Things that have recently been on my Korean radar.
- 러닝맨 (Running Man)
- 해를 품은 달 (The Moon Embracing the Sun)
- 닥치고 꽃미남 반드 (Shut Up! Flower Boy Band)
Variety shows, such as Running Man, have recently been the forefront of my Korean self-study. If I had said I started watching variety shows for studying purposes I would be lying. I started watching Running Man a while ago, a few episodes here and there when I needed a good laugh and another show that featured my favorite idols, but it soon evolved into a great learning tool, my funny live action dictionary. People who have watched Korean variety shows are familiar with the hilarious captions that are placed at the bottom of your screen in nice pretty looking font and colors. The trick is to take these captions and pause for a bit and grab some vocabulary words or slang terms and add them to your knowledge bank.
Running man, unlike some other reality shows, has many moments where you’ll actually see what the stars are saying in 한글 captions as well. Something that I find extremely helpful also it helps that running man is just hilarious. ㅎㅎㅎ
So if you get the chance grab yourself a bowl of popcorn or some pocky, or if you’re going for that healthier track, you’d be surprised how many dried mango strips you can eat while watching TV and start your learning.