Random English: The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious

One of my favorite parts of Asian dramas is the random English, sometimes called "Engrish" (especially when it isn't very good). I've found that Engrish usually falls into three categories...


      The Good               The Bad              The Hilarious

Here are some examples:

The Good

When I watched Secret Garden, I was really shocked but Lee Philip's random perfect English. Pretty much the best random English EVER.

The Bad

Sometimes the Engrish is so bad you can hardly tell they're trying to speak English, like in this clip from Sorry, I Love You.

The Hilarious

"My bro, yo!" A classic from Boys Before Flowers.

And here's a compilation of some of my random English favourites:

And some others I found on YouTube:

What are your favorite Engrish moments?

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    justinconfusion Nov 23, 2013

    Oh my god, that was so fun to watch, haha.
    But Philip Lee's english is good. And his voice is so sexy

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    godiva18 Sep 14, 2013

    Lee Phillip in Secret Garden and Vaness Wu in Autumn's Concerto are the best I've heard throughout dramaland. Woo Bin's English is classic! I also thought the doctor & Kim Sam Soon's English/Korean conversations were a lot of fun! Sometimes it's more amusing when you have trouble understanding what they're trying to say >.<

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    StellarJ May 4, 2013

    "If you look at my face I DIE, HE DIE, WE ALL DIE" xDDD

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    LittleBozSheep Feb 4, 2013

    I was just wandering if anyone knows what show the clips in the last video are from? :)

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    dramahearts Feb 3, 2013

    Oh man as soon as I opened this article I was hoping it'd contain Woo Bin's YO YO YO! and I was not disappointed >;)

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    StephStephieTeff Jan 11, 2013

    Woo Bin's English was one of my favorite parts from BOF!!!
    I loved every single English word of his. :)

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    fieryheart Dec 28, 2012

    I laughed so hard at So Ji Sub's and Kim Joon's English because I couldn't understand what So Ji Sub was saying and because Kim Joon kept on repeating 'Yo' so many times. Haha :D

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    darkn3ss Dec 24, 2012

    lol well Lee Philips is American so is english his good the rest his just hilarious even for me who has english has a second language... Kim Soo Hyun ( Yoo RI El) english is good thought !!!

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    iamsarah Dec 24, 2012

    this was hillllllllllllllarious

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    HanJeSun13 Dec 24, 2012

    OMG Makino!! I AM A BUS! ><

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    HanJeSun13 Dec 24, 2012

    I have a great english: Wasuuupp guy! yo yo yo buddy yo!

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    Junebee Dec 23, 2012

    Phillip Lee's first. Language is English. He said mentioned that in the SeGa BTS show.

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    Emily Dec 22, 2012

    ROFL me and my mom and sister constantly mock the English from kdramas...
    "Hey yo, my bro yo!"
    "The reason I call you more than fifty times..."
    Oh man, so many golden Engrish moments.

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    Emmers Dec 22, 2012

    Wow! Thank you, everyone, for the amazing positive response! Definitely worth the effort it took to put the clips together. ^_^

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      Emily Dec 22, 2012

      Your profile pic is my screensaver! :D Nice article, btw :)

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    miss_kayti Dec 22, 2012

    Dongho spoke English really well!

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      Gyeouligago Dec 23, 2012

      Kevin and Eli probably coached him... ^-^

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      LittleBozSheep Feb 4, 2013

      I was just wandering if you know what show/ep that clip is from?

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