Popular website Buzzfeed released a video on February 22nd that featured multiple Americans as they tried to pronounce the full names of various K-Pop idols and the results were amusing. A fluent Korean speaker pronounced the name for the participants as well who, in turn, attempted to copy the unique syllables.
Buzzfeed included some of the hottest idols such as 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, world sensation PSY (although they used his full name, Park Jae Sang), SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun, Rain (Jung Ji Hoon), Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, Miss A’s Suzy, EXO’s Chanyeol, and more!
Some of the guests were able to pronounce the names quite accurately. However, one participant mistakenly said “Kim Jong Un” when faced with SHINee’s Kim Jonghyun, while another felt betrayed, knowing that PSY’s real name was not PSY. Some even began to sneak in silent J‘s in Rain’s name although Heechul’s “chul” and Chanyeol’s “yeol” syllable proved to be the most challenging.
It’s funny to see K-Pop idols from a different perspective even if it’s just the pronunciation of names. Check out the video below!