If you’re looking for something to do in self-isolation during the coronavirus crisis, then how about learning a language such as Korean – and if so, then not learn it from K-Pop group BTS? The band has announced they will host 30 language lessons on social media app Weverse beginning on Tuesday, 24 March.
Each episode will last three minutes and will focus on Korean grammar and expressions, with a lesson plan for each developed by researchers at the Korean Language Content Institute and Professor Heo Yong of the Department of Korean Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The idea emerged after fans asked for the band’s videos to be subtitled in English.
“There are only limited ways our fans could learn Korean with ease,” Big Hit Entertainment founder, Bang Si-Hyuk, said in a statement. “Big Hit has created Korean learning media using artist content for a more rewarding and immersive experience for our fans.”
The episodes are “designed to make it easy and fun for global fans who have difficulty enjoying BTS’ music and contents due to the language barrier,” Big Hit noted.
The lessons have arrived at the perfect time for fans who are stuck in the house during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the series was announced back in February. The series will reuse material from the band’s reality show, Run BTS!, and from YouTube series like ‘Bangtan Bombs’ and ‘BTS Episodes’. Fans can access the episodes via Weverse.
BTS were forced to cancel their Korean concerts last month due to coronavirus concerns. The string of concerts, scheduled to take place on 11, 12, 18 and 19 April respectively at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, were intended to be the South Korean group’s homecoming ‘Map of the Soul : 7’ shows. The band’s album of the same name, released earlier this year, debuted at No. 1 on the RS Charts in early March.