My Favourite Genre’s of Asian Drama’s!

What a difficult topic to talk at length about! Oh well, shouldn’t be a problem, we’ll carry on regardless.

It’s honestly difficult to say, because what I have watched of Asian drama’s isn’t typically what I look for.

Ok let’s start with country, which country of Asian drama’s do I look for?

The answer for that is Chinese, which I understand is a very rare choice actually for fans of Asian Drama’s, but let me explain my reasoning.

I am currently learning a language, no prizes for guessing which one! So if I’m learning Chinese I will naturally want to exclusively watch drama’s from China, after all – I don’t want other languages messing with my brain and getting me confused between what words mean what!

It’s not that I like Chinese drama’s any more than others, it’s just that why would I watch anything else? It’s not like C drama’s suck or anything!

That brings me to my next point, which is what genre do I watch once I’ve chosen a country?

The answer for now seems to be slice of life/ comedy/ romance. The reason being, sadly enough, that it’s the best choice to learn languages from.

So basically I don’t pick what I watch based of what I’m actually interested in, but what will help me the most. Which is kind of good, kind of bad as well.

What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I literally study language all the time, the exception being today, when I decided to write like 12 posts in one day for this Asian drama challenge thing!

It’s what I enjoy doing with my day, so by extension, I also enjoy watching these for similar reasons!

I of course find shows in these genre’s that I like, and it’s led to me watching things I would never have watched previously! For example I never would have watched anything like Ipartment without the recommendation or interest in the language, and I genuinely love it so much!

So I guess essentially, it’s important not to cherry pick at times because perhaps you may just find something that suits you even better!

But hypothetically if I were to break free of these bounds that I tie myself too what would I actually watch?

Probably K-drama to be honest, it’s what I’ve heard the most good things about and it is certainly the most popular, which likely means that it has the most good stuff within it!

As well as that I would still likely switch to my own genre choices, but I would branch out into more thriller and psychological too. Slowly just seeing what interests me, it’s as simple as that.

Now what a stupid question! Thank you for reading day 12 of the 30 days of Asian drama challenge! I hope you enjoyed! Today I answered the question “Which Asian drama genre do you mostly like to watch?”

See you tomorrow! And in case you were worried about me writing 12 posts in one day, don’t worry I’m stopping now! I’m used to writing a lot and typing. I have written half in a book in a day so I’m very much fine, as well as that, I can touch type quite quickly, and write quickly too!

I’ve been saving all these subjects in my head for ages, so it’s great to finally get the ideas out!

Oh yeah and Chinese historical is something I always avoid. I’m just not interested, and I hate the costume designs.

16 thoughts on “My Favourite Genre’s of Asian Drama’s!

  1. Chinese historical are generally better when the focus is on politics rather than martial arts, I find. But I’m more curious about why you chose to study Chinese? You might have mentioned in a previous course, but I guess I just find it rare that somebody is interested in the language and culture when, well, when China isn’t exactly the most well-loved country in the world today.

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    • Hahaha it’s because I have so many Chinese friends. I’ve always wanted to learn a language, however never found that I was able too, when suddenly I’m getting invites to go there and stay with friends, as well as people offering to teach me the language, it just seemed like a really good idea!

      Then my uni ended but my accommodation contract was still there, so for the last month of Uni all I had was my international friends to hang out with (since everyone else had gone home pretty much) so learning it was so much easier since it kind of felt like living in China at the time.

      If I had a bunch of friends who knew a different language and were offering to teach me that, I may have chose that one instead.

      To stop myself going bored and losing my mind over the summer I said I had to learn a language. I could have chosen Japanese for anime, or Chinese for my friends, so of course I choose my friends.

      I wouldn’t say I’m in love or even like China, but at the very least it interests me, and in the long run since mandarin is the most common language, it’s almost guaranteed to be useful at some point. Like if I drop it in for a work interview every business trip to China I’m basically guaranteed to be chosen, assuming I get a job that would need that kind of thing, which I don’t even know if I will yet.

      Oooh political historical sounds pretty good, I like the idea of that. I know practically nothing about their history except the fancy costumes so that would be interesting to see!

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        • 谢谢!我学习了很多!好好学习天天向上 哈哈哈

          I think I will succeed I just need more time, learning Chinese is a real habit for me now that would be difficult to stop doing!

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            • Wow you’re learning Cantonese? That’s three languages! You’re English is basically perfect already so if you were able to learn one extra you can hopefully learn Cantonese!

              It’s about 2 months of learning now, and I can say maybe 30-40% of the things that I want to normally say in ordinary life, though a lot of it is probably incorrect. The problem is that understanding the response is far, far harder!

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              • That’s an incredible rate of progress!

                Cantonese is actually the sixth language I’m learning, though I wouldn’t say I’m completely fluent in anything other than Mandarin and English. I also speak the Taiwanese dialect (only when I have to communicate with grandmothers nowadays), some Japanese, and a bit of Spanish. I’m prioritizing Cantonese now because it’s my boyfriend’s language.

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                • You say that but it’s always the simple things that are easier to say, and it’s exponentially harder to learn the more complex things!

                  There is also something called the Dunning Kruger effect for language learning, which is where at first you start to feel really confident with the language until you realise you had it all wrong. And I know for sure I’m a victim of that right now hahaha.

                  It’s a good choice of priorities then. Will be much easier to learn as well with someone you can easily practice with! Language learning is quite an amazing commitment, so it’s impressive to know so many!

                  Is it a goal to be fluent in all six or are you unsure? You hear of polygots that know like at least ten, and all of my language teachers at school knew at least 5!

                  I don’t know if I’ll learn anything else after learning mandarin!

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                  • Running Kruger…yeah, I totally get that with Cantonese.

                    I’d love to be fluent at least in Japanese. My reading and listening are good enough for me to translate things as a hobby, but my speaking is still a mess.

                    I’d also love to learn Punjabi and Farsi (and German and French…), but maybe that’s being too greedy!

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                    • Wow that’s interesting, typically it’s the other skills that are better with language learning. With Chinese listening for me is the hardest, and not just because I don’t know enough vocabulary.

                      Sometimes it’s like, oh of course I should of known that! Or it’s like I got every word but have no idea what it means when put together.

                      I heard a good technique for pronunciation was shadowing, where you watch a TV show to get the pronunciation right. I don’t think anime is typical of normal conversation though!

                      Hey if you’re prepared to put the time in to learn them it’s not too greedy. They say the more languages you learn the easier it becomes, who knows?

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                    • Ah, all the homonyms in Chinese. Listening tends to be hard, and I can say so for Spanish and Cantonese – two languages that tend to be spoken quite fast (the former especially). With Japanese, well, what can you expect from an anime watcher, lol? I also read rather well in Japanese because knowing Chinese gives me solid foundation for kanji.

                      In general though, I tend to read/write better than I speak/listen, and that goes for Chinese and English as well. Even as an English literature major, you’d find that I’m not a very fluent talker especially in unfamiliar situations!

                      Shadowing is definitely a great way to go! Now I just wish I had more time to watch non-anime TV shows… I barely even watch anime these days.

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                    • Ah that’s true I’ve heard that the meaning of the characters are the same, though I doubt that because 我 is not 私 so I think they’re just similar but not exact.

                      I’m more worried about the synonyms honestly, I hate being like, what is this? Only to find that it was a different version of a word I already knew!

                      I get where you’re coming from, I think reading/writing is often easier because you have more time to think, except maybe if the writing system is seriously hard. I think I’m best at speaking, as my friends have helped a lot with pronunciation, and it’s just easier to say random things. Writing is definitely my worst though as I don’t practice, and as I write the characters I’m always like, does 机, have a stroke at the top of the tree or not? It’s so easy to make mistakes like that.

                      That surprises me, I guess as you improve in a language, each step forward of progress gets smaller and harder.

                      Yeah I don’t watch anime at all really. I’ve somehow been regularly posting on an anime blog without watching any of it in the last 4 months, with the exception of Okko’s Inn.

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                    • Well, “私” does mean “private” or sometimes “selfish” in Chinese, so there’s certainly a correlation there! As for synonyms…it shouldn’t be too bad as long as you can communicate. Chinese has such a free system (you’ll notice that in the grammar and punctuation).

                      I’ve only been watching anime if there’s a new standalone film I’m really interested in, or if it’s for a collab I’m doing. Heck, I haven’t even had time to read or write or bake anything while interpreter class is going on!

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                    • Yeah true, it’s like the meanings are similar, but not quite the same. You’re right I can communicate using one synonym, it’s just sometimes annoying when I would have known the meaning otherwise.

                      You’re very right about the free system. Though my speaking is far from fluent I can say a lot of the things I want to say from knowing very little, which is pretty great, even though it probably sounds really unnatural to native speakers.

                      Wow interpreter class sounds great! Sucks it’s busy but it sounds like a great thing to do.

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                    • Don’t worry about sounding awkward at this point!

                      Interpreter training is the chillest $20/hr I’ve earned. That being said, I anticipate the actual job to be incredibly stressful (it will involve car accident reports, medical diagnoses, and 911 calls).

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                    • Ah its always nice to be paid for training! But yeah the job sounds difficult, so paying you is probably a good idea haha

                      Yeah, it’s always like “I’m pretty sure this is right, but there must be a better way to say it” – Like I sometimes use 它 way too much when I don’t think its that common.

                      Well if I study everyday I think it will work out. Eventually I’ll get it if my friends keep on correcting me. Hoping I can still keep it up at uni, but we’ll see.

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