오만과 편견 and listening comprehension

This week I managed to catch both episodes of 오만과 편견 raw. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a good drama!

Obviously I didn’t understand everything, but I’m happy how much I did understand. Even without subtitles, I’m really excited about the upcoming episodes.

I have serious problems following the office chief 문희만 (portrayed by 최민수), though. There is something about his way of speaking that throws me off… I haven’t seen him in anything else, so I’m not sure if it’s a character thing or just his way of speaking. I have been wondering so much about it that I even looked up where he’s from to see if he speaks a dialect… He’s from a city not too far from Seoul so that shouldn’t be it…

The odd thing I’ve noticed is that I either understand a LOT of a scene or I understand very little. Maybe it’s because the things I understand are in specific contexts while the rest is still part of a learning process that is ahead of me.

How I watch given that I don’t understand everything:
An episode takes 1 hour if you watch it without breaks. However, it takes me between 1.5 and 2 hours to watch that one episode because I pause the video to look up and note down vocabulary.

Obviously I don’t look up everything, but a word qualifies if:
– one or several characters repeat it right after each other.
– the word has a central position in the conversation.
– it sounds funny… Yes, that’s not a very academic reason, but there you have it.

Now go watch that drama! It’s too good to miss!

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4 thoughts on “오만과 편견 and listening comprehension

  1. Beatrix Kitzmann Hughes

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I really like it. I’m at a late beginner stage in Korean and determined to keep plugging away at it. I would love to watch a drama one day without the subtitles. I’m glad I started to watch 오만과 편견. I’ve been looking for a good crime drama ever since I finished 유령. I know what you mean about the police chief! I can’t understand him at all.

    Reply
    1. koreanlearner Post author

      Thanks for commenting 🙂 I love your picture, by the way, I used to dance ballet as well!

      I’m so glad one of my friends convinced me it was worth my time and I started watching it. The police chief… Where to start… I’m amazed that there can be such variation in pronunciation.

      Actually I followed 유령 too when it aired!

      Reply
  2. ChibiDani

    Would you recommend the drama from what you have seen so far? I haven’t watched a korean drama in months (I don’t actually know if I watched any this year!)

    I’m curious to hear how this guy talks haha

    Reply
    1. koreanlearner Post author

      I really like it! I think it’s one of the best ones in 2014. Episode 9 aired this week, and until now all of the episodes have been solid.

      It’s been some very slow months in Dramaland recently where I’ve just been reading recaps and not been too invested in any of them, but this one I watch properly and really enjoy.

      Good luck understanding Chief! It’s like a cruel listening comprehension test… 잘 듣고 빈칸을 채우세요! Except it’s mostly the entire sentence rather than individual words that are missing…

      Reply

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