Short Translation Requests

I check this blog sometimes daily, and sometimes not for few weeks.  But if you don’t mind the unpredictable waiting, I figured I’d offer kind of informal translation service for short things. ^^

Please feel free to request in comments:

-translation of short excerpts  (eg.  less than 10 lines please)
-clarification of translations that may have multiple meanings
-cultural connotation around something

BTS lyrics related is fine, but if you have anything that you would like clarified (like some of my ramblings that are not lyrics related, or from an article or something), those are fine as well.

If there are requests that are super complicated/interesting, I’ll see if I can make it a full post.


79 thoughts on “Short Translation Requests

  1. Hi, very grateful for your translations!

    I’m wondering about a line in answer: love myself.

    V’s singing 빠짐없이 남김없이 모두 다 나 (Ppajim-eobs-i namgim-eobs-i modu da na) which is translated so differently on various places. Even if the core message is the same, it would be nice to know what is a more accurate translation, because the message is so beautiful.

    Hope to hear from you!

  2. Hello Ms.Muish! Just dropping by to say I will be waiting for your translations.
    LY:Answer is amazing! 😊
    #화이팅 !

  3. Hi muish i love your translations
    I would really like to request you BTS song Butterfly lyrics+analysis please 🦋
    Thank you so much

  4. Hi muish –

    I know this is a relatively old piece of content, but I’ve never quite found a good translation for RM’s verse on ProMeTheUs from 2015. How accurate are the subs on this video? The only thing I get is the last part/wordplay on his last name Kim/gim. I’ll link the video here, he starts around 4:20 –

    I also have failed to find a really good translation for his verse in Bucku Bucku from the same year, but that one is much more straightforward. Might be an idea for a future blog post, since I think our next comeback will be far off?

  5. Heyy so I was listening to unpack your bags by RM and then I listened to outro her and I noticed that the line ‘from wakeup to makeups’ was used in outro her as ‘from makeups to wakeup’. This isn’t really a trans request but I just thought it was smth interesting haha even though I’m not really sure if they were referring to RMs song.

  6. Hi! I was wondering if you plan on doing a trans of Suga’s So far away? I never really understood the chorus, but even so the lyrics still touched me deeply and I always trust your translations the most haha but I didn’t see it in your directory

  7. Hello again!

    This is a real quick one, I’ve seen the phrase “낙오로 구분” from ‘N.O’ translated as dropout or failure, is there a connotation for this particular phrase about dropping out of school?

    1. Actually, SUGA’s whole verse from “N.O”, I don’t find consistent translations, and knowing SUGA it’s because there are layers and connotations I’m missing. XD

      1. I really should eventually tackle their old old songs sometime. I haven’t looked at the lyrics carefully recently so I can’t remember them very well. I’ll have to have a look…

        for now, at least this:
        “낙오로 구분”–> catagorized as failure.
        doesn’t specify “drop out” from school.

  8. Hello!! If it would be okay, may I ask for the translation of : 그래 난 대구 갓파더 신의 질투를 받어
    It’s a line of Suga’s lyrics in the BigHit Rap battle during his auditions (the one versus i11n) , I’m having a hard time understanding the context of it, I understand tidbits of the line, but I can’t make out the general idea. Thank you so much! :)

    1. Translation is : Yes, I’m Daegu’s godfather, I get envy from a god.

      To put into context, the idea of kids having godfathers (like from close family members, etc) is not familiar in Korea. So the exposure to the word “Godfather” for most Koreans would have been from the ganster movie.

      “Yes, I’m Daegu’s Godfather” –> implies that he’s powerful, from Daegu.

      “I get envy from a god” is probably a type of word play –> he’s a father to even the god (eg. godfather), so even more powerful than a god.

  9. I don’t know if you still receive requests but I have a couple of songs of BTS (pre-debut songs) but don’t find any translation, I don’t know if you could do it, the girl has the lyrics in the box description of the vídeo, but I don’t know if you could.

    For example this song called “Naa” from Rap Monster
    Yeah Uh
    These days, I’ve been this since so hard to do my thing
    Just wanna do my rap and do my stage on 분한 게
    늘어가는 요즘 어쩔 수 없다는 핑계로 모든 걸 배신하고 있어
    랩하는 기계
    Got no time to stop, no place to go
    맨날 곧장 (?) 오직 진해
    Who could ever understand me, rappers (?) sick in classic
    Feels I nothin’ to pay me
    Dream about when I the Jay-Z uh
    달콤한 꿈과 보이지 않는 끝
    저 산 너머 뒤엔 뭐가 있을까 뵐듯 말듯
    날 찾아오는 Breeze는 코 끝을 간지럽히네
    그 뒤 따라오는 한숨처럼 현실은 안일해
    I can’t never ever stop (?)
    1등만 기억하는 더러운 세상
    을 원망할 뿐 이젠 날 내버려 두길

    This is the channel, you can say no I’ll understand.

    1. Thank you for this. I didn’t even know this song existed but it’s quite nice.
      The lyrics you got from the box description video seems faily accurate based on what I can hear. Unfortunately, where they indicated (?) for the lyrics are really hard to make out. I can’t tell what the lyrics are either… Some of those (?) parts, I can’t even tell whether it’s English or Korean (RM does tend to mix the languages fairly seamlessly).

      Here’s the translation:

      Yeah Uh
      These days, I’ve been this since so hard to do my thing
      Just wanna do my rap and do my stage on
      These days where the things that make me angry are increasing,
      Saying there’s nothing I can do about it, I’ve been betraying everything.
      A machine that raps
      Got no time to stop, no place to go
      Every day (??) just (??) go straight forward (?? – not sure what this part means because the Korean part is incomplete… I think he says 직진해 but that’s only a part of it)
      Who could ever understand me, rappers (????? some parts missing here) sick in classic
      Feels I nothin’ to pay me
      Dream about when I the Jay-Z uh
      Sweet dreams and the end that seems not visible
      What is beyond those mountains, it seems almost, but not really visible
      (mountains are commonly used metaphor for challenges in life)
      The breeze that finds me, tickles the tip of my nose
      (breeze that tickles tip of nose, instead of freezing the nose is a commonly used expression for spring, a time of hope)
      Like the sigh that follows, the reality underesteimated to be too easy
      I can’t never ever stop (???? whole bunch of lyrics here that can’t be made out)
      This dirty world that only remembers No. 1,
      I can only resent it
      Now just leave me be.

  10. Hello Muish. First, thank you so much for your translations and ramblings. They really help me understand and appreciate BTS’ music in a whole new level.
    Could you please comment on “Where Did You Come From?”as the songs has some weird lyrics? I’m aware they use satoori in it so maybe that’s why it’s harder to understand some slang. My biggest wtf is the line “고마 쫌 팅기라, 궁디를 주차뿌기 전에
    짱나게 하지 마라 쫌 내 맘 바꾸기 전에” which gets translated as “stop playing hard to get before I kick you in the butt. Don’t make me mad before I change my mind.” It sounds really aggresive in english, is it supposed to be like that in Korean? Plus is the term gashinaya satoori as well? If you could answer I would be really thankful :)

    1. I lived in Korea when I went to elementary school, in Geongsang Province (where Suga is from), before moving to Canada. That line sounds like…something that a boy in my class may say to a girl in elementary school.

      The speech of that province is a bit harsh and I think he’s playing that up a bit. It’s not exactly mature nor sensitive, but the whole song is about the dialects of different regions, and the special thing about this region is that men tend to sound kind of tsendere. Harsh and occasionally almost sound mean when they really like someone. Kind of like a pulling on a girl’s hair if they like the girl, etc.

      It’s doesn’t sound violent or anything… just kind of…. super familiar/informal and kind of kid-like. Even the word for butt he used….patting a baby bum would use this term for butt.

      Gashina – is a satoori for what boys call girl as well. It’s super familiar so only kids of same age who know each other well would use words like this. Occasionally, moms will call their daughters this (especially in low socioeconomic families). I guess it’s more common in young kids as more people start to be formal as you get older.

      I do think the line does exaggerate the harsh nature of this dialect a bit. In real life, he could probably have gotten away with saying things like this when he was in his early/mid teens, but less well as an adult man unless it’s to a girl he’s known well since childhood.

      EDIT: There is a male equivalent of Gashina, in case you’re interested. It’s Mushima. I’ve frequently heard my dad say about his nephews, “get those mushima’s to work.” Or girls in my class would say, “those mushimas are so stinky,” about boys in the class. It’s not considered derogatory within the Gyeonsang Province, but it has slightly rude feel when used outside of the province (possibly because it sounds harsher than average language in other provinces).

      EDIT 2: keep editing this post. The term he used for making him mad, is actually more “annoyed” than mad. It’s not like super angry/mad. Makes the line sound a bit like a whiny teenager trying to play macho. ^^ The line definitely has kind of immature kid feel to it.

      1. Thank you, this song really confused me. Now I can understand it a lot better in context. How cute and fitting that they used especific words to add to the childish/school crush feeling. BTS really do think about everything. I had never heard mushina before, it’s a cute word. I think gashina sounds so funny, I love this word.

        Regarding satoori, is it only a difference in vocabulary or does it envolve sound aspects as well? Because I feel like Hobi sounds a lot different using satoori but I can’t tell when the others do. I heard that Jimin sounds different too but I don’t hear it sadly. Thank you again :)

        1. They have different vocabulary (some are completely different while other are only slightly different from standard Korean). The intonation is also very different. I think Jeolla dialect is kind of softer/flowy/more melodic, while Geongsang dialect sounds like….sounds like Suga rapping – like being repeatedly hit in the ears with harsh sounding syllables.

  11. Hello! I’ve been struggling to figure out exactly what Rap Monster means in “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2” when he says 힙부심뿐인 and I would appreciate a little clarification on that. The whole line is 힙부심뿐인 형들은 불가능하다 했지 is the context helps. Your blog has been super helpful in understanding what the boys mean sometimes. (^_^)

    1. 힙 – hip (short for hip hop – not used by itself but used when merged with other words like 부심)

      부심 – pride. sometimes refers to pride that is disproportionately large/unreasonably big. Sometimes used positively like “I’m full of 부심 for you! (I’m so overwhelmingly proud of you!)” but also used negatively like “He’s full of 부심 even though he never did anything to earn it.”

      힙부심뿐인 형들은 불가능하다 했지
      –> Those hyungs who had nothing but 힙부심 said it would be impossible.

      where 힙부심 is pride for hip-hop -> in this case thinking hip-hop is some kid of superior genre and they’re more legit and authentic.

  12. Hello! I’m late to discovering your ramblings, but they are so insightful and I just want to say that you work hard and are very kind to share all this with us! It gives me a new and better understanding of the depth of BTS’s lyrics as someone who doesn’t speak Korean. I’ve been reading up on the controversy over War of Hormone’s lyrics and I was curious if there are stronger sexual or negative vs playful and positive undertones in their lyrics to you as someone who understands Korean that you have more insight to than English-exclusive speakers interpreting the song would have(or if there’s just a feel to it, you know. Since I saw in your analysis of ‘Her’ there was a part that sounded depressing to me in english translation, but it was more playful how it feels in Korean) ? You’ve already discussed the depth behind some of the lyrics (the pimple and the equation parts) that I didn’t grasp at first in WOH. I was particularly curious about the line “놀다 헤어질 여자들에겐 관심 없지” because one translation I saw of it made it sound like 1. using women for sex and becoming disinterested in them after they satisfied this purpose and another I saw made it sound like 2. the girl in question is simply really beautiful and the narrator is more interested in that beautiful girl than in previous people they’d just hanged out with (no sexual implication) once or twice and then broke up. I was also curious about if you think the boys intend any Japanese word play in some of their Korean lyrics/if you’ve noticed any more wordplay of that kind. I saw one person point out that the “haruharu” part of Best of Me normally translated as “day by day” (preceding the lyrics “summer, winter”) also translates as “spring” for “haru” in Japanese, and I thought that was interesting, especially since I believe RM said he had a tough time writing the right words for that part of the song in a VLive so it was probably intentional! Thank you in advance.

    1. Sorry about the late reply.
      놀다 헤어질 여자들에겐 관심 없지 – Hmm… this line.
      It’s not really sexual but could be slightly? It’s kind of like this:
      “I’m not interested in girls where we just goof off a couple of times then stop seeing each other.”

      Where “goof off” is kind of just a non-serious hanging out term, but at times, could imply superficially making out without having deeper attachment. It’s about as sexual as the term “goof off”.

      The song itself is somewhat sexual, saying they’re sexually attracted to girls. Young men saying they’re attracted to girls (both sexually and non-sexually in this song) – is this so weird? ^^;; I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of this song.

      The whole paragraph that the line belongs to, to paraphrase the lyrics:

      He says he’s not really interested in superficially seeing someone just to goof off a couple of times, but he can’t help be also be hormonal when he sees this person. So he fights against his hormones and wins, and goes onto learn more deeply about this person.

      Regarding the Japanese word play – that’s really interesting. ^^ I don’t speak any Japanese so I can’t really say much, but are there sites that explain Japanese wordplay? I’d love to read it.

      1. Thank you so much for replying! I always suspected the song was maybe a bit sexually suggestive but not like extremely explicit or unheard of like people seem to think it is, but since I don’t speak Korean reading this reply and your other ramblings really helps me get a better idea. I agree with you that it’s kind of a natural thing so I don’t really get why people act really offended by this song.

        I do not know Japanese but I am trying to learn it, and my brother also knows it. I do not know of any Japanese analysis websites but if I can find any or if I learn anything I will let you know!

  13. Hi Muish! Firstly I’d like to say a huge Thank You for all the translations and (very useful) ramblings which I consider more of deep insights haha, you’ve really helped see the true beauty of BTS lyrics while explaining the various layers of meaning they love to include in their lyrics. It’s because of your careful explanations of all the wordplay that really heightened my respect for the lyricists (Namjoon, in particular) and I never fail to get impressed with each comeback because of how well-written the songs are ^^ I remember stalking your blog a few days before HER’s comeback and wondering “will Muish be making a comeback together with the boys too? i miss her ramblings so much ㅠㅠ” and thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed! DNA may not have the most profound lyrics, but whenever someone in real life tells me they don’t think BTS has good lyrics I’ll always direct them to your blog :^)

    Anyway, enough of my own ramblings haha! Could you please help me with a favour? In Sea (바다), the repeated chorus contains the following lines:

    희망이 있는 곳엔 반드시 시련이 있네
    (Where there is hope, there is always hardship)
    희망이 있는 곳엔 반드시 절망이 있네
    (Where there is hope, there is always despair)
    우린 절망해야해 그 모든 시련을 위해
    (We need to be in despair for all our hardships)

    I’m sure this song means a lot to not only the boys themselves, but us too, hence I’d like to clarify if the translations above are correct because I don’t really get the link between them. Why do they “need to be in despair for all their hardships”? The entire song is just too beautiful (and is guaranteed to make everyone cry when we listen to it haha) and it’d be such a waste if I didn’t grasp the idea of the lyrics Namjoon poured his heart and soul into writing.

    Once again, thank you so so much for all your hard work put into this blog, I really appreciate it and hope you continue for a long time :”) You are a blessing to I-Lovelies (I-ARMYs) all around the world.

    1. need to be in despair for all their hardships…
      Just looking at those lines, I think the meaning is more like, “We’re made to despair, due to all those hardships”.
      the “need to” is more like “forced to/made to”, I think.
      However, I have not received my album yet so I have been avoiding listening/reading lyrics of this song until I get my album… I’ll have a more detailed look and consider translating the whole song when I get the package.

      1. Ooh, that makes sense, thank you!

        Sorry for spoiling a bit of the song beforehand but I promise you’ll love it once you hear it! I’m waiting for my album too, it’s taking a long time… but I will wait patiently ^^

  14. What does 뭣 갇아서 from I Need U mean? By the way, i learned a lot from your ‘ramblings’& have already told fellow ARMYs. I’m still waiting for So Far Away so when you do get the time, it will make a lot of people happy. Thank you.

      1. Yey! Thank you for replying. Now i can stop going back to that thinking what the hell Yoongi’s saying. When you’ve finished with Her, please do So Far Away. Thank you again.

  15. Hey there! Uh, this isn’t a BTS-related request, but an NCT one. Specifically, NCT 127’s “Cherry Bomb” and what makes its lyrics sound violent enough to be banned from live broadcast by one music show. References to firearms and explosives in songs are stuff that I’m not surprised by in songs these days, especially hard-sounding ones, so I’m guessing that there’s something in the use of Korean in Cherry Bomb that makes it a little too graphic, though I don’t know what exactly.

    1. You caught me as I was updating the blog so this is a quick reply. ^^

      I’m not too familiar with NCT (I watch their MV’s but that’s about it…) so I had to look it up. I’m assuming mentioning a bomb (especially as a metaphor for being explosive to kpop scene) is probably ok…. especially since BTS has “gun, ready, fire!” as imagery of their fight as underdogs, which was allowed to be performed on TV stations.

      According to this article in Korea:
      I guess they got too literal/descriptive in the lyrics.
      The article says the problem is:
      ‘Uh Hard rock, scalp, Head shot pop, Take a fist or stone or a gunshot, Swallow me and then feel the stomach, the cherry bomb aged for a while, don’t know when it’s going to explode, popping your head like….

      1. Ah, I see. Mark’s opening line in his third rap verse makes me think of a rock tearing up the scalp now, alright, and it sounds even more violent with the headshot reference. As for Taeyong’s parts, yeah, that does sound more graphic than just saying that one will set the world on fire in one spark or that one’s pulling out all the safety pins to shock everyone. Anyway, thanks very much for the response! \(^o^)

  16. Hi! First of all let me say I’m a huge fan of your blog, I love your translations your ramblings they are definitely the best you can find out there! This is my first time leaving a comment so I’m kinda nervous (also, sorry if sometimes i don’t make any sense, english its not my first lenguage)
    I’m here today because I really love Life by RM so I wanted to write the lyrics and put them in my wall, but when i went to look for the translations I noticed that there is only one (ONE) existent trans for it and i’ve re-read a lot of times but it just doesn’t makes any sense to me? And its so sad bc I’m sure theres so much meaning to this song that none of us international fans will ever get to know bc theres no more than one translation for it :) im so salty about it omg. Anyways here is the link to it, it would be really nice if you told me if its an accurate translation or not, maybe I’m just wasting my time and its a fair translation after all: I know it’s too much to request you to translate the entire song, but it would be really nice if you did in case you think that that translation aint doing the lyrics justice.
    Anyways, since this is short translation requests, I’m going to ask you pretty please if you could help me to understand these excerpts of the song better which are some of the ones that im most conflicted about
    1. 산다는 건 외로움을 알아감의 연속
    2. 모두가 태어난 순간부터
    죽음을 담보로 하기에 삶은 더 아름다운 것
    3. 삶은 사람에 상처받고
    바람에 외로워하고
    4. 이 건물이 무너진다 해도 피할 수가 없지
    5. 종이 접듯 관계를 접어버리면 끝나는 일
    걘 순식간에 반대편에서 날 비웃고 있지
    6. 누구도 얼릴 수 없게 내가 날 해할지언정
    어쩜 맞고 틀린 것 같은 건 없을 지 몰라
    7. 이치인 양 떠 들려지는 저 인용구들이
    I’m sorry, theres 11 lines when you said less than 10, I hope its not a problem
    Anyways, thank you beforehand! i would really appreciate if you helped me with just one word of the song tbh, I really don’t want to make you waste your time, i know you don’t have enough of it already :( hope life is threating you well and that youre doing ok<3

    1. wow. that.. translation…really is confusing. I have such a long list of things I said I’d translate, so I don’t know when I’ll get around to it, but I’ll try to translate it. Most likely, I’ll do it as a full post of the full song since this is RM mixtape song. :)

  17. Hello, I’ve been reading your blog and I really like your translations and your explanation of bts lyrics.
    I’d like to know if I could translate them to Spanish, so as the spanish fandom can understand the songs as well.
    I’ll give you the credit, of course.
    My idea is to subtitle videos and give the full explanation in the description, if necessary.
    Thanks in advance.

  18. Hi could you translate/explain to me what Rap Monster is saying here in relation to Suga? I don’t get the reference.

    Got an automatic shine, automatic automatic mind
    Automatic flow, automatic rhyme, automatic automatic automatic automatic
    슈가형처럼 dope man, ‘RM’ 내 도메인
    눈깔 까뒤집고 go sane 이건 젊어서 사서도 하는 고생
    산이처럼 이건 힙합 서커스
    니가 즐길 줄 안다면 집합 suckers
    처먹고 힘내 이거는 집밥 suckers
    we go 100 to the 100 to the 100 to the 100

    1. it’s a reference to cypher pt 2 where suga’s line starts off with “my domain”. He’s saying that suga-hyung is that dope man, ‘RM’ is that dope name

      this is just from looking at the english lyrics for cypher pt 2 and what I remember from listening to the mixtape.

    2. It is in reference to cypher pt 2 but what RM means is that ‘Just like suga-hyung’s dope man, ‘RM’ is his domain ‘ so whatever dopeman means to Suga, is what RM means to RapMon

  19. Hi! There is a predebut BTS song called Hookgayo(?) It has a translation but I couldn’t really understand it. The song itself is pretty short. Can you translate it whenever you are available? Thank you so much!

  20. Hi! Thank you for your incredibly insightful translations! Just wondering– I know you’ve mentioned before that First Love isn’t particularly a song that gets lost in translation, but I was wondering if you knew the reason why it would get banned from Korean television/radio broadcasts? Is there any swearing? Hell, in a lot of their title songs there’s swearing, but why First Love getting banned? A song about…..a man’s relationship to his piano…..? Thanks in advance!

    1. he does swear in the song thats why. he says ‘saekkiya’ which is considered a bad word esp on broadcasts. also im pretty sure theres no swearing in their title songs or that’ll be banned too

    2. Umm as far as I know he was banned because he cursed. “새꺄 너는 진짜 할 수 있다고” which translates to “Bastard you can really do it”. The word “새꺄” is a slang that can translate to you bastard/punk, or to “bro” if you are referring to a really close friend. S. Korea is really strict when it comes to any kind of cursing or strong/explicit language on live broadcast, so I am not the least bit surprised that they’ve banned a beautiful song because of 1 word.

    3. Yup. As other people have commented, I think it’s because of 새꺄. short for 새끼야.

      새끼 is like… a baby/kid, usually for animal babies. If you refer it to people, it’s generally short for 개새끼, literally “son of bitch”.
      개새끼 is a strong term, like “son of bitch” but 새끼 is somewhere between “punk” and “bastard”.

      This term is weird, because sometimes it’s considered strong enough to be censored and sometimes not. I guess it depends on whoever is reviewing it.

  21. Okay so there’s a line in BTS’ “Move” that is generating a debate over the correct translation.
    Suga says “Ever since I was born I counted the days for my first move, I remember, why I had to move The machine in my mom’s heart and the big scar.” But some people also say that the line is “Before I was born, I counted the days for my first move in my mom’s tummy. My move’s price was the machine in her heart and the big scar.” And then some people think that it’s “For the first time inside my mother’s belly, I counted my first move. In faint memories, the price for my first move were the machines in my mother’s heart and the wide scar.” Can you please tell me which one is the correct translation?

      1. 난생 처음 엄마의 뱃속에서
        나의 첫 이사 날을 세곤 했어
        희미한 기억 나의 이사의 대가는
        엄마 심장의 기계와 광활한 흉터였어

        The second one is most correct I think…

        For the first time in my life, in my mom’s tummy
        I counted the days until my first move
        The price of the move that I faintly remember
        Was a machine and massive scar on my mom’s heart.

        He talks about this part in his review of HYYH pt 1

        Being born used as metaphor as a type of move, from first home (mom’s belly) into the world.
        And he said his mom was very unwell at his birth and had to get surgery.

  22. Hi Muish,

    I am back. :-) thanks for opening this request line. I just heard the new Gaeko x RM collab. Here is the link of English translation to his verses ( Can you help me understanding this “fish” “selfish” “starfish”?

    Gajah: RM verse
    “think about it, will we become stars?
    or will we become starfish?
    no disrespect for starfish, but
    if you want a fish be selfish”

    In “Am I Wrong”, there is also the line
    “A fish lives in everyone’s hearts.
    Its name is SELFISH SELFISH”

    I think there is some kind of wordplay involving the Korean word “fish”… but can’t tell. Can you help?

    1. The site you linked has fairly accurate translation. ^^ His lyrics in this song are fairly straight forward, so I don’t know if there’s much hidden meaning.

      One thing I did notice that I thought was cool… unlike English, there is no “star” in the word “starfish” in Korean. So if you read the lyrics in Korean, it’s not obvious at the beginning. Why is he saying become “byul (star)” or “boogasari (starfish)”?? A space related term and a sea organism? Until you picture it in your mind and realize they’re the same shape, and in English, they’re both stars… except one is big and important while the other is not.

      There is also no “fish” in Korean word for “starfish”… so if you’re a Korean and don’t know that “boogasari” are called star fish, you might be scratching your head going… star? star fish? fish? selfish? how are these related???

      This is a weird case where the translation makes the word play more simple in English than if a Korean were to listen to it (especially if they didn’t know English well).

      The other word play is about the piano/music.

      The lyrics say “If your discordant tune with the world is especially frequent”
      And also, “We’re like the black keys. For sure you’re also part of the piano.. Sit still and play the black keys.”

      The website you linked translated it as “play sharps and flats” but the lyrics don’t actually liteally mention the sharps and flats. It’s implied in playing the black keys. The black keys in piano are used to play “flats”, and in music “flat notes” are notes sung in a discordant way. So this is implied/musical imagery.

      Also, “you’re…part of piano” seems to imply “you’re part of the world”. And “play the black keys” could imply “continue with the discord with the world”

      There is also some busines terms re: “setting our values, and high-pressure sells us life-long loneliness”.
      Reminds me of stock market terms in his lyrics in Dope. ^^

    1. I’ll try to do this as a regular post sometime, since in total, it is very long. I had meant to translate some of his early stuff….. It will probably take me few days to few weeks, depending on how busy my work gets.

    2. The first link has been translated – RM freestyle. ^^
      Let me contemplate on the other ones. (I’m so sloooowww~~)

  23. Hello Muish ^^

    This is S from France. I appreciate your blog a lot. I love litterature, poetry and rap, and I love Rap Monster’s lyricism but thanks to you I appreciate it all the more. What I like most in your blog is reading a different pov from mine, for instance when it comes to your own appreciation of Suga and his work.

    I do have a request : There was this poetry book that Rapmon once showed off and recommended. Here’s the video on youtube.
    Do you know this writer? (Mr Shim??) I couldn’t find it. Is his work translated at all? I would love anything you could tell me about this book.

    And you know what, if you have any recommendations for translated Korean poetry, that would be great too!

    I found a few translations if you want to take a look. In this video there are two (dailymotion go to 5:02).
    Btw, I studied translation studies in french/english so yeah, I tend to ramble about this kind of things too lol, sorry.

    1st translation:
    If I had known then what I know now
    I would have listened to what my heart had said
    And lived more happily without worrying so much
    True beauty is remembering the things that happen in life

    Love more passionately and worry less on the minute details
    Although a trial may have ended in a failure
    Believe that there is something waiting at the end of the journey

    2nd translation: (my favourite, it seems closer to the original)
    If I had known the things that I know now in the past time also
    I would have lended my ear to what my heart was telling me more often
    I would have enjoyed life more and would have worried less
    I would have remembered that the true beauty is in the living of life

    3rd translation:
    If I knew this would happen, I would have listened to heart, living my life to the fullest and stop thinking too much
    Please remember the things that you love in life
    Love passionately and you’ll be less worried
    Even though you would failed, believe that there’ll be something valuable at the end of the road

    It’s all in the same rhyme and I love listening to it in korean !!

    Oh and another thing : you shouldn’t be afraid of watching the 4 Things Show (maybe you already have by now), I get the feeling but it’s really very good, and the guys who make fun of Namjoon are 11leven and Supreme Boi and you can tell that’s because they’re extremely close friends.

    Anyways enjoy the BTS comeback and the new songs ^^ My favourite line from Spring Day is “Maybe it’s cherry blossoms And this winter will be over” when Jimin sings at 4:05 it’s very powerful ^^

    Bye for now!!!!

    1. This is actually funny because that poem is actually an English poem. ^^ He was reading the translated version.

      The video was translated wrong. It wasn’t written by Mr. Shim, but it was recommended by his psychology teacher (shim-ri-hak teacher). It is a collection of translated poetry by different people.

      The original poetry is “If I Knew Then What I Know Now…” by Kimberly Kirberger.

      Other poems in this book include Herman Hesse’s “Being Happy”

      “17th century nun’s prayer”, writer unknwon's%20Prayer.html

      “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

      “After a while” by Veronica Shoffstall

      There are a lot more, but kinda too many to list. This site seems to have it all uploaded in Korean..

      As for Korean poems….. I don’t know very many. ^^

      Of the ones BTS mentioned, maybe read the Azeleas (influencing J-hope’s 1verse??)

      Or: maybe read the works of Kim Chunsu (from BTS run 11) ^^

      Why is it always J-Hope with these poetry?

      1. Yeah that’s kinda funny, who woulda thought.
        I was looking around this poem and found this link, for anyone interested. The first poem on the page called “Please Listen” is really good.

        Thank you for putting all these links here, I have plenty to explore now. The Azeleas page especially is very interesting.
        I’m loving Veronica Shoffstall’s, and Kipling of course is a king.
        J-Hope’s father is a lit teacher so I guess that makes sense! Oh and there is Herman Hesse again ^^

  24. I just saw this and I NEEDED to say thank you and tell you how much of a kind-hearted person you are. You’re so nice offering to translate stuff like this, I always read your ramblings and translations, I love them! Thank you for putting time and effort into this, I trully appreciate it! You’re the best ♡♡♡

  25. Hello!
    In Never Mind there is a line 구르지 않는 돌에는 필시끼기 마련이거든 이끼 which I found translated as “Moss surely grows on a stone that doesn’t roll”
    In my language there is a saying that literally translates as “Water doesn’t flow under a still rock” and means you should do sth (or the rock should move) so that something (positive) happens (water flow)|don’t be lazy
    And thats’ why Suga’s line confuses me) Does he mean he should be strong and enduring so that something good happens? Where does the phrase come from?

    1. 실패나 좌절 맛보고 고개 숙여도 돼
      우리는 아직 젊고 어려 걱정 붙들어매
      구르지 않는 돌에는 필시 끼기 마련이거든 이끼
      돌아갈 수 없다면 직진

      “Moss surely grows on a stone that doesn’t roll” is quite accurate. I think this is not based on any pre-exisiting saying. (I’ve never heard of this phrase before so tried googling it for time before the album came out, and didn’t get anything).

      The lyrics are roughly:
      It’s okay if you taste failure and frustration and bow your head down
      We’re still young kids, so don’t worry
      Moss surely grows on a stone that doesn’t roll
      If you can’t go back, then go forward.
      I guess it’s trying to say that even if you make mistakes, don’t just stop and dwell on it so long (that moss grows on you). Unless you can go back to past and undo these mistakes, go forward.

      I see it as kind of… encouragement. Even if you feel like you’re a failure, have courage to move on. Don’t just stay obsessed over that failure for a long time, not doing anything.

      As someone who is in 30’s, having gone through mistakes/failures as well as many good moments in life, this is very true. If you make a mistake/have something bad in life, and dwell on this mistake while making no actions to improve the situation… well.. eventually, that bad thing will start to define you. But instead of spending all your time, stopped, dwelling on it… if you spend all that time making positive changes… over time, you can fill your life with positive things that outweigh the bad.^^

        1. not entirely sure but im Asian and its a pretty common saying. It kinda means moss doesnt grow on a rolling stone and since moss is kinda not a great thing, its like saying as long as you keep working hard, you wont ‘become bad..?/useless’
          how do i say this lol.. people i know use it for example lets say..youre studying math, and then if you keep practicing you wont get worse at it, but if you stop doing it, you definitely forget/get rusty? something like that..i think

      1. It’s kind of similar to the contempory interpretation of the English (/Latin?) saying “a rolling stone gathers no moss”? That’s how I always understood it at least idk if it’s right or not though lol
        https ://

        Thank you so much for these translations/ramblings! They always help me understand everything so much better.

  26. Rap Monster released this song called “Illest Bitch” (lol) predebut and I thought it sounded familiar so i was wondering if he used some of those lyrics in other songs (like yoongi did when he put we are bulletproof lyrics in agust d). its been bugging me since i heard it!!! please help!! thanks in advance! :D

    1. I can’t say I would recognize all of BTS lyrics off the top of my head, so I’m not sure… but so far I haven’t seen him use any of the lines from “Illest Bitch” in other songs. ^^

      the translation on this vid is fairly good. There’s not a lot of word play (and it seems like more than half the lyrics are in English anyway..)

      One word play I did notice:
      완전 빛이나, 빛이 at 48 seconds –> You’re totally radiant, you glow.
      The last word “glow/shiny/radiant”, in Korean would be pronounced “bitchie”, similar to.. obviously.. the “bitch” in the song. –> “You’re totally radiant, bitchie”

      I was unable to find written Korean lyrics of this song though…. but I think, based on what I can hear, the lyrics video is fairly accurate.

    2. I don’t know korean but based off the english translations (and the sounds I hear lol) there are some lines that remind me of lyrics from other bts songs. Some are probably a bit farfetched though oops. I guess they’re just common ideas/way of expressing things (?) that I found :D English translations here credited and

      Illest Bitch – “A white shirt, jean shorts and red converse high tops, that’s it (uh)”
      Converse High – “White t-shirt, jeans and red Converse Highs, that’s it”

      Illest Bitch – “You are so radiant, you glow. /That t-shirt you’re wearing is pretty./ You’re my truth and my reason…”
      21st Century Girls – “You look elegant, elegant also you’re pretty, pretty/
      You shine, shine. You’re the truth and the reason.”

      Illest Bitch – “which star are you from?”
      Where Did You Come From – “[Whether] If you’re from the moon or the stars”

      Illest Bitch – “You’re a flower, I’m a bee…”
      Look Here – “You’re a flower and I’m a bee”

      Illest Bitch – “When you pass by the guys they say ‘Uh yeah!’/ When you pass by the girls they say, ‘Oh… her?’ ”
      21st Century Girls – “You pass by, the guys say/ Oh yeah what is she, who is she/ They go out of their mind, the girls say/ Oh what is she, who is she”

      Of course there’s also his mentioning expensive brands and some other stuff that is similar to the examples above.

      Also if you don’t know already it’s a technically a cover of Wale’s Illest Bitch so maybe you found it familiar because of that but idk.

      1. Wow. You know their lyrics really well!! :O
        I wasn’t sure about the details so I looked up the lyrics. I can’t find the Korean written lyrics for Illest bitch, so based on what I can hear…
        Illest Bitch – “A white shirt, jean shorts and red converse high tops, that’s it (uh)”
        Converse High – “White t-shirt, jeans and red Converse Highs, that’s it”

        흰 티에 청 반바지 빨간 컨버스하이 that’s it
        –> you’re right. I think this is almost the same. ^^
        Illest Bitch – “You are so radiant, you glow. /That t-shirt you’re wearing is pretty./ You’re my truth and my reason…”
        21st Century Girls – “You look elegant, elegant also you’re pretty, pretty/
        You shine, shine. You’re the truth and the reason.”

        Illest bitch – 완전 (빛이나 빛이), 네가 입으면 (귀티나 귀티), (넌) 나의 (진리이자 이치)
        21 C girls – 넌 귀티나 귀티 또 pretty야 pretty 빛이나 빛이 넌 진리이자 이치

        They use a lot of the same phrases, arranged in different order. (the parts that are same in brackets)

        Illest Bitch – “which star are you from?”
        Where Did You Come From – “[Whether] If you’re from the moon or the stars”

        Illest Bitch – 어느 별에서 왔니?
        Where did you come fron – 니가 달에서 아니면 별에서 왔다 해도 난 상관없어

        The phrasing is not similar at all (although the idea of being in love even if the girl is an alien is still the same)

        Illest Bitch – “You’re a flower, I’m a bee…”
        Look Here – “You’re a flower and I’m a bee”
        Illest Bitch – 원래 아름다운 꽃은 벌이 꼬여 (It’s only natural that beautiful flower would be surrounded by bees)
        Look Here – 너는 꽃이고 나는 벌이야 (you’re a flower and I’m a bee)

        so phrasing is very difficult, although again, the idea seem similar.

        Illest Bitch – “When you pass by the guys they say ‘Uh yeah!’/ When you pass by the girls they say, ‘Oh… her?’ ”
        21st Century Girls – “You pass by, the guys say/ Oh yeah what is she, who is she/ They go out of their mind, the girls say/ Oh what is she, who is she”

        Illest Bitch – 남자들은 네가 지나가면 say, “Uh yeah”, 여자들은 네가 나타나면 say, “Oh her?”

        21 C Girls – 너 지나가네 남자들이 say, “Oh yeah 쟤 뭐야 대체 누구야?”
        넋이 나가네 여자들이 say “어 얘는 또 뭐야 대체 누구야?”

        again, different phrasing (the translation you have is fairly accurate for the differences)


        That was fun. ^^
        Some recycling of phrases from the Illest Bitch, and others do have similar ideas but different phrasing. ^^

  27. Hello! I really love reading your translations! I have a request, but it isn’t translation related, I read in one of your ramblings about some cultural context in Korea that need separate post, would you consider posting more about cultural stuff in your point of view? Like how darker color skin related to social class or about gender issue and stuff. Thank you!

    1. In terms of skin tone issues, I don’t know if I can add more than what I’ve written in my RM/SPIN ramblings. The gist of it is that majority of racism in Korea is not skin color based (it’s between Korean/Chinese/Japanese), and when they used to have class systems, obviously the farmers were more tanned than the aristocrats. They no longer have class systems, so your social rank is not really relevant to skin color anymore (in fact, sometimes only the well off gets to go on vacation and get a tan), but people still associate darker tans with kids/tomboys/farmers/being masculine, etc.

      I don’t want my blog to be a debate blog of controversial issues but I feel like a blog can be biased enough by choosing what information it presents.. so I guess there’s no way to completely avoid it…..

      I’ll probably eventually do a post on Gender Issues, as a list of topics that influence Gender issues (eg. Confucism/birth rate/military service/job market), etc.. I made a draft with list of topics at one point and there were already like more than 30 topics…. so I don’t know when that would be completed.

  28. This is kind of silly, but I’ve always wondered if Blanket Kick was meant to be kind of a dirty song? I mean, the image of teenage boys fantasizing about girls while thrashing around in bed…it conjures those thoughts… but on the other hand its instrumental is played so sweetly and innocently, like a lullaby. It also has some of the cutest dance choreo from bts ever with the soft movements and the fluffy bed…but then again, at one point the boys all pretend to make out with each other… ah, it’s so confusing? Does the original korean convey this sort of sexual undertone in its lyrics or does the “blanket kick” in this song literally mean “kicking your blanket in frustration” and im just interpreting it perversely??? Thanks in advance!

    1. The “blanket kick” in general means “kicking your blanket in embarrassment over acting like a fool during the day”. The phrase of “blanket kick” usually has no sexual undertones, and is an act of exceeding embarrassment. I think… the type of severe mortified embarrassment that would immediately make you not horny at all. ^^

      The song’s about being awkward + tongue-tied + making lame jokes, and then regretting it at night, and feeling embarrassed.

      The part with Suga, about trying to kiss the girl and failing because her father calls her on the phone…. is more about just being frustrated. It is true that the song is not 100% about just being embarrassed, but other misadventures in trying to date. ^^

      However, in general, the way the term is used in Korea is for being just embarrassed – often, not just in romantic relationships but in general, like doing something foolish in school/work situations too.

  29. Hi~ I really appreciate your translations. They help me understand the deeper meaning of the lyrics, and teach me a lot about Korean culture. I was actually a little curious about you :) Which country do you live in? Are you Korean? And how did you choose the name muish?

    1. I live in Canada now but I was born in Korea. I tend to read/watch a lot of Korean stuff even while living in Canada, from news to books, to random blogs, to kdramas. I do have to say, there are lots of gaps in my knowledge still… so I do try to look up stuff before I post things.
      I chose the name muish long ago when I used to sub stuff. Mr. muish called me “mui mui” or “muishie” at times…and “muish” was the only thing I could think of when i started subbing and was trying to come up w new ID. Scary to think that was already like 10 years ago. Gah.

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