K-Pop and Hallyu are becoming a global phenomenon thanks to the increasing popularity of Korean dramas and pop groups such as BTS and Blackpink. Because of this, many people have become inspired to learn to speak Korean. More and more people are now enrolling in Korean language courses not only to understand the lyrics of the songs and shows they watch but also to grasp Korean culture better.
There are many ways to brush up on your Korean. For one, you can supplement your learning by watching some talk shows that are not only entertaining but informative, as well. Because Korean shows have subtitles, you’ll also be able to enhance your understanding of how each word is used and pronounced and improve your vocabulary.
Here are some more ways talk shows can help you better speak Korean:
1. Your ears get acclimated to the sounds of different Korean words.
As someone enrolled in Korean language courses, you can easily hear how native-Korean speakers pronounce different words, especially those you don’t come across every day. Watching talk shows allows you to do this conveniently without exerting too much effort. This is a necessary experience for any language learner because listening to real conversations attunes the ears to how the Korean language is spoken, which is a bit different when hearing it in school. This is because teachers purposely slow down their pronunciations and even enunciate with a little exaggeration to allow students to follow along.
2. You are shown a different part of Korean culture.
Talk shows are entirely different from films and music videos since talk shows carry out conversations differently. Korean shows usually have more than one host and guest, which are composed of young and older adults. This means that you’ll hear the language spoken by different people. You’ll learn various parts of their culture, helping you deepen your understanding of South Korea.
3. You will hear different expressions that are not usually used in everyday life.
Since talk shows have guests of all ages, you will hear various slang words that are actually spoken in Korea. You will also learn how Koreans express themselves to different people. Younger people, for example, need to use honorifics when talking to those older than them. You will also find out that certain words are not to be spoken when talking to older individuals.
4. You will be updated with the trends in Korea.
Korean talk shows are the best sources of the most current trends. You will learn about upcoming films or TV shows, the latest fashion styles, the hottest restaurants, and everything new in South Korea.
To make the most of Korean talk shows, write down words or expressions you don’t come across every day in Korean language schools. You can then ask your teacher about them to better understand those words. It would be best if you also repeated how difficult words are pronounced multiple times to get used to them.
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