Don’t worry, I haven’t actually done either (only the occasional whining), but anyone who watches Korean tv dramas will know that if you have a good classic melodrama running across whatever screen you’re using to feed your K-drama addiction, you can be sure to hear the female lead scream and cry at the top of her lungs at the male lead who will usually just stand blank-faced and stone-like while she repeatedly punches him in the chest. 오빠!!! 왜 이래?? 오빠 정말 바보야!! Yes, I’m currently watching Stairway to Heaven (천국의 계단) and no one screams and cries as convincingly as Choi Ji Woo. I used to never understand anything but her frustrated gestures and the tears, but this time I find that even her Korean shrieks and sobs make perfect sense to me. Conclusion: when you understand Korean while it’s being yelled, cried, and sobbed you’re on the right path to fluency or at least a decent listening comprehension level.
I honestly think that this show is way too over-dramatic and (spoiler alert) extremely sad, but I still find myself coming back to it again and again. Does any of you have a drama like that? And which do you prefer? Rom-com, melo, or pure Korean makjang?