Explore 24: Korean for K-Pop

The recent success of Korean boy-band, BTS, with their hit ‘Dynamite’ is a reminder of what a good year it has been for Korean culture. This has been supported by a surge in people learning the language as well.

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Find out:

  • Why Korean is so popular this year
  • Why Korean is easier to learn than you might think
  • Why K-Pop fans love Rosetta Stone



An amazing year for Korea

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It’s been an amazing year for Korea with Parasite winning best picture at the academy awards, a widely-praised response to Covid from the South-Korean authorities, and now Korean boy band, BTS, breaking all records for most-viewed music video with their new release ‘Dynamite’. It’s no wonder that interest in learning Korean has never been so high.

It’s K-Pop fans that are leading the charge, with a dedication to the culture of Korea that is ripe for being directed into language learning. While the new BTS single is in English, it is the first one, and most K-Pop (Korean pop music) is still sung in the original language. K-Pop fans want to understand more about the music they love. Music journalist and avid K-Pop fan, Lucy Ford, explains:

“A lot of K-Pop artists have international fans that don’t understand the language of the people they love. It’s a whole new world and they want to be included in it. So, they start learning Korean just to find out what their favourite bands are talking about.”

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Why K-Pop fans love Rosetta Stone

If you love K-Pop then you love great visuals and are probably going to love the visual way Rosetta Stone teaches the language. K-Pop is famous for its lavish music videos, full of over-the-top glam effects (just google ‘Dynamite BTS’ and find out). While Rosetta Stone’s learning program is not quite that garish, it is a very visually rich experience, with word and image association being at the core of the immersion system.

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Also importantly, all those wishing to learn Korean are likely to gravitate towards Rosetta Stone as one of the few serious language learning apps on the market that offers the language.

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Why Korean is easier to learn than you might think

While it may not be as easy as another European language, there are some distinct advantages to learning Korean over other languages like Japanese and Chinese.

While some sounds in Korean can be tricky for English speakers, Hangul, the Korean alphabet, consists of 24 characters (14 consonants and 10 vowels) and is phonetic, which makes it straightforward to learn and mostly intuitive. Korean grammar follows an SOV (subject–object–verb) structure which can be unfamiliar at first for English speakers, but there are grammatical markers that can help….read more

Korean is just one of 24 languages you can explore with Rosetta Stone

Korean is fast becoming one of the most popular languages for Rosetta Stone users. Many of whom may not have bought Rosetta Stone with Korean in mind, but have taken the opportunity of having access to all 24 languages, to ‘dip into’ Korean and see what it’s like.

I just started Korean lesson a few weeks ago as my third language and now when I see a cat what comes to my mind is neither “cat” nor “แมว” but “Goyangi” instantly. I’m impressed! Highly recommended!

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Radio Interview with Lucy Ford on BTS and K-Pop

About the Author Simon Goodall

Language learner, teacher and contributing author to the Rosetta Stone magazine