Learn Korean with BTS – Study Tips that every ARMY should know

Last Updated on November 17, 2022 by 90 Day Korean
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Did you know that you can learn Korean with BTS? That’s right! The boys from Big Hit Entertainment can help with learning Korean!

Who knew that studying the songs of a boyband with over 100 million global fans can help you learn Korean?

If you’re interested in Korean learning with BTS, read on!

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Below is the free Learn Korean with BTS PDF guide that you can download and take with you:

Who is BTS?

BTS, or Bangtan Soneyondan, is a seven-member boy pop group from South Korea. They are also called “Bangtan Boys” and are under the entertainment company Big Hit Entertainment. They’ve taken Korea and other countries by storm!

Is BTS Korean?

Yes! All seven members of this popular K-pop group are Koreans.

How to Write “BTS” in Korean?

So how do you write Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean Letters (Hangeul)? You can write BTS’ name in Hangeul as 방탄소년단 (Bangtan Sonyeondan). If you’re a fan of BTS, you can start practicing your Korean writing skills with their name in Hangeul. You can also check out this video on how to say their names in Korean.

Korean names and words can be pronounced easier if you can read the Korean alphabet (Hangeul). Romanization can help you as you start, but it’s best to be familiar with Hangeul as early as possible! Similarly, it’s easier to write your own name in Korean if you know the alphabet, so we recommend learning it as soon as you can, especially when your mind is set to learn Korean.

You can check out our quick guide to learning the Korean alphabet here. The article contains a quick guide to Korean consonants and vowels, plus audio clips to help with pronunciation.

BTS Names in Korean

You might also want to know how to write the names of the boys in Hangeul. If you want to practice your Korean writing, we’ve got you covered! Here are BTS names in Hangul:

  • Kim Seok-jin (김석진)
  • Min Yoon-gi (민윤기)
  • Jung Ho-seok (정호석)
  • Kim Nam-joon (김남준)
  • Park Ji-min (박지민)
  • Kim Tae-hyung (김태형)
  • Jeon Jung-kook (전정국)

Now that you know them, say hello to BTS!

“BTS ARMY” in Korean

The BTS fandom’s name is “ARMY”, you can write this in Hangeul as 아미 (ami).

Bts Written In Red Squares On A Dark Beautiful Background.

How can K-Pop help me learn Korean?

One of the many ways how to learn Korean while having fun is by listening to K-Pop. Having fun while learning can definitely make the learning process faster.

The lyrics of the K-pop songs use a mix of everyday conversational and artistic language. These can help you understand words or phrases. You can listen to the lyrics and understand the meaning behind them. This method also helps a lot in reading Korean faster.

Artists also have live broadcast channels such as V Live. During these broadcasts, some kind-hearted fans translate what the artists say into English for the other fans who don’t understand. Sometimes the artists even do the translating themselves, if you ask nicely!

K-Pop stars also have various programs, such as Run BTS, where you can get exposed to their dialogues or conversations. You can easily learn Korean (at least the basics) by just watching these series.

Want to learn common words that BTS and other K-Pop idols use? We have a list of English words translated into Korean here.

Can you become proficient in Korean by listening to K-Pop?

Yes, it will definitely help with proficiency. However, you will still want to study the underlying grammar and words. That will allow you to understand the meaning of the lyrics and be able to create your own sentences.

If you want to do efficient language learning following a structure, we have an online course that will teach you all of the fundamentals you need. If you’re interested in this course, this article provides in-depth information about it.

How to Learn Korean with BTS

You can use BTS lyrics, songs, and content to help you with studying the language. Within the songs, you can learn useful vocabulary, slang, and expressions. Then when you sing along to the songs in the karaoke, you can speak and listen to the Korean words you’ve learned.

You can look out for playlists like “BTS study music” or “BTS workout music” to help you with language learning.

As you understand what the music means, you’ll start to uncover the subtle meanings built into the language. It’s different than just learning the romanized English version of the song. Additionally, you can actually learn a thing or two about the culture at the same time!

Can BTS help me in learning Korean?

Yes, we know a few tips for what type of learning you can do with these boys. We hope you are ready for it because we’ll introduce them to you below.

However, simply knowing you could study a foreign language with this band may not be enough of a reason to utilize them as a learning tool. So, on top of some of the ways you can learn Korean, we’ll also give you some reasons why it’s totally awesome to study Korean with BTS!

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#1. You can follow along with their catchy songs

Give a few of their songs a listen, and you’ll know just what we mean. Whether the songs will become your personal favorites or not, they will get stuck in your head. Their fans know what we’re talking about! Their songs are really catchy. Even if you don’t intend to study their language with their songs, you will not be able to help yourself!

Not only will you find their catchiness a great motivation to keep studying, but you’ll also end up learning through them whenever you find yourself singing along to the tune. AZLyrics is a great resource for finding BTS’ song lyrics in romanized, Hangeul, and translated versions.

#2. You can have brief Korean lessons throughout the day

Because each song is only a few minutes long, you don’t have to spend an hour on each one. In many cases, you’ll only need three minutes!

So if you’re pressed for time at the moment, put on a catchy song by the Bangtan boys and really listen to the lyrics. You might even try singing along. It might not happen immediately, but each of those three minutes of pronunciation practice will add up. Soon you’ll be surprised by how much of the lyrics you can actually understand!

#3. Singing along improves your pronunciation

When studying, practice is key. And is there anything more fun than practicing your pronunciation by singing along to your favorite songs? We don’t think so!

If you’re having difficulty understanding the lyrics, try just learning a few words at a time. Do the same with the grammar and phrases, and eventually, the meaning will become clear!

#4. The songs’ repetitiveness makes memorization easier

Once you get started singing along with the band, you’ll want to listen to the songs over and over again, which will enhance your listening, memorization, and even pronunciation skills.

Because the vocabulary in the songs isn’t your typical everyday basic conversation, you’ll also try to learn them with more excitement to properly understand what your biases are singing about. In a little time, you’ll find yourself singing the songs from memory, even when it’s not playing in the background!

#5. Beyond songs, there’s so much content with BTS in them to explore through

Any song from this awesome group would eventually be a huge hit. But beyond the songs, they have so much content to help you learn.

You can also follow them on their social media accounts and focus on reading their photos’ captions. You can even connect and socialize with the millions of fans trying to study the language. Youtube videos of their interviews are a big hit among K-pop fans, with hours of content garnering millions of likes from fans.

Trust us, you can learn their language just by watching more videos of BTS! Ask any of their global fans (called the BTS Army); they’ll tell you that they’re so much more than just the music.

Speaking of fans, you can also take advantage of the boyband’s huge audience and meet people who are also learning the language. For instance, Weverse is an app that connects fans and artists from all over the world. As of July 1, BTS has joined Weverse app. This means if you’re looking to be friends with ARMYs who are also learning the Korean language, you might have a good chance of meeting them with the help of this app.

#6. You can learn slang that isn’t taught in textbooks

It’s fun to pick up slang in songs, and their lyrics are a great way to study them! The more modern slang you know, the more you’ll be able to understand K-Dramas and Korean movies, too.

#7. It can aid in understanding K-pop culture and culture in general

BTS is a big name in K-Pop and can be likened to one of Korea’s flagship music acts at the moment. Through them, you can open doors to more understanding and knowledge of the South Korean pop industry and Korean culture as a whole. And loving the culture behind the language is a great way to learn Korean.

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Other Innovative Ways to Study Korean with BTS

If you really want to go all out, there is a lot of merchandise available online that you’ll enjoy as a fan while at the same time helping you learn Korean. There’s definitely merchandise for everyone, from a Learn Korean with BTS book, Learn the Alphabet with BTS videos and audio clips. We even found a Learn Korean BTS book package complete with one speaking pen that will help you read common Korean words on the go! Isn’t that innovative?

“Borahae” in Korean

Before we wrap things up, here’s a bonus word that you can relate to BTS. You might have heard of the term 보라해 (borahae), which can be translated to “I purple you” in English. It’s not exactly a Korean word, but it’s a combination of these two words: 보라 (bora) from 보라색 (borasaek), which means purple, and 해 (hae) from 사랑해 (saranghae), meaning “I love you.”

This is often mentioned by BTS to their fans to express, “I’ll love you till the end of days.”

Wrap Up

We’ve given you several tips on how to study the Korean language with BTS. You even learned how to say BTS in Korean and write the names of the Bangtan Boys in Hangeul. Definitely, BTS is another good reason to learn Korean!

If you want to take your language studies to the next level, we’ve got amazing resources for you!

If you want to learn what BTS lyrics mean, we have a step-by-step course inside of 90 Day Korean membership that will teach you the basics in only 3 months. Skip the guesswork, plus get hand-picked content and full support from a native Korean speaker.

Want to chat with your fellow ARMY using Hangeul? Learn how to type in Korean with our article Korean Keyboard: Learn how to type on your phone, tablet, & computer. You can even install Hangeul keyboard sticker sheets to your keyboard and level up your Korean typing game for an added challenge.

For more Korean learning tips, check out our article 18 Fantastic Tips to Learn Korean Fast.

Are you excited to start Learning Korean with BTS? Let us know in the comments below!

    30 replies to "Learn Korean with BTS – Study Tips that every ARMY should know"

    • Avatar for Puppy Puppy

      I’ve been an army for going on 3 years now #^.^#

    • Avatar for Mary Frances Therese C. Estrella Mary Frances Therese C. Estrella

      I am an army and I want to learn Korean with BTS because I know to speak English like Kim Namjoon. RM as a leader in BTS.

    • Avatar for cat cat

      I am a super big fan of BTS!!! My favorite idol is Park Jimin!^-^

    • Avatar for Desmond Schwartz Desmond Schwartz

      I am a army too

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