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Tim: Hello everyone. This is Tim and, I am joined in the studio by… 두두두
Debbie: Debbie! Hello, everybody, Debbie here!
Tim: Today is part ten in our All About Korean series.
Debbie: Is it already part ten? Wow! Time flies!
Tim: Yes, it does! Okay. Today's topic is about...?
Debbie: Pop culture! Korean music, movies, media and celebrities. But, please keep in mind that pop culture is always changing - but we are going to talk about Korean pop culture as it is right now.
Tim: Good to know. Are you ready?
Debbie: Yes.
Tim: Are you ready listeners?
Debbie: I’m sure they are!
Tim: Okay, let’s begin – Korean Pop Culture.
Debbie: Okay. What’s our first category?
Tim: (singing one of Rain’s songs with lower voice terribly)
Debbie: ...Is this supposed to be a clue?
Tim: Yes! That's the hint!
Debbie: What? Oh~ I see, so the first category is about “Korean Pop music", also known as K-pop.
Tim: Yes!
Debbie: But Tim… You have an awesome voice, but let’s save the singing for the 노래방, Karaoke!
Tim: Okay, sorry.
Debbie: Anyway…K-pop is becoming very popular throughout the world, especially throughout Asia.
Tim: You’re right! (got excited and singing again terribly)~~~~
Debbie: Tim…
Tim: Ah! Sorry, sorry! I got so excited when you mentioned K-pop… Oh, I have an idea!
Debbie: An idea?
Tim: Yes, here is a K-pop quiz for you – name the artist that is NOT related to K-Pop.
Debbie: Okay.
Tim: a) Big Bang, b) Super Junior, c) wondergirls, d) Girl’s Generation, e) 비 (Rain), and f) X-Japan
Debbie: 하하~~ Tim! "X-Japan!?" That’s too obvious! Of course, it’s X-Japan!
Tim: 딩동댕. So, can you repeat those five artists that I just mentioned…?
Debbie: Hmm… I’ll do my best. First Big Bang…, second, Super Junior, third, Wondergirls, fourth Girl’s generation, and last…hmm… I forgot.
Tim: 비 (Rain). He is my favorite! 쓰~~아~~ 쓰~~아~~
Debbie: 하하~~ "Tim, nice try but.. you're not Rain! haha. All right, what’s next?
Tim: “Korean movies~”
Debbie: I love Korean movies.
Tim: Me, too!
Debbie: What is so special about Korean movies? What would be a big difference between Korean movies and Hollywood movies?
Tim: Hmm…That’s a good question. I find that many Korean movies deal with the theme of “humanity” rather than entertainment.
Debbie: That’s a good point, Tim! I do agree with you. I often watch ‘Hollywood movies’ when I feel bored. Hollywood movies are good for “entertainment", however…
Tim: I guess... you watch Korean movies when you feel emotional…
Debbie: Yes. Korean movies make me cry. And speaking of movies, what are your favorite Korean movies?
Tim: 맨발의 기봉이, 친구 and…
Debbie: 아~~(ah~~!) 맨발의 기봉이 “Barefoot Gi-Bong!” I’ve also seen that movie. It was… so fun, touching, and good~~~!
Tim: 엄마… 추..추…추…..추워~~!
Debbie: 하하하! We have 기봉이 (Gi-Bong) in the studio! You sounded just like 기봉이, the main character of the movie! Listeners, you should watch this movie to see what this character is like. Okay, anyways! What’s the next category?
Tim: “Korean T.V. shows”
Debbie: What sets Korean TV apart?
Tim: Well…They generally include dramas, variety shows, and reality shows…
Debbie: Tim, what’s your favorite K-drama?
Tim: Hmm…. my favorite K-drama is… 풀 하우스 “Full-House”.
Debbie: Ah~~ “Full-house! I’ve seen it, too! It was very funny and entertaining! Oh~~ I see! That’s why 비 (Rain) is your favorite K-pop star because he was the main character in that drama!
Tim: Exactly!
Debbie: Hmm… then you must like 송혜교 as well!?
Tim: Oh~~yeah 혜교! 송혜교 is my dream girlfriend.
Debbie: 하하, I see....
Tim: How about you Debbie? What’s your favorite TV show?
Debbie: Hmm… I personally like a talk shows like “미녀들의 수다”.
Tim: So, are you a 미녀? By the way listeners, 미녀 means “a beautiful lady”.
Debbie: No…I simply like the show because the talk show features women from foreign countries who speak Korean. I find those topics and comments they share to be quite interesting. That’s why!
Tim: Oh~~ I see, that makes sense!
Debbie: Okay, what’s the next category?
Tim: Popular celebrities and sports stars throughout the world.
Debbie: 하하~~ One of them is 비 “Rain” right, Tim?
Tim: (again imitating 비 “Rain”) 쓰~~아~~ 쓰~~아~~ Yes, 비 “Rain” is an international singer, actor, model, and even a business man. He has thousands and thousands of fans throughout the world.
Debbie: Yes. He is extremely popular! Who else?... Ah, I have one!
Tim: Who?
Debbie: “Daniel Henney!”
Tim: Ah! He is tall and very handsome, right?
Debbie: Yes, he is a half-Korean, model-turned-actor, who has recently gained popularity. Oh, I thought of someone else... hey Tim, are you good at playing soccer?
Tim: Soccer?? Ohhh, are you talking about... ?
Debbie: Yes, 지성 박! He is the international soccer icon” who currently plays for Manchester United.
Tim: Oh~~ 지성! He's so good at soccer! I wish I can play like him….
Debbie: I know what you mean, I also have a sports stars whom I really envy…
Tim: Hmm a female athlete? I think I know...Could it be... 김연아
Debbie: Wow Tim, good guess!! That’s right! It's 김연아, the #1 figure skater in the world. Her athletic career is quite amazing and promising as she embodies the Korean spirit and represents national pride.
Tim: That’s right! 연아 화이팅~! “Go Yeon-Ah~!”
Debbie: Yes, 연아 and 지성 화이팅~! “Go Ji-Sung Park and Yeon-Ah Kim”
Tim: 반기문 화이팅~! “Go Gi-moon Ban~!”
Debbie: 하하~~ Tim! I am sure they heard us cheering! And unfortunately that’s all for today’s “All About” lesson.
Tim: We hope you enjoyed the lesson.
Debbie: Tim, don’t you feel cold?
Tim: Yes, 추..추….추…추워~~!
Debbie: 하하~~ Tim, you do a great impression of that movie character, 기봉 “Gi-Bong”.
Tim: Thank you Debbie and thank you everyone!
Debbie: You're very welcome! Well, thank you for listening and see you again next time.
Tim: 그럼 여러분 다음시간에 만나요…


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Who’s Tim’s favorite K-pop star? 비 (Rain) aka 정지훈 Who is 기봉이 [gi-bong-i] “Gi-Bong”? The lead character in the 2006 South Korean movie 맨발의 기봉이 (Barefoot Ki-bong). What’s Debbie’s favorite K-show? 미녀들의 수다 (Chit Chat of Beautiful Ladies) — who wouldn't love a show with that title!?

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안녕하세요 Bangtan ,

Thank you for your comment. 😇

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Friday at 12:26 AM
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I love to watch the K-drama Train To Busan and Part-Time idol. My favorite K-pop band is BlackPink, EXO, Monsta X, NCT and mostly BTS❤️️❤️️. Thank you for this lesson!!❤️️❤️️

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Hi Ian,

Thank you for sharing!



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Wednesday at 01:11 AM
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I recommend Viki.com for users outside the United States who are interested in Korean dramas. This website provides a legal high quality streaming service with English subtitles among other languages. :smile:

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Hello ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thank you for posting and pointing out the BIFF name change.

The name of the festival is now fixed thanks to your help and information.

Let us know if you have any question,



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Hi ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thank you for posting, you're very welcome! :smile:

Please let us know if you have any other questions.



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ʻAnalū Kalaka
Monday at 06:58 AM
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린 선생님 안녕하세요! (Hello Lyn!)

가르쳐 주셔서 고맙습니다. (Thanks for the help.)

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Hi ʻAnalū Kalaka,

Thanks for posting and for sharing your favourite KDramas and singer with us. :smile:

To answer your question, native Koreans usually refer to the Busan International Film Festival as BIFF, or 비프(bi-peu).

As for the PDF correction, we will get back to you shortly!



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ʻAnalū Kalaka
Thursday at 06:26 AM
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Many people have commented about some of their favorite K-pop artists or movies and I cannot resist. Personally, I prefer Korean dramas to movies because dramas last for a long time and go into detail about the characters' personalities and lives. After watching a drama with many episodes and then I watch a 90 minute movie, I feel it is extremely short. Having written that, one movie that stands out for me is definitely 수상한 그녀 (Miss Granny). It was produced in 2014, so it is a little old but interestingly enough several countries have made their own version of the movie reflecting their culture. The Chinese remake is called 重返20岁 (20 Once Again), the Vietnamese one is Em là bà nội của anh (You are my grandmother), and the Japanese remake is 怪しい彼女 (Suspicious Girl). Both Thailand and Indonesia will also release a movie but I don't know the titles yet. If you haven't watched the movie yet, I strongly recommend it or at least try finding the song 빗물 (Raindrop) by 심은경 from the movie.

Over the years I have spent a lot of time glued to my TV screen watching Korean dramas and it is difficult to choose just one as my favorite. However, 대장금 (Jewel in the Palace), 해신 (Emperor of the Sea) and 신들의 만찬 (Feast of the Gods) are probably my tops.

If I were to write about Korean music and artists, it would take a very long time to list up everything because Korea has so much to offer in the line of music! I don't think that she is very well-known just yet, but I love a singer called 박혜신!

박혜신 화이팅!

ʻAnalū Kalaka
Thursday at 06:01 AM
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In the Lesson Notes there is mention of PIFF (Pusan International Film Festival) which has since changed its name to BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) to reflect the new changes in the romanization of Korean. Although the long, official name for this film festival in Korean is 부산국제영화제 it is often referred to with its acronym BIFF. Could you please write BIFF in 한글 because I have no idea how to pronounce BIFF. I often go to Busan and sometimes see BIFF written and would like to learn how Koreans pronounce it.