Learning Korean

Hunting for vocabulary with BTS

This is our first #WordWednesday ever! I hope you’ll enjoy it, but if for some reason you don’t know what I’m talking about then check this link right here.

Now, let’s actually get to the topic.

I’ve been struggling with vocabulary for some time now and I believe I found a solution for all of us ARMYs!!

Instead of opening a dictionary at a random page and studying a few words that probably mean nothing to you, working on lyrics is much more fun. Throughout this year of studying Korean, I’ve seen a lot of advice saying that studying with K-pop lyrics is a bad idea.

Yes. If you thought you would learn complete grammar or that reading the lyrics will lead you to fluency, then yes, for you this is a bad idea.

BUT, if you are ready to enjoy BTS’ songs and understand the main vocabulary of every song, buckle up because we are going for a ride!

For this week, I’ve decided to choose Paradise from their full album Love Yourself: Tear. It’s one of my absolute favorites and I had fun breaking it down.

DISCLAIMER: Translation of the song is done by Wisha (@doyoubangtan on Twitter). Wisha’s website

PARADISE – Korean lyrics + translation

마라톤 마라톤
삶은 길어 천천히 해
42.195
그 끝엔 꿈의 낙원이 가득해

하지만 진짜 세상은
약속과는 달라
우린 달려야 해 밟아야 해
신호탄을 쏘면
너, 목적지도 없어
아무 풍경도 없어
숨이 턱까지 넘칠 때
You need to you need to

멈춰서도 괜찮아
아무 이유도 모르는 채 달릴 필요 없어
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아
잠시 행복을 느낄 네 순간들이 있다면
멈춰서도 괜찮아
이젠 목적도 모르는 채 달리지 않아
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아
네가 내뱉는 모든 호흡은 이미 낙원에

우린 꿈을 남한테서 꿔 (빚처럼)
위대해져야 한다 배워 (빛처럼)
너의 dream. 사실은 짐
미래만이 꿈이라면
내가 어젯밤 침대서 꾼 건 뭐?
꿈의 이름이 달라도 괜찮아
다음달에 노트북 사는 거
아니면 그냥 먹고 자는 거
암것도 안 하는데 돈이 많은 거
꿈이 뭐 거창한 거라고
그냥 아무나 되라고
We deserve a life
뭐가 크건 작건 그냥 너는 너잖어

하지만 진짜 세상은
약속과는 달라
우린 달려야 해 밟아야 해
신호탄을 쏘면
너, 목적지도 없어
아무 풍경도 없어
숨이 턱까지 넘칠 때
You need to you need to

멈춰서도 괜찮아
아무 이유도 모르는 채 달릴 필요 없어
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아
잠시 행복을 느낄 네 순간들이 있다면
멈춰서도 괜찮아
이젠 목적도 모르는 채 달리지 않아
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아
네가 내뱉는 모든 호흡은 이미 낙원에

I don’t have a dream
꿈을 꾸는 게 때론 무섭네
그냥 이렇게 살아가는 게
살아남는 게 이게 나에겐 작은 꿈인데
꿈을 꾸는 게 꿈을 쥐는 게
숨을 쉬는 게 때론 버겁네
누군 이렇게 누군 저렇게 산다면서
세상은 내게 욕을 퍼붓네

Yeah
세상은 욕할 자격이 없네
꿈을 꾸는 법이 무엇인지
가르쳐 준 적도 없기에
꾸며 낸 꿈이기에 눈물의 잠꼬대
악몽에서 깨워내 널 위해
이젠 매일 웃어보자고 저 낙원에서

멈춰서도 괜찮아
이젠 목적도 모르는 채 달리지 않아
꿈이 없어도 괜찮아
네가 내뱉는 모든 호흡은 이미 낙원에

Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
Now 어리석은 경주를 끝내
Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
네가 내뱉는 모든 호흡은 이미 낙원에

Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
다 꾸는 꿈 따윈 없어도 돼
Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
너를 이루는 모든 언어는 이미 낙원에

Marathon, Marathon
Life is long, travel slowly
42.195
In the end, it’s full of the paradises of [your] dreams
However, the real world is
different from what is promised
We have to race, have to accelerate, if
we signal our hazard lights
You, don’t even have a destination
Don’t even have scenery –
When you can’t breathe any longer,
you need to, you need to
It’s okay to pause
There’s no need to run without having reason
It’s okay to not have a dream
If there are brief moments in which you can feel happiness,
it’s okay to pause
Now I don’t race without knowing the destination
It’s okay to not have a dream, for
every breath you exhale is already paradise

We dream through other people (as if in debt)
We learn that we have to become great (as if a light)
Your dream, in fact a burden
If dreams can only be for the future,
what’s the dream I dreamt last night in bed?
Even if your dream goes by another name, it’s okay;
the laptop the buy next month,
or just sleeping and eating,
not doing anything but having heaps of money
As if dreams are impressive things
Just become anyone
We deserve a life
Whether it’s big or small, you’re still just you
However, the real world is
different from what is promised
We have to race, have to accelerate, if
we signal our hazard lights
You, don’t even have a destination
Don’t even have scenery –
When you can’t breathe any longer,
you need to, you need to
It’s okay to pause
There’s no need to run without having reason
It’s okay to not have a dream
If there are brief moments in which you can feel happiness,
it’s okay to pause
Now I don’t race without knowing the destination
It’s okay to not have a dream, for
every breath you exhale is already paradise
I don’t have a dream
Dreaming dreams is oft scary
Just living like this,
surviving like this, that’s my small dream
Dreaming dreams, grasping dreams,
breathing breaths, it’s oft too much
The world says ‘so-and-so lives like this, so-and-so lives like that’
as they pour their curses on me
Yeah
The world has no right to curse me,
when the way in which to dream
was not even taught to me
For they were prettily crafted dreams, they’re tears of sleeptalking
I wake from those nightmares for you
Let’s try smiling every day now, in that paradise
It’s okay to pause
There’s no need to run without having reason
It’s okay to not have a dream, for
every breath you exhale is already paradise
Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
Now end that foolish spring
Stop runnin’ for nothin’ my friend
Every breath you exhale is already paradise

Vocabulary

  • NOUNS
  1. 낙원 – paradise
  2. 마라톤 – marathon
  3. 삶 – life
  4. 약속 – promise *
  5. 세상 – world *
  6. 꿈 – dream
  7. 목적지 – destination
  8. 풍경 – scenery *
  9. 숨 – breath
  10. 이유 – reason
  • VERBS
  1. 천천하다 – to be slow
  2. 길다 – to be long
  3. 달라지다 – to change, to vary
  4. 달려가다 – to run
  5. 넘치다 – to overflow
  6. 멈추다 – to stop, to halt
  7. 괜찮다 – to be okay
  8. 모르다 – to not know
  9. 필요하다 – to need
  10. 없다 – not have
  • OTHER WORDS
  1. 하지만 – but, however
  2. 진짜 – really; real; genuine
  3. 우리 – we, our
  4. 아무 – any
  5. 잠시 – briefly
  6. 이제 – from now on
  7. 다음 – next
  8. 많이 – many, much, a lot
  9. 그냥 – just
  10. 이렇게 – like this, this way

* This same word is the title of Jimin’s solo song Promise.
* ARMYs tend to mix this word, 세상(saesang) – world, with 사생(sasaeng) – crazy fan.
* This same word is the title of Taehyung’s solo song Scenery.

I chose these 30 words for this post, but there is a Paradise Quizlet with all 80 words I could pull out of this song, you can use it to study! It was so much fun for me and I’ve learned a lot of new words. I hope the same happened to you and I wish you will keep coming here because I plan to do many other songs.

If you have any suggestions or you want me to cover a special song, just comment down below and I’ll make sure to make your wishes come true!

** You can reach me at @/min_pa7 on Twitter and I’ll answer all of your questions as long as the answers are stored in my Memory Palace.
YOU AWESOME, KEEP GOING!

Hello! I'm Paula. I live in Croatia, Europe. Currently a student at Medical School. My motivation is BTS and my passion is the idea of publishing something in the future so this feels like a very good start. I also like to read and write a lot, but I lose my free time on TV shows. Find me on twitter: min_pa7

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