Friendship Ended With Duolingo, Now ‘Learn Korean With BTS’ Is My Best Friend

If, like me, you’ve found yourself with some spare time during this self-isolation period, you’ve probably told yourself and your friends that you’ll come out on the other side of it having mastered another language. 

And, if you’re an Army, you probably are also spending it scrolling through blogs and Twitter searching for translations of interviews of your ultimate biases and the latest episodes of BTS’ reality TV series’ Run BTS!

Well, lucky for us, our Bangtan Boys want to help us all achieve that goal with Learn Korean with BTS, a new Korean language learning program starring BTS members.

Move over Duolingo, my ultimate biases Jin, J-Hope and Jimin are here. 

What is ‘Learn Korean With BTS’?

Announced in a press conference by BTS’ managing company Big Hit Entertainment, Learn Korean With BTS is a series of educational videos about Korean language and culture. Designed to teach us Korean expressions and vocabulary, it’s not only a new video series but a first of its kind in the K-Pop industry. 

According to Teen Vogue, the series, which will be available for free from Big Hit’s fan community platform website Weverse, will consist of 30 episodes, each about three minutes, and of various levels of Korean. The first three episodes will launch later today at 3PM AEST with future episodes released weekly on Mondays at 10PM AEST.

And, look, if we end up having to stay indoors for another six months, it’ll be nice to know my boys Jimin and Hobi are here for you and me, and each other.

Me after six months in quarantine ready to be able to talk to my man Jin who doesn’t actually realise he’s my man yet but whatever.

But contrary to BTS Run!, don’t expect Suga and the others to teach us 

Sadly, the boys themselves won’t be virtually teaching us. Instead, Learn Korean With BTS will use clips and excerpts from various BTS TV shows, such as BTS Run!, Bangtan Bombs and BTS Episodes to teach us everyday Korean words, expressions, mannerisms and pronunciations. 

The curriculum is designed by Professor Heo Yong of Hankuk University, a private research based foreign affairs university in Seoul, Korea, and researchers at the Korean Language Contents Institute so you know it’s legit. 

And, according to Big Hit’s founder Bang Si-Hyuk, Learn Korean With BTS is the first in an exciting new initiative by the company to help K-Pop fans around the world understand the language and culture of our favourite singing and dancing boys.

“There are many fans who can’t enjoy Big Hit content to the fullest due to the language barrier,” he told fans in the announcement. “Foreign media point out that there is “more demand for learning Korean thanks to K-Pop,” but there are only limited ways our fans could learn Korean with ease.”

Playgrounds, hotels and more

Additionally, the company also announced plans for a town-wide concert and amusement park, BTS-themed hotels, books and more. More info on those will be released at a later stage. But, given the current state of social distancing and entertainment in this Covid-19 era, we can’t imagine the former venues appearing anytime soon.

Although, it would be pretty wild to live in a room completely made up of cursed Jin facial expressions. I’m talking the walls, cushions, blankets and towels, you name it his face is on it.

Ya know, like these:

Either way, thanks to these boys, I’ll finally be able to be like my more diehard friends and inform other Armys what J-Hope is actually rapping about in “Outro: Ego,” or what Jimin and V are saying to each other in their duet “Friends,” a song about them being soulmates. 

In the meantime, please rewatch these clips of BTS’ recent New York tour. Gimme more Carpool Karaoke pls. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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