After being on an international fansite for a while, I realize that it is already a challenge for fans to understand each other in forums and fansites because of language differences and the different cultural contexts we all have. Can you imagine how difficult it is for an artist having to do the same thing?
Putting aside the notion that appreciation for music is supposed to be universal, language is usually the first hurdle for artists trying to reach a global audience. The fact is, you win so many more listeners when you communicate in a language they understand. But even apart from song lyrics, since there are so many pitfalls in learning a new language, one is bound to make many mistakes even in simple conversation. Which is really tough when you have a whole world of people online who are so unforgiving of small errors and have high expectations of celebrities.
And then we have TY, who is trying his best to reach out to international fans and is also practicing his english in the process. Not just basic grammar and vocabulary, he’s trying to master the accent and colloquial english (slang) to speak as naturally as possible. And while he has come a long way, he is still bound to make mistakes, or be misunderstood since he hasn’t mastered basics yet, much less the nuances of the language. While I love that he is brave enough to try and is excited about communicating, I sometimes think that he should slow down because not everyone out there is bound to understand him and might hold his errors against him and judge him for them. Then again, how else is he going to learn? And when is it going to be good enough?
So the question is: Is it better to go full speed ahead and speak and write the best you can (thinking practice makes perfect and fans appreciate the effort and make allowances) or practice in private (no talk, no mistakes. Like this particular one when you don’t get the use of a word quite right. ) There are always trade-offs in both scenarios. Where lies the balance?
And to all our readers who had to learn english or are still learning it, how do you think he should approach english with the public? I’m taking it as a given that he has to learn it.