The perfect self-isolation activity for the ARMY
The world’s faves are here to save you from social-distancing boredom amid the current coronavirus pandemic, AND give you some new skills – BTS have announced that they will be launching 30 Korean language lessons on social media platform Weverse.
The series launches today (March 24), and will consist of three-minute episodes that focus on Korean grammar and expressions.
The idea for the series was inspired by the band’s passionate fanbase – known as ARMY – who had long been requesting for English subtitles to be added to band’s Korean-language music videos. According to Big Hit Entertainment, the band’s management company, it is “designed to make it easy and fun for global fans who have difficulty enjoying BTS’ music and contents due to the language barrier.” Though the series first culminated back in February – which feels like a totally different time now, before the world started going into lockdown – the lessons couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
The three-minute long episodes will repurpose material from the band’s reality show, Run BTS! and bits from their YouTube series BTS episodes and Bangtan Bombs. The episode clips will be, according to a released, “reassembled so that one can learn Korean by listening to expressions used frequently by the members”.
The lessons will focus mostly on basic Korean grammar and expressions, developed by Professor Heo Yong, a teacher based in the Department of Korean Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as well as researchers at the Korean Language Content Institute.
Musicians and artists from across the world have been finding innovative ways to entertain and get close to their fans during this prolonged period of social distancing and isolation. Yesterday evening (March 23), James Blake gave a stunning live gig from his living room on Instagram Live, playing his own music and doing piano and vocal covers of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed”, Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over”, Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You”, Bill Withers’ “Hope That She’ll Be Happier”, and Radiohead’s “No Surprises”. Charli XCX has also been programming live events on her own IG – and writing about her time in quarantine for Dazed – with a personal training session with Diplo, an intimate Q+A with Christine and the Queens, a portrait session with Clairo, and more. LA rapper D-Nice held Club Quarantine on his Instagram, which saw Rihanna, Missy Elliott, Oprah Winfrey, Bernie Sanders, Kelly Rowland, Usher, and more tune in. Britney Spears also announced on her IG that she was picking fans out “to help out during this difficult time”, while Lizzo has started to do guided meditations, which she soundtracks with flute-playing. Whatever you’re stanning, there’s something for you in self-isolation.
Earlier this week, BTS released a video statement praising Korea’s medical staff and their work to combat coronavirus. They also gave a special message to fans, urging them to stay inside and practice social distancing. Discussing their recent TV performance – where they performed to an empty arena given the current crisis – they shared how they felt they had taken normal life for granted, and the feeling of just “how precious each moment with you was”, .
“I think the hardest thing may be that we are feeling more and more isolated," they added, “but guys, we are connected closely, and we share both pain and joy. These are times we need to trust more than doubt, care more than anger. As citizens of Korea and the world, BTS will face this challenge together with all of you.”
The series is now available on Weverse – 자신을 즐길 수, jasin-eul jeulgil su! (enjoy yourself!)