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Gangnam Style Translated

September 11, 2012 2 comments



 
Several of my friends have been sending me links to Psy’s video Gang-nam Style, asking me what the song is about. Gangnam is a wealthy district in Seoul, filled with expensive shops and slinky young women with Louis Vuitton bags and perfect faces sculpted by their plastic surgeons.

Here’s the meaning behind the Korean lyrics, courtesy of my dad and kpoplyrics.net. Some of the lines are so culturally specific, that I’m afraid they’re lost in translation. The freedom of a cup of coffee?

Brother is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and kind during the day
A girl who knows how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter at night
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy who’s as warm as you during the day
A guy who gulps his coffee in one shot before it cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Brother is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady

A girl who looks quiet but is frisky when she plays
A girl who lets her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is sexier than a girl who bares it all
A girl like that

I’m a guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy

Beautiful, lovable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Brother is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying
Brother is Gangnam style
Hey, Sexy Lady, Brother is Gangnam style

International Signage in Mui Ne

January 3, 2012 2 comments

Russian sign for African Surf Kite Center in Mui Ne, Vietnam

I spent a lovely week at the end of 2011 in Mui Ne, Vietnam. Aside from beaches, sunshine and palm trees characteristic of a resort, there’s an interesting mix of signs and billboards. Along with the Vietnamese language, phrases in English, Russian, German and Korean pepper the landscape.
 
African Surf Kite Center in Mui Ne, Vietnam
A very appealing combination of colors and cultures on these kiteboard signs.
 

Korean restaurant in Mui Ne, Vietnam
Korean restaurant in Mui Ne. Surrounding signs target visitors from around the globe.
 
 
Snow Bar in Mui Ne, Vietnam
Snow in the tropics. Supposedly the only air-conditioned bar in Mui Ne.
 
 
Chill Out Club in Mui Ne, Vietnam
One of the stunning Russian signs along the main coastal road, Nguyen Dinh Chieu.
 

Korea’s Got Talent – Sung Bong Choi

 

OK, I literally cried when I heard this guy’s life story. I’d love to see him perform some happier songs…like “Wake me up before you go go.”

 

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