English News Pod

#2: K-Pop’s Global Takeover

August 29, 2020 Caroline Episode 2
English News Pod
#2: K-Pop’s Global Takeover
Show Notes

Episode 2: Today's news in English will look at the K-pop band, BTS, and their new single, Dynamite. If you don't know, BTS is the Korean pop band taking the world by storm! Look below for a full transcript:  


Hello my beautiful students and welcome back to English News Pod, the best way for you to learn practical English through news - on the go. I’m your host and teacher, Caroline. 

Now, let’s take a look at today’s top news. You can find a full transcript of this podcast episode in the description. 

K-pop group, BTS, has shattered records this week with their new single, Dynamite. The music video for the song broke a record on YouTube, with over 101.1 million views within 24 hours of its release. Dynamite has also landed on the top 10 chart in the UK for the first time. Many think this immense popularity is because the song is in English, rather than Korean. What do you think?

Let’s take a look at some grammar:

  1. K-pop is the short phrase we use for ‘korean pop music’. “K-pop group, BTS, has shattered records this week...”
  2. Shattered is a synonym for the verb to break. “K-pop group, BTS, has shattered, or broken, records this week.” In this sentence, shattering records is a lot more intense and impressive than just breaking them. 
  3. Music chart - music charts are lists that rank the most popular songs in a country. “Dynamite has also landed on the top 10 chart in the UK.” In this example, we are talking about the top 10 songs in the UK. 
  4. Immense - is a synonym for something on a very large scale. So, “immense popularity” means the song is very very popular!

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