Learning Korean through TV

Okay, one of my resolutions for 2011 was to put more effort into learning Korean.  For those of you who are new to my blog, I spent 3 years teaching English in South Korea and I absolutely fell in love with the culture and people.  But while I’m a pretty good student in a classroom setting – I’m competitive – I’m not so good at studying on my own.  But while I was still there, I found a fun and surprisingly effective way of learning the language – watching TV.  Seriously, I got addicted to a Korean drama called “Coffee Prince” – Google it and watch it, it’s so cute!  Unfortunately it was only 17 episodes but man, were they entertaining.  And by watching it first on my TV (with no subtitles because I was in Korea) and then streaming it online with subtitles the next day, I started picking up more and more Korean.

And so my love of Korean dramas was born and is now fed today by the website Drama Fever.  There are tons of good shows and I took some advice from some of my students and I started watching the same episode more than just twice – more like 4 or 5 times.  Why?  The first time I (or most people) watch a show with subtitles, I spend a lot of time reading subtitles.  Watching it again and again, I would start to pay more attention to the words being spoken and begin to associate words with the English subtitle… and slowly, my vocabulary would grow.  As would my listening skills.  I was beginning to understand more and more.  The first run through of each episode and some of the variety shows were starting to make sense.

So if you do get the chance to live in another country or you just want to learn another language – watch TV.  Seriously, if you find a show (or two) that you enjoy watching, you will watch it and the more exposure to another language, the better.  Who ever said TV would rot your brain was wrong 😉

But that’s harder to do here as I just don’t watch as much Korean TV – so I turned to a Meetup group to fill the gap in my studies.  Stay tuned to find out more 🙂

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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