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#IOTW: Idioms in K-pop Song Titles

Hello, fellas! How familiar are you with K-pop songs?

I’ve noticed a trend where a lot of K-pop songs are using English titles or sometimes a Korean title with a different English title in parenthesis (e.g.: ‘서원을 말해봐 (Genie)’ by SNSD). The sentence 서원을 말해봐 (read: seo-won-eul mal-hae-bwa) which means ‘tell me your wish’ has a different title in English called ‘Genie.’

This might happens because K-pop are trying to expand into the international market, thus, having song title in English is more effective to garner the attention of overseas people. Another reason is because most of overseas listeners of K-pop can’t type the Korean alphabet, so with the English title, people can easily find the song and the music video.

Not only an English title, but some of popular K-pop song are using idiomatic expression in English too. Here are some idiom in K-pop song titles.

  1. One of a kind. (Song by GD, 2012)
  • Meaning: the only item of a particular type.
    • E.g.: “Kwon Jiyoung is a leader of popular boy-group who has produced more than 160 songs. He’s absolutely one of a kind.”
  1. Blood, sweat & tears. (Song by BTS, 2016)
  • Meaning: a lot of effort and suffering.
    • E.g.: “Namjoon produces the songs with blood, sweat, and tears to make it well known internationally.”
  1. Born with a silver spoon. (Inspired from Silver Spoon by BTS, 2015)
  • Meaning: to be in a high social class or be rich from birth.
    • E.g.: “Taehyung wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He earned his success through hard work.”
  1. Spine breaker. (Song by BTS, 2014)
  • Meaning: someone who demands the parents to always buy fancy things so he/she could keep up with expensive trends.
    • E.g.: “Jin is such a spine breaker. He wears a limited edition shoes after begging her mom to buying them for him.”
  1. Home run. (Song by GOT7, 2016)
  • Meaning: a highly successful achievement.
    • E.g.: “After starring a drama called Dream High 2, Jaebum & Jinyoung scored a home run. They debuted as a duo and later in a popular boy-group.”


  1. Mental breakdown. (Inspired from MTBD by CL, 2014)
  • Meaning: the state of being overwhelmed by a situation that one’s can’t handle.
    • E.g.: “Chaelin almost had a mental breakdown because she thought that she had lost the shoes given by Rihanna.”


  1. Lionhearted. (Inspired from Lion Heart by SNSD, 2015)
  • Meaning: exceptionally corageous or brave.
    • E.g.: “Hyoyeon is lionhearted. She usually dances with a cute concept in a group, but she dares to perform a ballroom dance all alone.”


  1. Play with fire. (Song by BLACKPINK, 2016)
  • Meaning: to do something that could cause a great trouble later.
    • E.g.: “Jennie is playing with fire because she doesn’t wear a helmet while driving the motorcycle.”


  1. Play Russian roulette. (Inspired from Russian Roullete by Red Velvet, 2016)

Russian roulette is a dangerous game of chance in which the player holds a gun containing one bullet to your head and shoot, the player wins if the bullet does not come out.

  • Meaning: to take big risks, in a way which is very dangerous.
    • E.g.: “Yeri is playing Russian roulette by pursuing her career in the entertainment industry since 12 years old.”
  1. Lovey-dovey. (Song by T-ara, 2011)
  • Meaning: to express affection in an extravagantly sentimental way.
    • E.g.: “There’s a lovey-dovey couple at Kirin-art School. They are Jiyeon and Jaebum whom are always holding hands together.”

– Cambridge Idioms Dictionary.
– McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs.

Featured photo by Jeon Han – Korea.net

Compiled and written by @anhtiss at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

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#IOTW: Music Idioms

1. Blow your own trumpet. Meaning: Someone who boasts his own talents and achievements.


  • Lea keeps blowing her own trumpet. Everybody’s sick of it.

2. For a song. Meaning: When something is sold at an unexpectedly low price.


  • Did you visit Big Bad Wolf Books Indonesia? They sold all the books for a song.

3. Tickle the ivory. Meaning: Humorous way of talking about playing the piano.


  • Emily would love to tickle the ivory if she had more free time.

4. Face the music. Meaning: Someone who has to accept the negative consequences of his action.


  • She’s caught cheating on exam. She can’t do anything but to face the music.

5. Music to my ears. Meaning: When you hear exactly what you wanted to hear.


  • She said that I got good score in last exam. It was like music to my ears!

6. Swan song. Meaning: To describe a final act before dying or ending something.


  • Tomorrow exam is my swan song. I can’t wait to end this semester!

7. Change your tune. Meaning: When someone changes their opinion about something.


  • You used to hate her so much. You’ve definitely changed your tune now!

8. Fine tuning. Meaning: Small changes made to improve something.


  • We spend some time fine-tuning the music arrangement, but it was totally worth it.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4u on Saturday, May 21, 2016





#EngKnowledge: Adele and her songs


Adele just hit the world (again) with her tenth song in her newest album, 25. Do you know the song yet? Yes, correct. It’s all I ask.

I was literally having my eyes teary when I watched her great performance on Ellen. I just can’t get it enough to think how she could (and some other co-writers, including Bruno Mars) write such an emotional song. What about you? A penny for your thought on ‘All I Ask” by Adele.

Besides having ethereal voice, there are some facts about her that we have successfully gathered for you.

  1. Adele has won Grammy Awards 10 times.
  2. She is one of the most talented British artists who was appointed as a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
  3. Adele was assessed as one of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4.
  4. Adele started to climb her ladder of fame after a friend of her posted her demo on MySpace.
  5. She is the first woman in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three simultaneous top 10 singles as a lead artist
  6. She began singing at age four.
  7. She started to write and compose in 2004, when she was 16.
  8. Born in Tottenham, north London, and raised in West Norwood, south London, Adele has a working class cockney accent that has only leavened slightly over the years.
  9. Sam Dixon, Adele’s bassist, said that many of her songs are based on true events and people. No wonder that every of her performances is always moving and teary.
  10. “Someone Like You” and “Rolling In The Deep are the songs she wrote after she broke up with a guy. Surprisingly, many of her friends were happy for the separation as they dubbed Adele acting different when she was around him.

Those are Adele’s facts that we have successfully gathered for you. Hope you enjoy that. :)


Compiled and written by @englishtips4u at @englishtips4u on Thursday, February 25, 2016

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#EngQuote: Musicians

Everyone likes music, right? In this post, we will be sharing quotes from some famous musicians. Hope these will brighten your day.

  1. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley.
  2. “Get up, stand up. Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up. Don’t give up the fight.” – Bob Marley.
  3. “Music can change the world because it can change people.” – Bono.
  4. “As a rock star, I have two instincts. I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.” – Bono.
  5. “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” – Elvis Presley.
  6. “Do what’s right for you, as long as it don’t hurt no one.”- Elvis Presley.
  7. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” – Jim Morrison.
  8. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix.
  9. “Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.”- Jimi Hendrix.
  10. “Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.” – John Lennon.
  11. “It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.” – John Mayer.
  12. “I believe that my life’s gonna see the love I give returned to me.” – John Mayer.
  13. “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are.” – Kurt Cobain.
  14. “Think globally, act locally.” – Paul McCartney.
  15. “And, in the end The love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney.

That’s a wrap! So which one is your favorite? Mine is number 15. Don’t stop the music. Music can change the world :)


Compiled and written by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 25, 2013


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#EngKnowledge: The Sound of Music

Hey fellas :) I hope your Saturday has been well :D

Have you heard of the songs “Edelweiss”, “Do-Re-Mi”, and “My Favourite Things”?

Do you know what movie it comes from?

@vinceputri: Edelweiss, Edelweiss bless my homeland forever :)

@blukrisna: I love that film! best musical I’ve ever seen!

@silmy94: yes i have, love that songs

@Istiquers: Do re mi, i <3 it

If your  answer is “The Sound of Music” then you are correct :) Today’s #EngKnowledge will be this movie :D

“The Sound of Music”, a movie released in 1965, tells the story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family.

The movie was based on a Broadway theatre play based on the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.

The Broadway play’s plot was not as true to the story but it is based on the real family’s existence.

The plot tells the journey of a young postulant at Nonnberg Abbey, Salzburg, Austria, named Maria.

The nuns and Mother Abbess have found her troublesome.

When there was a request from a widowed Austrian naval captain looking for a governess for his seven children, Mother Abbess asks Maria to accept it even though Maria was reluctant.

Captain Georg von Trapp, the widowed Austrian naval captain, seems so strict to his children.

Maria then breaks the ice to the kids by teaching them singing and allows them to play, even planned a trip around Salzburg for them when their father’s away with a lady that he likes at the time.

The children’s singing impressed a friend of the Captain and wanting to enter them to the Salzburg Festival.

In the story the captain disapproves, but the story goes on with music surrounding them.

The singing activities made us the audience felt engaged, wanting to sing-a-long, as the songs were not hard to sing.

Since then Sound of Music songs were known to the world up until today, to some are songs to be learnt as beginners in music.

Some of the songs could even be our way of learning English such as “Do-Re-Mi” and “My Favourite Things”.

They have quite catchy melodies and easy lyrics, which is a perfect way to learn something new.

Before I end the session, here are parts of “Do-Re-Mi” lyrics and see what you get from it:

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Here is a link to the song’s video, see for yourself how the actual song is: http://youtu.be/xIjobdArtiA or http://ow.ly/vHRV8

I hope you guys had fun this session :) Hope you have a great weekend :D

Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on April 12, 2014

#EngQuotes: Debussy Quotes

Hi, fellas! Do you play music? Or do you love classical music?

Did you know Claude Debussy? He is one of the most prominent impressionist composers. Yesterday was the 151th birthday of composer Claude Debussy.  To celebrate it, I will post some quotes from Debussy!

  1. “I love music passionately. And because I love it I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.” ~ Debussy
  2. “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” ~ Debussy
  3. “People don’t very much like things that are beautiful… They are so far from their nasty little minds.” ~ Debussy
  4. “Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light” ~ Debussy
  5. “Music is the silence between the notes.” ~ Debussy
  6. “How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling.” ~ Debussy
  7. “Music is the expression of the movement of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes.” ~ Debussy
  8. “Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.” ~ Debussy
  9. “Extreme complication is contrary to art.” ~ Debussy
  10. “Art is the most beautiful deception of all.” ~ Debussy
  11. “Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us without any effort on our part.” ~ Debussy
  12. “The colour of my soul is iron-grey and sad bats wheel about the steeple of my dreams.” ~ Debuss

Have a great Friday night, fellas! Let the music brighten the rest of your day! :)


Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on August 23, 2013