While I was in the middle of enjoying myself with TVXQ’s songs until 2007, I was bored. I had no one to share my joy with. So I started to tell my friends about it. Surprisingly, they said they heard about TVXQ. Then, I guessed I was the outdated one. -__-
Since I’ve started my fangirling activity for some time, I have printed some of their pics in wallet size so that I can put it in my purse. I showed my friends the pics, and that time I didn’t know how other people see TVXQ. The responses were, “Why do they look so gay?”; “Ew he (Jaejoong) looks like a girl!!!”; “Who the hell are these gays?”. I didn’t know what to say. And of course I felt kinda hurt because someone actually dislikes my favourite people.
However, things kinda changed. Some of my friends are quite interested in TVXQ. I was so excited and I kept on talking about TVXQ with them! We had our own biases (thank god!), shared videos with each other, and of course, sing. In school, at home, at the mall – not even a day without TVXQ.
I remember when I first saw the word ‘oppa’ on one of the forums, I was like, WTH is that?! Why Yunho-oppa??? Why Jaejoong-oppa?!??!?! WHY OPPA?!?!?!??!! Then I found out it means. ‘Brother’? Huh?
Then I told myself, it’s time to learn some Korean. I searched online (it was the time when I finally know how to use the Internet to fangirl XD) for Hangeul and start memorizing them. I practiced my Hangeul by romanizing the Korean lyrics of TVXQ, well, TVXQ was the only Koreans I listen to. I started my Hangeul journey in 2007. And yes, I learn Korean language solely because of TVXQ. I felt that learning Korean makes me feel much closer to my dear oppas. Thanks to them, now I can read, speak and understand a LITTLE BIT of Korean (Haha because I didn’t attend formal classes at all, everything was by myself *__*).
Always, always keep the faith.
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This article originally published at I’ll Keep Walking here.