잠자리의 집

House of the Dragonfly

About

When I first stared becoming interested in Korean pop culture, I was intensely jealous of those who could fluently understand Korean. For me, it was torture knowing that the latest episode of my current favorite drama had aired, and yet I would have to wait days or even weeks before I could partake in it.

For native speakers, on the other hand, it was so easy. I was thankful for translators who practically worked around the clock, but had difficulty suppressing my selfish frustration when translation seemed to take particularly long. No native speakers have a duty to translate, but I also wondered if they knew what being on one side of a seemingly insurmountable language barrier felt like.

Well, little by little, I started chipping away at that “insurmountable” barrier. I took classes. I studied on my own. I watched hours of dramas, listened to thousands of songs, took notes, made flash cards, logged new grammar and vocabulary, and translated. And translated. And translated.

I still haven’t overcome that barrier, but I’m working on it. And I feel like I owe a ladder to everybody who comes after me. My skills still are barely even passable, but I feel like in giving a close approximation to those who would otherwise be left entirely in the dark, my efforts are worthwhile. So feel free to ask, request, correct, encourage, or in any other way engage in the learning process. I will be thankful.

Lastly, I’d like to address why I went with House of the Dragonfly for the name of this blog. Originally, I called it Monkey Business, taken from T.O.P’s song “Turn it Up,” reflecting how I wasn’t to be taken seriously. Over time, though, I grew less and less fond of this moniker. Firstly, the phrase itself wasn’t creative at all. Secondly, as I moved away from pop and started gravitating towards lesser-known rock bands, it really didn’t reflect the tone of my blog at all.

Instead, I wanted something unique to my experience of Korea and its music scene. Dragonflies are not unique to Korea, it’s true, but the numbers in which they turn out during late summer, at the height of the music festival season, made quite an impression on me. Now I associate dragonflies with the sweltering heat of August, the momentary respite of a cool beverage, and the deep throbbing of a bass accompanied by the electric tingle of excitement that zips through my soul as a band starts up their performance.

 

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Dragonflies captured at Jisan Valley Rock by official photographers

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14 comments on “About

  1. chainbreakercorporation
    December 27, 2016

    Don’t give up!
    乁( • ω •乁) (「• ω •)「 ⁽⁽◝( • ω • )◜⁾⁾ ✺◟( • ω • )◞✺

  2. djmongkimaejik
    December 27, 2016

    Thank you!! I won’t! ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

  3. aesthesi
    April 27, 2017

    I just discovered your blog.. Wow! it’s my new source of great things! Thanks! ^^

    • djmongkimaejik
      May 31, 2017

      Thank you so much! And let me know if there’s anything specific you’d like to see translated, or a type of music you prefer~

  4. Ik
    May 29, 2017

    Hi! I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work. I’m a big fan of your blog! ^^

    • djmongkimaejik
      May 31, 2017

      I’ve never had a fan before hahah Thank you so much! Your words are so encouraging ^^ This blog is just something I run by myself in my free time, and I don’t have a lot of free time so sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. Knowing people actually care makes me want to work harder~

  5. Culture-Pop
    July 4, 2017

    First of all I would like to congratulate you on reaching such a good level of Korean! I wonder how long did it take you ! Secondly I would like to know if we can have your email ? We are a french blog about Korean underground, from RnB to Rock to Hip/Hop and we are interested in having some Korean song translated for the french community. I would love to explain it to you in a more detailed email !

    Anyway, thank you for all the work you put in the blog !

    Cheer, looking forward to hearing from you !
    xxx

    • djmongkimaejik
      July 5, 2017

      Thank you for your interest! I sent you an email through the contact form on your website~

      • Culture pop
        July 7, 2017

        Perfect we sent you an email

  6. haeebaragi
    December 13, 2017

    Wow i just found your blog and i must say we seem similiar in so many ways! I have been interested in the Korean music scene for quite long as well and my taste of music has changed from pop to oldies and now into indie music. 🙂 I also recently set up a blog just to introduce the music i listen to to my friends and your blog seems similiar to mine in that aspect haha. Though unlike you, i get very lazy to do translations though i know korean as well. Will definitely continue visiting your blog! 🙂

    • djmongkimaejik
      December 15, 2017

      That’s so cool! It’s funny how it’s so easy to drift from K-pop to other types of Korean music.

      I wouldn’t say I know Korean well, it’s just that none of my friends care about Korean music at all. I just figured I was already putting in the work so I might as well share it if people find it useful haha

  7. Yokai Sparda
    January 4, 2018

    I just find your blog while I was looking for the lyrics of a song from we are the night,and well i like a lot of more k artists that are not well knowed so translations are a miracle I will follow your blog closely and hope it goes well and last long 😀 keep it going 😀

    • djmongkimaejik
      January 4, 2018

      Thank you! Please let me know if there is any song you would like translated!

      • Yokai Sparda
        January 4, 2018

        I would like to know the Dial lyrics from We Are the Night,thats the first song I knew from them and I fell in love,thanx for ur work ^w^

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