Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

#2022RoundUp

Favourite womance / bromance

I really loved Rain and Kim Beom’s bromance in Ghost Doctor. I’d say that it had all the elements of a good enemies-to-lovers pairing. It forced together two strangers who did not take to each other due to circumstances that neither were happy with, and we ended up with some hard-earned and sensical character growth for both of them, as well as lots of humour in between. It’s one that I would watch again, actually, and I don’t tend to like dramas based in hospitals.

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    I agree this was a close second for me because what better sacrifice than to allow someone else to use your body for a date with a long lost love! It was such a great relationship the bickering and yet he also saved his life at one point. The age difference and skills and experience meant they were not equals but they needed to rely on each other and through the process they both gained so much.

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      You’ve made the case much better than I did, @reply1988!😊 I think that’s one of the things I love about these fantasy/supernatural premises – they create scenarios that not only reveal more about the characters, but that also give the characters opportunities to have conflict and grow closer in a way that makes sense and feels earned/justified.

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    I loved that show and their friendship.
    I’m not a fan of Kim Beom’s acting but Rain more than made up for it so I was quite happy.

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      I felt Kim Beom struggled with playing two different characters, but as you say, Rain’s performance and their chemistry more than made up for it for me.

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        I just never like his acting in anything. I feel he relies too much on his costars’ strenght.
        But he is cute and warm, so I can always watch him with a forgiving eye 😄

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          There’s something to be said for cuteness and warmth!😊

          I am much more forgiving if it seems like they were trying their best even if a performance leaves something to be desired, but actually, I’m not sure how I sense this, so maybe it is just cuteness and warmth!😁

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#2022RoundUp

ML you will never forget

Kim Nam Gil as Song Ha Young in the drama Through the Darkness. His acting is simply magnetic, and I loved that it was a male character showing such a quiet and reserved strength. His superpower and Achilles heel was how porous he allowed himself to be towards the people he was trying to understand (and profile) and he had to learn how not to be hurt by this level of sensitivity.

Honourable mention goes to Rain as Cha Young Min in Ghost Doctor. I’d never come across Rain before (somehow!), but I found that he had such presence onscreen and I liked the growth his character underwent.

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I just finished The Secret Life of My Secretary and now I want my very own moss balls. As someone who can’t keep a plant alive, is this a bad idea, beanies?🤔 Please vote in the comments below.👇

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    Hmmmm. I don’t recall what they were in the show but I had floral-moss covered balls in a wire basket for a while. As they grew older they dried out and flaked mossy gunk all over the table. I wouldn’t do that again.

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      Ooh! That would annoy me – thanks for the tip! In TSLOMS, Gal Hee replaces the dead impostor fish with moss balls that float when they’re happy (or rather, photosynthesise). Truth be told, I don’t know if there’s enough sun for them in my flat in the winter… BUT they seem low-maintenance (unless I have to pet them like Gal Hee advises in the show. Dr Google says the most I need to do is roll them if they don’t move around enough on their own). I feel like they would survive my black thumb (of death)??

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Hello UK, Ireland and Europe-based beanies who would like to attend a face-to-face in Spring 2023! It would be great to meet the people behind our Beanie tags.🥳

Us beanies seem to be spread across the nations so we need to think of places with good transport links. It may be that, depending on numbers and locations, we’ll have enough to host regionally. We’d like to get an idea of the numbers interested so if you reply to this post, we will know whom to tag for later posts. We will have an email contact so that we can share details like our locations (to work out the best place to meet), and swap emails/phone numbers (to send the zoom link for the drama watch club each month).

Really looking forward to connecting with you!💗

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    👍👋Looking forward to getting to know our local Beanies😊. I am sure there are a few of us on here.

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    I’m currently west-EU based.
    Would love to meet… if Real Life allows.

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      Hi @dorotka! It would be amazing if real life allows us to gather! Could you send @reply1988 an email at tessa@peaceintheseat.co.uk? She will then pass on your contact info to me so that I can reach out to everyone as a group (I’ll bcc everyone unless people are happy to be sight-copied). We’ll then be able to figure out where we all are, and start discussing dates and locations.😊

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        Ok. I sent the mail.
        Good luck with all that organising!! 🤞❤️

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Love is for Suckers has officially stolen my heart. That conversation between Yeo Reum and her mum…😭😭😭 I’m well and truly out of tears. Someone please come and water me back to life.

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    Kdrama Writer-nims, See, we can have loving kdrama parents 🙂

    I loved that scene. I am loving this show 🥰

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      Exactly! I didn’t know where that part of the storyline was headed, but when her mum said what she did, I knew they had my heart, hook, line and sinker.

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    💦🥀

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    This convo alongside JH and YR’s in the early morning were the best from this episode. This show is actually quite simple but it’s doing everything right for me rn, it’s a perfect fall drama.

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      So true. What an amazing friendship. I hope I can be a friend like that – acknowledge and recognise the other’s pain without losing myself in it, then supporting and helping them stand back up without false positivity or expecting them to be further along in their process of grieving/healing.💗

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    “You hang on by eating.” 💔

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    Same!!!
    Now I understand why YR is so sweet, it’s because her mom is an angel. 🥺

    My favorite scene in the whole show so far.

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    Yesss!!! This drama has been so good and emotional so far, it’s really taken me by surprise. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s episode!!!

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Calling all UK beanies (especially those close to London) – the London East Asia Film Festival (https://www.leaff.org.uk) is coming up. Fancy meeting up to watch something together? @janie, I think you may be in Korea by this time, alas! @reply1988, maybe you can come to London for a film and a meal with me?☺️ I picked out 3 possibilities, but let me know what you fancy once you’ve had a look at the programme yourself:

Coffin Painter | Dir. Da Fei | China | 2021 | 95 mins on Sat, 29 Oct 2022, 20:30 BST
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leaff2022-odeon-west-end-coffin-painter-screen-2-tickets-426810540817

A Hundred Flowers | Dir. Genki Kawamura | Japan | 2022 | 104 mins on Tue 25 Oct, 20:00 BST
https://www.chiswickcinema.co.uk/films/leaff-a-hundred-flowers/#book

Let the Wind Carry Me | Dir. Chiang Hsiu-Chiung, Kwan Pun Leung | Taiwan | 2009 | 88 mins on Fri 28 Oct, 19:00 BST
https://ticketlab.co.uk/event/id/13573#/

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    This looks great and if it was Spring next year I would be up for it. Currently I am not doing any face to face in the community until next year so we can get through the winter rise in Covid cases. I work with vulnerable clients so want to reduce the risk of catching Covid for the second time where possible.

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      Ah, that makes sense! Hope we can do something together in the spring!😊

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    I wish I was there!

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    Hi
    How did you get on with the interest in these films? It would be good if we could get a database of UK Beanies and then we can do a fan wall post whenever there are events like these so we can organise get togethers and give people time to plan. I think a Spring get together would be great.

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      Sadly, no other beanies have reached out.😔 But let’s definitely aim for a spring get together! Maybe by then, there’ll be more than just 3 of us.😁 I’ll keep an eye out for similar events, as it’d be nice to do something cultural, but honestly, meeting up for a meal would be fun too.

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        Ok let’s go all out on getting the list together so we know who to send the alerts to. The problem with fan posts is they get missed unless you actively look for them especially on a busy day of posting when posts disappear off the top of the feed. Because following doesn’t save your list of people so you can easily find people’s names I have had to start logging the names so I know who the people are I usually chat to so I can tag them in.

        I suggest we use the open thread as it’s on the main page and we do it early in the day as it seems most people post then leave so later comments don’t always get read. I have availability on Fridays so can post on a day when I am free in the afternoon. We have plenty of time.

        If we then direct them to a post they can go to our fan wall and reply then we can at least easily find their tag info to refer back to when we want to mention them to link them to a post.

        Let’s draft the post here and then we can add more details when doing the actual post so it’s not listed as a duplicate post.

        Hi UK based Beanies
        We would like to host an in person meet up in Spring 2023 and a no longer airing drama ‘watch and discuss’ like a book club please see post for more details.

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          Thanks so much, @reply1988! That’s a fantastic plan! Sorry for my short reply! I’ve been travelling, so haven’t had much time to catch up on db. I love the idea of a “watch and discuss”!

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            No worries, hope you had a lovely time travelling.

            I am thinking if we wait for nearer to Janie’s return she should find it easily so I will post on 28th October that’s half term week so people may have more time to see the post. We have lots of time as it’s not until Spring for the meet up so we will probably post a couple of times for the watch and discuss and the meet up before then.

            It would be good to do a monthly Zoom for the watch and discuss. Hopefully we can compile a list of potential dramas across the genre’s people like so we can cater for different tastes.

            We can sort out our contact details to share the Zoom details etc. nearer the time I am thinking we can look to have the first Watch and discuss Nov/December to see how it goes.

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            For the Watch and Discus what’s your best days and times. These are some of the options I can do:
            4th Tuesday of the month 7-8 (This is the only Tuesday I can do)
            I can do most Wednesdays 7-8
            I can do most Sundays 4-5

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            Hi @reply1988! I’m loving your ideas!! For me, the 4th Tuesdays of the month would be best, but the Sundays could work. Look forward to seeing what works for others!

            Thank you for posting on the 28th – it’s a good idea to post then. Should we coordinate a wall post that it links to? I’m also wondering how to share contact info without having to post it on db. I wish there was some kind of direct message feature!

            Unrelatedly, I’m impatiently waiting for the Love is for Suckers weecap/open thread to go live, as I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts!!

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            Yes let’s put together the key parts for the wall post. We have to be brief do bullet points to avoid duplicate comment issues. Or we can communicate offsite in an email so we can compose it in full and then cut and paste it onto the site. Let me know your preference.

            I contacted someone on here and they gave their instagram account details so we communicated via direct messages on there. We will need some way of getting people’s emails to send the zoom link. I am happy to put my therapy email on a reply deep in the post like we did this conversation as it’s buried in the body of the conversation so you would only see it if you were putting in the effort. We may have people outside the UK signing up for watch and discuss if it’s a time that works for their time zone.

            What genres do you like so we can start collecting lists? I would have loved it if I had company while binge watching a few episodes of Twelve nights

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            There were a few dramas that people were desperate to start commenting on this week that they started to post on last weeks’ comments section. I can see it is going to be busy on Love is for suckers and Love in contract’s comments once they drop.

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            Hi

            If we use emails we can compose and revise the posts for the Open thread and fan wall then we can cut and paste on Friday 28th. I am working later today so there may be a delayed response. Once you send an email to me then I will send what I have drafted so far so we can adapt. My email: tessa@peaceintheseat.co.uk

            I was thinking we could have my post on the open thread with both ideas but send them to two separate fan walls; you host the meet up post and I host the watch and discuss. What do you think?

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            Hi @reply1988! Just wanted to let you know that I’ve sent you an email, in case it goes into your spam folder. I’m happy to host the meet up post on my wall, and will have a look to see if anything is coming up in the spring that might be a fun event to attend in person. Really looking forward to it!😁

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    Hello there, I’m from Germany (North Germany, Hamburg area, to be precise), but my husband and I are in London from time to time for an extended weekend here and there. I’d love to meet some of you and chitchat about kdramas, preferably along with some Korean food? Next spring sounds far enough away to plan but close enough to feel the anticipation rushing through…I could even combine this with a meeting with some of my London-and/or-Sputh-UK-based penpals…🤔😊
    I’m relatively new to dramabeans. Is there a way to communicate directly? I only stumbled upon this by happenstance…

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      Hi @petrolia, this is so exciting! It would be great if you could join our meet up! @reply1988 and I are planning to post more about this (and about a watch and discuss group that will meet over zoom monthly) in the Open Thread and on our walls this Friday, but now I know you’re interested, we’ll tag you on any relevant posts going forward.

      We’re planning to nestle contact info deep within the thread of those posts so that we will have a means of connecting outside of DB without compromising anyone’s privacy. Look forward to some chats and Korean food with you in the near future!!☺️

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        Oh that sounds so good! After I replied I read the rest of the thread 🤪 and found @reply1988‘s post with her email address in it (and wrote an immediate email to her, too). Don’t worry, I’m not a stalker. 😉 I love the idea of that monthly Zoom meetup, too! Husband and I are watching some kdramas together, but others are more just my own taste and there’s nobody around me who shares that passion. 😉 I can’t wait to start!

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          I have replied to the email now so contact has been made as there is no way to do direct messages unless you chat through posts that anyone on the site can access. I know there are a few people in Europe who may be interested in the Zoom chats as the time zone is similar and potentially there may be other countries further afield. I hope we can get a good sized group to chat but not too big that people don’t get to join in. The challenge will be finding dramas that we can handle and that people have not seen or don’t mind rewatching. My pool is pretty narrow which was my reason for coming to K dramas as they had loads of rom coms for me and I have branched out a bit too.

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Beanies, I just finished watching the 2019 Taiwanese drama Someday or One Day and it is excellent. So, SO good. If you haven’t watched it yet, RUN – don’t walk!

I feel bereft now that it’s over, and so few shows consume me and truly take up residence in my consciousness in this way. I’d say that romance is secondary to the overall world and the people who inhabit it because the complexities of relationships aren’t explored beyond what lengths people would go to for love, and to be loved. It’s really a set piece used to challenge our characters. I also don’t believe in fated love, but if you do, you’ll love this show even more. The consequences of time travel are addressed head on, and it is handled intelligently.

Oh, and don’t read spoilers! This was advice from @thefangirlverdict that’s well worth following, even if you’re like me and prefer to know what happens in advance. And once you’re done, you can read @leetennant’s excellent blog post about it!

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I loved the question that came up in the recent Team Dramabeans AMA and the discussion that followed in the comments: Do you have a wishlist of drama pairings that you’d like to see onscreen? In which genre? (Credit goes to @bugsbunny for the Q!)

It made me wonder – which actor would play you, or the protagonist(s) in the drama you’re writing (have written)? Why?

For me, it would be Jang Na Ra (with Han Ye Ri as a close second choice). I find that both are able to portray a character’s suffering in faceted ways and the drama I have in my head is about loneliness and isolation.

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Calling beanie hive wisdom🔮
I’ve just finished watching episode 19 of Alchemy of Souls, and I’m satisfied with where things stand as an ending to this series (because I know more is to come and I can decide later whether to tune into that part of the story). Yes, there are unanswered questions and loose ends, it’s not ‘complete’ per se, but from what I’ve read so far, episode 20 sounds like a preview for the second series and I’ve been avoiding the previews at the end of each episode ever since I discovered that I find them annoyingly deceptive.

I read spoilers and endings all the time, and often prefer to watch dramas and read books this way (I know, I’m weird and most people don’t understand but it’s because I enjoy the experience more if my brain isn’t stuck in what’s-going-to-happen mode). Knowing this about me, would you say I should stop here and wait until the second series is out before watching ep 20?

The response to the finale has been such that I’d like to avoid feeling like I’ve wasted 19 hours of my life for the next 3-4 months… (some of you may think I have wasted those hours already, knowing how things tend to go with the Hong sisters, but it’s too late for me to turn back the clock and I have actually enjoyed these last 19 hours, so I have no regrets ~yet~…)

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    If you really, truly hate cliffhangers then maybe don’t watch Ep. 20 till the second season is out. But if you’d like a sense of what the second season is about, I’d say just go ahead and watch.

    Obviously Ep. 20 ends with more stories to come (because what would be the point of S2 otherwise?) but there’s a preview at the end that gives you a hint of what’s to come. I am also someone who doesn’t mind previews and spoilers and I was pretty satisfied with what I got.

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      Thank you @miso – it seems pretty unanimous that I should just watch the final ep!😁 I appreciate hearing from those of you who didn’t hate how s1 wrapped up…it gives me confidence that I won’t hate it (or myself for not resisting until s2 is out)!.

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    On the one hand, the last 20 minutes of ep. 20 are, as expected, a chaotic combination of cliffhangers and resolution that will definitely not meet your need to know. On the other, the finale discussion here is going to be a ton of fun and since you’ve already been participating in the comments, you might have to forego that (and we’d miss you!). I guess the decision is which you want/need more?

    I’d lean toward going ahead and watching. I plan to not rewatch until Season 2 starts, so I know I’ll inevitably forget a lot between now and then and other dramas (and books, and people, and Life in general) will come along to dull my currently burning need for MORE ALCHEMY NOW.

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      Also, for me, the annoyances and untied threads of eps. 19-20 didn’t even come close to retroactively spoiling my enjoyment of eps. 1-18, so if you have no regrets now, you’re probably not going to after 1.5 more hours.

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        Thank you @elinor! You are right, I would hate to miss out on the discussion as that has been one of the best parts of watching something live (which I rarely do because of my need-to-know-itis).😅 I’ll put on my big girl pants and dive in this evening…it will probably take me another full day after that to catch up with all the comments!🤣

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    I vote for watch! You liked the past 19, so the last 1.5 hours shud be fine. The first hour is like happy fillers anyway, don’t be fooled by all the pretties (i was 😆)

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      Hahah, thank you @parkchuna, for the word of caution! I will use the first hour of filler to fortify myself before the final 20-30 minutes throw my life into chaos!

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Beanies, do you have a favourite Korean word/phrase that you picked up from watching dramas and wish you could use in your everyday life? Mine is ottoke (어떻게?) ☺️

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    Mine definitely would be chugulle? (Wanna die?) I’d love to use this when my brother annoys me 😇

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      Hahahah!! Good one!

      Do you know this K-pop spoof song? I think you might enjoy it if you like chugulle.😉 It has a bit of rude/potty humour, though. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=beZFLT0Ixag – there’s a scene before the song starts (worth watching!), and the song starts at around 1 min 43 sec. Hope you enjoy and get a good chuckle from it!😂

      The reaction videos of actual Koreans watching it made me laugh even more…🤣

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        Omg dramadillo you just made my day!🤣🤣🤣 That scene before the song is golden. I died when he said we can auto tune ourselves! Now I have stuff to watch *runs to watch all the reaction videos you mentioned* Thanks again!!!

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          You’re so welcome! I’m glad we have a similar sense of humour!!🤪 This reaction vid was my fave…not sure why, but maybe because they seem quite serious whilst they’re watching it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=R5BKZeJP9TY
          ENJOY!! I got belly aches from laughing when I went down this rabbit hole for the first time. There are also a couple/few behind-the-scenes and making-of videos.

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            Thanks again!!! I laughed so hard when he said they actually know what kpop is😂😂😂 spoof songs and parody videos are one of my favourites when I need a good laugh. I guess I found my new rabbit hole 🤣🤣🤣

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        Omg, I forgot how funny those guys are and how I laughed til I cried when this came out. It really resembles a lot of Kpop videos at the time, they did a great job especially the David Choi ballad part tacked on at the end that has no relation to the rest of the song.

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          So many Koreans who reacted to the music video loved that part because, as you say, they nailed the kpop template. (Also, David Choi sings Dong Saya Dae like he really loves you/me/us.😜)

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            I love it. Thanks, this was a great way to start my day! 🤣

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        I just clicked on the YouTube link. Great video, very funny.

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    One I use is the all-purpose: aigoo!

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      I love this one, too! It reminds me of the actress Kim Mi Kyung, for some reason…perhaps it’s her voice that I hear saying it in my head!

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        yes! The iconic hacker Jo Min-ja (HEALER) (2014/2015).
        Kim Mi-kyung has been one of my favorites since I entered kdrama world in 2016 with HEALER.

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          That’s my favourite role of hers! 💗hacker ahjumma!💗 I still eat homemade kimbap the way she did, by taking big bites from a tube!🤣

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      My husband and I send each other agioo gifs on messenger.

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    mine mostly used is “aish” when i ruin things or they somehow get messed up unintentionally.
    second…” ottokaji” which i caught from you’re beautiful.

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      “Aish” is such a good sound-word! Very satisfying!😁 Is there a term for this – where the sound of the word seems to express its meaning? Onomatopoeia doesn’t seem quite right to me because it doesn’t so much describe a sound as it is simply an a expressive sound, and the meaning is almost the sound itself.

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        lol.. i never did any research on it before.
        it just went into my subconscious and came out so damn loud during an official get together of our team and everyone looked at me (cause ny aish was sooo loud) and asked me what exactly i said.
        So that’s how i realised this word is something i am using a lot… i hv yet to find its origin and how to write it etc.

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          I love that our dramas just seep into us/our lives without us realising!

          Heheh, sorry, I tend to overthink these things!🤪 (From what I can tell so far, words like this are called interjections…but I’m still figuring it out. 🚨nerd alert!🤓)

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    I’ve caught myself speaking hal-su-iss-eo quite a few times and I guess that is mainly because there is no such phrase in my own language(literal translation doesn’t make sense) while I totally need the courage sometimes. So it’s either this or it’s the english translation “You/I can do it” but I like the way hal su isseo sounds so I whisper that to myself more lol.

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    Neo michyeoss-eo!

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      I don’t know the correct/accurate translation, but when I said it in my head, I got strong “are you crazy?!/what are you doing?!?” vibes. Another good’un!!😊 (ah, ok, apparently 미쳐서 = insanely! Thank you for my new word!)

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        Yes! That! I also like “jipjun!” Imagine my fists clenched with a scrunched up face. “Focus!”

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      Said in Jo Jung Suk’s voice in the locker room…

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        Wow, you brought me right back to that scene in Jealousy Incarnate. Whoosh.

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    When I just can’t believe something stupid I’ve just done: “ah, chin cha???”

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      Ooh I use this one, too! But I can’t seem to pronounce it right (except in my head)!😝

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      What does that translate as? I like that phrase too!

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        It’s simply like, “really?” But I use it more like “Seriously???”

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    I have a new baby so I am all ‘omo omo’ 😁

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      Awww, congrats!!👶🏻🥰💗 I find myself texting omo a lot, which I think people assume is my failure to type omg!🤣

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        I want to say “omo!” all the time but know then I’ll have to explain myself … which just leads to more people saying , “you watch what again?” My very favorite is in Kim Sam Soon when KSS tells her sister that KSS stayed overnight at Sam Shik’s flat and her sister’s eyes bug out in shock while she retorts “Omo yip!!!” I’ve always wondered what that means to Korean speakers.

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        Hahaha!

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    Aigoo~ I used to say omo and aish a lot too but my surroundings changed so I dropped the two and just used aigoo all the time. I tried using aish but my new co-workers thought I was saying “ah sh*t” 😂

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    그럼 (geuleom, which sounds like “keh-rum) is one of my favorites to utter in my head. It means “well then” and is generally used to end a conversation in an not exactly pleasant, friendly way.

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      I like that one too. Like, “I’m done talking now, thanks!”

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        YESSS! (I like how it becomes almost mono-syllabic, even though it’s actually two characters. Feels very apt for conversation-ending.)

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          @mellowarmadillo: In Korean, words can be mono or polysyllabic as a syllable is the linguistic constitutive unit. It doesn’t have characters as it is an alphabet based language.

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            Ah, I see! I think what I meant was ‘syllabic block’ rather than character (this is according to a quick skim of Wikipedia😅 – sorry my knowledge is less than basic!), but I assume multiple syllabic blocks can still be pronounced as a single syllable? Like how ‘thank you’ (감사합니다) consists of 5 syllabic blocks but often sounds like 4 to my ear?

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            @mellowarmadillo: Please don’t be sorry! I have been learning Korean for over a year now so am probably a bit too enthusiastic. I hope I didn’t come across as hectoring.
            Words can have either one or multiple syllables so as you correctly noted, 감사합니다 has 5 syllables but comprises one word. What you mentioned about what it sounds like is really fascinating as the Korean language places a real emphasis on the language flowing rhythmically so the grammar and pronunciation rules facilitate this. So without boring you with the minute rules, the ‘’ㅎ” sound which sounds like ‘h’ in ‘hen’ is often (but not always) not pronounced as it gets elided over or can contribute to the sound of the next consonant. Here, the common pronunciation is ‘kamsamnida’ and not ‘kamsahabnida’. Also, the ‘ㅂ’ sound,‘b’ as in ‘ben’, is altered to an ‘m’ because of a grammatical rule in this instance. Last but not least, a number of Korean letters change their sounds depending on whether they are at the beginning, middle or the end of a syllable block. In 감사합니다, ‘ㄱ’, the first letter has a ‘k’ sound as in ‘kin’ but a bit softer as it is at the beginning but it shifts to a ‘g’ sound as in ‘girl’ when it is in the middle.
            I hope I haven’t bored you but I warned you that I get too enthused about all that I have learnt and am learning!😊

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            Thanks for your mini-Korean lecture here. I like to sing Korean OST’s and so this is helpful when I sing them. I never realized about the k and g sounds changing if they are at the beginning or middle of a word. I’ll have to pay attention to that! Oh, if you are really “enthusiastic,” could you listen to a couple of the songs I’ve done and see if you understand what I’m saying and give pointers? It sounds like a a strange request, but I just copy what I hear and don’t really know if it sounds understandable.

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            @allysalozada: of course! As you can imagine, I have a limited vocab as yet but would love to help out if I can!

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            This is my channel: https://www.smule.com/allykdrama
            Just scroll through and find the Korean OSTs! Thanks!

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            I love learning about this and your explanations are super helpful and enlightening! May I ask how you’ve been learning? Is it a course in-person or online? Or just teaching yourself? I am hoping I can learn Korean properly too (at some point!). So really, you cannot bore me with this stuff!🤓 Maybe we can start a study group at some point…

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            @mellowarmadillo: I have been studying through an online course with a Korean teacher and it has been wonderful even if I have learnt much more grammar, syntactical rules and vocab than having conversational skills which are very basic now. I do hope you can start learning as not only it is a linguistic delight but also it really progressively enhances one’s understanding of the Korean history, politics, culture(s) and arts.

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    I say ‘aigoo’ all the time 😂

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      It seems to be very popular amongst us beanies! We could use it as a way to identify each other in the “wild”, almost like a secret handshake.😁

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    This post has made my day I like Aaish but some of the translators put it as a swear word and as I try not to swear I think it will still count even if no one understands it🫢 It is just the perfect word for expressing frustration…

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      It really is!! It’s so satisfying for expressing frustration when you don’t want people to hear you swearing and/or can’t bang a table!🤣

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        The other one I just remember is Yah instead of Hey or Oi I love it so much its part of one of my passwords and makes mine smile every time i type it in rather than getting frustrated with trying to remember 400 passwords when I just want to turn a computer on and do something productive.

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    “Kenchana” (괜차나).

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@purplesheesh – I can’t seem to comment on your post about favourite actresses because it says I’m using an inappropriate word(?!), but I loved the question and all the responses so far! I’ll nest my responses in this post so as not to clog the wall. :o)

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    These are the 5 actresses I love at the moment. I think it’s about more than their acting – they make me interested in the characters they play, and I don’t get distracted by their person/persona when they’re in character. In no particular order:

    – Han Ye Ri
    – Jang Na Ra
    – Jung So Min
    – Jeon Yeo Bin
    – Shin Hye Sun

    I think this has made me realise that I’m probably contributing to the toxic celebrity culture by preferring actresses who are not in the gossip spotlight as much. I actually really loved Seo Ye Ji’s performance in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay but I think I would now struggle to see her in character and not be distracted by what I’ve read about her as a person. But that’s hopefully not the same for everyone. I know I personally struggle to separate the artist from the art.

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      Jang Na Ra is in my list too!

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      Also, my list above features actresses on the younger end of the spectrum, so I would add:
      – Kim Mi Kyung
      – Kim Hae Sook
      – Yoon Yeo Jung
      – Jin Hee Kyung
      – Ra Mi Ran

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        It seems to me that there’s a dearth of diverse and interesting roles for women over 40 (or I haven’t watched a wide enough range of genres yet!). Hope there will be more in the future!

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For fellow Move to Heaven fans: https://www.instagram.com/p/CPJ3qYDAhvK/
Can anyone please link me to Kim Sae Byul’s book? I need a copy in my life, even if I can’t read it yet!☺

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Thank you, beanies, for posting your love for Move to Heaven on the wall. I was completely absorbed into its world within the first 10 min. It is gorgeously shot…just so rich and warm!☺️

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South Koreans react to BinJin’s news…(I love these two so much!) Wish I could join the party in SK! :o)

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    By “these two” I was referring Mihye and Hailey (even though I’m obviously over the moon for BinJin). I love their enthusiasm, and watching their reactions always increases my own enjoyment of k-ent. :o)

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    I wish the BinJin couple well. I am always a little wary of high profile couples like that. so much pressure on them!

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      I feel the same way – it must be tough to have a private life when in the public eye. I really hope they’re able to enjoy their time and life together, amidst all the pressure and rabid interest (which I hope diminishes when the next big news comes out).

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    I SAID SO.. marriage is on the cards.. this whole reveal of relationship is in cahoots

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      Heheh, I’m not sure very many people were convinced by their 8 months claim either. ;o) I loved hearing about the public response in SK, and those little subtleties around the language Son Ye Jin used in her insta post.

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    Haha these girls are so excited, and so observant! 😂😁

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      I learn so much from watching their videos, whilst also feeling less alone with regards to my own enthusiasm.😄 They seem like such fun, and if life ever permitted it, I’d want to have a K-drama sleepover/all-nighter with them (with lots of food)!

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I discovered Ha Hyun Sang thanks to the OST for A Piece of Your Mind, which led me down a rather lovely rabbit hole of his other music, including that of his band, Hoppipolla. I have this on repeat right now, but I love all of his/their music! ❤️ (They won SuperBand in 2019, so many of you may know them already!) Also, more bands should include a violin or cello. 🎻

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    Their mini album is EVERYTHING. ‘Opfern’ is like, the best intro ever.
    I love vlive for showing me an add of them playing ‘Enough’ in the background. It was love at first sigh.

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My dear Beanies, happy new year! The teaser for Youn’s Stay has been released!💗🥳🎊 I ❤️ this group of humans!

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    Looking forward to this! It does look like they’re working very hard. 👏🏽

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      Something I’ve noticed since consuming k-ent is that Korean people (at least those in dramas and reality shows I’ve seen) seem to have an extra 12 hours in their day. I find myself wondering how they accomplish so much, and fit so much into one day. I feel like a snail sloth compared to them. 🐌 🦥

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    I feel relaxed and healed already. So excited for another go with these cuties!

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    Oh boy, it looks more challenging than their previous ones. They must have worked hard.

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      I agree, which is why having Choi Woo Shik join was such a good idea. I love that they made it work despite the COVID restrictions, and we’ll get more opportunity to see them show off their English-speaking skills to boot!🙂

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