We have always been welcoming to other cultures, particularly the Korean culture. That’s why if you turn your TV on or check your social media feed, you can easily find your daily dose of K-pop, K-drama, Korean cuisine, makeup, and fashion. There’s so much to learn about this fascinating culture. K-drama, for one, opens up a whole new dimension.
There’s this friend who you think is on the brink of forming her own fan club, with her extraordinary amount of knowledge about Korean dramas, but isn’t fully fessing up (yet), so you can’t exactly tell. Well, she’s probably in the denial stage, still, or she’s just best at hiding it. Either way, it’s obvious that she’s changed.
So, to help you finally explain why your friend has been acting weird lately, we’ve come up with seven signs that might tell if she has already been swallowed whole by none other than K-drama. Who knows, maybe you’ll find out you’re also part of the club, and you’re just afraid to admit it.
Your friend is nilamon ng K-drama when she:
7. Goes home early and says no to weekend plans.
The clock strikes six and she’s out. Why? It’s most likely because she can’t wait to watch the next episode of the Korean drama she’s currently watching. If she gets stuck in traffic, like everyone else, she’ll just watch it on the road since she has it saved on her phone, anyway. And, as for weekend plans, if she says no to a barkada get-together, please be considerate. She’s watching oppa—oh, the feels—do some really great acting. Talk about making the right choices.
6. Randomly asks friends for recommendations on what K-drama series to watch next.
If you two are talking about something, and she suddenly gushes over this drama she just finished watching, you should know that it’ll be hard to pull her back to reality now. She’s been watching Korean dramas—Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, and many others. She wants more, so even if you don’t know a thing about these dramas, you’ll be forced to hear her talk about them. Best thing to do is join her. Let me warn you, though. Once you’ve allowed yourself to enter this universe, there’s no going back.
5. Bookmarks everything that is related to K-drama, tags and sends links to everyone.
The Song Song couple from Descendants of the Sun are now engaged? Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo have already broken up? You’ll be one of the firsts to know, because you got that friend who constantly tags you about this stuff. If she forgets to tag you, don’t worry, you’ll see her posts on your feed, anyway.
4. Defends Korean actors/actresses to anyone who dares badmouth them.
Oh, please. Stop saying mean stuff to oppa Gong Yoo. Or else, this friend of yours will make a scene and start defending all the Koreans she knows. You’ll never hear the end of it.
3. Sings along to OSTs that she barely understands.
You think she doesn’t understand the words, huh? It doesn’t matter. Even the only thing she can pronounce well is that one English line, she’d still sing along to the drama’s Official Sound Track (OST). It’s hard to explain how she’s able to do it. Maybe it’s a special talent only those who have been swallowed whole by K-drama have.
2. Claims every good-looking Korean actor as her boyfriend.
Boyfriend? Ex? Future husband? She has all of them. All those Korean actors are hers! Don’t you dare take them away from her.
1. Speaks in Korean. Kamsahamnida!
When you start hearing words like oppa (older brother), unnie (older sister), ottoke (what to do?), and wae (why?) all of a sudden, it means it’s over. That’s the definitive sign that your friend is actually a certified K-drama fan. Now it’s all up to you if you’ll disown her, accept her, or join her.
Symptoms of Korean drama addiction may vary from person to person. We’ve only seen these signs from people who are close to us. Pretty sure you have that one unapologetic friend who goes wild for everything Korean. It’s all she ever talks about that you’ve already considered disowning her as a friend several times. If she suddenly decides to migrate to Korea, you wouldn’t dare stop her, obviously.
Do you think nilamon ka na rin ng K-drama? Let us know in the comments below!