As many of us know, Korean can be quite a difficult language to master. From all the verb conjugations to the unique pronunciation rules, learning everything feels like an insurmountable challenge!

But in spite of said obstacles, there are foreign K-pop idols that have reached an impressive level of Korean and flourish in the entertainment world. In fact, some of your favorite K-pop idols are not only talented performers, but are masters of language as well! So whether you’re looking for a bit of study inspo or simply want to appreciate idols’ language skills, here are eight idols whose Korean impresses even native speakers!

1. (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi

Though she’s only a rookie, Yuqi has already showcased her stellar Korean skills a number of times. Her knowledge of vocabulary is thorough and impressive, and the natural rhythm of her speech sounds quite smooth. The “Ask Us Anything” cast was in awe at her ability!

2. NCT’s Yuta

As a former cast member on “Abnormal Summit,” Yuta proved himself a proficient speaker of Korean,  discussing rather advanced topics with grace. In the clip below, he explains the pop of Japan’s “bubble economy,” and the wave of low motivation among working-class people that followed; what a smart guy!

3. BLACKPINK’s Lisa

Lisa’s multilingual abilities are no joke, seeing as how she can speak Thai, English, Korean, and Japanese very well! Because of her long trainee period, Lisa must have gotten plenty of practice speaking Korean with her members, and it’s easy to see that her hard work paid off. Her accent is pretty natural, too!

4. TWICE’s Sana

Out of TWICE’s foreign members, Sana has been praised the most for being able to speak Korean well. Her use of grammar and her intonation in particular should be pointed out, as they are capabilities which develop from a combination of natural talent and lots of practice. Nice job, Sana!

5. 2PM’s Nichkhun

Having worked in K-entertainment for a long time, Nichkhun has become pretty adept at Korean, among several other languages. Watch the interview below to hear him talking naturally with Taecyeon, and feel green with envy at his conversational skills!

6. f(x)’s Victoria

Another industry veteran, Victoria has picked up more than a couple Korean language tricks throughout the years. For example, her mastery of this Korean tongue twister is really something to behold! The fact that she can recite something so complex in a foreign language shows how outstanding she really is.

7. CLC’s Sorn

Sorn is such a competent Korean speaker that even her members doubt her nationality! But in all seriousness, Sorn’s advice for learning Korean is majorly helpful. As she studied the language, Sorn said she was never afraid of speaking, even when she was a beginner. Props to her for being so mature!

8. PRISTIN’s Kyulkyung

Though Kyulkyung is Chinese by blood, her Korean is near-perfect due to having traveled back and forth to Korea from a young age! Being able to communicate within two completely separate cultures with such dexterity is truly admirable. Kyulkyung is both beautiful and smart, what a wonderful combination!

Which foreign idol do you think has the best Korean skills? Go ahead and share your opinion in the comments below!

jadicus35 is a ordinary college student by day, and a not-so-closet fangirl by night. She spends most of her time on Tumblr when she’s not (but really should be) studying and/or pretending to be a functional human being.