, I had no idea they were separate companies. Well, that’s good to know. And with Lee Hi’s newest single, I’m sure it clears up a lot about any agency speculation that may arise in the future.

If you haven’t heard it yet, check out their newest single below!


Everyone’s favorite Monday Couple is not so much a favorite anymore. At least, not for everyone. Apparently the idea of Song Ji Hyo and Gary being this adorable couple on Running Man has outstayed its welcome to some netz. It began about seven years ago. In the beginning, with Gary show his “love and affection” for Song Ji Hyo, everyone thought it was cute. But now, after the latest episode, netz are saying, “Give it rest!”

[ + 763, – 121] Honestly this is getting old. Their love line has been over used. How long are they going to hold on to this

[+ 579, – 88] I’m sorry but cut the BS. We know it’s all for show and just business

(source: koreaboo)

Well, with Song Ji Hyo’s latest ventures with the Chinese version of “We Got Married” and with other things she’ll be branching out and doing, I’m sure this is going to die down soon.


FIESTAR’s latest song “Mirror” has had a lot of people talking and excited about the new album. If you want to hear samples from the album, check out their MelOn live performance below!

Thursday Kpop Update | “Produce 101” Trainees on Show Illegally + Eddy Kim and Zico Collaboration Track Year-Long Production + Red Velvet Comeback (Teaser)

 

The kpop world this week was so eventful and exciting, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to talk about all the major headlines and still post the new music. But I did a pretty good job of covering all of it, or so I thought.

“Produce 101” is back in the headlines but not necessarily for good reasons. Apparently, some of their show trainees are from agencies that aren’t registered with the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. And in total, it’s about 6 agencies. So what does that mean for the trainees? Well, it means they’re illegally on the show. The show isn’t taking the accusation lightly and has already released a statement.
“We received an inquiry from the creative content agency regarding registered companies so we immediately made an inquiry with participating enterprises about the guidelines and submitted the necessary registrations.”
(source: allkpop)
The show targeted trainees from all agencies and even said that they willfully targeted agencies that hadn’t registered. Now that they have trainees on the show, the agency is still expected to complete their registration. And the show wants verification after the process is done.
Will the agencies properly register and provide verification? Will the trainees get to stay on the show? Find out on the next episode of…
In all seriousness, I’m sure they will now that attention has been called on their lack of proper paperwork and since the show is this far along, I’m sure they’ll allow the trainees to stay. Legal or not.

 

Eddy Kim just released a new single with Beenzino “Paldangdam” which has gotten the attention of a lot of people.

However, the topic quickly shifted to Kim’s collaboration track with Zico. Apparently, it’s taken over a year to produce this one song. Why? Apparently, Zico and Jung Joon Young have been saying that Eddy Kim is lazy and he wasn’t having it. Jokingly, he said in an interview:
“…I’ve been working on a collaboration track with Zico since April of 2015. While I’m as lazy as I’m available, Zico is so busy, and I tell him that if he gives me a date, I’ll be there. It’s getting to be a year since we’ve started this collaboration project, but now I’m not even sure if we’ll be able to finish it.”
(source: allkpop)
It is true that Zico is busy. With his new releases and mixtapes, it seems he is everywhere with new music. Here’s to hoping that this track doesn’t end up getting put on the backburner…

 

So I’m sure by now you have either heard about this comeback or seen the teasers for it so it’s probably not a total surprise about Red Velvet’s impending comeback that they’re doing so, gracefully. No pun intended, the ladies have been releases teasers in soft pink and ballerina theme. I wonder if this new single will be a ballad?
If you haven’t seen them, check out the teaser images below!