RM is not only BTS’s leader but he is also their translator when they travel outside Korea. This had always been the case in their tours, appearances, promotions, and even on their trips while filming Bon Voyage.
The rest of the BTS boys have always shared how they feel bad for RM for being bombarded with question after question while they stand there and witness his struggle. J-Hope couldn’t take seeing his fellow 94-liner taking all the pressure, and he had been very vocal of wanting to help the BTS leader during interviews.
While J-Hope can speak Chinese and Japanese quite fluently, he initially had a hard time with English. But that doesn’t mean that the BTS star had given up and stopped learning the language.
In fact, J-Hope recently impressed a lot of ARMYs with how much his English has improved. The 25-year-old rapper, songwriter, dancer, and record producer spoke straight English during their 2020 Grammys red carpet interview with Ryan Seacrest, their iHeart Radio Live Q&A, and their appearance at The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Although Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungook spoke in English in the past, they usually rehearsed their lines. And most of the time, they answer in just one word or broken English.
This time, however, J-Hope didn’t only speak in fluent English, but he understood the questions without RM's translations. This just goes to show that he worked so hard to be good at the language, especially because his main goal was to help RM during English interviews.
In one of his earlier Vlive broadcasts, J-Hope said, “As we’re staying in the U.S., Namjoon speaks in English for all of us. So, to lessen his burden, I try to help him. I’m just trying hard to help him.” Fast forward to today, and that’s exactly what he’s doing.
ARMYs also pointed out how confident J-Hope looks when he speaks in English. He’s very comfortable with conversing with the language now.
In fact, when James Corden asked, “what was the highlight of performing at the Grammys?” RM, who is so used to answering all the English interviews on behalf of his members, was about to answer the question but J-Hope cut him off and responded for the group. The best part is that he didn’t even wait for the translation and just answered right away, clearly proving that he understood the host’s question.
A similar thing happened during the 2020 Grammys. Ryan Seacrest was mostly focusing on RM since he knows that he’s the only one who speaks English. But after seeing RM answering a lot of questions, J-Hope demanded the mic and answered the host’s question in perfect English.
RM previously said that he considers J-Hope to be the second leader of BTS. Now, we know why.