There are several casual conversations during variety shows. In this lesson, we list phrases that are commonly heard during these shows.
1. 정답 (jeong dap) – Answer
Often heard during quizzes, it is usually the word shouted when you want to answer during a game. You may also use it to confirm if a person’s answer is correct.
2. 도전 (do jeon) – Challenge
Usually said before starting a game in order to notify everyone in the set.
MC: Are you ready to begin?
Player: Yes, do jeon!
3. 실패 (shil pae) – Fail
A staple variety show term, often heard after a player fails to complete a challenge or game.
4. 비슷해 (bi seut hae) – It’s similar
During quizzes, answers are supposed to be as precise as possible. If part of one’s answer is near the correct answer, we use this term for them.
5. 당연하지 (dang yeon ha ji) – Of course
A game from this phrase was made famous by variety shows. The game requires you to answer dang yeon ha ji to your opponent’s question without getting angry or laughing.
6. 어려워요 (eoryeowoyo) – It’s too difficult
Sometimes heard in variety shows if the casts thinks the segment is too difficult to accomplish.
Person A: You need to finish packing for your trip in 5 minutes.
Person B: That’s impossible. Eoryeowoyo.
7. 어때 (eottae) – How is it?/ What do you think?
In food-themed variety shows, the phrase is often used after tasting a dish. It may also be used in different situations if you want to know what another person’s opinion is.
8. 이겨라 (igyeora) – Take it/ win it
You may use this when cheering for a teammate. It is similar with hwaiting but mostly for chanting.
Person A: *playing for their team*
Teammates: Igyeora! Igyeora! Let’s win this!
9. 할수있어 (halsu isseo) – I/you/we can do it
This phrase is self-explanatory. We use this in order to raise our spirits when doing something. In context, it is also similar with hwaiting.
10. 어색이 (eo saek i) – Awkward
You may use this word to describe a situation which is awkward. This usually happens if the casts of a show meets for the first time.
11. 소름 (so reum) – Goosebumps
This word has the literal meaning of goosebumps or creeps. When something you didn’t believe was possible or couldn’t happen, just does.
12. 감독님 (gam dok nim) – Director
A familiar person for fans of variety shows, he usually explains the mechanics of the different segments. We rarely see them on camera but when we do, it usually consists of exaggerated but amusing complaints from the casts members.
What are the other phrases that you usually hear from variety shows?