I decided to post this late because when I came to write about these dramas, I had to scan through it again to make sure that I didn’t in fact missed something and confirm with other kdrama watchers. I had finished Vampire Detective and from what I heard it either had the same writer as Vampire Prosecutor and/or that it was loosely based on it. I agree that it is the same writer as all 3 of dramas had ridiculous cliff hangers.
“Prosecutor Min Tae-Yeon (Yeon Jeong-Hun) is bitten by somebody he doesn’t and becomes a vampire. Tae-Yeon rejects the life of a vampire and he survives by drinking the blood of dead people and still lives as a righteous prosecutor .
Tae-Yeon also uses his new found abilities as a vampire to prosecute powerful persons normally thought above the law. A mysterious case then occurs and the evidence points to a vampire as the perpetrator. Tae-Yeon now knows that he is not the only vampire. He also ponders why he became a vampire and what truths may lie behind their motives.” – Asian Wiki
Starring: Yeon Jeong-Hun, Lee Young-Ah, Lee Won-Jong, Jang Hyun-Sung
“Min Tae Yeon (Yun Jung Hoon) isn’t your typical vampire or prosecutor. Rather than drinking blood from innocent strangers, he opts for blood sold on the black market in the posh bars of Seoul. He also has the uncanny ability to tell where the victim of his cases died, and how they died based on their blood’s smell and taste. The only person who knows his secret ability is Detective Hwang Soon Bum (Lee Won Jong), and both end up working together in a new joint department between police and prosecutors solving murder cases. Joining them are rookie prosecutor Yoo Jung In (Lee Young Ah) and intern Choi Dong Man (Kim Joo Young).
Together, they solve murder cases, and each time Tae Yeon uses his “powers” to find leads on cases that seem unsolvable. But the one thing he can’t solve is: who was the vampire/serial killer that turned him seven years ago? And what happens when Jung In becomes suspicious of Tae Yeon’s “questionable” tactics in solving cases…” Drama Wiki/Drama Fever
Starring: Yeon Jeong-Hun, Lee Young-Ah, Lee Won-Jong, Lee Kyoung-Young, Kim Joo-Young
“Private detective Yoon San (Lee Joon) suddenly becomes a vampire. He solves various cases for his clients while also trying to uncover the mystery surrounding himself.” – Asian Wiki
Starring: Lee Joon, Oh Jung-Se, Lee Se-Young, Lee Chung-Ah
With the both shows (Vampire Prosecutor & Vampire Detective), they both had cliff hangers at the end where you would assume a next season which is what bugs me about this show. At the same time, I loved it because again each episode had its’ own cliffhanger and the crime investigations where highly interesting. The crime investigations had twists in it that most of them you wouldn’t expect. Vampire Prosecutor, you flat out knew he was a vampire. He drank blood and turned into a vampire every now and then but in Vampire Detective, you know the main character was turned into – I guess you can say – “Super” vampire, but his eyes just changes colour. You rarely see the transformation throughout the show. A lot of times, I forgot what he was and just though he just had super powers. I only wished that there was a little more attention to him figuring what happened to him. I guess they know he is a vampire but he is the only one that can walk in the day so that would raise flags for me. The doctor guy in the show did mention that his blood was weird…. then that was kind of it. In Vampire Prosecutor, while he was solving crimes, he was searching for the person that made him into a vampire.
Other than that, if you like crime investigation type shows, these are very good to watch. Every episode or two is a new crime. The interactions between the lead and supporting actors are also funny so it helps lighten up the series.
*SPOILER ALERT* With how the second Vampire Prosecutor ended you would have thought there would have been another season. Fast forward 3 years later and Vampire Detective comes out. They had a cameo and did mention the main character from the prosecutor series but I never heard much about it again for the rest of the show. Both endings of Prosecutor and Detective both have a cliff hanger where the two main characters disappeared. I am not even holding my breath for a second to see if they come out with another season. *END OF SPOILER*
I truly enjoyed Vampire Prosecutor over Vampire Detective. Everything above about story line and the characters are just much more interesting and fun compared to Vampire Detective. Let me know if I got anything wrong about the show. I did get lost a few times in Vampire Detective and it’s been years since watching Vampire Prosecutor but I still remember it enough to recommend it to others!
Learning anything from scratch can be incredibly daunting, and learning a new language is even more so. There’s a difference between casually trolling through Wikipedia, reading every article on the mass marketing of chocolate, and proclaiming yourself a pro in the field. This is a language, a whole other mode of communication. This is different than impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans. This is impressing your friends with vagrant knowledge of cocoa beans in Spanish. Or, you know, whatever you decide to pick up.
For a complete beginner – and I mean complete beginner (aka you’re not even sure how to say the name of the language you’re learning in that language) – getting exposure through music as a gateway is absolutely perfect and, in my opinion, ideal. It’s accessible, it’s casual, and it’s fun – which is the most important thing. Many of us enjoy learning languages for fun. How sad would it be to have the fun factor immediately slashed before you even start? Not so much.
When I was initially piecing together info for this blog, I came across other blogs that said “yeah, it’s 110% possible to learn language through music”, but they never illustrated how. I’m someone who appreciates a good how-to guide, so I put this together based on my experiences as a language learner. How well does this resonate for you?
1. Start with a song/artist you actually like.
I started learning languages when I was about 10 or 11. I can tell you now that, as an 11-year-old whose favourite thing to do was swap Pokemon cards and not wash my hair, sitting at a textbook and doing grammar exercises was not the first thing I did when I decided I wanted to learn Japanese (it was, however, the second thing). The first thing I did was download a set of songs from my favourite shows and just listen to them. I chose these songs because I was already invested in the show, so an inherent interest was already there. Do not torture yourself by listening to a French song just because it’s in French if you hate it. You’ll get nowhere. You might as well go straight to the textbook method, to be honest.
2. Listen, listen, listen – no pressure.
If you’re like me, you might want to dive in right away and start writing vocab lists with a tab open on Chrome about the writing system and sentence order and an article about grammar and the future tense ugh. Don’t do it. Do not do it. You have to listen to the song, listen to the music, and honestly just relax. As the amazing Khatzumoto says, you don’t just learn a language, you get used to it. The first thing you should do is literally just get used to the language, get used to the sounds, the inflections, how words are put together, the sentence order, etc. It’s not about you being a boss right away. Don’t worry!
3. As you listen, write.
So you’ve listened to that song about a thousand times and you can sing it at will, if asked (note. try to get to the point where singing it wouldn’t be a problem for you. This has nothing to do with your singing ability, but with confidence in what you know). Now, the next few times you listen to the song, try writing out a few words that pop up often and translate them into English/your native tongue. You might start noticing patterns with vocabulary or even entire phrases. This isn’t unique to any one language – I’m sure in English you can pinpoint about 500 songs between the years 2011 and 2013 that overused the word “swag”. Same thing. Sort of.
With your new, shiny vocabulary lists, now’s the time to try your hand at translating this song you love and have essentially memorised. Do not look at an English (or your native tongue) translation of the song until you’ve had a decent chance (struggle) at translating it yourself. Translating is hard work, and even more so with music. Lyrics are poetry, so it’s naturally more difficult to get the tone and intention behind a song, especially if this isn’t your native language. By translating, you will:
learn sentence order (is this language subject-verb-object or subject-object-verb?)
become more comfortable with your vocabulary (if someone asked you to say ‘no, please don’t leave’ a la Korean ballads, could you do it?)
continue to familiarize yourself with the language (have you gotten used to numbers in French yet or is eighty still four-hundred-and-twenty when you close your eyes?)
understand how the language is written/spoken (are people more prone to saying ‘good one, that is’ or ‘that’s a good one’?)
All very, very important things when you’re starting out – and it’s possible once you try your hand at translating a few songs. The more you do this, the more you’ll improve. When I did my first translation, it took me a few hours (with breaks) and that was with a looooot of gaps in verses. Don’t worry if there are some sentences you don’t understand. Go to the translation, find the trouble verses, and try to understand how they came to that meaning.
5. Repeat, repeat, repeat!
Now that you’ve mastered one song, it’s time to move onto another! Do this until you feel comfortable moving onto watching programs with subtitles or the like. If you don’t feel comfortable moving on, then continuing with song and vocab work is not considered failure. Keep trying and your comfort level will increase.
Here’s a soft note/nudge: being comfortable doesn’t mean being able to translate every word in every song ever. Growth only happens in places of uncertainty, so once you find your general comprehension has increased, that would be a good time to move forward.
Remember that only you can gauge your improvement and, while I think language learning should be more fun than it is blood, sweat, and tears, if you don’t feel as if you’re being challenged by a certain song, or a certain method, then it’s up to you to find one that is of a higher level.
A few tips on picking songs:
- Songs associated with animated shows or movies will always have easier vocabulary because of their target audience, so maybe try checking out a radio station and sampling songs from there.
- Try to stick to current (1980-present) music, because vocabulary has changed throughout the years and you want your language learning to be fluid and progressive.
- ‘I can’t find anything, XXXX music sucks’: No. Just keep digging! In every language, there are lame songs. You just have to find the good ones.🙂
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions – or maybe if you found there’s a step in the middle that worked well for you – let me know! Now go forth and sing.
So I stumbled across this the other day and it was breath of fresh air for me. I also thought it was a nice change to review a group that is more recent and not as popular yet.
This group just debuted and the song and concept has me being hopeful! A lot of girl groups for me using the same style that GFriend, and GuGuDan uses so I am always looking for groups that fit outside that mould. I think group has some series potential as the video was bright and refreshing and the song stood out.
As I am new to this group, I am assuming that there are two main vocals and the other two can rap and sing. The two main vocals can really sing and this song doesn’t hide it. The rapper both of them rapping had a great tone and it’s definitely a bonus when they can do both. I also found out that there is a member that was formally in Kiss&Cry and another group before so I hope this group works out best for her.
The dance is fun and bouncy. There’s a lot going on and it fits the song very well.
The music video was fun to watch. It’s mostly a dance video but had lots of colour and weird sets. There was no story to this video so it was great to watch as a performance. Sometimes after watching a music video, I would have to watch a live performance to peak my interest but this video did it on its own.
Ahhhh my beloved group, U-Kiss, that I have loved since I got into Kpop! They finally have a Korean comeback since “Playground”… which I didn’t know about until a few months ago. U-kiss fan fail…..
Now U-Kiss is one of those groups that has been around for years but hasn’t really had that big hit but they will still have a place in my heart. They are one of those groups that I saw improve with each comeback and has been able to showcase different styles. *Sigh* I really which they were more popular…
The song has a nice groove and as usual, is different from their other title tracks so far to me. I haven’t looked up the lyrics for this song but it’s called, “Stalker”. I can only imagine what this song is about….lol It’s unfortunate that there isn’t really a rap part in this song so Eli can have an official part but his whispers and screen time will do, I guess. I learned from this song Jun’s voice is not bad and he dances really good.
The dance fits the song perfectly especially the shirt sniffing and peeping through the eyes. The overall routine is definitely in U-Kiss’ style. I would say I want to learn it but every other song I want to learn!
Soooo….. is Kiseop a vampire or something? There was only two visuals on this matter but he looks very good, I must say. So obviously, the video fits. A bunch of guys stalking this one girl. In this video, it wasn’t over done and lots of dance scenes. Any more creepier, I don’t think Jun would be able to watch it lol. Is he even legal yet?
I enjoyed this comeback and I wished there was a little but more love for them!❤
If you like dramas that make you think and be on the edge of seat, then this week’s drama for you! Mind you, I really still don’t understand fully what happened at the end but I will still happy with the overall show. I also have a bad habit of skipping (even though I don’t remember skipping…) so it could be something I missed.
Because this show has so much information, I don’t want to give away anything so I will just say: there are a lot of twists. There were many times where I was thinking it was one situation but it turned into another. If anyone understands what happens in the end though, let me know. I was so into it and then the end I was like, “What just happened?!?!” I kept going back but it didn’t make sense.
“A time-slip drama about a mother who goes back fourteen days in time to save her daughter from being kidnapped and murdered. ” – Drama Wiki
Starring: Lee Bo Young, Jo Seung Woo, Jung Gyeo Woon, Kim Tae Woo, Kim Yoo Bin
I think the reason why I ended up loving this song so much is because SM kept doing songs in the same genre as Lucky One. So after listening to Luna, Tiffany, and Jonghyun and whoever else went back in time, I was kind of tired of it. The first two seconds of the song, I thought to myself, “Is this something new I hear?” Then it became a song that was replayed over and over during more than one car ride.
Exo – Monster Performance Video
Since I am still mind blown about the dance I will start with that. HOLY I was so happy when a dance version of the music video came out. Usually if the dance is good, I can like a song a lot faster than if it was a slower song. Both normal and dance version started off with choreo so it peaked my interest from the go. (Hello Kai’s hands on DO’s butt ahaha). This dance is basically strictly hip hop and there are a lot of transitions. Each chorus is also not 100% the same so you couldn’t tell what they were going to. Some of the dance parts that stood out (besides Kai): The X they make during the chorus, Xiumin in the middle and Kai standing on the other members in the first pre-chorus, Suho’s verse, all the choruses (Especially, the last chorus where Kai and Lay high-fived and went hard for the rest of the dance and when they were sitting on the floor and it looked like sorcery when they turned) and last the creepin’ part. Looking back at what I wrote…. it is pretty much the whole video. Like I am going there by saying this is the best choreo along with BTS’ Fire this year… just saying.
Exo – Monster MV
All now I wonder why I still do MV reviews because most of the time, the Kpop music video doesn’t make sense but I still find a way to love to it. As usual, I have no idea what is going on and I am pretty sure it has nothing to do with the lyrics but I found myself loving it. It is darker throughout the whole video than Lucky One and it looks like a protest gone horribly wrong. They were all beat up and fighting with what looked like police or SWAT. I would consider this darker than most of their videos because everything is dark. The song in a way, clothing, the set. Everything. Some fashion choices were questionable again.
Love the beat, love the melody, just love the arrangement. I am pretty sure it has a vibe of older RnB songs with a hint of today which makes me attracted to it that much faster. When Lucky One came out, I was thinking it was nice but it wasn’t the type of song to draw me. I was watching an encore stage that they won and to my surprised the station played the WHOLE encore stage. By watching this I realized, these guys can REALLY sing…minus Chanyeol forgetting his part but he was cute and it wasn’t an actual performance so it was okay. I am pretty sure at least 3-5 of them were singing the first half of the chorus and it sounded EXACTLY like the track and the harmonies were on point. This is really bad but I didn’t know how well Suho, Xiumin, Lay, and Chanyeol can sing. I felt the song really matched the voices and was able to highlight it. I really think that they all improved including Kai since I remember him never really singing, just rapping. So if people think, they don’t sing well, then they crazy because I can barely sing and dance at the same time. Let alone THAT choreo.
Yes, so this will definitely continue to be replayed. I have already repeat this song for a whole car ride twice… maybe more…. so I am hooked🙂
This week’s post is a day late but I had to post it this week! I wasn’t letting procrastination get the best of me. This week’s Asian Drama of the Week for me is…..
I loved Eun-Hye in Coffee Prince so it’s what fuelled me to watch this show. I’m probably boasting this show a lot more than I should but I really enjoyed it. It’s always on my list of recommendation. Yeah Eun-Hye’s character lies a lot and it kind of rolls into something messy but I think she plays the character quite well and the character wasn’t over done.
I also liked the chemistry between the two characters. The scene that I remember to this day (because I watched this closer to when it came out) is the coke scene. There’s no subtitles on this clip so if you don’t understand it… it’s not a spoiler in my opinion but watch at your discretion.
Why I love this so much was that this show was one of the first few dramas that I had ever started watching so I was really used to those Korean “ppoppo” kind of kisses. (Which is a peck… but in Kdrama… more like their lips touch and nothing else which looks so awkward half the time.) So this show had like REAL kisses that came practically out of nowhere, so imagine how surprised I was when watching it.
I also believe this was my first encounter of Sung Joon and where I became a fan of him. I didn’t expect his voice to be the way it was at the age he was during the show and he is quite witty to a point where I think he is like that in real life. I am pretty sure that I had second lead syndrome in this show.
This show is a good show to watch if you are not looking for something with action or seriousness. This was just a feel good drama to get good laughs out of.
Have you watched this? What are your thoughts on it?
“A woman in her late 20’s is always asked “when are you going to get married?” On a whim, the woman then lies that she did get married.
Kong Ah-Jung (Yoon Eun-Hye) is an administrative official for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. She then co-ordinates a meeting for government officials. The meeting appears to flow smoothly and she is even praised by the minister. Disaster soon strikes when bees attack the meeting place and the meeting turns into chaos. Taking responsibility for meeting, Ah-Jung is ordered to submit a written apology. That evening Kong Ah-Jung goes to a club and drinks away her sorrows.
Meanwhile, Hyun Ki-Joon (Kang Ji-Hwan) is the president for conglomerate “World Group.” He is handsome, smart and from a rich family. But, in his teen years due to an accident he lost both of his parents. Since that time, Ki-Joon and his younger brother were raised by his aunt. Ki-Joon has a responsible character as an older brother but his younger brother Sang-Hee (Sung Joon) is more carefree. The younger brother Sang-Hee then comes back to Korea and meets Ah-Jung at the club, while she is drinking away her sorrows. Ah-Jung and Sang-Hee start to chat and Ki-Joon shows up to looking for Sang-Hee. He misses Sang-Hee. in front of the club Ah-Jung passes out and Ki-Joon takes her to the hospital. In order to ask Ah-Jung about Sang-Hee’s whereabouts, Ki-Joon stays next to Ah-Jung’s bed all through the night. The next day, they go their separate ways.
On the following day, Ah-Jung meets So-Ran (Hong Soo-Hyun) who stole away her first love Jae-Beom (Ryu Seung-Soo). So-Ran and Jae-Beom eventually married. After So-Ran and Jae-Beom became a couple, Ah-Jung studied hard and passed her government official exam to impress Jae-Beom. At the hair salon, Ah-Jung on a whim lies to the couple and tells them that she is married. Ah-Jung then goes to a hotel to pay Ki-Joon for the other night’s hospital bill. An accident occurs and she spills tomato juice all over her sweater. Ah-Jung is so embarrassed she pretends to pass out. Ki-Joon picks her up and takes her to his hotel room. During this time, Ah-Jung’s friends watches and a rumor soon spreads that Ah-Jung and Ki-Joon are married ….” – Asian Wiki
The good thing about these posts is that there may not be many or any spoilers because I never usually remember the full moments. I do remember if I thoroughly enjoyed it to the end and if I felt satisfied at the end. There are quite a bit of dramas where I really felt good about and then the ending ruined it.
This week’s drama made me bawl my eyes out, kept me on my toes (or rather confused), and completely satisfied. That is:
It’s Okay, That’s Love
“Jang Jae-Yeol is a mystery writer and radio DJ. He suffers from an obsession. Ji Hae-Soo is going through her first-year fellowship in psychiatry at a University Hospital. She chose psychiatry because she doesn’t want to perform surgeries. After she meets Jang Jae-Yeol, her life goes through big changes.” – Asian Wiki
This show is starring Jo In-Sung and Kong Hyo-Jin but have also other notable people such as DO from Exo, Lee Kwang-Soo and Sung Dong-Il.
I originally watched this show because of Kong Hyo-Jin because I enjoyed her role in Master’s Sun. I thought the chemistry between the main characters were great and they made the roles really believable. There was a scene where Jae-Yeol was in the hospital…not going to explain why but it was probably the most heart-breaking scene between the two characters and I literally bawled which is usually rare. I may tear up now and then but I cried. The support characters were hilarious and made sense in the story. I don’t think there was anyone that I didn’t like in the show. If you have watched Coffee Prince or the Reply Series, you know how funny Sung Dong-il can be.
I give props to the writer. This story kept me on my toes! As usual, the main characters had issues or something that they always have to get over, whatever you would like to call it. I wasn’t as confused watching it. It was pretty straight forward but then things start to unravel and THEN the confusion sets in because then you would be like, “Wait! This isn’t actually what went down?” Followed by a big, “OH” at the last episodes of the show. The ending is the way I like endings. When everything is pulled together and there are no cliff hangers. I also like when you can kind of see what is in store for the characters. There have so many endings that I felt were rushed or just didn’t make sense because it just… ended. The ending was so cute and happy.
So this definitely something to put on your list! Did you watch, “It’s Okay It’s Love”? What did you think? No spoilers though! ^.^
Because it’s classics I couldn’t fit it all in one post. So here is part 2.
Drunken/Fated to Love You
I grouped these two together because they have very similar in story ideas.
DTLY -“Two strangers, both proposed marriage to their respective girl/boyfriend, were rejected on the same day. They decided that the best way to deal with the rejection was to get drunk, real drunk. During the 24 hours of their crazy drunkenness, these two stranger became fast friends and got married… to each other. When they finally sobered up, they embarked on a mission to undo every crazy thing they did while they were drunk and prayed that their girl/boyfriend don’t find out.” – MyDramaList
FTLY – “A really unfashionable working class girl Chen Xin Yi has the desire to tie down her handsome boyfriend to be with her. Due to certain reasons, her boyfriend gets her to go on a love cruise and she started to ponder on how to lose her virginity and tie down her boyfriend. Xin Yi ended up taking cold medicine which made her drowsy and went into Ji Cun Xi’s room. Cun Xi is the sole male heir to his family’s company and has been in love with his girlfriend, Anna, for a long time. He planned to propose to Anna on the boat but she didn’t turn up on the cruise. An island owner added drugs into Cun Xi’s drink and Cun Xi became disorientated and returned to his own room. Xin Yi and Cun Xi end up having a one night stand. Xin Yi later finds out that she’s pregnant and Cun Xi’s grandmother forces them to get married. Will a couple forced to marry for the sake of their unborn child find love with each other?” -MyDramaList
There is a Korean remake of Fated to Love You but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the Taiwanese one more. I am pretty sure I bawled my eyes out more than a few times in the Taiwanese rather than the Korean one.
I was on the fence about putting this on the list because I am not sure how well known it is. I do know it’s one of the older ones and is one that I still enjoy to this day. It’s fun and quirky and can tug at the heart strings.
“The drama draws a love story between two co-workers at an insurance company, with Kim Ji Hoon playing the company’s whip-smart lawyer. Because he carries the hurt of having been abandoned by his birth mother, he doesn’t easily open his heart to others. Jin Pal Kang (Choi Jung Won) is a 25-year-old employee of the company who becomes responsible for her five younger adopted siblings after her parents meet with sudden deaths.” -DramaWiki
I actually haven’t watched this yet but it has been on my list for years. (Darn my short attention span!) When I first got into Dramas, it was up there with Boys Over Flowers and Coffee Prince. My mom watched it recently and she swears by it! She loves this drama.
“The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies.” -DramaWiki
I feel like a part 3 is in order… there are too many that I am thinking of as I write these posts! Have a mentioned any favourites?