This week’s Kpop Music Monday is featuring my old student, Lee Hi, and her debut song, “1,2,3,4.” Haven’t seen it yet? Check it out here:


I mentioned at the beginning of Kpop Music Monday that I saw a video of her when she talks about her school and names it: which is the exact same school I taught at. Then I saw footage of her with co-students, and I remember teaching them as well. Sure, it was over two years ago, but still! I remember! Here’s that video if you haven’t seen it already.


See that classroom? You’ll see many like it in my goodbye to teaching video. You won’t see any footage of Lee Hi, though (at least, I don’t think so!):


So, it seems like I want to do more talking about her being my student than actual talk about her video. I’ll stop after I say this: I can’t remember any funny stories about her, really. I remember her distinctly. She just didn’t do much. She talked a bit with me from time to time, and answered questions as well. Her English wasn’t the best in the school, but she was a good kid. Just looked a bit bored in class. Understandably, if she’s busy thinking about being a singer and all. She wasn’t rude and didn’t talk in class like some of the other students in her class did. She was just…a good kid. That’s all.

So that’s it! Next time we review her, if we review her, I won’t be able to talk about her studentiness. Not that I said much about it anyways. Next time, I’ll give it the full Music Monday attention, and I’ll grade her English more…honestly :D

But it’s not like we said the best things about this video. Though the song is really fresh and her voice is fantastic, her acting is…not so good. I don’t take blame for that! I taught English, not acting. Though, I should have taught acting. Not that I have any qualifications for it…

We’re not the only ones who think this way, fortunately. Other people have complained about it. I’m not sure if it’s just a YG thing and it’s some way tied in with the bad dubbing, which might be intentional so that the video could be used for a different-language version of the song, but I don’t like it. It’s distracting! Barely any acting + bad dubbing = awkward video.

Anyhow, the song is still pretty awesome. If you like it as much as we do, make sure you pick it up on iTunes! And, on a continued awkward note, here are some awkward bloopers, as always!


  1. IT’s odd because listening to…. everything Ha Yi’s done, her english is phenomenal……..

  2. vote lee hi it’s over now people !!! she is already learning for her music video and now lee hi acting for her music video it’s good … please vote lee hi it’s over now

  3. ok, umm… did somebody notice that at the 0:22 it says “pico pal que lee” ?
    I’m really surprised with these cause that’s kind of a slang in my country (which is also named in the video xD) and it means… lol! I won’t tell you, I want to know if you can decipher what it means! so good luck with that! ^^

    in some parts it also says “sonrie si te gusta el piko” (similar to the first one) and “viva Chile” so i’m curious, was a chilean involved with the scenery? xD
    because that’s the only explanation I have!!

    Algún chileno o chilena por ahí que me ayudé a entender por que dice pico pal que lee?! esto me supera!! jajajajaja ¿sabran Lee Hi o YG lo que dice?… no creó xD

  4. Oh yeah I saw TOP’s face Martina-_-

  5. What is the song in the “why I love teaching” video?

  6. omg, Simon, you’re so thin! Nice! (Martina, you’re thin as well, but Simon wearing that white sweater playing that Polish man… omg :o)

  7. Haha, nice Polish~~ I keep replaying it XD and wow, you tought a star : O Did she have voice like that when you tought her?

    btw I’m voting for Bom. I think she’s cute and I love her voice but she has no face expression :c

  8. In reference to TOP – I feel that you guys should point out the sheer epicness of TOP’s birthday dance in LA. I mean…he DANCED. to 2 Chainz. I think this is something the entire world needs to know. Pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaassssseeeeeee!!

  9. …and SM entertainment swooped in to block the “Why I love Teaching” video.. meh!

  10. My god. That was an amazing KMM, but not as awkward as I expected. I think the “censoring” by YG ruined it (in a good way ;D).
    Bom wins my vote though. Lee Hi does a pretty good job being emotionless, but Bom is a pro at being emotionless XD. I’m sure she’ll get there with enough practice and tutelage under T.O.P XDDDDD

  11. Your students were soo cute (:

  12. Lee Hi’s acting might be akward now but wait till her next video! She’s going to be big!!

    0:05 haha I knew it Simon! 0:33 Wrong Simon, Martina is! :P
    Spudgy’s so cute! X__X

    Thank you for the post!:) ♥♥♥♥

  13. Bummer, you’ve become famous enough that the “Why I Love Teaching” vid is now blocked in the USA by SME and Kobalt. Oh well, it was great when I saw it a while ago! New catchphrase: Boom boom shaka laka jiggy jiggy!

  14. wow! Her voice is really incredible! It’v my first time being impressed
    by an female korean singer with her unique voice. Shure everyone has
    their own personality and style in her voice but man…she is good.
    you said…in comparison with her acting….her voice has soul but her
    actions are like as it isn’t really her voice and doesn’t know what it
    means. Kinda sad…but with practise you can do everything! As soon as
    she masters this she is soooo gonna rock! Goodbye litte ” I’m soo
    adorable and fragile and did u know I’m so cute u wanna womit a rainbow”
    girls. Cute is fine but overdoing it is like asking for a punch.

    the show down…I have to choose where I laughed more and that’s park
    b…( don’t remember her name so ….yeah I’m a KPop Newbie ). Gee
    thinking about it makes me laugh again XD.

    Oh god….Younique
    Unit. Why do their dance with white clothings if the background is also
    white? The dancing doesn’t fit the song! Since EYK I saw so many bands
    and …it’s not that tough like their song. Love the guitar riffs and
    that one scream but….on the other hand it feels like ” hey let’s put
    everything together that’s so unique!”….yeah…NO! It seems like their
    don’t know what they wanna say or stand for. They should rename
    themself into RANDOMDOOM.

    Besides, their appearence doesn’t quiet fit either. Just my feeling and opinion.

  15. haha good morning in polish XD that’s actually pretty close :3

  16. The conversation of TOP and Lee Hi had me reaching for the nearest oxygen tank because I was breathless cuz of too much hyena-like laughing. lololol

  17. As always another great music monday…you make the terrible mondays so much better!!!
    I feel very alone on this…I didn’t find her acting that terrible. I found it awkwardly aloof/cool. The underacting seemed like a nice change from the overly fake smiling/cheeriness or I’m such a super bada$% and pelvis thrust and fist pump so hard in other Kpop videos…not that I don’t love my bubblegum pop…just felt like a nice change of pace.
    As you guys said, her acting doesn’t really matter since her voice is a total powerhouse…nuclear explosion of soul…totally thought of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen…and all the other soulful brit female singers….I wonder what kool-aid the Brits are drinking to get so much soul? (Sorry for the tangent)

  18. I actually love leehi
    so thats what i say

  19. lmao!! wtf is that supposed to be in the mv at 3:31!! ahaha

  20. I think a hacker hack some signage

  21. and for all those who got trolled by Simon and that ‘Don’t availble’ part…please watch the bloopers? XDDDDD

  22. I saw that Martina~ I saw TOP at 2:08 XDDDD

  23. I’m just really amazed by such a young (and small) girl has that kind of vocal range. If that’s all her, its no wonder YG signed her so young.

  24. The Polish bit – HA!! XD XD XD

  25. Watching those bloopers after a long, tiring day in school was the perfect remedy. Thanks EYK for always cheering us nasties up. <3

  26. So, apparently, the Why I Love Teaching video is blocked in my country because it ‘contains content from SME and Kobalt Music Publishing’ : Uhm, what?

  27. at the end of the video i got really angry so i slammed my laptop shut and just went to bed. you just cant do this to me D:

  28. I love your Polish, Simon! LOL THE BLOOPERS, I CAN’T.
    Wahhhhh, Martina, you’re so prettyyyy!!
    And at the end, the trolling was so extreme, I almost didn’t even know what to do with myself~ ;_______;

  29. Can’t seems to watch “Bust your Windows” video because “Not available in your country” error but I can watch “Why I Loves Teaching”: video though…

  30. She looks best on stage, understandably because of her experience on k-pop star. I’d rather see her on Inkigayo than watch her music video. Less awkward and more amazing.

  31. Deep soulful voice and the song does sound sultry – I love it.
    Her acting was very stiff and it bugged me a lot, but in time, she’ll get better.
    Her voice and the lyrics is what should matter the most anyway….but still……

    Her first Live debut stage on Inkigayo was AMAZING!

  32. when i watched the video on the kpop charts last week, i thought exactly the same thing. her voice and the song are really sultry and soulful, and the video is really crappy and she can’t act at all. more than that, they’ve dressed her up in some really “cutsey” outfits that completely kill the vibe of the song, in my opinion… hopefully they can do better next time!!

    • I agree, I was also a bit unnerved by the ‘cutesy’ clothes… I mean, where did they come from all suddenly?? Doesn’t match the vibe of the song very well since the whole feeling of it is edgy and soulful. Love her voice though, simply spot on!

  33. i really want to see your comment about Epik High dont hate me mv cuz i think i really fantastic (baby) =D

  34. I super-laughed at so many parts of this. Especially the ventriloquism part. OMG!! Funny!

  35. Not to be rude but…….B.A.P got 30 thousand and something votes while Lee Hee got 10 thousand and something…..how…?

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