Let’s be honest: How many of us started learning Korean just so we can better understand what our favourite Korean celebrities are saying? It’s pretty uncommon to hear Korean actors and singers speaking English, and fluently at that. It’s typically the odd English sentence in K-drama conversations or a few phrases dropped into K-pop songs.
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And when they do speak fluent English, it’s presumably normal to assume that he or she is a Korean-American. However, more and more celebrities are picking up the language and striving to be fluent not only due to broaden their career opportunities, but also to communicate with their foreign fans, thanks to the Hallyu wave.
And we must say, some of them are so fluent that it’s a pretty big feat, considering they didn’t start young – a ban by the government only allows South Koreans to start learning English when they’re in Primary Three. The reason? They believe that exposing the children to a foreign language when they are young would erode their Korean roots.
Here are 15 male K-celebs who can definitely hold a conversation with you in full English:
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