Orchid suffers while watching ‘Stairway to Heaven’

…i am suffering when i watch k-drama ‘Stairway to Heaven‘. I am not suffering because Kwon Sang-woo is so fine but i can’t have him ;-). I am suffering because:

  1. The copy of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ we own has only Mandarin subtitles. Since i cannot read Mandarin / Chinese…you can only guess how much that helps. 
  2. We can only toggle between Korean & Mandarin audio. 
    • I only understand maybe 1% – 20% of Korean. Can only recognize simple words and phrases such as greetings like 안녕하세요? or 여보세요?, when they call each other…like the famous oppa (오빠) and of course 사랑해 (I Love You). 
    • When in Mandarin, i can understand maybe 40% – 80%. It depends on the depth of the sentence structure and vocab used.

So this is how i watch:

  • See one section in Mandarin to understand maybe 40% – 80% of what’s going on. But it’s so frustrating to listen to the horrible voice-over. Sometimes the music is even different! 
  • Then rewind and watch it in Korean again, so you get to listen to Kwon Sang-woo and Choi Ji-woo’s actual voice. Kwon Sang-woo’s voice is actually very soft (as opposed to hard) and he speaks with a slight lisp. Now, i wouldn’t know that if i listened to the Mandarin dubbing.

Darn the language barrier. I need English subtitles, or better still…to understand Korean. 🙁

Does anyone else have this problem? Why are most Korean materials geared towards the Chinese-speaking community? What about us poor Chinese-illiterate souls?

 

Kwon’s character in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plays a
melody on the piano to drown out his sorrows…
i just need English subtitles. 😉

 

 

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