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i like enjoying korea/japan from a safe distance

i like enjoyin korea/japan from a safe distance lol. a comforatble distance at my own interest/pace. I don’t have to put myself in situations where i do in japaense/korean that i dont’ want to do or feel uncomfortable with since i’m not obligated to speak either language in my daily life seeing as i live in the us of a. I can just enjoy doing passive things like reading, watching, hearing, etc.

anyways just wanted to write about 3 korean shows i watched.

I saw an episode of놀러와   with lena park a month ago? This is one of the korean shows i like.  i watched for the interesting talk. I WISH the whole episode was interesting talk. it was 2 eps and for one of them half of it was this boring korean gagman (gag me) singing crappily and boringly. ALSO ONE of the gagme-men said this unfunny / 뻔한 (this korean word for some reason i can remember because it’s so USEFUL) statement 3 times for fucks sake! it’s not FUCKIN’ FUNNY. at lesat there was no PLAY BACK… SORRY I MEANT QUADRUPLE BACK, QUINTUPLE BAACK, SEXUTPLE BACK ETC. the episode was annoying with the GUDA GUDAKAN. it’s just like MOVE THE FUCK ON. it was just slow and draggy.

I think it as the the last 15 minutes for the second episode with the interesting talk with the weight loss and lena park’s plastic surgery story (that she did not get it.  THANK YOU. love her for that). that’s what i watched it for and that’s what they teased us with in the first 5 minutes. so that’s what im’ expecting but it doesn’t even show up till the last 15 minutes. it’s a big fu to the viewers no? surely they must have had more interesting talk. why did they bring THOSE gag-me-men on the show. they suck.

I feel bad for lena park when they say shit she don’t undersatnd especially when that shit is not funny lol. the korean mistakes she makes and her pronounciation is so cute and her… indviduality.her tone or intonation or whatever sounds really english/foreign when she speaks korean at times?? But it’s pretty obvious her english IS REALLY good (went back to america to finish a degree good… plus she seems to be into literature and poems that are in english) and her korean is pretty good … i ‘m not trying to say it from a 上から目線 way in any way. her korean’s better than mine anyhoo.  she recited a poem in english on the show which was very very english that only fluent would really feel/understand. i would call her billingual for sure!

lena park  her koraen is inetersitng. sorta reminds me of rora. not a lot of course but that tone it’s just not korean lol. sometimes i hear her accent more than other times. i don’t think accent is the correct word though.
amazing  song by lena park :

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I also watched RADIO STAR which i hate lol. It was the  kara episode and there was some news article so i wanted to see what the fuss was about. also jyp was on!! 😀 first of all annoying fx. DIE.  sound effects are worse than the fx… THEY ARE SO DAMN LOUD. can we have some subtlety!!!
becase i can close my eyes and not see the fx. can’t do that with the annoying sound shit UNLESS somebody invents an awesome filter that leaves the talking alone but gets rid of the crap. like i always bitch, they leave in crap that i would edit out…

so the  stuff they kept prodding were so BORING ANYWAY. the crap that made the members. even if they talked about it i don’t think it would’ve have been interesting. i’m just like who cares they’re not gonna say it/do it.  I loved how jiyeon pretty much refused to do something she didn’t want to do. i just wish she went about it more strongly and firmly. even if she did it i would’ve fast-forwarded it because it’s so boring and pointless. SHE’S NOT 9 anymore (at first I thoguht ailee is sorta old compared to evryone else but at least she didn’t have to do the creeppppppppy ageyo shit songs/performance 🙂 + she’s american. ) . who does that shit.  it was lke 5 to 10% interesting talk with jyp and kara. the rest was torture… i liked the 2 performances i just wish they showed kara’s FULL PERFORMANCE.  as much as the news was saying the kara members were weak or the hosts are too mean or push with the questions they asked but for me it was more because the crap they’re killing kara members over with are SO BORING . that’s what pissed me off . i wish it was at least 70% interesting talk but it was not. if jyp was not inthe episode i would’ve just gave up 5 minutes in. i have no idea how i fast-forwarded this episode. the fx/NOISE was SO AWFUL.

and of course the i hate the lady host. how can i not? her voice is annoying and she doesn’t say anything interesting or significant at all.

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also recently i watched the yg family sepcial on strong herat, finally… right? finally. at one point top leaves to go to the bathroom in the middle of this girl’s really boring story. i don’t blame him, it’s GOOD TIMING and of course the way they went about the situation was exactly what i predicted wit hTHE GUDAGUDAGUDAGUDAGUDA kan..   aka gdgdgd??? AKA DRAGGGGGGGGGGGGY.  they’re making a big ass deal about it with the play back and them questioning him/ /interrogating.reproaching him. KITSUMON. there’s also the clapping and laughing. GET THE F OVER IT OR EDIT IT . they waste so much time on crap like thsi.
it’s okay askinghim for the sake of asking him but it’s just so unnecssarrily dragged out. it’s just taking up way too much time. they’v ecould’ve atlesat edited it out,

I love how in japanes etv shows they do prod in other words TSUKKOMU SHITEKI  etc whatever needs to be prodded for however long it needs to be (which is not long AT ALL). sometimes they go over time but compard to korean shows i would say they don’t.  usually it’s just short and sweet. by sweet i mean somebody saying an interesting tatoe or just something funny/interesting/cute/whatever to describe or sum up the situation, we laugh together, the end. the korean one is just like drag drag and the people don’t even say anything interesting  (stuff I already know/noticed/connected dots to and processed instantaneously) and they also repeat stuff and even not counting the numerous playbacks. it’s just TORTURE.

Of course japanese shows have their good and bad days so not every time it’s going to be like what i described above if i compare the japanes shows like to the koreans i like (some shows have the crap i hate but i suffer through it or fastforward through it or whatere because sometimes they say interesting stuff or somebody i reall ylike is on it … etc etc. BUT OF COURSE i’m not forcing myself to watch koran shows i hate and despise. which there probably is a lot considering all my grievances but i try my best.)…. it’s such a staggering difference in the lack of the guda guda. just kill me now. why is this shit taking up so much time.

** UPDAT Eyou know what i can do A DIRECT COMPARISON of this situation on japanese tv. it happened on an amazing, fantastic japanese television show caled GOD TONGUE with KANO EIKOU which was HILARIOUS.

So in this episode the host (the host clubs for women) went to the bathroom in the middle and it was really funny how they handled it. the mc prodded kano to lecture the host guy and then the 2 of them argued and kano lost (the mc on the korean show was just saying banal shit that anyone can say . it’s just like stfu) . it was really funny and it was interesting with the points both of them came up with. i just love the atmosphere of the studio. of course there’s no noise. it’s just perfect harmonious sound effects. The thing about this show in particular… you can tell that the peoepl who make it LOVE the show and find it really fun to make and watch as it’s unfolding in front of their eyes  since i can hera the laughter of the staff and at the same time the viewers have as much fun toooooo.  it’s a beautiful thing when the viewers and the makers both enjoy it. while on korean tv it’s a lot viewers are just left to die on the side of the road while the people in the studio “seem” to be having a ball (I write quotes because i really doubt they actually find that shit that funnny. they muts be turning it up for the tv).  This is definitely one of those god tongue episodes i would recommend to anyone who wants to try out japanese television… as well as to see how it spins a situation into hilarity instead of frustration as on korean television. fo course i’m not sure how interesting it is if you don’t know kano eikou as well as japanese viewers do from the past years.   his personality and ability is not that hard to grasp though.

That step out scene in god tongue is 10/10. the step-out scene in strong heart is like 0/10. it would’ve been better if they edited it out of the strong heart episode. it was that bad. it’s like night and day with how they handle it. one leads to laughter the other leads to frustration and pain.

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Kpop star top 10 && top 9 episodes.

WOW What happened.
So I saw 2 eps of kpop star, Top 10 && top 9. It’s like the first episode of immortal song season 2 vs… the episode with ali .top 10 episode as faras performances go is like 5/10 and like top 9 is like at least 7.5. it’s such a huge difference!!!

So watching the top 10 episode.. I was like wow the level is low. Like low as or lower than american idol especially with that one guy who doesn’t even sing or rap??/ he’s an artist or some shit? As always the judges have brains unlike the judges on american idol. so nonetheless it is enjoyable to watch just because I like listening to their korean lolz..  i skip certain perfromances just bc i don’t see the point of watching it.  BUT BECAUSE it’s live they don’t sub anything but VTR’s so…. it’s a good thing i’ve come and watched all this time with the judges critiques subbed in korean. So like I don’t have training wheels no more 😦 well for the most part I get what they say and hopefully they’ll never air immortal song LIVE lol for this very same reason.

BUt seriously from the top 10 episode to the top 9 episdoe… the “artist guy” who is not good at singing or rapping became amazing lol. like seriously? everyone else stepped their game up like crazy. I loved “inside the rain” by that guy who’s really poor and is serving in… something. as well as a bunch of  other ones in the top 9 eps BUT it does not include michelle or the other girl that sang the whitney girl song, cheerleader girl.

The ones I liked were at 35,52,68,75 minute … so that’s 4 performances. that’s pretty good!! compared to the top 10 episode especially. Now I totally see why it’s so hard to choose… even though someone may hvae a shitty performance, the judges see the potential for growth and if they live up to that potential or go beyond that then… the judges made the right choice but if the person doesn’tr grow or doesn’t grow enough…. then it was a miss. The judges kept saying inthe top 10 oh it’sthe first time, you get nervous then your throat is blocke dup and blahblah but it really was true because the guy who sang “in the rain” or inside rain… however you translate it was COMPLETELY different in the top9. I felt something when I watched him perform compared to top 10 which was boring.

In the top 10 episode, I liked literally liked half a performance or something? It was only one person or two and then the person who got voted off… just shouldnt have. as far as I see it, out of all the girls either michelle or the cheerleader girl is the worst so i don’t mind if they’re off the show. michelle bores me and cheerleader girl has a nice voice sometimes but she doesn’t have emotinal depth and she is so awkward and stiff all the time. i mean if she overcomes it and gets better.. i’m fine with it.

But seriousyl, the lvel was so low in episode 10 and the judges were really nice and actually really liked certain performances though iwas bored by it… I was thinking omg don’t tell me this show is going to become like akb48. akb48 in the sense…. the people are at a really low level and we watch them grow as time passes. but the bad part about akb48 is they don’t really grow much… like they’ll never reach the level of the kpop groups that practice like 24 hours a day lol… I’m not saying that being as good as a kpopstar should be their goal or that it’s a good thing  or a bad thing but i’m pretty sure they’ll never reach it.  I don’t like akb48 for their singing/dancing abilities ( i like them from their shows like bimyo~~ <3). though i must say… from that commercial that minegishi was on, that the dancing for flying get is hard and looks really good if you’re good at dancing like minegishi. the commercial is the one where minegishi’s face is pasted on all the akb members faces in the MV. I feel like watching your idols grow and you support them and cheer them on which helps them grow…. that is a good concept all in all it’s just… akb48 as  far as singing/dancing it’s not as good as other groups and… i just don’t like how in japan mediocrity is tolerated or wanted or alluring…. whatever the word or vibe I’m getting.  I thought mediocricy was a word but apparently it’s not according to firefox spelll checker!

OH AND I love my immortal song as always! do try watching especially if you hate american idol lol…. with their boring, soulless, shallow singing. not to the mention the songs that are overused/sang to death that no one ever wants to hear again.

Sharing my love of Japanese TV & issues with Japanese in general

Issues with japanese in general, as demonstrated by my beloved japanese television!!

I totally love this song and it fit in so perfectly with the scnes lol. click the pick to get to the dokkiri vid.

Kansai-ben vs. standard Japanese and how people get pissed when people who don’t speak their dialect try to speak their dialect. well it can’t be helped. I found it so interesting b.c. they mentioned intonation as a big factor and I was like oohs with the audience. poor matsumoto 😦 There’s a PART 2.

The wonders of politeness levels. i hate it when people bitch abt politenes slevels and how they’re so complicated etc.  it’s like well it’s another language and they have their own awesome aspects… just because you don’t understand it yet doesn’t give you the write to bitch about it.

2:05 part.

I don’t think this dokkiri is that interesting so i would say watch the funny part in 2:05 and not the disturbing part with the screaming etc. i actually thought the girl at 2:05 was the dokkiri  lol.

I love jarujaru and well i love this one/theme. they really show you how you how important keigo/tameguchi is. BTW I love RED THEATER/THREE THEATER whatever it’s called.

What Ninjas mean to Japanese people. by that i mean the weird stereotypes that chinese people can do kung fu and japanese people are all ninjas lol.

There’s a bunch of other issues/videos but i don’t have time to go through all my favorites!

English Words I Don’t Know that I Heard Today from the TV

Me + TV: I could type a lot of shit but I’ll keep it short. There was a time when I was a kid where I would mostly watch Nick + Disney and then somewhere after or between or whatever MTV got into the mix . The problem with this is all they run is re-runs so I wasted a lot of time watching the same shit over and over and it’s not even like the shows are that good but as a kid in America that’s all I have  for TV 😦 I mean there are some good ones among the most of the crap. MY friend is still stuck in this phase while I escaped from it years ago 😦 I’m not that assertive… I remember we used tobitch about how all the shows are so crappy and how they re-run it so much and how she’s seen that _ amount of times and how she knows all the lines and it’s just utterless crap. So one day in middle school I’m like Wow I’ve wasted a lot of time watching this shit so I decided to A) Turn the TV off if there’s nothing on. B) Check out other channels more while “boycotting nick + disney” like forever except for one show? while checking out MTV “sometimes”   So now I’m more efficient and selective about watching TV. I look up all the shows right now for this summer on tvguide.com/listings and then watch I haven’t seen/want to see (The point is so I don’t miss it). Sometimes I just turn the TV on and watch whatever

So I have a thought about learning Japanese and English. Basically if I spent all the time I spent on doing something Japanese on doing something English would I know these words or at least feel like heard of them or be able to make a guess at what they mean.  I’m gonna guess No… cause most of these words are pretty weird and isn’t reading a shit load books effective for rare words which I have no desire to do. Most of my reading of English is the captions on TV 🙂

I can’t help but write down words I don’t know while I watch and look it up during the commercial…  cause obviously I want to know. Certain shows like BONES is always like oh shit what does that mean but obviously almost all of the characters are mad smart so… it can’t be helped. Speaking of which Mad Men is MAD hard to follow/understand sometimes with those convos making references to crap and just talking about crap that seems to have nothing to do with a conversation, etc but I try my best! I guess it’s stimulating to watch.

I got these words from watching  TV.

minutiae – minute or minor detail

stimulus check – well this isn’t a vocab word but I still don’t know what it is exactly. Kay, read up on through google search now I know…

biped-2 footed animal. Hmm well now that I think about it’s obvious what it means..

harleniquoid… some word that looks or sounds like this. It’s killing me now.. It’s NOT Harlequin.

Lark = a source of or quest for amusement or adventure <tho

Magazine = : a holder in or on a gun for cartridges to be fed into the gun chamber

remiss = : negligent in the performance of work or duty : careless2 : showing neglect or inattention

Salacious = 1 : arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination : lascivious2 : lecherous, lustful

exonerate=I remember trying to learn this word for the SATs. I think I knew it then.

1 : to relieve of a responsibility, obligation, or hardship2 : to clear from accusation or blame

fey = a chiefly Scottish : fated to die : doomed b : marked by a foreboding of death or calamity2 a : able to see into the future : visionary b : marked by an otherworldly air or attitude c : crazy, touched3 a : excessively refined : precious b : quaintly unconventional : campy

ferroequinologist = enthusiast

parvo = a virus that attacks the lining of the digestive system (dogs)

mandocello = insturment that looks like guitar-ish. ) is a plucked string instrument of the mandolin family.

spry =nimble

effervescance = to show liveliness or exhilaration

panache = an ornamental tuft (as of feathers) especially on a helmet2 : dash or flamboyance in style and action

usain bolt = is a person! He is a Jamaican sprinter. Bolt holds the Olympic and world records for the 100 metres at 9.69 seconds, the 200 metres at 19.30 seconds and, along with his teammates, the 4×100 metres relay at 37.10 seconds, all set at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

hothe… can’t find nothing for this. From the context which was I think was “Live/Go to a hothe” I don’t know… 😦

harlot = prostitute. ‘S what I thought.

alpaca = sheep

convalescence- : to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness

write-off: : an elimination of an item from the books of account
2 a : a reduction in book value of an item (as by way of depreciation) b : a tax deduction of an amount of depreciation, expense, or loss
3 chiefly British : something (as a damaged vehicle) or someone regarded or conceded as a loss

uncouth =not known or not familiar to one : seldom experienced : uncommon, rare b obsolete : mysterious, uncanny2 a : strange or clumsy in shape or appearance : outlandish b : lacking in polish and grace : rugged <uncouth verse> c : awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior : rude

lingcod  = : a large often greenish-fleshed fish (Ophiodon elongatus) of the Pacific coast of North America that is an important food and sport fish and belongs to the same family as the greenlings

OH AND I REALLY DON’T appreciate the reports about how tv is bad for you or children and all that. It’s like it depends on what you’re watching, if you’re watching a re-run etc. There’s some really entertaining/educational shows on TV like these drama shows using all those words I don’t know (it’s only like 3 per ep, 5 at the worst) or making references to people that I don’t know or movies (?) I haven’t seen or shows I haven’t seen 😦 (know what show i’m talking about?) or just those crazy medical-type show TLC like billion calories thing. There’s just a big variety of programs so I just feel like “TV” is just too broad… just say the name of the TV show instead of TV.

 

OH BY THE WAY these words are probably almost all from the drama PSYCH on FX. I unfotunately have onyl seen maybe a handful of episodes because they keep airing it at10pm or some ridiculous time I’m asleep and I just can’t record it plus I want to wach it HD. But the good thing is it’s on hulu and the price of seaso n1 dvd set is like mad cheap. It’s just well-written, funny, they use lots of references to stuff i don’t know or vocab i don’t know as you can telll…. so you know it’s good quality stuff. It’s a hell of a llot better than castle and that other show on CBS which is like psych but like is not funny whatsoever.

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별의 속삭임  – Belle Epoque: I love this song. I listened to it over and over at one point. This artist is GOOD like I like all the songs on the album, the one with the girl and the white hat in france or something cover.