Idol group Super Junior has been selected as the single artist that best fits the part of a Korean language instructor.
Kyunghee University conducted a poll from March 26th to the 31st, asking K-Pop-related questions to a total of 524 foreign international students and foreign working professionals living in Korea.
22.1% of the foreigners from 65 different countries including the US, England, France, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Uganda, and more selected Super Junior as the best celebrity to teach Korean to non-Korean speakers, and trailing behind Super Junior were TVXQ (14%), Girls’ Generation (12.5%), and Big Bang (9.6%).
When asked who would serve as the best tour guides for international visitors, 37.7% of the participants selected Girls’ Generation, 20.2% selected Super Junior, 10.2% selected 2PM, and 8.6% selected Big Bang.
24.1% of the participants also credited YouTube to introducing them to the K-Pop phenomenon, while 23.3% credited television broadcasts within their own country, 17% selected Korean programs, and 10.5% said Facebook opened their eyes to K-Pop. But 58% of all participants admitted that their interest in all things Korean grew after being turned on to K-Pop.
Kyunghee University’s International Education director Kim Joong Seob remarked, “It was an opportunity to better understand foreigners’ true thoughts on the K-Pop phenomenon that’s taking the world by storm. It is evident that the foreign fans who love K-Pop are also as a result developing a greater interest in the Korean culture and the Korean language.”
Kyunghee University will also be holding a K-Pop themed ’15th Annual International Korean Language Competition’ on May 17th.