If you thought this was cute:
It can get even cuter…We all know that KARA is friends with both SNSD and WG, but further than that… Nicole is really close with most of SNSD. I can’t say she’s closest with Tiffany, but the two are very similar. Only difference I see is that Nicole is a shy friendly and Tiffany is just plain crazy friendly. Both are always happy and positive, very caring, have nice eye smiles, and are super clumsy. Plus, we can’t forget that they have awesome Konglish~
I have no clue where Tiffany is, but YES! Finally! More Jessica in English and more Nicole in English, best of both worlds. Though I rather that Tiffany was in there too because it would have probably been more comfortable with Tiffany for Nicole… It doesn’t matter because I love Jessica and Nicole’s English best heehee. Sorry Tiff, you’re too valley girl for me! I still love you though 🙂
I know there’s one more video of SNSD (Hyo, Yul, Tiff, and I think Soo) just talking about Nicole’s English Konglish (and how cute she is!) but I forgot the link T_T I’ll edit this later.
Ah, there it is ❤
Credits: KARA and SNSD uploaders on YT
omgomg nicole ❤ officially the cutest out of kara. sorry seungyeon. dont u just love how the dork freaks out bout food when jess asks her what she ate?! 😛 so cute
gahh sunnys imiation of kara is hilarious. THEY HAD DIN DIN TOGETHER.
now i just need to see tiff and nicole converse in english andim all set !
lol. awww how cute! Fany, Jess, and Nicole all speaking english! ^_^
i would really love to see jeti + nicole speaking english but the sica + nicole convo was so cute^^
i’m kind of more of a nicole fan now too 🙂
Terrific set of videos. These interest me the most — the talk about languages and language difficulties. That’s how I discovered SNSD — when I saw a Youtube video with Jess (and Tiff in the background) being invited to talk English during a radio interview.
I assumed Tiff spoke Korean with her family. Many of the young Koreans I meet (usually running the teriyaki fast food places around here) speak the language. Yet the video with the Yuri etc suggests that she had a long ways to go to achieve fluency. And Nicole seems to never had spoken the language.
It sounds like Nicole doesn’t necessarily speak only English to Tiff. Perhaps, that’s when other non-English-speakers are present — just as a courtesy. Tiff’s rendition of a conversation by Nicole is amusing and interesting — the heavy mix of Korean and English.
Sunny’s imitation is uncanny. It seems to match a Youtube video of Nicole on a game show fast-pattering clues to bewildered Korean guessers (who also were music performers, including 2 of her song mates). I wish the caption writer had captured the essense of Sunny’s imitation which seemed to include much repetition and perhaps mispronunciation.
Thanks for the video links. Like many of you, I’m interested in hearing English from the girls. I’m still looking for some substantial English conversing from KARA’s Han Seung Yeon (assuming she hasn’t lost her facility for it).
^I was kinda surprised to learn that Tiff was born in America and only came back when she was around 15 or 16 but yet she learned Korean a lot faster than Nicole.
Nicole however, was born in Korea and moved to the U.S. when she was around 7. She then came to Korea again for KARA when she was around 14 or 15. Well, I highly doubt that she learned English that quickly seeing as she was in Korea for 7 years and I’m sure her parents were pretty much fobs and could only speak Korean (probably still true now). So I’m wondering how she completely forgot about Korean! Not only that, but the gap from 7-14/15 isn’t even that big! How much Korean can you lose in 7 years?
I’m not criticizing Nicole, I love her! I’m just kinda like whoa… How did that happen haha.
John Eyon said:
Hmmm. It doesn’t seem likely that Nicole left Korea at 7. She’d have been pretty fluent at that point. She _might_ lose the language during her time in the US if there wasn’t any opportunity to practice, but she’d recover it pretty quickly once she got back to Korea. (I knew a guy who lived in Norway until he was 3 and thought he lost the language, so he was surprised to find himself suddenly speaking it during a visit when he was about 30.)
There are a lot of mysteries in Nicole’s background that still need to be revealed.
Same with Tiffany. I’m surprised to find Yuri calling Nicole “little Tiffany” which suggests that Tiffany had as many difficulties as Nicole.
One possibility is that both, when they went to Korea, could understand the language fairly well but couldn’t speak it. I’ve heard of that happening.
See, the thing with Nicole is, I know she was born in Korea because she said herself that she moved from there and taht’s why her parents told her to REALLY think about going back because once they’re there, there’s no turning back. So I’m pretty sure she left Korea and she said that her relatives are still there too. That being said, I’m sure her parents spoke to her mostly in Korean because they were most likely still fobs, but as Nicole lost her Korean (I guess her parents didn’t enforce being bilingual like mine lol I always thought all Asian parents did though) her parents started to understand English. So it conversations probably worked in two different languages but no one was speaking the same one.
I’m almost certain however that Nicole did come back to Korea when she was 14 or 15 because she had the least training out of everyone. She always felt left out because she was the newbie and she didn’t understand anything. And unlike Tiffany, I don’t think she was as stubborn and determined to learn Korean because she has that shy personality (I think she only gets friendly and shows her true self if someone makes the first move and seeing as no one in KARA seems to be like a Tiffany, they probably misunderstood each other and thought the other was just quiet or cold for a long while, thus cutting the learning process) while Tiff has that “I don’t care, I’m gonna say ti and I’m gonna do it because I’m cute and I’m happy!” personalty 😆 I think that’s another reason why Nicole always looks so spaced out and lost. (Same as Tiff back then). Other than her being religious, smart, and confident, I think she should learn Korean more so we can find out about her. Seriously, it’s been a while now and there’s not much we know about her.
Comparing 2007/first half of 2008 Tiffany with Nicole, I still think Nicole’s English was a lil worse. She always had to pause, think, talk, and ask if she was saying it right. Then she’d end up saying it wrong or with a super thick accent. Tiffany at least if there was an accent, it was hidden by her speed, and she’d say something wrong but would correct it later.
The thing about Korean is, the writing is really weird and everyone talks os damn fast. Plus, Tiff and Nicole have no family to talk to so it probably wasn’t as easy to start speaking Korean again to strangers you didn’t know and thought you were weird for speaking Konglish.
Does anyone have the video(s)? I just found out about this(I know, I’m late)… and I cant watch the vids any more! if someone has a copy of it please send it to me.