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Learning Korean through variety shows/talk shows

I wonder why I have not started watching 예능프그램 earlier. Somehow I was more of a drama/movie person. But upon reflection, I realised that the best way to learn how Koreans speak is to watch talkshows. The dialogue are less(?) scripted and they speak in their normal ways and speed. On the few occasions that I watch snippets of talkshows, I find myself not being able to catch up with their speed and the amount of slangs used made it difficult for me to follow the show.

I’ve been spending more time with variety shows now that my listening ability has improved. Recently, I’ve started studying Korean while watching 놀러와. I quite like the fact that it’s a talkshow (I’m still not into game shows) and the content is really interesting. Since I’m watching it online, I can pause as many times as I want. The best part of talkshows is that they have alot of captions on the screen and frequently, I’ll pause the show to look up a new word/slang. It’s helping me alot and it’s easier to remember a new word since I learnt it with a context.

 Context + visual + audio = best way of remembering things ^^

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    mandu00
    23 January, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Hmm… Interesting. I’m totally opposite of you. I started watching variety shows first (as in learning as I watch), and now I find variety shows easier to understand as compared to dramas. -_- So perhaps it’s a matter of which one you start with first?

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      hangukdrama
      23 January, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      hahaha i guess so (: alot of my friends say they start with variety shows first as there are captions and it’s easier to learn the conversational style first

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    lyrynne
    23 January, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    There’s a down side on watching variety shows though. I’m not much of a drama person so I like watching these more but I found myself stuck to the same exact language system they’re using which is slang and sometimes you depend on the captions (me captions freak). But this is REALLY REALLY a good way to learn the language because it’s more natural and everything’s there in front of you like listening, reading, slang, sometimes 사투리 and vocabs~ You can also learn their culture and such^^ I really can relate to this ahaha.

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      hangukdrama
      23 January, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      hahaha i’m like pausing every few seconds to look at the captions even though i heard them xD yup i’m really loving this method too!!

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    yuhikaru
    23 January, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Hi, I wonder where can I find these variety shows online? Is there a website recommendation? Thanks a lot.

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      hangukdrama
      23 January, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      I’m using this http://tv.yb88.com/ ^^ it has streamed videos, which i prefer instead of downloading

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        isaberuchan
        23 January, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        Thanks for the link! (^∇^)

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    Valerie
    24 January, 2011 at 8:27 AM

    Thanks for the link. This will be very hopeful.

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    Valerie
    24 January, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    I have a questions that is not realated to the post, If I don’t ask it now I might not have a chance to to do so.

    Do you know if Kyunghee books and Yonsei books have exercises and the answers in their book?

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      hangukdrama
      25 January, 2011 at 10:28 AM

      Kyunghee:

      yes they have exercises in their textbooks but it’s very minimal (answers provided). They have a separate workbook which I didnt purchase

      Yonsei:

      The textbook has exercises with NO answers. The reading book has exercises WITH answers. The exercises are better than those in the kyunghee textbooks. Yonsei have a separate workbook too. But our teacher didnt need it that time so I dint purchase ^^ Heard that there are answers though

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    warp3
    29 January, 2011 at 1:53 AM

    I’ve got one older episode of 놀러와 which I’ve watched numerous times (and thoroughly enjoy watching), but I haven’t really watched any beyond that one episode (I only grabbed that one because of the guests they had). I guess I need to check out some of the newer episodes.

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      hangukdrama
      29 January, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      which episode was that? ^^ I love the one on 바쁜 아저씨 (pretty recent i think).

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        warp3
        29 January, 2011 at 10:56 PM

        It was a special “Girls Awards 2009” episode starring 소녀시대 (minus 윤아) and 카라 (it was shortly after Gee and Honey were released) and also featuring 은지원, 길, 노홍철, and DJ DOC’s 이하늘. You can download it here: http://yoobin-hq.skyrock.com/2373426055-KARA-SNSD-Come-2-Play-Live-2009-03-23-8-52-GB.html (NOTE: The listed file size on the 720p AVI is wrong. It is *far* smaller than the 8.5GB 1080p TS file on the same page.)

        This episode is also available English-subbed from soshified.com’s SoshiSubs forum (which I downloaded a while back for comparison, but haven’t actually watched yet).

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    alodia
    5 February, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    I guess you’re right. I’ve been stuck in dramas for a long time. Maybe I should start watching Variety shows regularly too. I particularly like Come to Play too since I can’t tolerate game shows. ^^

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