I always end up eating my words. I’ve said that I won’t be blogging due to the upcoming finals but here I am, blogging even more often than usual. Strangely, I have been very motivated to study Korean these few days and lament the fact that I have to dedicate some of my time for school work. O.o
When I first started learning Korean, there was a very interesting Korean medical documentary (생로병사의 비밀 / 生老病死的秘密 ) airing on TV. It was subbed in Chinese and I enjoyed watching it, even though I don’t understand what they are saying at all. It’s no longer airing in Singapore but the series is still continuing in Korea. Recently, I started looking for it online and found a few episodes here and there. Here’s part 1 of the episode on menstrual pains 😀
For every episode, I’m really happy to say that I understand like 92% of it (save for the really specialised medical terms) and I could follow the entire episode with ease. The important parts (interview with patients/doctors) are subbed in Korean, so reading it helps alot too. Once I checked out the medical terms on Naver, I can say that my comprehension level improved to around 98% 😀 Most of the medical terms either have a basis in Chinese or English, so it’s not too hard to make an educated guess too (:
I love learning from such content. You get to improve on listening, speaking, reading all at one go! Plus, you gain new knowledge. ^^ This documentary is really well made and you can see that alot of effort was put into it.
The title of this post is ‘skewed proficiency’. So what’s so skewed, you ask? xD
Ans: My comprehension of variety / gagmen shows are like erm 30%?
To tell the truth, I have never followed variety shows before. For some reason, I just wasn’t interested. I can’t remember the titles of the talkshows that I’ve watched once or twice. But my comprehension of it is pitiful. Gagmen tend to talk really fast (in my opinion) and the fleeting subs/captions doesn’t help. Once all the slangs / variety show lingo comes out, I will be like O.o? My friend had to pause the video every few seconds to explain a new slang to me :/