Enhancing national prestige

Interesting article from the NYT about compulsory military service in South Korea and how athletes may be exempted but K-pop stars aren’t — yet.

As South Korean Athletes Avoid the Draft, Some Ask: Why Not K-Pop Stars?

South Korean men are required to serve in the military for at least 21 months. But if they “enhance national prestige” they can

BTS is certainly enhancing national prestige.

They’re huge in the US now, gave a speech at the UN, and recently made the rounds of the late night talk shows in the US and the UK. I watched them on Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton, and the fans in the audience were deafening.

 

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🎵 helps us learn and remember

Flocabulary is a YouTube channel with educational videos set to hip-hop music. Here are a couple of examples:

Yesterday’s post was about creative writing prompts. This video helps explain the importance of the setting in a story.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley suddenly announced her resignation today. Here’s a video to learn more about what the U.N. actually does.

“If the singing stops, so does the engine.”🎵

“Carpool Karaoke” made singing in cars a thing. For a few days in one city in Finland, you could sing in taxis instead of paying, says this short article from Japan Times Alpha (a good place to get some reading practice in English, this site has Japanese translations of the articles to help you understand and improve vocabulary). This article is labeled in the “easy” to read category. Read it to find out why the company did it.

 

The English: “Finnish karaoke taxi lets passengers pay for their rides by singing”

The Japanese: 「フィンランドの音楽フェス、シャトル運賃の支払いは「歌」で」