If I have tons and tons of money, I’ll make sure I buy loads and loads of drama manga and also a nice full length bookshelf to store them! Pst, I’ll love anyone who grants me this wish.
To backtrack a little..
Drama manga, or more accurately, 드라마사진만화 are mangas that use photo stills from the drama, instead of hand-drawn pictures. All the better, since the photos are why people purchase such mangas. They are usually published for the more popular drama series with around 5-6 volumes for a mini-series (16-20 ep).
Reasons why people buy drama mangas:
- oogle at the photo stills
- to appreciate their most fav drama in another medium
- to savor all the 명대사 and the classic scenes
For us language learners, there’s another good reason to purchase these mangas: to learn korean! ^^ Yay, so today I’ll be sharing on how to use such mangas to study Korean and the benefits of doing so. I only own ONE manga volume of Princess hours (궁) and I’ll ‘review’ that!
Sidetrack: One volume of 궁 cost 8,500won and I actually bought my copy in Kinokuniya. You won’t want to know how much they jack up their prices ): I’ll never have bought the copy from there, but I didn’t really know about the existence of *ahem* gmarket then. But I’m always on a tight budget so.. NO SPENDING. It’ll be hard to restrain myself if I live in Korea, have some excess cash, and a nice empty bookshelf (:
For those who are into studying Korean via dramas, this is the book to get. The dialogues are all bite-sized and are very .. conversational and natural. There’s alot of slangs too and it makes for a refreshing reading practice besides the formal and boring language in the normal textbooks. It’s the least boring textbook you can find around and for those who are weaker in 반말, it’s a very very good resource.
I like to read aloud the speech bubbles, and pretend that I’m delivering the dialogue instead. For those hard-core drama fans, you can try to imitate the actors and it’s a good method to improving the intonation and pronunciation too (:
The manga is of VERY good quality and the photos are… drool worthy. (:
I bought this manga a long long time back, when I had no idea what 반말 is about. I found it difficult to read at first, but at the same time, very fascinating. I can now easily breeze through the entire manga and this book is especially endearing to me, since it reminds me of how much I’ve progressed over the 3 years. ^^