Learning Korean through Anime

Learning Korean through Anime

I grew up with friends who were huge fans of anime. Unfortunately for me, I was not a fan of it so I’ve always felt out of place every time they gather up during recess and talk about the anime they were watching. Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost Fighter, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi, Slam Dunk. These were just some of the animes I kept hearing from my classmates back in elementary school.

Growing up, I’ve made several attempts to get myself into liking anime in the same way as my friends did but I always failed. I did watch a few episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura when I was a kid and I liked it but I don’t know. Somehow, I did not get the same feeling I felt when I first got into K-Drama or K-Pop. I had no idea why but I guess it was just not exactly my cup of tea or maybe I was just too young to appreciate it which is weird because Cardcaptor Sakura is an anime that is aimed primarily at young female audience.

When I was in college, I watched K-On! and it was the first anime I’ve watched from start to finish. I liked it because it was cute and the story was random and light which was great because college was stressing me out and I needed something to relieve my stress with. I’ve also seen Prince of Tennis but I stopped after watching 10 episodes. And that was the last anime I’ve seen until recently, I got into online gaming. I’ve made some new friends on Ragnarok M: Eternal Love and some of them are determined to turn me into an anime fan so they gave me a few anime suggestions and I’m currently working my way to finishing all of them.

I’ve recently just finished watching Toradora which was suggested by one of my close friends in Ragnarok M and I began to wonder if there were any anime with Korean subtitles so I looked it up and when I found a Korean anime website, I was grinning as if I had just hit the jackpot.

The anime website is called Ani24. All the anime they have are of good quality (way better compared to other anime websites I know like KissAnime) and most important of all, they all have Korean subtitles. They have a huge collection of animes so I’m pretty sure you’d be able to find most (if not all) of your favorites there.

Currently, I’m downloading the episodes of Toradora and Cardcaptor Sakura with Korean subtitles. I’ve recently just finished watching Toradora as I’ve mentioned earlier and I liked it so much that I want to watch it again but with Korean subtitles this time. I believe it will take me longer to finish watching one episode because I’d be analyzing some expressions and looking up words that I don’t know or have forgotten.

What I do is I download the anime from Ani24 to my computer so I can play it on VLC player where I can control the playback speed. I slow it down a bit because some subtitles disappear before I could even finish reading them. While watching, I keep an eye for any unfamiliar words and when I find one, I pause the video so I could write it down on a scratch paper and do a quick dictionary check to look up its meaning before I press the play button again just so I can understand the flow of the story. I also take note of grammar structures I haven’t studied yet or haven’t been using actively and interesting phrases that I want to remember. After watching, that’s when I dig deeper. I check out different sample sentences on Naver to see how each word is used like what particle it is commonly used with. When I’m not lazy, I rewrite the notes I wrote on the scratch paper on a notebook with the additional information I got after digging deeper.

If you’re an intermediate Korean language learner who is a fan of anime, I’m pretty sure you’d be happy with this website because now you’d be able to learn new Korean words and expressions while watching your favorite anime. It’s hitting two birds with one stone.

I don’t think this is suitable for beginners because it will take you forever to finish an episode since there’s going to be a lot of words or grammar structures that you might not know but you can check it out or save it to your bookmarks for now then start watching when you’re ready. Don’t worry, I’ll try to look for beginner-friendly resources and write a blog post about it when I find one.

I hope you guys find this post useful. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message using the contact form here or through any of my social media accounts.

Also, some friends and I have recently started a blog about Korea. We will be posting stuff about Korean language, culture, travel, beauty etc. so I highly suggest that you check it out. Our website is called “FilipiNoonas” and if you sign up for our newsletter, you’ll receive a Hangeul Guide for beginners which you can use to kick start your Korean language learning journey.


1 Comment

  1. Whooa I need to check out this site!! Thanks for the recommendation! I am still a beginner but I would like to try this out, maybe I can find a short anime that I have seen before to try this out!! I want to start forming sentences but my vocabulary is lacking. Lol

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