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Okay, I have to admit that  variety shows are damn awesome. I seldom watch them, which explains why my slang vocabulary is so weak. Variety shows use slangs like no others. I’m currently watching GD in infinity challenge (unsubbed) and dying of laughter over all those language / slang jokes. I’ve never really watched subbed variety shows but I really wonder how the translators will translate all these gems. Watching infinity challenge now because it’s GD.


Here’s a new slang I learnt from him lol. 행쇼~! 모두 행쇼~! It’s super funny when Yoo Jae Suk asked the rest of the team to guess what it means. It’s obviously an abbreviation of something and one of them (sorry I don’t know their names) said 행님 쇼하네 HAHAHAHAHA that really got to me. so hilarious. 행님 is actually the Busan dialect way of saying 형님. and 쇼하다 is a slang meaning like ‘having no real skills but still flaunting / act dunno what shit’. Okay don’t take my translation too literally ^^;;

And someone else rightly guessed that it’s an abbreviation of 행복하십쇼~ which itself is an abbreviation of 행복하십시오. Language is so awesome.

He later went on to introduce a new slang 사나샷 and said that in this case it should be 부나샷. Turns out to be 사장님/부장님 나이스 샷! Nice shot! lol

A little random but GD is so polite and good with people, he will really be well received everywhere. O.o

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    29 September, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    행쇼 as in the (rhyming) perversion of “생쇼”? hahahaha… I never knew that there was a “쇼하다” though. I always thought it mean “show”를 하다 i.e. put up a show… 웃겨웃겨!

    Which is why I watch so much more variety than dramas… dramas become run of the mill and cliche… but well-done variety will never fail to tickle me. 🙂

    Watching interview-based ones really help my Korean too; they teach me how to speak more naturally, e.g. the use of common filler words like “막” and “약간” and “케” (happens when people use “이렇게” fast). It also helps that 자막 are usually dropped all over the place throughout the programmes for emphasis 🙂

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      30 September, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      ㅎㅎ usually used in the 쇼하네~ or 쇼하지 마! ^^ Sometimes I find Korean variety a little too over the top for me, but sometimes (like today) I end up laughing hysterically alone at home lol.

      Ahhh the filler words! Will probably do a post on it next time 😀 막 is like ‘like’ lolol that’s what a friend said last time and I totally agree. I get a bit annoyed when people use ‘like’ too often. like this you know. i find that like a little annoying XD
      Wondering if that’s how Koreans find 막 too >< After this, I shall start watching more variety shows. Although gag concerts really give me a headache. -.-

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    30 September, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    This reminds me… I have no idea how I’m going to catch up on abbreviations or slang as I learn Korean. XD I know there’s those mini books (Dirty Korean, Dirty Japanese, etc.) with some (but more insults than things that may help) stuff, but yeah… XD Maybe I’ll catch on through variety shows as well.

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      30 September, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      heh learning them through variety shows / dramas are the best ^^ You wont get how funny they are or how they are used it until you hear it in a context XD

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    1 October, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Slangs have to be one of my most favorite thing about learning Korean 😀

    My korean friend and I we were discussing how because of the internet and cell phones, slang words and expressions keeps changing from day to day haha. Every time she goes back to Korea she hears new slang lol

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    1 October, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    You guys are lucky, my korean is not at that level yet to understand slangs unless they are broken down for me.

    P.S. : I have been using the Intergated Korean, and you speak Korean! series and like them very much. I realised that in order to pick up as much as possible, I have to pratice a lot and go through as many texbooks as possible to compare and learn different things.

    So, I wanted to ask if you are familiar with the Ewha series, Ganada series,and Sogang series ? Do you think they appropriate for self-study ? Do you know if those books offer the anwsers to the exercises in both the textbooks and workbooks ?

    I know that you used the Yonsei series textbooks, How do you say it compares to the other series above ?

    Thank you

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      2 October, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      hello! I think sogang is good for self study, not too sure about ewha and i’ve never heard of ganada ><;; im not too sure about answers, but i think they are not really necessary for you to learn a language. i survived without any 😀 i think you can use the sogang series in the lower levels and switch to yonsei when u are about a level 4 and above ^^ i personally love the yonsei level 6 books

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        3 October, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        I’ve used the Ewha textbooks (lvl 3-2 & 4) and I really like them! There are answers to the exercises in the textbooks & workbooks. The textbooks comes with a CD for the listening practices and the scripts are printed at the back too. I haven’t seen the lower levels but for level 3-2 & 4 the books are entirely written in Korean. I probably can’t review it as well as Shanna 😛 but I personally like the Ewha text more than Yonsei’s… Probably because it’s a lot cheaper & more compact. But it stops at level 4 🙁

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    3 October, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Hehe yes you should watch more variety shows!! Hahaha. The slang (abbreviation?) 지못미 keeps getting stuck in my head recently lol I don’t even know why. I blame GD since it’s part of his lyrics!! (니남자친구지못미)

    But I haven’t watched this episode yetttt so frustrating I cannot seem to find a proper stream that’s of decent quality 🙁

    & on another random note it took me some time to figure out the blank to the math question your blog makes me do everytime I comment. (blank) – 7 = 0 lol I must be an idiot.

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      3 October, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      HAHAHA!! everyone seems to get turned off by the math questions XD maybe that explains the drop in comments lolol

      ehh i think bigbangupdates had a link that works. ^^ Can go check there!

      GD is like my slang teacher these days. I keep learning all the slangs from him. XD

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