Considering she’s lived in South Korea her whole life, ITZY Ryujin‘s incredible English skills have long impressed fans—but MIDZYs didn’t know she could do such a hilariously adorable Australian accent impression too!
During ITZY’s recent withdrama video call fansign event, lucky Australia-based K-Pop group order master K-Pop Bazaar got the chance to chat with Ryujin. Naturally, K-Pop Bazaar wanted to know how the star would feel about holding a concert in Australia.
Much to the delight of all the Aussie MIDZYs out there, Ryujin responded, “I haven’t been to Australia until now, but I really wanna go there.” She went on to reveal just why she’s always thought about traveling to the country.
“When I was training,” she explained, “there were so many Australians around me.” Interestingly, many Korean Australian idols seem to be drawn to JYP Entertainment. Stray Kids‘ Bang Chan and Felix, for example, both grew up in Sydney, Australia. Plus, ITZY also trained alongside a half-Korean, half-Australian aspiring idol named Lily Morrow—a trainee many fans are hoping will be part of new girl group JYPn.
Lily was Australian too, and Stray Kids’ Chris [Bang Chan] and also Felix—they are all Australians.
Ryujin told K-Pop Bazaar that she has a good impression of Australia because of her labelmates—but not before she gave her adorable impression of an Australian accent! Hear it for yourself here…
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Talking about Itzy doing a concert in Australia to meet Aussie Midzys! 🇦🇺Ryujin says she would really like to come here and we talked about JYP’s Lily M and SKZ’s Chan and Felix 🥺💖
— K-Pop Bazaar (@kpopbazaar) October 22, 2021
Their pronunciation was always, ‘naur~,” like this.
Ryujin’s impression is only made funnier by the recent playful “naur” trend sweeping Gen Z, which claims that this is how Australians pronounce “no.” “Naur” began sweeping the internet when the Australian tween show H20: Just Add Water re-rose to prominence on TikTok, but it later reached full-blown meme status—in part because of Stray Kids’ Bang Chan himself. In a live broadcast, fellow member Changbin pointed out the accent, and Bang Chan couldn’t unhear it.
just changbin letting chan know that he says "naur" and not "no" pic.twitter.com/yIZP7NIyuy
— thinking about changbin (@thinkabtbin) March 6, 2021
Another idol who contributed to the trend was BLACKPINK‘s Rosé. She and Lisa were also heard exchanging “naurs” in a live stream.
— ؘ kinda ia sampe bp cb (@adexpinks) August 17, 2021
Judging by how the true Australians say “no,” do you think Ryujin nailed it with her impression?