Q: Heechul has participated in many China programs. How is your Chinese language learning coming along?
Heechul: It’s very difficult. Manager prepared materials like 100 commonly used Chinese words, but because of the intonations, going to the country itself is the best way of learning. Even though I looked at the 100 words for 3 months, when I went to China for 3 days of filming, I felt that that way was more effective.
Q: You have learnt the phrase ‘宝宝吓死了’ right? (*bao bao xia si le; it means like to scare baby -referring to yourself- to death)
Heechul: I know 宝贝 (*bao bei; baby), is bao bao a cuter way of saying it? Ah, used when you are scared? I will teach my baby this next time.
Q: Heechul will be holding solo fanmeets in China, will there be special happenings?
Heechul: Actually I feel that I am starting this too late. I have been wanting to hold it since long ago, since before I went to army, but because of circumstances like the team’s schedules, it was delayed until now. I feel it is a bit of a pity, and also feel apologetic towards fans. Therefore I plan to listen to fans during the fanmeets, listen to their stories, like “Ah, this fan is having this worry” “That fan had an enjoyable experience”. I want to converse with fans there.
Q: Having debuted for 11 years, what do you feel you’ve changed and what are your expectations for the future?
Heechul: When I was in 4th/5th year of debut, I would feel “Ah it’s my 5th year” “It’s my nth year” and be happy, but now I feel that what matters is how much longer I can go on, because honestly speaking, as fans grow older, get married and be busy with their lives, the number of fans will definitely decrease and this can’t be helped. However, one thing I’ve been carefully maintaining, is that I hope that even after a long time has passed, fans can proudly say “I used to be a Kim Heechul fan” “I used to like Kim Heechul”. I want to be such a celebrity. I’ve been having this mindset. (To be someone that) When my fans say “I was a Kim Heechul fan” “I used to like Kim Heechul”, people around will go “Ah, right, Kim Heechul is a good celebrity”. This is probably the last thing I can do for my fans.
Q: Do you have something to say to your fans who are still students?
Heechul: When I was young I didn’t have ambition, and this made my parents very worried. Even when I wasn’t doing well in studies, I just felt that it’s because the others learn better than me. Even after debut, I did not care much whether we won awards or other groups won, because it’s not like others hit you from the back to get #1. I felt, we all do well, and this time others just did better, we can do better next time too. What I cared more about was whether I did my part well and whether I was satisfied with myself, and be contented. I didn’t have thoughts like, “I have to be #1” “I have to be better than them”. It’s not my style. Regretfully, there will always be grading, so it will be too irresponsible for me to say to students studying hard for exams “Even if you get bad grades it’s okay”. So what I want to honestly say is, you may feel that your grades is your everything, but in this long road of life, this is just a short moment. Even if you score #1, don’t feel superior or that you’re better than everyone. If you don’t score well, don’t feel inferior or that you can’t make it. At the end of the day, you have to think long term. Don’t use grades to compare with others; no matter how you fare, get along well with everyone. I feel that this way is the best.
Translation Credit: youcantdothaaat