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Korean media, such as K-pop music and K-dramas, are often how foreigners become interested in South Korea. But it’s not surprising that this media is even more popular among Koreans themselves.
So learning how to say ‘drama’ in Korean will help unite Korean and Korea fans alike! After this lesson, you can start asking your Korean friends about their favorite dramas and music.
‘Drama’ in Korean
The word for how to say ‘drama’ in Korean is 드라마 (deurama).
If you didn’t notice, it is a Konglish loan word from English, so it should be easily recognizable and memorable to you.
드라마 (deurama) is the word used for scripted TV series in Korea, such as Goblin and Boys Over Flowers, and no other word for ‘TV series’ exists. You can also use the word 드라마 to refer to plays in the theater, however this is far less common.
For a drama in the theater, you should usually use the word 연극 (yeongeuk) instead. This word also translates to ‘drama’, though it more specifically means ‘play’.
Another word for ‘drama’ is 극 (geuk). You may have already noticed this being a part of the word 연극. However, its usage is not only with this. The word isn’t often used on its own, it’s combined with other words to create more detailed descriptions of the drama being discussed. For example 역사극 (yeoksageuk), which means ‘historical drama’.
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
1. 한국의 제일 유명한 시대극은 뭐예요? → What is Korea’s most famous costume drama?
hangugui jeil yumyeonghan sidaegeugeun mwoyeyo?
2. 저는 맨날 퇴근하고 집 들어와서 잠들때까지 드라마를 봐요. → Everyday I come home after work I watch dramas until I fall asleep.
jeoneun maennal toegeunhago jip deureowaseo jamdeulttaekkaji deuramareul bwayo.
1. 요즘에 제일 인기가 많은 드라마는 뭐지? → What’s the most popular drama these days?
yojeume jeil ingiga maneun deuramaneun mwoji?
2. 어렸을때 연극 비평가로 되고 싶었는데 비평가의 일은 생각보다 어려워. → When I was young I wanted to become a drama critic, but their job is harder than I thought.
eoryeosseulttae yeongeuk bipyeonggaro doego sipeonneunde bipyeonggaui ireun saenggakboda eoryeowo.
So now that you know how to say 'drama' in Korean, you can spend all day talking drama with your Korean friends! Check out our other post of great K-drama phrases for learning Korean.
What's your favorite K-drama? Let us know in the comments below!