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Improving one’s English vocabulary

Posted in american tv by choronghi on June 1, 2013

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I was thinking about the standards i hold myself up for with japanese with the goal of understand 95%~ of the text that i’m reading on websites. of course if it’s of no interest to me i’m not going to waste my time googling that to find out what it means or what it is (sometimes it’s just something i just wouldn’t know because i’m not japanese and i haven’t lived in japan or whatever). Then I was thinking hey i haven’t reached this goal with english with the 95%~ comprehension for websites (well you could argue, not knowing or being unsure of the meaning of a couple adjectives/verbs/nouns doesn’t necessarily kill the comprehension… depends how important it is to the whole picture). It really is dependent on what i’m reading in english even if it’s a blog if it’s well-written they’ll be complex grammar where i’ll have to read the sentence again or they’ll be words I don’t know.  Some people are just good writers and they just use words i don’t know. Whether it’s blog entries or news articles, if it’s fairly well-written then i will come across words i do not know.  I’m not gonna start reading the new york times or whatever other boring ass newspaper to improve my vocabulary. that’s torture. I don’t do that for japanese and i’m not gonna do that for english. But I found a good way to learn vocabulary.

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BTW you should know that firefox has awesome plug-ins/add-ons for looking up words and for saving text to file while you’re reading the internet. i downloaded dictionary.com and if you double click it tells you the meaning (I like merriam webster better but fast and efficient is KICKASS).  the sucky part is if you click on the audio thing for the audio bit it’ll take a while so i will actually hear the prnounciation faster by going to m-w and looking up the word than waiting for the add-on to fetch the audio.  I think with english especially hearing the word is useful and sometimes it’s spelled really weird or it’s ambiguous with the pronounciation. even if they have that gibberish to tell you how to pronounce it, it’s just a lot more clear with the audio. i’m checking out other add-ons so it’s more easy to collect/mine the stuff like with rikai-sama if you press S it saves the SENTENCE, DEFINITION, into a notepad file!!! like how awesome is that. so i’m seeing if any of the plug-ins are as kickass as that on firefox.

SO ANYWAYS the most important part is the SOURCE of the sentence/sparagraphs that you leran the vocabulary from. it has to be not too difficult/ridiculous/useless/archaic/etc and at the same time it has to hold your interest… otherwise why the hell would the context help you remember if you don’t give a shit about the actual thing you’re reading ie crappy newspapers.  It’s like AJATT  it has to be something you enjoy.

So this is what I found really useful/helpful and i think it could be applicable to other people … well bear with me. i hope somebody gets something out of what i wrote.

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I find mad men really useful for learning vocabulary.  i look up words they use in the show and what i always always do starting since some season of mad men is I read  other people’s thoughts and analysis of the episode. ONE is because the show mad men is just very sophisticated like the dialogue is just not straight forward sometimes i miss out or i misinterpret????? TWO it’s just a well-done and there’s a lot of shit going on (If you don’t think so, you need to venture out into the INTERNET.  THREE even if i were to re-watch it, i wouldn’t get as much out of it compared to just reading somebody else’s thoughts about it. other people just better at getting stuff out of that show.  FOUR lots of mad men fans do it. FIVE it makes me want to watch more actively for the next episode like i want to notice stuff as much as the other peeps. SIX mad men fans are smart/educated (some of them are probably old right? like they were actually alive in the 60s lol) . some stuff i’ve seen written by mad men fans are just so well-written with the sentence/paragraph I have to re-read or the big words I don’t know. SEVEN it’s season 6, i forget stuff lol…. like i said this show’s well-done with the continuity and all that. i’ll literally watch an episode there’s some character and i have no idea who it is ( I couldn’t figure it out just from watching the ep because i like said mad men is never relaly that explicit and clear) or i forgot who it was (they showed up in some other season) and then i have to refresh myself lol.  I watch it once a year when it airs so….

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Even though they’re using big words I care and I know what they’re talking about (the thing they’re describing) because I watched the episode. It’s sort of a game too like they’ll describe the character as some word I don’t know and I’ve seen the episode so I’ll be like oh   i think that’s a fancy word for __ and then i can see if i’m right. but usually now a days i have no imagination so i don’t even guess lol. The reason it works so well for me is because it’s so well-written and i really care about what the person writes about. it’s just the perfect environment for learning the vocab.

Now I don’t know what to do with the vocabulary. I saved the sentences with the definition on a notepad which i later transfer to EVERNOTE (kickass progrma, highly reocmmended thank you tofugu though their entries of late are complete shit , very lazy for the most part) . I looked at the sentences i collected they really are a pleasure to read lol… like no wonder i looked it up. I’ve always looked up words when i read particularly well-written stimulating blog entries or news articles or whateve rbut i never collected them. but i feel like collecting is helpful because the context is just so compatible with me. like i realy really give a shit!  I don’t know about adding the sentences to anki or anything like that. I do that with japanese and i don’t want to do that with english. english is my native language even if my vocab is low compared to people who read many more books that i have. I do want to improve my vocabulary like anyone else (who has a brain). if you don’t know the awesomeness/benefits of reading and vocabulary on YOUR LIFE, then you need to read up on that. I was literally tortured by people who do not read much/possess much vocabulary which was evident in their vapidly empty annoying blithering conversations. check out my lang-8 for that, you gotta be my friend to read it though!

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so I found an awesome source to TAP to get the words that i do not know that i want to know. who wants to learn from a list from sat or act or gre or whatever…. half the crap just seems useless becaues you never heard of it. it relaly is like AJATT you gotta find something that’s enjoyable.  I do have a desire to improve my vocabulary and i’ve found the right medium. I’m not sure if this works with other shows…  mad men is just so SPECIAL AND well-done and there really is a lot to talk about plus some shows why would you care enough to read about other people’s thoguhts lol ie gossip girl/anything on cw for that matter. of course that show would attract fans who are good at writing and intelligent lol.  I’m also reading books too btw it’s just hard because I want to read japanese books too lol.

Basically I encourage looking up words while reading the internet since there are some awesome tools. there’s no reason not to. it’s 2013 bitch!  I checked out chrome, chrome has awesome addons/extensions too… the dictionary for that fetches the audio instantaneously!! so perhaps that’s a perk that can’t go ignored. hearing the word is really helpful to remembering it so that the next time you come across it, they’ll be a higher chance of having some feeling of familiarity.

here’s a copy paste of the stuff just so yo know what i mean… more clearly. if you haven’t seen mad men season 6 up to episode 4 there might be SPOILERS… i hope most people will see what i pasted and go i don’t know those words eitther lol. that’s what i’m thinking but i’ve been neglecting english for the past 4 years? loll with the japanese. I don’t want my english to turn to  crap or stop growing but at the same time iwant to also learn french a lot… not to fluency of course (that’s very very high goal) because first of all i haven’t even discovered what thing about france interests me.. the reason i mention french because it’s romance language and they’re based on latin so french itself would be helpful with expanding my english vocabulary but i’m curious as to how helpful learning french is vs. reading more in english with improving english vocabulary. because for korean if you don’t know hanja you can forget about expanding your vocabulary because it’s mostly (well  ALOT OF) 2 syllable words that all sound the same lol… the difference are so who gives a shit arbitrary unless you know what to look out for with hanja. i’m curious if it’s as helpful as hanja was for korean/japanese. but then again if i think of it as how helpful is korean for advanced japanese vocabulary (advanced? wtf is that lol.  I guess any and all words a fluent japanese speaker would know – that would encompass words that are based on kango, not based on kango) i don’t think it’s really helpful because they’re 2 different languages and they’re both based on kanji/hanja/chinese characters so not really…. not really for korean/japanese. yo know i read somewhere!!! it was on a language forum and they were talking about languages they’d forgotttten. someone said i forgot my damn german because all the common/daily convresation words are really similar to english and all the more advanced/difficult/beyond daily conversation words  are not similar to english THEN for french all the daily/conversation stuff was not similar to english but all the advanced words are similar to english… so they were saying german was more easily forgotten? unless they said it the other way around. so maybe learning french will be helpful  provided it is the way i wrote it.

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EXAMPLES

A self-proclaimed “rooster,” he shows Dick how a cock behaves, taking what he wants from women — both money and pleasure — without compunction.
+   a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
After blithely saying that they’re both good company that he enjoys,
+  in a joyous manner

t was evident that Pete’s a whiner not a fighter, using aggrieved complaining to get what he thinks he deserves — and to deflect blame for his bad behavior.
+ aggrieve
v.
1. infringe on the rights of
+++ 2. cause to feel sorrow

patrician  [pə’trɪʃn]
n.
1. a person of refined upbringing and manners
2. a member of the aristocracy

let Ted Chaough know that Heinz ketchup (“the Coca-Cola of condiments”) was pursuing potential suitors, and what was thought of as a clandestine tryst
++ adj.  conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods

it was something of a softball episode for the nascent director to undertake
+ the event of being born

and his sycophantic task of picking Pete up some toilet paper.
++
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
2. attempting

The fight between Peggy’s conscience and ambition wasn’t her only duel this week, there was also a pocket of resistance to quell from her male copywriting staff.
++
quell  [kwel]
v.
1. suppress or crush completely
2. overcome or allay

One line in particular of Trudy’s was a pithy summation of her lot, and strongly reminiscent of season three Betty,
++
adj.  concise and full of meaning

), Megan awkwardly tries to simply placate Don, walking on eggshells and cooking him a fancy chicken dinner (which came first, we wonder).
++ cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

But the real meat of the premiere (for me) is Don and Arnold Rosen. Don’s eagerness for Rosen’s approval has the tenor of a teenage crush.
++ Tenor: atmosphere, appearance, similarity to.

But Don, like Pete, is still stuck in the old model of infidelity, in which deception was de rigueur, even – or especially — when your spouse was knowing and   – or especially — when your spouse was knowing and agreeable (as Trudy was with Pete)
++ : prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom : proper

litigant
(law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation

litigation  [‚lɪtɪ’geɪʃn]
n.  a legal proceeding in a court; a judicial contest to determine and enforce legal rights

palimony
palimony
n.  support paid by one half of an unmarried partnership after the relationship ends

A court-martial (plural courts-martial, as “martial” is postpositive) is a military court. A court-martial is empowered to determine the guilt of members of the armed forces subject to military law, and, if the defendant is found guilty, to decide upon punishment.

paleolithic  [‚peɪlɪəʊ’lɪθɪk /‚pæl-]
n.  second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
adj.  of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic)

assignation  [よs?g’ne??n]
n.
1. a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
2. the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan

The season kick off is heavily preoccupied with death. It’s roughly two hours of Don and Roger looking, for different reasons, into the yawning maw of death and wondering what the whole point of their lives is.
maw = mouth
informal terms for the mouth

Here in paradise they look like the future, and this woman with her decrepit hairdo worships

foundling  [‘faʊndlɪŋ]
n.  a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown

What has many times in the past been cited as a program about change came out screaming that it is more likely about similarity, repetition and the ephemeral nature of human life.
ephemeral  [-rəl]
n.  anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
adj.  lasting a very short time

has ideologues arguing over gay marriage and austerity while people are starving and dying, and a public that has lost all hope for a better future.
_++ n.  the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)

Only when we are back in the bitter cold of New York do we see that despite their beauty, their ruddy success, Don and Megan lack contemporary hair
++ adj.
1. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
2. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

She admires Joan as an intrepid groundbreaker who has conquered the big city and a male-dominated profession.
++= adj.  invulnerable to fear or intimidation

In that, they’re contrasted with the passivity and acquiescence of women like Sylvia,
++ v.  to agree or express agreement
acui-es (letter s)

t’s not entirely accurate to say that Joan is the distaff Don Draper—i
++ adj.  characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
++ the sphere of work by women

Mad Men nights of drunken revelry, involving making out with strange young men and visiting hippie haunts—disappearing into other guises in other words, flexing whatever privilege they have, be it glamor, money,

++ bar

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sbs kpopstar && learning korean.

Posted in american tv, korean, korean tv, kpop, language learning by choronghi on January 22, 2013

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so i find this show useful for learning korean… at lesat before they get to the live performances (no korean subs lol). so what I really like is as I said is the judges. the fact they use the brains to convey their advice/thoughts to the contestants. you can tell they are experts/knowledgable about their field which is music with the words/concepts/ that come out of their mouth. sometimes it’s just so specific and/or something i would never point out/notice etc etc. OR I was iffy about their performance but I couldn’t figure out why and the judge just explains exactly what was wrong. it’s just really insightful stuff they say… like they’re working for their paycheck which is to give comments/critiques that is of value to the contest and is comprehensible to the viewer toooooo.. and if also possible, also interesting.yes, they are doing their job of being a judge which means you gotta be articulate…

MEANwhile on american idol they put anyone as a judge and the ones that know a thing or two about music are more concerned with being nice to the singers who can’t sing when they reject them than being specific and constructive. it’s like they’re forced to be limited with what they can say or they’re being super lazy… it’s all very generic/boring /stuff anyone in the audience can say. ie that was the wrong choice or this song doesn’t really show off your range/skills/etc etc. it’s like aynone can say that!!

so what I’m saying is I mine my korean words/grammar from what the judges say… preferably after interesting performnaces or performances that i loved for obvious reasons …. or everyone laughed after the judge said a comment or whatever other reaction that makes me curious. i’ve always mined other words from this show and by the first sesaon ended I can confidently say my comprehension has improved a lot lol. a little looking up goes a long way. it feels like a little bc i don’t look up everything i don’t know. well as of now i have 128 cards tagged kpopstar but sometimes I forget to tag and i didn’t watch the eps from this season but I did see the performances (I was sad that they didn’t upload the judges comments bc I’m as invested or more invested in that depending on if the person sucks/did only okay etc) so i want to check out the comments for the auditions i loved.  them vietnamese fans will upload it somewhere with vietnamese subs 🙂

so what i’m saying is i cannot do this with american idol if let’s say i was fluent in korean and was learning english bc the judges don’t say anything worth understanding lol. they don’t even try to convey their thoughts/constructive criticism. they’re too lazy to use the english language to its fullest potential. they’re too lazy to use their music knowledge/vocabulary or they’ve forgotten it or don’t know shit. i cannot tell which it is but it’s just complete bs. they don’t deserve their pay…. they don’t even do their job … not even the bare minimum. i love how on kpop star even if the performances is amazing the judges give specific explanations/reasons as to why it was so amazing and what really touched them/impressed them. meanwhile on american idol the judges just yell out some random phrase and then the crowd boos/cheers …. rinse and repeat. it’s like wtf… they’re not doing their job.

John park && ailee

Posted in american tv, korean, kpop, music by choronghi on August 2, 2012

I don’t think it’s that we got hand me downs or rejects from American idol . I’m talking about john park ( love his song fallin’) here unless that other korean guy that got on american idol also debuted in korea. First of all the song choices on that show is as limited as noses on korean tv (I hope that’s a good analogy. Seriously for the love of god let’s stop plastic surgerying ourselves bc at the end of he day y’all all look the same) . But in all seriousness I heard that their choices are very limited. Like 50 songs for all the contestants and then for each contestant they can choose bt 3? I read something like that somewhere. also they have  a time limit on their performance right like 1 minute 30 seconds or 2 minutes or some shit. like how can you move anyone if you can’t sing the whole song. So by all means we are not getting rejects or handled owns from America . Just listen to the top 40 who the hell wants to be associated with that shit

thank the lord ailee did not go on american idol and that john park tried out in korea.  if she won, if he had won, they would be rotting in america like all the other american idol winners….like  mainstream singers in general. the songs are so so damn bland. same goes for the melody and lyrics and everything else that goes into a song. it’s so wasteful. I mean ailee’s kpop stuff though is boring to me but I’m sure it would be worse in america because she would ALSO be sexed up and like vulgar lyrically etc etc to the max… I can’t picture her doing that but who knows lol. Like I’m relaly glad ailee got on immotral song… I really got to know her true potentital/talent on that show. her song heaven bores me so…  john park did a good job on immortal song as well.

I was also thinking about oversinging yet again lol.

When I was listen to kindie I think I don’t really hear anyone belt stuff/reach some high note or hold some note etc etc stuff that impresses american idol viewers/mainstream music listeners…. So I was thinking if somebody who don’t know anything about kindie just asked me about and listened to it… they could say to me “oh this is boring” but besides if it’s a reall ystuck-up/ignorant-closeminded american person (THAT WHITE BOY IN THE KIDS REACT TO KPOP) they may even go as far to say that “they’re not good that singing since they don’t ~~~ like mariah carey or christina aguilera or demi lovato ( she sucks balls at singing by the way.. it’s sad when people think yelling/screaming is singing) whatever other singer that’s in the mainstream”

this is one of the reasons why i find charice so boring. she can open her mouth really big and close her eyes and hit that note and hold it for however long whatever whatever… it doesn’t change the fact it’s boring. It’s great that she sings that well and has such a powerful voice blahblah at her age but it doesn’t change the fact that i don’t find her interesting/entertaining…/ i’m not that fond of her voice (this is personal preference). I loved her when she sang telephone on glee with rachel.. i’ll give her credit where it’s due but i can see why she won’t at least for now succeed with becoming an artist.

But I was also thinking that conversely k-indie singing is HARDER than kpop in some ways because….
Emotion or feel is something that can’t be taught or faked ie taeyeon from snsd singing please vs jang jane’s rendition. (I do like taeyeon’s devil’s cry song. though that video of her lip-syncing that and fans cheering and going crazy was a little much). I mean there are some impressive notes in Kpop songs which is fine and dandy and some songs have nice even genuine emotion in them. I’m just sayin “in some ways”.

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I officially hate the song AND I AM TELLING YOU

Posted in american tv, music, rant, ugh by choronghi on May 24, 2012

BEFORE you comment on this entry saying blahblahbalha besure to read the link I linked in this entry FIRST.

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It’s just so hard to explain what I want to express but it seems like somebody already has for the most part wrote down what I feel. the entry with the word masturbation ESPECIALLY is good. so do CHECK THOSE OUT before you write comments that make you look like a dumbass.

I was starting to hate it just because people ALWAYS pick this damn song because it’s always a CROWD PLEASER. by crowd i mean brainwashed americans. besides this song sang by  many contestants on american idol, perhaps on kpop star? (they sang this song or that other song the diva singers always frikin sing), glee (ugh merecedes… I mean sometimes I like merecedes when she isn’t oversinging) , and probably lots of other places .

ANYWAYS yesterday i believe, it was sang by jessica sanchez and JENNIFER holliday. I found out because VFTW was like oh they’re going to sing a duet … that shit’s going to be OTT = over the top. AND i could tell that it ‘ll be very shittily over the top and boy was it over the ttop. it felt fake, forced, and scary. it was disugistng. it was like masturbation on tv. NOT LITERALLY but ggawd it was horrible.  and people cheering on masturbation. wtf?

search american idol sanchez holliday on youtube or just google american idol sanchez holliday video… I’m not sure when they’ll remove all the vids.

They are deluded leaving comments like

  • One of the best, if not in fact THE BEST performance I have EVER seen on TV in all my 50 years! What an exciting finale show last night was, and this duet was the pinnacle of the evening!

    ….losmeme 56분 전 10

  • shit like this makes me want to facepalm and i don’t like the word face palm yet i’m using it because this shit is so frikin rampant .i wish they would air immortal song on american tv so people can be like oh i’ve been watching shit on american idol these past few months.  or whatever other show that promotes oversignng = talent = deservces 1 million dollars. lol. sometimes it doesn’t matter how much the person oversings or that they’re singin one of those diva songs.. it’s still boring as f***
  • Amen! They kept pushing each other to higher and higher heights, what an exciting performance to watch. Jennifer took Jessica under her wings and they both flew higher together than either could seperately. They were both magnificent, one of the greatest performances of all time. J Lo WISHES she could sing a song like this!

    losmeme 응답 대상: lesleeames(댓글 표시) 52분 전 8

  • guys please let’s not make fun of ms. holliday’s way of singing it is her style of singing and we must respect it……

    yaya yeah 28분 전 재생목록 Finale – Part 2 – AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 23

  • Thumbs up if you still watching this again and again and again..

    jasper5367 19분 전 14

  • there’s also comments saying how jessica sanchez will win a grammy.  I am telling you right now (holy shiznets i sorta quoted this song that I hate) she will never win a grammym. she wiill be forgotten quickly. there have been so many girls like her on american idol. charice (she’s prettier than jessica sanchez) can’t make it (her american single that flopped… reason is the song sucks balls.) so why will she. she’s boring then charice and obviously charice sings better than her. she doesn’t have star quality and from her lack of music knowledge/exposure as far as i can judge from her song choices… she didn’t not put enough effort as far getting to know music. she just knows about the usually crap everyone knows about.. all those over-played/over-sang songs.

that perfromance was hilarious to horrific especially on holliday’s end.  I can understand singing with soul/feeling it whatever. but this was just horrific. IT wasn’t singing… it turned into some ghastly oversinging=not singing crap… Growling and yelling … it’s just really unpleasant.  PEople are saying that that’s her signature face when she sings that song but isaw performane frmom 80s or whateve it was… she didn’t look like that. and even if i accept that, it don’t change the fact that the sound coming out from her sounds annoying. it’s a product of what she thinks the audience wants/what the audience wants/ lack of self-control. LESS IS MORE. IT REALLY IS.

people are saying this is the best aemrian idol perofmrance ever and that is not true cause there was kelly clarkson (thoug hthe shit that she releases now a days is really really shitty 😦 ) . just watch Kelly Clarkson – Natural Woman . It’s not as over0singy0/over the top/forced / loud/obnoxiosu/selfish etc etc  which is precisely why it’s so good and so much better

the fact that jennifer lope and everyone else was cheering it on like it’s the most epic shit ever is so insufferable (that glee performance with santana and sebastian? was so  epic … that’s my idea of epic just so u know. that glee ep was pretty goood since i didn’t know that some of those songs were michaeljaackson’s sogs… CELLO = EPIC). the brainwashedness  of the people.

Her song choices… just make it so obvious how limited are musical knowledge/exposure is. the whitney song, this song…. they’re both really famous and well known and i am sick of both and the fact she chooses it just pisses me off. THERE ARE OTHER SONGS THAT ARE GOOD . you don’t have to do THAT PEROFRMANCE STYLE or CLIMAX-REACHING STYLE every frikin time. that’s the most predictable boring way ever.. (they didn’t even bother to rearrange it WHATSOEVER ). IT’S BEEN DONE TO DEATH ALREADY ON EVERY FRIIKIN SHOW ESPECIALLY THIS ONE. or are the songs that the contestants are offered that limited?

but seriously i hope she’s not deluded that singing those songs proves she’s talented. it doesn’t anything. for brainwashed americans i’m sure oversinging= talented. By talent I mean she has the potential to become a singer. in my opinion, to become a singer, you need talent = you can sing + you have something special about yourself. Like I LOVED how the judges on kpopstar rejected a bunch of people that sang well because they straight up told them “it was boring’ ” I didn’t want to listen to it anymore/to the end”… like i’m pretty sure they stopped somebody in the middle. Like one of those contestants was this korean girl who is pretty and friends with yuri from snsd… but she is really boring. her singing. she’s just boring from my impression so even in the other areas like acting or whatever… i don’t think she will succeed.

lets be straight up honest here… liike I said she will be forgotten. she will never win a gramym etc etc . as mumch as the fans act all supportive right now they’re not going to listen to her boring singng when she releases some single with some cliche/boring/preidctalbe lyrics/melody etc etc let alone buy it.

I absolutely loathe the crap that they’re fostering with american idol with the diva shit with those frikin songs where people oversing like crazy and then get praised. by oversing it gets to the point where they’re not even singing anymore… it just suonds so unpleasant. I didn’t listsen or watch but I heard fantasia’s performance on american idol last night was frikin terrible with howling or growling or screeching howeevr we should describe that. NOT that Im’ saying that if you’re oversniging but if you’re oversinging but still techinically singing that it’s okay.

I think it’s possible to get the same respon’se or if not stronger resposne doing a song that isn’t one of those “diva” songs or one of those famous songs…. just fromwatching IMMORTAL SONG. but as this rate with the brainwashing of the audience even if someone were to due a real emotional/soulful but not necessarily power-singingn/oversinging like they do on immortal song and on that same leve like ALI’S performance .. I think the audience would be dulll/desensitized to even fully appreciate what they heard.  it’s a horrible viscious cycle with the audience makig the singer do that and singering doing that which makes the audience do that whcih makes both sides “dull” and insensitive…. really just losing out. Thank god immortal song exists. that show just fosters pure music/soulfullness/appreciation for the past greats etc etc which american idol never does. they just promote oversinging and shoving songs down our throats that we’v eheard a billion times.

I feel like it’s just another one of those desensitizing crap…  like we have the processed food (people dont’ even know what real food tastes like since they’re used to eating msg/articiafial flavor blahblahbalh…. or they think they do but in fact they don’t )… with singing  I feel like they’re just proclaiming that you have to sing like them divas to get a powerful performance.. and it’s affecting the singers and the audience (esp the audience that listens to mainstream/ doesn’t really listen to music) . sometimes subtle stuff can be just as powerful if not amazing.  It’s limiting if you’re stuck in that i have to oversing mentality.

NOT THAT IT MATTERS IF YOU WIN AMERICAN IDOL OR NOT but because of this perofrmance with jennife rholliday and jessica sanchez I WAS GLAD that jessica sanchez didn’t win. this is the opposite opinion compared to the people saying that jessica will win a grammy next year (which will not happen lol). this performance was the epitome of everything i hate about American idol and other shows that promote this crap and just limitng/killing music with the singers and the audience etc etc.

OMG I NOTICED SOME SANE COMMENTS ON THE AMERICAN IDOL WEBSITE where they put up the video

That duet was horrible! There is no wonder why we never hear of Jennifer Holliday again these days, that was ridiculous and laughable. Nobody buys it. Jessica will never do that again in public lol

No, the audience was told to stand up and cheer, they were told to giver Jennifer another ovation, we in the audience were being “produced” as well as the rest of the show. It was actually horrible screaming by Jennifer. Jessica would have done much better on her own, she probably felt like she had to scream at the end to keep up with Jennifer. It really was not a great performance by the two of them. Jennifer was downright scary looking. I was there and I heard ad saw it and I know many others who felt like we were forced to give the big ovation. I wish Jessica would have had Jennifer Hudson to sing with her!!

LAST THING.. I noticed that somebody on idol sang that annoying adele song that i’m going to start hating on at this rate with the rolling in the fire or the deep or whateves. so i saw it since i was curious and man park jimin ‘s version is SO MUCH better and she doesn’t even speak english. talk about epic fail on the american idol girl’s part… she’s probably older than jimin tooo. how come on kpop st ar they can get interesting voices like ihaeri (it’s a singing voice that’s really unexpected from a korean version) yet on american idol no one has a unique voice. it’s like who has the most forgettable voice?

sbs kpop star…. american idol ranting

Posted in american tv, korean tv, kpop, rant by choronghi on April 8, 2012

Top 6.
ihai = sway ❤ is such a lovely song but I like the PCD version better actually lol. melody in pcd goes crazy at during parts of that song

e. michelle is boring. i feel no emotion…. her hairstyle this time is more flattering though.

the california guy... sang that song i love you baby blahblah lyric song which i only like becasue the original singer has a deeeep voice.  since his voice is not deep… rather it was screechy.. so noo.

bek a-yeun. saving all my love… boring 😦 I’ve heard this song way too many times. damn the oldies station!

OMG there’s a glee version. usually I don’t give a shit about the glee versions of the songs but QUINN  is singing half of it? well i only saw a 3 second clip but I love hearing her voice. i hate rachel’s voice…. it’s just so annoying after a while. glee version over this but of oourse!

blonde guy (no more acne blonde guy  so blonde guy = guy who can’t rap or sing) – yay. guy who can’t rap or sing for the win! very fun performance. you can tell he really practiced and shit… just a lot of performance with lots of people moving around.  just goes to show just because you can “tehcnically sing” doesn’t mean you’ll be half as interesting/entertaining as this kid (I’m obviously pointing at the American idol contestants) at least he understsands the concept of entertainment/performance. american idol contestants think karaoke = performance/moving/entertainment (worst misunderstanding ever). VERY FUN PERFORMANCE 🙂 JYP even gave him a 93 even though he said “the highest i’ll ever give you is 89 since you’re not good at singing/rapping” . Gotta watch his performance AGAIN!

bak jimineh. i found it to be okay. since she did that wizard of oz song last weekkkkkk obviously anything is inferior…. though i didn’t agree with their extreme compliments last weekkk… way too extreme.

my favorite performance this weeeeeeek was the guy who cannot sing or rap lol. it was a really fun/entertaining performance.

AAAAAAAAAAAAH MICHELLE IS STILL ON THE SHOW! 😦 this is so wasteful…… first the acne guy, then kim nayoon (she’s more intersting than michelle obviously just because she’s american lol),…..

they got rid of the american guy from california who speaks koreannnnnnn well (they never used english to communicate with him….). he always bores me with his song choices.

>> Of course they don’t do the American idol bullshit ie do cruel shit to the contestants ie sing for your life on this show and the judges might use the save on you RIGHT AFTER they find out they got eliminated… / wasting an hour or 30 minutes or however long just to tell us the idenity of that ONE PERSON who goes home. that shit takes 5 seconds MAX lol. but for some reason they don’t give the contestants enough time to sing the WHOLE SONG nor the judges enough time to say their FULL COMMENT/CRITICISM (their not using their brains anyway as far as i can tell from the content of their comments for the recap that i caught during the ep but… you know if they did)… but they have to time run MAD videos abt oh this is you’re journe thrououghtou american idol blahblha.they just spend their time horribly. it could be a fun hour but they make it as bland and boring and stretched and nonsensical as possible. not  to mention,  it’s the same shit every year. OH AND The korean HOST does such a better job than ryan seacrest. the korean host just talks endlessly and like feels in the gap so shit doesn’t feel awkward. he does a good job. cheers.

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I caught a glimpse / glimpses of an american idol elimination episode. i was watching 3 or 4 things at a time of course so even then i’m sure i didn’t miss much. my comments are the following

who is jim? is twitter that pouplar now a days? what is up with j-lo. she’s 40 right? so why is she in mv’s like that. alot of body make up involved too probably? lighting can only do so much.  it just looks pathetic… like madonna. but anyways shit that pissed me off.

the girl who didn’t get voted off. she just gives off this horrible personality. maybe it was that hair accessory she had on or the fact that she was touching her hair frequently or maybe it was the fact thta i saw the recap of her performance ( horrible song by the way.. i’m not sure if even ali can save that song. I HATE THAT SONG)… but anyways she most definitely will not win.

well jimmy does do a better job than the judges at critiquing and whatnot…. j-lo/rendy/steven tyler.. they do such a horrible job as judges. they don’t give criticism nor anything constructive or descriptive wHICH does not help the contestants grow or stop being stuck up/stupid/brainless (ie that girl with a horrible personality that didn’t get voted off). there’s always room for improvement. american idol is so boring. i dont need to watch people karaoke. being a singer isn’t that easy especially if you want to become one of the good singers. modesty is required. Like I loved the scene in kpop star when somebody got eliminated and he said to the judges “oh i’m really thankful you told me what i needed to hear and not what i wantd to hear”. in the long run… you need to hear what you need to hear if you want to grow.

speak of which, there was this guy who is not very proficient in English even though he only speaks english? (he just seems like he doesn’t give a shit… in other words.. he’ll never succeed) so maybe he’s really dumb…. Ryan said to him oh are you afraid of becoming complacent since the judges always compliment you. he goes no.. i just want to be myself. i’m not gonna go around high-fiving people during my performance. All i’m thinking is… if you don’t know what complacent means you have really big problems.  this is complete bullshit. i had no idea why no one was like you don’t what complacent means?

I  ALSO HATED HOLLY… the girl who was the worst 3 or something. ryan asked her something and she was like throwing her hands up and whatnot and not really hvae much to say or anything interesting to say. I’m like this is tv can you please try a little harder than that half-hearted/half-baked shit.  personality is part of american idol… she doesn’t give a shit either? I just didn’t feel like she was acting in a way where she’s likable to the viewers.

so from the cap it seemed like teh song choices were crappy. also ,the guy who goted voted off probably looks like a past american idol contestant ( since there is only a billion seasons)… isn’t there a couple of them with that hair-type.

the other shit that pissed me off was when ryan sent this girl to the bottom of 3 and then he says right before the break okay guys so we’ll like announce the results after the break… actually he says instead of “after break” he says “after holly goes back the the couches since you’re not in the top bottom 2” or some shit like that. and i’m like FIRST OF ALL why are you wasting our time… don’t bring the bitch to the center of the stage in the first place.

the people they had perform on the show sucked balls. at first i was like oh boy band . one of them is sorta good looking… some of them are like not so i’m wondering why they’re in the bad. horrible performance…. especially when i’m used quality crap like immortal song. NM none of them are good looking compraed to the fictional band in the korean drama shut up flower boy band (don’t worry this english translation doesn’t do any justice… it sounds cool in korean)

the good part is the stage is bigger and fancier. bad part is the stage is not versatile (that’s the impression i’m getting… unless it can be versatile and they’re just not utilizing it)… to have like different sets/moods and whatnot. hell even the stage on immortal song isn’t that big or awesome but like they do shit so everyone’s performance is unique… really set the mood… really take someone to another world for 4 minutes… something that an amreican idol contestant will never do)

I have no idea why the ratings are high (they must be going down though). this shit is boring. americans need to learn a second language (and consume media is L2) already and jump ship off boring shit like this.

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OH WAIT I found this.

Back onstage, host Ryan Seacrest asks Phillips if he worries about complacency in his performance.

“No, I’m just being myself, dude,” the finalist responds. “I’m not trying to walk around stage and touch people’s hands and stuff. That’s just not me. I’m just having fun, man. I’m not trying to be somebody else. I’m just trying to play music.”

Ouch — that seemingly dismisses Iovine’s entire critique in a very flippant manner. But the singer would like everyone to know that he didn’t mean for his response to sound that way. Phillips posted a response on his official Facebook page the next morning (April 6), saying that he misunderstood Iovine’s comments and meant no disrespect.

“Thank you to everyone who supports me and voted this week! I appreciate it very much,” he writes. “I heard that some people took my comment the wrong way but i thought jimmy said if i dont move around i would get passed and all i was meaning that im not the artist who runs around stage touching peoples hands and sings to them, thats just not me so im sorry to who ever my have taken it the wrong way bc i wouldnt even be here without you guys voting haha thank you again!”

>> so in other words he is as dumb as i think he is or even more.  he most definitely does not understand what complacent means. actually his actions … i mean his words… just proves how complacent with himself even though he probably bores the crap out of any seasoned viewer (who’ve listened to a lot music/gone to lots of concerts etc). the fact that he even misunderstood jim like that just proves how complacent he is. next time ryan… don’t use big words with this guy. hell complacent isn’t even that difficult.

he most definitely should not win… we can’t have an idiot as our  american idol not that anyone cares. hell.. are the other contestants even decent? it’s more like who’ll put me to sleep faster with their soulless loud singing of songs i never want to hear ever again.

I mean even if for one second I would forgive him for misunderstanding JIMMY’s COMMENT by  LITERALLY moving around…. and pretend he knows what complacent means… so that would mean he thinks that moving around the stage/interacting with fans = becoming not being complacent and moving forward and becoming a better performer etc etc. no… that’s not all it’s limited to…. it also extends to the effort he would have to put in in tweeking the song, understanding the song, making the song his own, etc etc. so whether he was saying that because he understood what complacency meant and drew this asinine elementary decision or because he didn’t know what complacency meant and just said whatever shit that’s probably relevant to the word complacency… he still looks like an idiot.

I could criticize this episode more and more if i had seen more of it. but anyways the most interesting part was jimmy’s insight because unlike the judges he actually has his head screwed in and actually has brain cells and actually uses them since he’s getting paid to say shit. while jennifer lopez and randy and that rocker get paid for saying nothing…… you don’t even have to speak english that well to say what they say… it’s literally limited to 4 phrases.. so PATHETIC. the results show makes you not want to watch the original show in the first place since they show the meat of the performance and the people’s comments and criticism whether it’s read off by ryan seacrest or some other method. this show is so pathetic .

mini-rant on gossip girl.

Posted in american tv, ugh by choronghi on December 9, 2011

yes this show is stupid. there’s not much more that needs to be said and i should’ve dropped it 1 or 2 sesaons ago but I just watch it for funsies and it’s not like i watch the whole episode… especially the second half fseason 4 is sooooo dumb. So you know I usually watch an ep in 10 or 15 minutes just skipping sscenes with anyone i don’t care abt which is a lot of people…. including rufus, serena’s mom, nate, rufus + dan scenes,  louis + blair scenes, etc etc.  or if there’s conversations i don’t care about. it really doesn’t make a difference and if i really feel like caring i’ll watch the summary thing in the beginning. stuff I like is vanessa’s voice and charlie’s voice. by vanessa I mean vanessa from austin powers lol. oh rights her name is diana? oh who cares. But I like their voices lol. last season obviously I skipped all of charlie’s scenes cause they’re retarded. but seriously why does vanessa only wear solid dresses that show her cleavage... give her more outfit options!!! lol.  seriously i’m on ep 9 I’m pretty sure that is all she wears lol. please let that change!!!

So we know the show is stupid but this scene this …episode that isn’t recent anymore. episode 8 or 9 or something. The obviously STUPID part is the part where they did the kiss the masked person~ and even though the person should realize who the masked person is since… like the person has been dating that masked person for god knows how many years she doesn’t realize till after they finish kissing…. or the more retarded from last season was that the masked person doesn’t even realize that the person who kissed him isn’t serena…. even though this person has kissed serena god knows how many times. I hated the show for that in season 4 cause it’s dumb yet the repeat it again but you know all the show does is repeat……. stuff cause there can only be so many shocking events that can occur.

The other UTTERLY STUPID PART which may not be as obvious to other people is…. when Blair said to chuck oh you realized from my perfume. I’m just like this stupid bitch you must not give a f**** about your child. so basically perfume is toxic.. it doesn’t matter how expensive it is… in fact… it’s probably more likely to be toxic if it’s expensive. it’s toxic and full of synthetic crap that causes cancer and… in this case birth defects. so I thought she was a really stupid bitch in that scene lol. even if you’re not pregnant you really shouldn’t wear perfume unless you really want your breast cancer or if you wanna fuck up your endocrine system, or want everyone in the room with common sense to hate on you for polluting the air… causing indoor pollution/promoting cancer  etc etc. and the designer perfumes they sell for cheap on the streets probably has urine in it lol… according to some news clip on youtube.  it’s for pH adjustment!

I mean if gossip girl writers were smart enough to the point where they put this in realizing what they did and then she gave birth to a birth-defected child due to perfume like I’m gung-ho but i know they’re too dense for that. BTW I don’t know if I like blair’s little hats lol. are they stylish?

Anyways if you wear perfume and you just found out from my entry that perfume is toxic please do more research on the web… well try to find something reliable… since it is the internet. but like seirously for your sake a well as your family and all the people that has the fortune/misfortune to past by you in the street or sit next t oyou on the bus.  you know make the realization now as opposed to years later…. and throw that crap away!

anyways this crap is not even restricted to perfumes it also goes on to air fresheners… candles… those ar esome annoying toxic shit that people need to stop using…. it also goes onto even make-up, lotions, etc etc. which the safety the infromation can be found on cosmetic database website!

OMG blair wears mad make-up… probably toxic crap in there too unless she’s buying the right brands whcih i doubt she is lol…. expensive doesn’t mean it’s safe  or anything.  that poor poor baby. thank god this is fiction.

BUT seirously for FUCK’s SAKESthere is no such thing as IT SMELLS CLEAN> if you say that you’re an idiot especially the idiot that says that and then doesn’t open a window or a door and just keep breathing it in (the swiffer chemical floor cleaning thing…ugh)… brain-washed by commercials and poisoning yourself with air -fresheners… ex. spraying the crap out of febreeze after you take a dump. talk about stupid. maybe you should watch what you eat.

oh and there’s also all this thing about toxic cleaning products … look into baking soda and vinegar y’all… ! I’mma try using them to remove this pungent bo/dead-skin odor that just lingers and lingers in my sister’s room on account of all she does it play coputer games in her room/bed and like doesn’t open the window and like yeah. but seriously even if i leave the window open the smell don’t go away. so i hope baking soda and vinegar work as well as people say they do! she also doesn’t like to shower… apparently it’s a waste of time. and and there’s a thing about the fabric softener and the smell and neurotixic and al lthat stuff.

So please use it, sprea dword of it and mots importantly throw away the CRAP in your house that is toxic.

hmmm so always or at least what I used to do…. song  I like a lot! I really like this girl. I saw her perform on the korean show something something sketchbook where they get to poeple to sing originals and covers. and I really like her and her voice. she reminds me of yuriko. yoshitaka yuriko. the way they both talk. and the way jang jane talks also transcends into her singing voice too… it’s like a cutesy- type talking but it’s not like annoying as hell like burriko. or is this burriko? lol. But anyways enjoys!