Ah, one of the fun [and sometimes annoying] factors of Kpop is their obsession with using English in their songs. I will admit that since they do, it actually makes it easier for me to start to learn them, but some of my favorite songs are ballads which feature no random English which detracts from a song’s meaning by being more or less gibberish just thrown in. I don’t blame the kpop groups themselves, as most of them get their songs from elsewhere. I just wish that sometimes if they decided to use English, they could at least use it properly.
BTOB’s debut song “Secret (Insane)” is really catchy and shows off the rapping and vocal abilities of the members. However, it does suffer from a few random moments of English failure. The biggest problem being with the chorus in which they say: “You make me go insane. She gives me so much pain. I won’t be back again.”
What exactly is the problem? Well, this is something a lot of people [native English speakers included] do. They go from addressing someone directly using the second person “you” and then switch to the third person “she.” I admit that I have done this before in my writing tons of times. I am also notoriously bad at keeping the correct verb tenses throughout my writing. It’s not a big deal, but if you actually listen to the rest of the song, they are usually always addressing this female as “you” versus the third person “she.” It actually would be correct if the part went “You make me go insane. You give me so much pain.” But, for English in kpop, it’s rather a small matter to quibble about.
I think my main problem with English came with the phrase “ridin’ now say goodbye.” Um. Even with the Korean translated, it still doesn’t make any sense. The guy is talking about going back to before they met and then BAM! This bit of English ends the phrase. If not for that and the switching between second person and third person, this debut song would actually be free of errors, which is a little shocking coming from B2ST’s company Cube Entertainment. They’ve had some pretty bad English in their songs.