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The difference between dramas and soap operas?

 
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Manny3



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:39 am    Post subject: The difference between dramas and soap operas? Reply with quote

I will be teaching a lesson regarding dramas and soap operas. How can I describe the differences between the two? What popular soap operas are there in Japan?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me there is no difference between a daytime drama and a soup opera. They called them soup operas because the dramas were sponsored by soup companies. Here is a web site that tells you current ones in Japan. http://www.nt2099.com/DORAMA/

I really enjoyed one that had a young girl jumping impossible distances. She loved a man who was gay who loved a man who loved the girl.
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alexcase



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the Japanese say "drama" (more like dorama in Japanese), they basically mean a soap opera, the main difference being that Japanese (and the even more popular Korean ones) have a limited time span (usually a year or two max) rather than carrying on indefinitely like British or American ones.
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