On January 27, a couple non-Korean idols gathered together for the Lunar New Year special “Elementary School Teacher” (literal title).
The SBS Lunar New Year special featured Kang Ho Dong as the MC, and also invited non-Korean idol members such as Kangnam, Super Junior M’s Henry, f(x)’s Amber, SEVENTEEN’s The8, TWICE’s Momo, and NCT U’s Ten as guests on the show.
In the episode, the idols were asked to take a preliminary exam in order to gauge the level of their Korean language skills. During the test, the members were asked to guess the meaning of Eollukmal, which is the Korean word for zebra.
Momo responded with “Doesn’t it mean ‘Things adults say?'” (Eollukmal can sound similar to the Korean words for “adult” and “words”). Meanwhile, The8 guessed, “Could it mean ‘a young and fast horse?'” (The Korean word for zebra can also sound similar to the Korean words for “young” and “horse”).
MC Kang Ho Dong then gave them a little hint, saying, “The first half of the word is also used to describe the lines on a crosswalk,” causing the idols to become surprised upon learning the real meaning of the word.