Are you learning Korean because of K-Pop/K-Dramas?
Hello! I was wondering if any of you are learning Korean because of a love for K-Pop and or K-Dramas? Have you found it helpful to watch shows and movies that are in Korean? Or to listen to music in Korean? I'm wondering if my k-pop/k-drama obsession is going to help me learn me to speak Korean. Thank you!
No, not at all. I don't watch any Korean TV or listen to any Korean music.
For me what got me interested, I lived adjacent to a Korean neighborhood for a year and I really fell in love with the food. It drives me nuts now that I don't live next to an H-mart any more!!! I also have spent 10+ years of my life living in towns or regions that had at least some Korean people, so it's a language I tend to come into contact with at least occasionally in my daily life. I also have had a few friends who have been stationed in Korea in the armed forces at various points.
I don't know if I'm ever going to get conversational in it but it's a language that I'm curious about and that I've wanted to dabble in. I can see myself diving in and actually learning it if I get access to a tool that makes it more accessible (the DuoLingo course currently seems harder and less refined than many of the older, more established courses, but maybe this will change over time).
I am learning so that I can have one more language under my belt. Also I have found that refining my Korean has helped in being able to communicate better with family.
Watching dramas and variety shows will only help if you already have a good understanding of Korean grammar and have a decent vocabulary.
Also to learn Korean though TV shows you have to watch A LOT! There were days when I would watch 7 hours of variety shows (mostly discussing difficult topics) to improve my Korean.
I suggest not starting to watch a lot of Korean TV until upper intermediate level. That way you will get the most use out of your time.
At a previous job, I worked with an adorable little old woman who was from Korea, she would always talk to me in Korean, and since I didn't understand her, she'd always scold me, she wanted me to learn, so she wouldn't have to learn English to talk to me, and before I quit, I promised I'd learn, just for her. She was hilarious, I miss her every day.
Your drama "obsession" may take you away from formal study, but it will definitely help you with pronunciation and comprehension, It will also give you cultural insight, and probably motivate you to spend more time in formal study so that you can better understand the dramas. You might try the Viki site and try to watch the dramas with hangul subtitles. And if you are really dedicated, you will take notes as you watch, though I must admit, I am usually too wrapped up in the story to take notes. Sign this petition to help bring Immersion back: https://www.change.org/p/duolingo-bring-back-duolingo-immersion-program
I started learning Korean because of K-dramas, and both pulled me into K-pop! Some of the songs have helped me memorize certain words and I keep recognizing a lot of words in the K-dramas I watch. I think both can help you retain the words you've already learned. So yes, your obsession will help you! ;)
hello, i'm actually korean-american and this is me trying to learn korean so i can communicate with my younger relatives, but if you study songs or scripts of dramas, it may help. simply watching wouldn't help much, unless you're an einstein. you would have to study how they speak, how they use words, etcetc :)
I am learning it for a few reasons, but would include those two in mine! lol, I love the K-Dramas. My favorite was Goblin (Though I liked many others!) I also have a love of most of the food and am considering a trip to South Korea within the next three years. I'd like to be able to speak the language well enough to get around by myself and not have to rely on others.
Hi, i have been watching korean drama for 3 years, it helps me a lot when i went in Seoul and Busan for a week! it's like you're living in a korean drama but without any subtitles, i was very surprised to understand so much words without studying any vocabulary, lessons or take lessons! i hope one day i will have the opportunity to watch k-drama directly in korean tv; it's my goal! .