Let's improve our listening & speaking via Karaoke (노래방) lol

Hey almighty Korean learners! Hope you are doing great!

It seems improving one's listening and speaking in Korean has a lot to do with getting one's ears' used to various Korean sounds. Hope you take it easy as you will soon nail Korean pronunciation once for all. Hope you try to make your learning journey fun as often as possible, please! ;)

In the meantime, I found some fun stuff on youtube for all of us to enjoy! No need to understand 100% as your ears will slowly get used to the sounds so your listening and speaking will naturally improve gradually.

1) 판타스틱 듀오 It seems to be a show where K-POP singers and their fans who won some internet Karaoke (노래방) competition sing together on TV. Found some of the "Sing along" videos quite fun so I am sharing with you guys. ;)

2) Find your own favourite song and sing along! Why not? :D

Word karaoke for Korean is 노래방 and if you search for 노래방 + "name of your favourite song" you can find many "sing-along videos" :D

For example, DNA by BTS and many more:

  • "DNA" by BTS

For other K-POPs, R/soul, Hip hop

  • 좋은날 by IU


  • 사랑비 by 김태우

  • 이밤의 끝을 잡고 by 김조한

  • 모두 잠든 후에 by 김원준

  • MEMORIES by 윤미래(T)

  • 밤이면 밤마다 by 인순이

  • 걱정말아요 그대 by 전인권

  • 여수밤바다 by Busker Busker

  • "I BELIEVE" by 신승훈

  • 강남스타일 by PSY

February 3, 2018


Maybe we should make a sticky post linking to all this kind of useful learning resources...

February 4, 2018

Great idea! I think it is about time! :D

So far I try to put more stuff in the sentence related discussions since soon or later more and more people will benefit from my postings there.

February 4, 2018

what a GREAT idea!!!! thank you

February 3, 2018

You are very welcome! 천만에요! :D

Just want all of us to enjoy the best of both:

February 4, 2018
  • 2119

Those songs are fun to sing, but I'm not sure they're great for beginners. Most are either too fast or too high. IU hits an F#5 in 좋은 날, that's like asking people to practice English singing I Will Always Love You!

I'd suggest something slower and more repetitive, like 여수 밤바다, 걱정말아요 그대, or 여자이니까.

February 4, 2018

You are absolutely right. It seems my inclination for highest singing voice had some influence on the above song, This is kind of music I have been listening lately!

Definitely agree that something slower, mid to low tone would be more approachable! ;) Well, what I liked about the above videos were that some of them actually show the progress by changes in lyrics subtitle colours so even one does not understand the lyrics, once can still train his or her listening by cross-checking what one read and heard at the same time. Luckily I found 걱정말아요 그대 video that serves such expectation. Yay! :D

p.s: 여수밤바다 is my favourite too! lol

February 4, 2018
  • 2119

Oh, I love this style too, they just don't make for great singalong songs...

By the way, there's a Chinese music app called NetEase Cloud Music (网易云音乐), which is kinda like Spotify, except with lyrics you can display on top of any window, like this:

I guess it's a good way to practice, especially if you like multitasking.

February 4, 2018

lol I downloaded the app for my PC and it seems quite amazing! Visual progress display of lyrics - Have never seen anything like this before :D

February 5, 2018
December 20, 2018

Almost forgot to ask you this. Could you kindly consider joining the contributor team, please? Think you add huge values since you are the best person to understand the learners' perspective! Why not?

February 7, 2018
  • 2119

Thanks for the invite, but don't you have to be bilingual to be a contributor? Korean is my 5th language, I'm barely intermediate yet!

February 8, 2018

Well, I think having stronger "customer orientation" would help the existing contributors a lot. Duoling Korean course for English speakers is hardly an advanced course meaning having people with various language learning experience will indeed help, I think. You seem to have the element that existing contributors seem to miss from time to time for them being too knowledgeable, fluent. Hope you give it a shot. ;)

February 11, 2018
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