Every fan of south Korean variety shows or music, movies, dramas wants to understand their Korean language in order to understand their conversation more naturally.
People start learning Korean and find it really interesting but for some people the process of learning a language seems boring , they want to learn Korean but in a fun and entertaining way.
But did you know that you can learn Korean by watching some really entertaining and fun Korean variety shows?? So don't worry, I am going to tell you about some entertaining Korean variety shows names and concepts and other things.
So You can improve your Korean language skills with the help of Korean television shows. Korean variety shows have a decent mix of everyday useful Korean words and phrases and it could be a great audio and video resource for language acquisition.
You can find some really useful and common day to day Korean phrases, you can write them down and try to remember those phrases with the context, slowly and gradually till you understand them completely.
Most of the shows are available on Netflix where you can use the language option to toggle between your native and Korean language.
Shadowing is also very effective in order to improve your skills like you can repeat an episode twice in two different languages. So, in that way you can learn Korean in a more entertaining way and of course without being bored !!
Not to mention most of the shows are comedy or food and travel related which will give you the sneak peak of what Koreans love most. Lets get into the list of TOP 10 Korean variety shows you should watch for learning Korean language :
Running man is a South Korean television series and a Korean variety show . It was first aired on July 11, 2010. Running man is also the most popular Korean variety show.
In this show the MCs and guests (popular personalities) play different kinds of games and complete some entertaining missions. So we can say that the genres of the show are game show , variety show and comedy show.
The running man TV variety show is produced by the leading SK and radio broadcasters SBS , starring the very famous comedian and singers like Yoo jae suk , Ha Dong Hoon (HAHA), Jee Seok-Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Yang Si- Chan and many more.
KNOWING BROTHERS (MENS ON MISSION)
Knowing brothers is a South Korean TV variety show which was first aired in 2015 . Currently the show airs on JTBC channel .
Basically the concept of the first half of the show is based on a Korean classroom with a fixed show cast, called “TITULAR BROTHERS” in the show, and on the other hand the guests ( popular personalities ) will be pretending to be the visiting students from other school and the guest will be interviewed by the hosts of the show in a talk segment.
In the other half of the show there will be a lot of fun activities including some fun games and tasks, talent show and improvisational acting, that will be done by both guests and the hosts of the show . So we can say that the genre of the show is reality television and a talk show.
The Knowing Brothers south Korean television show is produced by SM C&C culture , starring some really entertaining and popular TV personalities like Kang ho-dong, Kim Young-Chul, Kim Hee-Chul and many more.
ONE NIGHT TWO DAYS
One night and two days is a South Korean reality-variety show. It was first aired on August 5, 2007. The show is currently airing on KBS world TV. The format of the show is the MCs of the show take the contestants, who are very popular personalities around the country for two days and one night.
In this period they explore some really beautiful towns, villages or sights under a different theme each week, but hold on, it can't be this simple right!! They make the members complete some cruel, but hilarious and entertaining games.
One of the most famous games of this show which I personally like is “Lucky or unlucky”. If the contestant or member fails in the game they would leave them unfed or make them jump into frozen lakes or sleep in card-boxes in the middle of the winter.
Those who love nature, beauty or love travelling, this show will be perfect for you. Those who like to know about local Korean beauty, culture and tradition, this show will be perfect!!
One night and two days South Korean Tv variety reality show is created by very famous creators KBS arts vision and digital art centre for visual art, starring famous Tv personality , Yeon Jung-Hoon,Kim Jong-Min, Moon Se-Yeon, Lim Cheol (DINDIN), Na Jong Choon (Na In-Woo).
MASTER IN THE HOUSE
Master in the house, also known as all the butlers, is a South Korean television variety show. The format of the show is the MCs of the show, who are really hilarious and high competitive people , spend two days with some of the acclaimed stars of South Korea ( who are called “Masters” ) such as firefighters, award winning actors, Olympic champions and learn about their skills and get to know about the lives of their masters .
This South Korean variety show is produced by the leading SBS starring the very famous singers, comedians and actors like Lee Seung-Gi, Yang Se-Hyung, Shin Sung-Rok, Yoo Su-Bin and Cha Eun Woo.
NEW JOURNEY TO THE WEST
New journey to the west is a South Korean variety show or you can say reality travel show. The show airs on TVN channel. This show is inspired by a famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. The show has already aired its 8 seasons.
Basically the format of the show is that in each season every cast member is disguised themself in a unique and funny character and then travels to different places while doing some really funny and entertaining missions.
The main mission of the game is to find mystical dragon balls, in order to find that dragon ball every cast member must complete a task.
While seeing them doing these different games and challenges you will definitely start crying with laughter !!
"New journey to the West" is produced by Na Young-Suk. The show airs on TVN network, starring famous personalities like Kang Ho- Dong, Lee Soo-Guen, Eun Ji-Won, Ahn Jae-Hyun and others.
Infinity Challenge was a South Korean television reality variety show. The show is also known as MOHAN DOJEON. It was first aired in 2006, it has been considered as ‘The nation’s variety show’ and ‘Korea's real first variety’.
The show was a massive hit. The show continued for over 10 years and attracted so much popularity. The basic concept of the show was that the celebrities and hosts of the show will complete some impossible tasks.
Even though the tasks were impossible it made the comedy genre of the show more hilarious. Not to mention the game tasks called "3-D" that stands for dirty, dangerous and difficult. The show ended in 2018 the reason behind this is the departure of lead producer Kim Tae-Ho , all the current hosts stepped down from the show.
The Infinity Challenge Television variety show is produced by MBC entertainment production division, starring some really famous comedians and singers Yoo Jae Suk, Park Myeong-Su, Jeong Jun-Ha, Ha Dong-Hoon, Yang Se-Hyung and Jo Se-Ho.
MY LITTLE OLD BOY
My little old boy is South Korean television entertainment program, also known as Mom’s dairy: My Ugly Duckling. The genre of the show is reality television. It was first aired in 2016.
The concept of the show is highly popular, this program focuses on the mothers of popular South Korean celebrities. They ask their mothers about their children's lives and daily activities. If you want to improve your Korean listening and speaking, it is one of the best television programs.
My little old boy is distributed by SBS network, starring famous entertainers and hosts like Shin Dong-Yup, Seo Jang-Hoon.
I LIVE ALONE (HOME ALONE)
I live home alone also known as "Home alone" is a South Korean reality entertainment program. The show first aired in 2013. The concept of the show is to show the lives of a single South Korean celebrity, they show their daily home activities to their fans.
Every episode of the show broadcasts a different celebrity. The show gains a massive popularity, the general audience who are singles find some common facts with their favourite celebrity.
The program is mainly unscripted that helps viewers to connect with their celebrity more naturally. The genre of the show is real-variety and reality television talk show.
This South Korean TV show is produced by one of the leading production companies MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Company), starring really famous personalities like Sung-Hoon, Hwasa, Kim Ki-Bum and others.
HOUSE ON WHEELS
House on wheels is a South Korean reality variety show. The show was aired in 2020. The basic concept of the show is that members of the show will travel across South Korea along with some really popular celebrities and stay with them for one or two days.
If you love to travel and want to know about some beautiful and travelling locations of South Korean and somehow can't go there so don't worry here you can virtually travel across South Korea through this show. The genre of the show is travel and reality.
House on wheels South Korean tv show is produced by CJ E&M, starring actors and singers Sung Dong-Il, Kim Hee Won, Yeo Jin-Goo, Im Si-Wan, Gong Myung.
THE RETURN OF SUPERMAN
The return of superman also known as superman is back, is a South Korean television program. It's a reality variety show.
Generally the concept of the show is that a popular Korean celebrity dad has to handle their toddler for 48 hours while their wives are gone on vacation, they have to do different activities with their children.
The whole segment of the show will leave you laughing, a really hilarious show. The genre of the show is reality television. In each episode we can see different celebrities' families.
The return of superman South Korean television show is produced by Korean media corporation and distributed by KBS World TV , starring famous South Korean personalities Park Joo-Hoo, Park Ji-Ung and Sayuri Futija.
So now you can’t give the excuse that learning a language is a boring process as here you have the solution. Watch these shows and improve your Korean language skills !!
Author : Anjali Barua