I was streaming radio the other night and a thought came to my mind..”Why do I understand Korean radio more than dramas on tv?”
Radio programs are quite different here in Korea since they talk more than they play music which is entertaining! I swear Korean radio programs makes my night fun! As you know Kpop idols do guests on radio shows like SBS 김희철의 Youngstreet, MBC 윤하의 별밤이나 신동 규리의 심심타파 and KBS 슈퍼주니어의 Kiss The Radio, but these are just the popular ones among Kpop fans. There are more radio shows that’s interesting as well.
I started listening to radio shows 3 years ago. I don’t know how I understood everything then. It amazes me that I can catch up, relate and understand the DJs and their guests. There are no captions to read unlike in variety shows on TV since it radio even when they’re 보라 (보이는 라디오) so you really have to listen intently. This is what I like about radio as well since you’re forced to listen to what you’re hearing. Listening is a big part of learning, everyone knows that so listening to radio every once in a while is a good practice for your comprehension skills. This is also a good way to get used to the language you’re learning in terms of pronunciation and differentiating the words and the tones you hear.
You can listen to the mentioned radio shows here: