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Fangirling in language learning

Fangirling plays an absolutely important part in foreign language learning. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but no one can doubt that it serves as a major motivation to keep that passion burning and interest running high. So, why is fangirling so important?

It’s not that easy for most of us to say that we are very very passionate in our study/work etc. However, it is human nature that we put in alot of effort in idolising a person. Okay, maybe not idolising. Put it in another way, we will put in more effort into relationships with people (whether or not it is one sided is not a problem!). Wanting to understand what our idols are saying/singing/acting can act as a huge driving force in foreign language learning. Wanting to read a magazine interview or being too impatient to wait for subs for videos. Being skeptical about translations and not wanting to miss out any information on our favourite idols.

Personally, fangirling was a major factor that brought me into contact with the Korean language. It serves as a constant reminder why I fell in love with Korean. Whenever I’m tired/lazy to study, fangirling helps to motivate me. Don’t underestimate the power of fangirling. It is also a way of practicing your Korean! – all that kpop marathon, drama watching, drooling, stalking…

I like to change targets frequently so that the power of fangirling is at its peak. You see, everyone has a different style of speaking. Different accent, speed, phrases used. Changing targets frequently ensures that you are exposed to the maximum range of the foreign language.

Guess who’s the newest target in my fangirl list? 😛



oops. I think I always end up eating my words. (I have alot of experience with that!) Ahem* I used to say I am neutral towards DBSK, neither like nor dislike them. I don’t actively listen to their songs, although I remember being addicted to Mirotic. It seems like I’ve found a member I like! 😀 see, now I’ll have to find their songs to listen to, find his interview clips, read his articles. Judging by the length of DBSK’s history, this is going to keep me busy for awhile.

In that way, I’ll always be passionate about Korean. ^^

p.s. Don’t take me too seriously. Read and believe at your own risk hahahaha ^^

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    2 February, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Oh man, this is so so SO TRUE! I wish I could say I fell in love with the language for itself but it’s more like I fell in love with Kpop and Kdramas which then inspired me to start learning Korean. Fangirling really fueled my interest. DBSK was the first idol group I ever obsessed over so they’ll always have a special place in my Korean-learning journey. They also have some great Japanese songs so that might help you get more into Japanese. Happy fangirling!

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      3 February, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      yes yes. i’m starting to love their japanese songs 😀 *goes off to fangirl*

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    3 February, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    I agree. I got interested in Korean language thanks to K-pop ^^
    I wander how many people are studying Korean because they like K-music, movies or dramas…
    I don’t think that I would be able to self-study Korean or Japanese without practising with music or dramas. 
    Btw, I like Mirotic too^^ it’s the first song I listened by DBSK.

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      3 February, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      most of the people i’ve met start out from the love of popular korean media. only a few started learning korean because they have a korean spouse/partner. without the music and drama, we’ll really be studying in a vacuum ):

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    3 February, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Haha I just must agree! What made me wanting to know Korean in July/August was SHINee 😛
    But, even if I’m like seeing the twitter of an artist I don’t even listen to their musics, I became so happy of understanding at least part of the message!
    I motivate myself the same way you do: seeing videos, trying to read messages and etc 😀

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      3 February, 2011 at 9:58 AM

      The sense of satisfaction to not rely on translations~! ^^ Lucifer is still stuck in my head and I hum it sometimes in school. inviting weird stares from my friends hahaha.

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    3 February, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Lol I was a h.o.t fan and then a shinhwa fan. I was rather skeptical of dbsk tho I saw ppl spazzing over them so frequently but never bothered to find out more. Until I decided to see what the fuss was all about. And man did I get sucked in. They have TONS of media to keep u occupied for a while. Lol. I probably have every variety show, radio recordings and live performance that was ever broadcasted. Both their Korean and Jap activities.

    Just don’t get sucked into the whole jyj/homin debate. Stay far away. The cassies have matured ALOT. I remember how it was during hot/finkl/ses times. Korean fandoms are no joke and not always pretty. Cassies just took it all to a whole other level >.<

    I would recommend their Japanese works over their Korean stuff tho. In terms of music. 😛 they are fabulous as a group.

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      3 February, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      wow! i’m not a good fangirl. i probably seen less than half of the videos of big bang 😛 heehee i’m pretty surprised at how i’m liking their japanese songs too. especially changmin’s wild soul. I guess it will be a great help in increasing my motivation and love for japanese 😛

      yup i’m staying away from the debate. gonna like them together and separate too. But I can’t help liking homin since i see LOADS more of changmin 😛 😛

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        3 February, 2011 at 5:12 PM

        Heart Mind and Soul
        – the best performance of this song (imo) ;P

        Their performance on Soul Power Tokyo Summit are so good! Check out their other performances from this event.

        Crap.Not the time to revisit my fangirl days. Working on 3 assignments today. I have no life >.<

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    3 February, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    OMG ! it’s completely TRUE ! i wanna learn korean bcuz i LOVE it ! but its sorce is ma love to Korea n Koreans 😉

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    3 February, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    funny that this is all true…the proof…while reading i was thinking of DBSKs Changmin…then when you asked who your new target was..i was thinking “She’d be awesome if it were Changmin…” and then I scrolled down and BAM! there’s my man smack right in the middle of your blog and i seriously squealed and done a fangirl spazz (involving my hands to ball up and my arms glued to my side and flapping like crazy! haha).

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      3 February, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      hahaha! yay i’m awesome! 😛 😛 I spent pretty much the bulk of yesterday’s evening fangirling over changmin. I guess you are also watching paradise ranch now? ^^ i loveeed his japanese solo single. wild soul right? 😛 i’m glad i have a changmin-spazzing partner now to fangirl with!!

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    3 February, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Most of language learners today are KPOP fanatics. It’s true that their reason for learning Korean is because they want to able to understand their idols which is a good motivation downside is that when they’re having too much fun that they forget what they should be learning and I’m quite guilty about this one ahaha. Whenever I watch variety shows I get too hyper that I forget to observe what I should be learning.

    BoA was the one who I first fangirled..Okay maybe it was SES. It was so long ago T^T anyway I was into DBSK in their earlier times but when they started promoting in Japan I lost my interest because there’s just too much to catch on. I got to admit that I learned a lot from DBSK’s songs when I was in high school.

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