BoA's "bad" English
Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:25 PM
The beginning: "Hello, I'm BoA. You're watching AIUEO"
Around 2:19 and on. (PS: lol she was so cute \o/)
4:38 "But I'm gonna try it"
That last one caught me off-guard. I went "Whoa" out loud.
Do you guys really think BoA's English is that bad? I mean, that interview was 2 years ago and she did really well. I know it wasn't a full-English interview, but it's enough to convince me that BoA's English is not as bad as most people think.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:36 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:59 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:22 PM
back on topic, i dont think her english is that bad either. i remember i have a video of boa and edison when they were advertising the levi jeans. and she was asked a question in chinese regarding edison, and she answered in english. it was pretty fluent too, imo.
this video is slightly different, but i has what i'm talking about in it. i think this video was taken in 2006.. so yeah, you'd think her english has improved since then.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:29 PM
Posted 05 September 2008 - 07:55 PM
This interview is SO adorable! Thanks for sharing.
And back on topic, I think her English isn't all that bad. But she still has that really thick accent - albeit it being understandable.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 08:08 PM
No one is perfect anyway so even if there are some flaws or mispronunciation in her english, she is still like 80-90% accurate? I think she will do well for the US debut =)
Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:57 PM
i guess she'll just have to surprise us ^-^
Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:59 PM
by that, i mean BoA usually knows the questions that will be asked, so she is able to prepare answers often. so i don't think these interviews are valid ways of judging her skill in speaking and understanding the english language.
i love her to death, but i do not think her english is "good enough." yes, it's okay... but i don't think it's quite good enough. people say her pronunciation is good, but is it really? i have to be honest, and it could use a lot of work.
asian artists have tried to succeed in the US market and failed, often not even because of their accents or grasp of the english language, but just BECAUSE they were asian, i'm guessing. it seems like americans aren't able to take asian artists seriously in the music industry. it's sad, but true... and i think BoA will be fighting an uphill battle & her average english skills won't be helping her.
anyway! i will be supporting her 100% in whatever she does, and i really REALLY hope she can break the trend and make it big here in the US, paving the way for other asian artists just as she did for koreans in japan. n___n
Edited by Alicks, 05 September 2008 - 10:02 PM.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:03 PM
A language isn't like riding a bicycle...you have to keep working with it. Lee Soo Man had her studying Chinese (an exercise in futility) instead of keeping up with her English and improving it, which was a very, very stupid move.
I just hope the people at SM USA will be actual Americans who know bad English pronunciation when they hear it--not just Koreans who only speak "Engrish". BoA needs to brush up on her English--fast--or she'll be a laughingstock. An accent is charming; mispronouncing words is embarrassing.
They'd better make damned sure BoA is really ready for singing and doing interviews in English, or else she'll join the list of Korean artists who couldn't quite make it here in the USA.
I think another thing Koreans have going against them right now is that Americans are getting so sick of jobs being shipped to China, unsafe Chinese imports, and even the Olympics cheating surrounding those little girls posing as Chinese "women" gymnasts, that it gives all Asians a bad name in this country. When emotions run so high, thinking gets clouded pretty badly.
I really wish they'd had BoA debut here when she was still a teenager...there wasn't so much animosity towards China, plus kids and teens would be far less apt to let these things influence their thinking, and her audience could have grown up with her. But debuting as an adult performer means that people will expect adult-level professionalism. Yes, BoA can dance and sing, etc., but unless her English is damned good, she won't be taken seriously as a world-class performer.
Please, please let SM be having BoA work as hard on her English, as they had her work on her Japanese before her Japanese debut...!
Edited by hinachan, 05 September 2008 - 10:11 PM.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:14 PM
Edited by Spark, 05 September 2008 - 11:16 PM.
Posted 06 September 2008 - 12:08 AM
Posted 06 September 2008 - 01:28 AM
Uh not sure about Key Of Heart, but I think BoA's English on "Last Christmas" was very good(I only can't make out some parts like the "blabla soul of ice" part), better than in "Lights of Seoul". I think she'll be fine with some practice. Languages tend to degen if you don't practice xD. Like how I learned German for four years but don't get any chance to use it at all..
Posted 06 September 2008 - 02:13 AM
as long asa she keep practicing she will get better..
i think she is improving
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