11 In Korean learning journey (:

Nothing like a healthy dose of fangirling

The power of fangirling. As corroborated by  in 응답. hahaha. Love this video (around 3:50).

태웅: 전 빠순이를 존경합니다. 그 열정으로 과장도 빨리 되신 거 아니에요? ….. 제가 빠순이랑 인연이 좀 깊은 것 같네요.

빠순이 is a slang meaning ‘crazy for …’. It’s a little hard to explain but if you are an ardent big bang fan, you will be called a 빅뱅 빠순이. Usually it’s used when you are totally into someone (usually an idol), but my friends have called me 홍대 빠순이 when I seem to hang out in that area a little too often ^^;;

One reason I really loved that video is that many people view fangirling as something bad. Which I beg to differ. Of course nothing is good in extreme amounts. It’s good to be clean but if you are a total clean freak you will be termed as having OCD. Same reasoning. I don’t encourage spending thousands and thousands of dollars on idols or stalking them like a 사생 fan. But I don’t like it when people roll their eyes or condemn fangirling as something stupid.

Fangirling has made me closer to my friends, allow me to know people from all over the world. It’s a form of passion and it was because of fangirling that I’m motivated to study Korean and now Japanese. I can’t imagine studying Korean without all my dramas, variety shows, kpop, k-indie, k films etc. Imagine just studying from textbooks, with all the dry dialogues D:

Fangirling is awesome okay. ^^

Did I talk about my biases in the k-world? I’m actually moving more towards k-films, k-indie and the oldies these days, but still.. (:


ACTOR: Kang Dong Won (!!!!!!!!), Cha Tae Hyun, Uhm Tae Woong, Oh Dal Soo, Kang Ji Hwan etc

ACTRESS: Han Ye Seul (!!!), Im Soo Jung

heehee who are your biases? ^^

p.s. Thanks to TTMIK who shared my previous post! ^^ I had a huge jump in blog traffic. O.o


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    24 September, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    히히히… 그럼… ‘신화방송’ 때문에 저는 지금 신화 빠순이예요… ^^ And talking about fangirling, or in my case ‘fanladying’ :p, Shinhwa really saves me from feeling like a pedophile… After their return, I finally can fangirl idols my own age! kkkkk… ^^ And you’re damn right! My current main learning resources are variety shows, songs, dramas, movies and TTMIK’s lessons. No books at all! 한국 빠순이 있을까요? 당연하죠! ^^

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      24 September, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      hahaha!! yeah all the new idols are so young ><;; hehe 한국어 빠순이!! ㅎㅎ

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    24 September, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Sorry this is probably off topic. I bought a new Macbook and to my horror, I cannot listen to the SBS Radio on your site anymore! >_<. Do you know what I need to do to be able to listen? Many thanks.

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      24 September, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      hahaha no worries! you have to install a programme called flip4mac and you will be fine! ^^ Works on chrome at least 😛

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    25 September, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    It works!!! Thanks very much Shanna! 😀

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    26 September, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    The guys I “fangirl” over are too young for me to look at without feeling like I’ve done something wrong (Kim Hyung Joong, Lee Min Ho, Min Ah, Rain). I would love to see a Korean actor/model that I could fangirl over that is over 32. I loved this post and I feel so much better about my new fangirl craze.

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      30 September, 2012 at 2:12 AM

      sorry the system wrongly classified this as spam ><;; no idea why. hehe what about Lee Byung Hyun or Lee Hyun Jae etc? I have quite a few ajusshi biases 😀 😀

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    27 September, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Sorry if I’m commenting on your every blogpost. >.< I've been gone too long from your blog that's why I'm backtracking. I was able to watch that episode from Reply 1997 and I can't help but laugh cause I'm such a big DBSK fan and I was reminded of their first concert in 2006. Pop culture references for the win!

    I wanna share my biases too 😀


    ACTORS: Kwon Sang Woo, Jang Dong Gun, Bae Yong Joon

    ACTRESS: Choi Ji Woo, Kim Tae Hee, Shim Mina

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      27 September, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      woah all the big names 😛 Kwon Sang Woo was one of the first few actors I heard of too. XD

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    5 November, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Oh, fangirling! I’ll be nothing without it!
    Fangirling just means so much to me. Everything I have right now and everything I’m working on, in one way or another, is connected to my fangirling over Kim Sun Ah. I get my inspiration and motivation from fangirling. And the most important people for me right now are also from the same circle. I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now if not for fangirling. And I probably wouldn’t met great people if not for fangirling. Fangirling is something too precious for me that I don’t really mind what other people say about it because they don’t know what they are talking about.

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      5 November, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      hehe totally. Those people don’t know what they are talking about!

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