Learn These 5 Terms to Celebrate Thanksgiving Bollywood-Style!

The responsibilities of Bollywood fandom are many, but a particularly critical skill is talking the talk. Luckily, by adding just a few terms to your vocabulary, you can sound like a diehard fan! This Thanksgiving, as you gather with friends and family for some quality time, throw these basic Bollywood terms into conversations (when appropriate), and you’ll earn some valuable street cred! For context, it’s my pleasure to introduce Akshay and Amir, best friends reuniting for a very desi Thanksgiving!

Desi” (pronounced THEY-see) — Anyone or anything originating from South Asian culture.

Example: “There sure are a lot of desis celebrating Thanksgiving this year,” noted Akshay. “True story,” agreed Amir. “I had to fight for the last turkey at the grocery store with a desi grandmother!”

Masala” (pronounced muh-SAH-lah) — Literally, a blend of spices/curries. In the Bollywood context, it’s a movie that blends a romantic musical with at least one other genre.

Example: Akshay tasted the holiday dishes, asking, “What did you use in this chicken masala? It’s delicious!” Amir replied, “Oh, that’s actually turkey but with desi spices. I was going to put on some random masala movie and feast.” “Another wild Thanksgiving!” said Akshay.

Yaar” (pronounced yaah-r, ideally without pirate-like intonation) — Friend, man, girl, girlfriend, buddy, bro, dude. Often used either at the beginning or end of a statement/question for emphasis.

Example: “Yaar, can you do me a favor and pick up some Shan masala from the desi store? I used all of it for the turkey!” asked Akshay. “No problem!” replied Amir, “Anything for you, yaar.”

Timepass” (pronounced exactly how you’d expect, but with a soft “a” as in “father”) — Movies/TV shows that lack depth but are enjoyable enough for leisure or passive viewing. Often said with a hand gesture emphasizing the speaker’s indifference (but that’s advanced, don’t worry about incorporating movements just yet!).

Example: “All of these desis keep raving about that new masala movie ‘Happy New Year’! We should go see it,” said Akshay as he waltzed into the room, face covered in recently cooked chicken masala. “No way, yaar, it’s just another timepass,” mused Amir. Akshay wiped some masala from his brow and gazed downwards, feeling supremely uncool.

Filmi” (pronounced FILM-ee) — The accompanying music of Bollywood releases, typically from masala movies. Identifiable by its (often formulaic) mix of Eastern and Western musical sensibilities.

Example: Akshay washed the masala off his face and put on some filmi to cheer himself up. I'm thankful for my great taste in desi music, he thought to himself. Who cares if Amir thinks it’s just timepass?

We agree, yaar. This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for diversity in opinion, which is what makes Viki and the world such an incredible place!

Now go forth, socialize and feast, comfortable with your newfound knowledge of Bollywood buzzwords. Come back soon for more language insight and tips!

Time to Go Shopping! Check Out the New Viki Store!

The holidays are just around the corner, and you now have a place to get amazing gifts for your loved ones — and yourself, of course! Check out our brand new Viki Store!

The Viki Store is THE place to find K-drama-inspired T-shirts, sweatshirts, kids’ stuff, mobile phone casestote bags and tons of other fun things! There is even a category just for fans of K-Drama & K-Pop! And you don’t want to miss the fantastically flirty K-drama underwear! So what are you waiting for?!

Happy shopping!

Treat Yo’self to Viki Pass — Up to 50% Off!

“It’s that time of the year again,” people say every December, without elaboration. With the annual sensory overload of holiday kitsch and red-green everything, little elaboration is required: winter sales are coming. In the spirit of all things festive and discounted, we’d like to introduce our very own year-end promotion on Viki Pass!

Viki Pass allows you to watch your favorite shows and movies in HD, without ads. There also are exclusive titles only available to Viki Pass subscribers. From now until the end of the year, you can get 12 months of Viki Pass for the price of six months ($24)! Our three-month and six-month deals also are discounted 10 percent and 20 percent, respectively. This is the last step in your master plan to hibernate all winter under a blanket with your favorite shows! In the words of the ever-wise and badass Donna (Retta) of “Parks and Recreation”: “Treat yo’self!” 

Listen to the sound advice of Donna (Retta) from ‘Parks and Recreation

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Learn How to Say Useful Household Words in French!

Did you know that the Viki website is now in French? This option is open to all French-speaking regions, with Android apps available now and iOS coming soon. In celebration of the recent launch, our next language-learning challenge is in French! 

What is your favorite room in your house to relax and watch Viki? Maybe it’s your bedroom or the living room. In each image below, we’ve highlighted four items you would find in your favorite room in the house.

Check below for four language flashcards from some of our favorite dramas and telenovela to learn how to say common household items in French. Test yourself to see if you know the missing French word!

In Episode 2, Sara (played by Han Ye Seul) and Han Tae Hee (played by Joo Sang Wook) plot how to get revenge on her cheating ex-husband, Lee Kang Joon (played by Jung Gyu Woon), who is engaged to the woman he cheated with. Can you predict the shenanigans they might possibly be planning?

English                  French
A. Table                      ?
B. Phone                Le téléphone
C. Curtain              Le rideau
D. Bookshelf         L’étagère

What is table in French?

In Episode 12, Bu Fan (played by George Hu) offers to cook a meal for Man Man (played by Yuan Ai Fei) and her three younger siblings as a thank you for helping him the other day. See the scene start at 9:15 and decide if you would want to eat his cooking!

English                French
A. Chair                     ?
B. Chopsticks       Les baguettes
C. Pan                  Le moule
D. Kettle              La bouilloire

What is chair in French?

In Episode 14, Fang Wei De (played by Leroy Young) stares at his computer as he’s writing an email to Tang Jia Ni (played by Ruby Lin). Do you think he’s confessing his love to her? They’ve been through so many hard times, yet fate still brings them together. 

English                French
A. Poster              Le poster
B. Hanger                 ?  
C. Computer        L’ordinateur    
D. Speakers         Le baffles 

What is hanger in French?

Passion of the Heart

In Episode 3, Marielita (played by Daniela Navarro) tells Virginia (played by Lorena Meritano) that she hates the chair that grandmother is giving her and Ramirito as part of their courtship. They start talking about love, and Marielita complains that their grandmother is too traditional. We agree that romance has evolved since the 15th century, too!

English               French
A. Sofa                Le sofa
B. Vase               Le vase
C. Lamp                 ?
D. Picture frame  Le cadre

What is lamp in French?

Which French word did you find most useful to learn? Share with us in the comments!

Here’s a few other popular dramas that you can watch to continue practicing the French you’ve just learned: “She’s So Lovable,” “Fated to Love You,” “Just You” and “Rock ‘n’ Road.”

Continue the language-learning conversation in Discussions! Read about interesting topics such as Local food and drinks, Basic words in your language, and Languages to learn.

Also, if you haven’t participated in our language-learning challenges before, it’s not too late to start earning points towards cool gifts:

Language-Learning Challenge #1: True or False
Language-Learning Challenge #2: One Liners
Language-Learning Challenge #3: Round-Up Quiz
Language-Learning Challenge #4: Combined True or False

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#VikiLive: Join Us for Live Twitter Screenings of Your Favorite Shows!

Join us Wednesday, Dec 10 for a live screening of the premiere of 'Boysitter'!
We had such an amazing time with our live Twitter screening of the series premiere of “Pinocchio” last month, we want to do it again! (And again and again!)

Please join us as we host a live Twitter viewing party every week for the next four weeks! To join the conversation, all you have to do is tweet in with the hashtag #VikiLive.

The next #VikiLive screening is “Boysitter,” 
starring Annie Chen & River Huang!

 Here’s how it’ll work:
  • On Wednesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. PST / 3 a.m. GMT, we’ll have a 15-minute countdown to the premiere
  • At 7:15 p.m. PST, we’ll all hit “play” together on Episode 1 of Boysitter
  • After the episode ends, we’ll host a 15-minute recap to discuss the show
This screening is just one of many that we will be holding from now until the end of the year. Below is the full schedule of screenings that we have planned for you!

Screening Schedule

Wednesday, December 10
7 p.m. PST / 3 a.m. GMT
Boysitter” Episode 1

Wednesday, December 17
1 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. GMT
Hi! School: Love On” Episode 1

Monday, December 22
1 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. GMT
Secret Garden” Episode 1

Monday, December 29
1 p.m. PST / 9 p.m. GMT
I Hear Your Voice” Episode 1

This is a great way for you to discuss and share your love of dramas with people all over the world! Who knows, you might even make some new friends!

So pop your popcorn, find a comfy spot on the couch, and get ready to watch some great dramas together with your Viki family!

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Happy 29th Birthday to Aaron Yan!

With his killer smile and easy-going charm, it’s no wonder that Aaron Yan has managed to mesmerize audiences around the world. The Taiwanese singer and actor’s achievements have earned him many loyal fans and admirers. In honor of Aaron’s 29th birthday today, here are some things you probably didn’t know about the man also known as Abu (阿布).

Aaron was discovered by entertainment industry scouts after posting a “selca” (selfie) on the Internet. Yes, you read that right. He’s so good at taking photos of himself that it got him started on the road to fame! And don’t think just because he’s a star that Aaron has let his selca game slip. A quick look at his Instagram will ease your doubts about his dedication to the Art of Selca!

Aaron made his first screen appearance in the Taiwanese drama “An Shi Ai Mei Hui (I Love My Wife)” in 2004 but didn’t enter the public eye until his casting in “KO One” and “It Started with a Kiss” in 2005. The same year, Aaron launched his music career in the boy band “Fahrenheit.” In addition to acting and singing, Aaron is an accomplished musician, playing the piano, guitar, drums, oboe, violin and flute. He truly is a Renaissance Man!

Check out two of Aaron’s recent starring roles that have made him a favorite among drama fans!

Just You

Aaron Yan as Qi Yi, alongside the always fantastic Puff Guo

In the 2013 Taiwanese romantic comedy series “Just You,” Aaron plays Qi Yi, a neurotic young man who is deathly afraid of germs and spontaneity. Soon after moving into a historic home in Taiwan, Qi Yi discovers that he has inherited a tenant, Liang Liang (played by the bubbly Puff Guo). Their difficulties extend to the workplace when Qi Yi finds that Liang Liang also works for his new company!

Fall in Love With Me

Aaron Yan as Xiao Lu, the alter ego of Lu Tian Xing

In this year’s T-drama “Fall in Love With Me,” Aaron Yan is Lu Tian Xing, an advertising prodigy. At the height of his success, he decides to take a sudden break from advertising. Unknown to everyone else, Lu Tian Xing adopts a new appearance and persona, returning to the agency as Xiao Lu. Will he be able to fool his colleagues or will love interest Tao Le Si (Tia Li) uncover his secret?

Happy birthday to the talented actor and musician! What’s your favorite Aaron Yan moment? Let us know in the comments!

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Which of Your Favorite Stars Are November Babies?

When your trade relies on appearance, it’s easy to see why certain celebrities never seem to age. Our favorite November babies below are a great example! Let’s celebrate the good health of the actors and actresses who have been entertaining us over the years as they make another notch on their mortal age.

Aishwariya Rai Bachchan (November 1)

Aish has been one of the most prominent international faces for Bollywood and India for so long that it’s hard to think of a time without her presence. The movie star debuted back in 1997 when she was 26, after she had already been a model for six years. In the subsequent two decades, Aish has retained her youthful looks at the age of (drumroll please ...) 41! Before you attribute it to Photoshop, check out au naturale Aishwariya. Not only is Aish in her 40s, but the third birthday of her daughter, Aaradhya, was on November 16! Here’s to many more years of good health for the Rai-Bachchan clan!

Shah Rukh Khan (November 2)

If anyone has secretly discovered the Fountain of Youth, it’s the internationally beloved Shah Rukh Khan. He effortlessly combines the physique of a 30-something with a George Clooney charm that has served him well in a career spanning four decades. SRK has managed to remain a leading man instead of fading into “older mentor” typecasting oblivion, with his starring role in the upcoming blockbuster “Happy New Year.” Some of us still remember him as the rising star in “Fauji” or the Bollywood heartthrob in “Pardes.” This year, SRK turned 49, ringing in his birthday the same way he has in past years — waving to fans who gather outside his house in Mumbai. 

Lee Dong Wook (November 6)

A man that needs little introduction to the Viki audience, Lee Dong Wook turned 33 earlier this month. 2014 was another exceptional year for the K-drama star, with the success of “Hotel King” and the just-ended “Iron Man” as well as being a nominee for the APAN Star Awards! We’ve enjoyed seeing him sprout knives out of his body — and it certainly doesn’t hurt that he won a fashionista award earlier this year! Lee Dong Wook just gets better with age!

Park Hyung Sik (November 16)

“Hyungsik?!” You’re thinking, “That guy has birthdays? I assumed he re-spawned every year into an even younger, more talented entertainer.” Surely enough, this triple-threat shows no signs of slowing down as he turns 23, with nominations for the Baeksang Arts Awards and APAN Star Awards. In 2014 alone, the rising star has regularly appeared in the variety show “Real Men,” acted in a “Three Musketeers” musical, and is starring in the currently airing drama “What Happens to My Family?” Whether we know him as part of the boy band ZE:A or as Jo Myung Soo of “Heirs,” we’re looking forward to many more years of Hyungsik’s talent.

Kirsten Ren (November 22)

Kirsten Ren has had big shoes to fill as the younger sister of S.H.E star Selina Ren! You be the judge of how she’s doing by watching the Taiwanese drama “In A Good Way,” where she stars as a country girl whose life is changed after meeting the brilliant and outgoing Liu Shan Feng at Cheng Dong University. It’s not hard to imagine Kirsten as a college freshman, even though the actress turns 26 this year! 

Shin Sung Rok (November 23)

Having Shin Sung Rok’s extensive background in musical theatre is certainly helpful! He embodies the ideal versatile actor, with dramas ranging from “Definitely Neighbors” to “My Love From the Star.” As he turns 32 this month, he continues to balance his performances between the small screen, silver screen and stage. Not only is he in the 2014 dramas “Trot Lovers” and “Liar Game,” but he also is appearing as Louis XIV in the musical “The Sun King.”

Primrata Dejudom (November 29)

Known colloquially as “that hot girl from the ‘Ong-Bak’ movies,” Primrata Dejudom turns 31 this month, and we’re just as surprised as you are! While she’s had supporting roles in Thai dramas and starred in “The Gig,” the “Ong-Bak” franchise opened her up to an international audience. We hope to see more of Primrata in the years to come!

Andrew McCarthy (November 29)

“Whatever happened to Andrew McCarthy?” is a reasonable question to ask if you have a moderate understanding of ’80s pop culture. “Who is Andrew McCarthy?” is equally reasonable if you don’t. Primarily known as the boyishly handsome co-star of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Weekend at Bernie’s,” McCarthy has emerged from Brat Pack fame over the last few years as a regular on “Lipstick Jungle” and a director of the Netflix hit series “Orange Is the New Black.” The veteran actor and director turns 52 this month, and he doesn’t look a day over 40 and makes the rest of us feel like old folks. Keep fighting the good fight, Andrew! 

Birthdays don’t just welcome the future; they celebrate the past. There’s no better way of celebrating these actors’ past accomplishments than watching some of their shows and movies! Know any other November babies we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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What Was the Most Surprising Plot Twist of 2014?

This touching moment at the end of Episode 4 of ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’ that surprised us all!

What was the most surprising plot twist in a drama from this year? What part of a drama made you stop in your tracks, drop what you were eating, and go, “Oh, no! That did not just happen?!” What part of a drama was the most surprising, shocking or unexpected?

We want to hear from you! Your responses may be included in an upcoming blog!

Kim Ja Ok: Remembering a Screen Icon

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Kim Ja Ok, an award-winning South Korean actress who passed away on Sunday after losing her battle with lung cancer. She was 63 years old.

Kim Ja Ok is probably best known for playing the mother of various K-drama leads, but she also enjoyed the limelight as the leading lady throughout her career. In total, Kim Ja Ok appeared in 51 TV shows and 25 films since her debut in 1970. She won a number of Best Actress awards from 1975 to 1979.

Here are some of her most memorable roles during her illustrious career over the past five decades.

Coffee Prince

In this popular K-drama, Kim Ja Ok appears as Han Kyul’s mother. She is perfect in the role as a slightly overprotective mother who is always looking out for her son’s best interests. Kim Ja Ok’s great acting and realistic portrayal had a great deal to do with the success of this drama.

My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

In this fan favorite, Kim Ja Ok plays Park Bong Sook, the feisty mom of Sam Soon, who scolds her daughter about her guy troubles. Kim Ja Ok’s amazing ability to express a whole range of complex emotions are on full display in this drama.

Other noteworthy performances by Kim Ja Ok include “The Woman Who Married Three Times,” “Hate to Lose,” “Worlds Within” and “Attic Cat.”

We’ll remember Kim Ja Ok for her wonderful performances and sunny disposition. A true legend of the screen, Kim Ja Ok will be dearly missed.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Running Man’!

If you’ve ever sat down to watch an episode of the popular Korean variety show “Running Man,” it’s likely you wavered between gleeful enjoyment and sublime confusion. First aired in 2010, “Running Man” has since become a staple of Korean entertainment, noted for its unstructured format and lighthearted feel. The show has gained popularity throughout Asia and the rest of the world in recent years and is gaining legions of new fans everyday. Need more reasons to get hooked on the show? Here are five!

Host Yoo Jae Suk Is Brilliant

Yoo Jae Suk is nicknamed ‘Grasshopper’ and is always the one of the strongest contenders on missions!

After “Infinite Challenge” and “Family Outing,” Yoo Jae Suk returned to the host role on “Running Man” and secured his standing as the “MC of the nation.” He also has grown to be one of the strongest mission contenders! Yoo Jae Suk and regular cast member Lee Kwang Soo have a lighthearted, endearing banter that has stood the test of time — in more than 220 episodes!

The Show Is Highly Unpredictable

These contestants probably got more than they bargained for!

Running Man” features a far looser interpretation of reality show rules than what viewers may be used to. Even with so many episodes under its belt, the show’s challenges still manage to be unique and entertaining, from the Winter Olympics to cooking battles. The variety of the challenges is part of what keeps each episode fresh!

The Show Features Your Favorite Celebrity Guests

Eunjung from T-ara, Siwan from ZE:A and Doojoon from BEAST stop to catch their breath

We all love to see our favorite actors and singers get themselves into funny and absurd situations, and this is a big part of the charm of “Running Man.” From Super Junior to Girls’ Generation, many of Korea’s top idols and celebrities have graced the cameras of the show. Check out “Pinocchio” star Lee Jong Suk in Episode 181!

The Show Has an International Fan Base

Fans greet ‘Running Man’ cast and crew in Taiwan 

With large fan groups across Asia and Australia as well as in North America, “Running Man” truly embodies what we consider to be global TV. Episodes have been filmed in countries like China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia and Indonesia! Are you a fan of Rain? Here’s an episode with him jumping around in a kangaroo costume with Lee Kwang Soo in Australia! “Running Man” has such a dedicated following that the cast in crew are oftentimes greeted at the airport by an enthusiastic crowd of fans.

After 2013’s wildly popular “Race Start! Running Man Fan Meeting,” there will be a follow-up event in Singapore on November 29. The two-hour fan event will feature comedy and musical acts such as Kim Jong Kook, HAHA, Song Ji Hyo, Ji Suk Jin and Lee Kwang Soo!

The Show Is Perfect for Binge Watching!

Need to disappear from the mortal world for two weeks? “Running Man” is here for you! With more than 220 episodes, each clocking in at about an hour and a half each, there are literally more than 14 days’ worth of video to watch. Can you handle that kind of challenge? Because everything is kept lighthearted and cheerful, the show is easy to watch (and re-watch!) with friends.

Already a fan of “Running Man”?  Let us know what your favorite “Running Man” moments are in the comments below!

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