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Glossary: Banmal
by | July 13, 2010 | 102 Comments
While Eun-jo never called Ki-hoon “oppa,” she certainly used her share of banmal with him One of the things I find endlessly fascinating about the Korean language is the magnitude of what people call each other, and how they address one another as relationships evolve. As javabeans noted, in romantic comedies, we often squee equally... More »


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Glossary: Jondaemal
by | July 12, 2010 | 81 Comments
You can learn a lot about Soulmate’s main cast from the way they chose to address one another Next in the Dramabeans Glossary series is jondaemal, which can be described as “polite speech” or “formal speech.” (Jondae means “honorific,” while mal is the suffix for “speech.”) Just as oppa and noona are two terms that... More »


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Glossary: Noona
by | June 26, 2010 | 105 Comments
Go Hyun-jung and Chun Jung-myung in What’s Up, Fox Today’s Korean word of the day is: Noona. Got a cheeky younger man in your life? Turns out there’s a reason he calls you what he does. Notorious noona-killers Chun Jung-myung and Kim Bum help give us a lesson on the ins and outs of the... More »


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Glossary: Oppa
by | June 26, 2010 | 174 Comments
Was there ever such heartbreaking confusion over the meaning of the word “oppa” as with these two in Triple? Perhaps you’ve seen that Glossary link in the menu to the left, languishing in neglect with nary an update. I decided, what better way to update than to expound upon those familiar kdrama terms and concepts... More »