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  • ‘3 Stops, 3 Tips for the Best UK Beer Tour’ (The American)

    Thanks to The American magazine (a great publication for American expats living and working in Britain), I can now share my first article published in Britain. I have now been published in the United States, South Korea and Britain! Where next?


  • (Ep 56) KingScribbler


  • Blendeo: Flixel’s Game Changer

    No matter how advanced smartphone cameras get, there is one thing that they all still struggle with and that is getting decent long exposures. Sure, they can boost shadows and brighten the image but they still can’t get that look of when you hold your shutter open for 30 seconds and traffic turns into a brilliant beam of light.


  • Can You Fail An Online TEFL Course?

    Yes, it's possible to fail an online TEFL course. But that will depend on the course. As far as courses go many may require you to maintain a certain grade through the course.

    Again I can't speak for all courses, but in ESLinsider's advanced course students are required to maintain at least an 80-85% through the course and on assignments.

    If you cannot maintain that grade then you cannot progress in the course. 

    But...

    You can retake sections of the course to raise your grade although some courses may not allow this. Also if your assignments are below 80% you will receive feedback on how you can improve your plans. So if your grade is below 80% you have to improve them before you progress in the course.


  • GO! Billy Korean Fan Meetup (Video)

    This past Sunday (yesterday here in Korea) I got to meet several of my fans in real life, at the Han River in Seoul. I admit that before going, I was nervous because it was my first time holding a fan meetup, but everything went great from the very beginning. We had a fun time first talking and hanging out together. Then I held a live Q&A for a half hour, followed by filming two interview videos in English and Korean. I asked some of the attendees why they started learning Korean, and if they had any advice for other learners.

    I had a wonderful time meeting everyone who came, and hope to be able to have another event sometime in the future. Thanks again to those of you who were able to make it that day. 감사합니다~!


  • Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

    According to Wikipedia, the viewing of cherry blossoms was introduced to Korea during Japanese rule. Cherry blossoms symbolizes purity and beauty in Korea. Koreans celebrate lots of flower festivals, but cherry blossom festival is the most popular one. Few weeks ago we went to the famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, and today I’ll share my experience here. ^_^


  • What is 갑분싸? | Korean Language Trends Ep. 4

    I started hearing a lot more people in Korea using "갑분싸" last year and felt it would be a good time to make a video about it. Here's a newly created word that's gaining some decent traction, and IMO is a safe word to learn for the future (it won't likely go out of style right away). You can use this word in a variety of situations, but it's easy to use and even beginners can add it to their conversations.

    Adding new phrases like these to your Korean can help you to sound more like a native. For more words, you can also check out the other episodes in this series (this is episode 4). Let me know if there are any other new words that you've heard and would like me to cover~.

     


  • How To Say ‘Tomorrow’ In Korean

    The 80/20* of How to Say ‘Tomorrow’ in Korean

    Vocabulary:

    Tomorrow  – 내일 (naeil)

     

    How to remember (association):

    I’m gonna nail that test tomorrow. (내일/naeil)

    *80/20 Pareto Principle – The 20% you should learn that will give you 80% of the results.


     


  • (SPOILER ALERT)Bird box metaphor.

    Something that started in Russia has now spread to the states. The very atmosphere has become demonically possessed, and you basically need only to look into the outside world to be immediately driven to suicide. However, the (criminally) deranged (it seems) portion of the population see something so beautiful in this otherwise demonically possessed atmosphere and instead of being driven to offing themselves by the most immediate means available, they feel compelled to show others the view, by force if necessary, with total disregard for their well-being. Regardless of the film’s quality, the metaphor was a maga-nificent!

     


  • Korean Negative Verbs (안, ~지 않다, 못) | Live Class Abridged

    Korean negatives can be tricky to learn - besides knowing when to use 안 and ~지 않다. There's also ~지 못하다, negative verbs (없다, 모르다, etc.), and even negative grammar forms and negative adverbs.

    I did a live stream last year about how to use all of these, but the full live stream is around 2 hours which is too long for many people to watch. So here's where this abridged version comes in handy. I compressed the full live stream down to its most important parts, and here it is~


  • What's Required To Teach English In China?

    What are the requirements to teach English in China? Well, China is a big country and some of its rules can fluctuate from city to city, province to province and school to school.

    The requirements are not very clear cut and they can be conditional depending on the visa type, your qualifications and location within China.

    The legal visa or rather the official visa for teaching English in China is the Z visa which we will talk about first. The other visa that is commonly used, but not officially for teaching English is the F (business) visa. 

    We'll talk about that one later.

    The places with the strictest requirements are usually the tier 1 cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzen and Guangzhou.

    So...


  • Drone Photos Edited With AI

    Let’s face it, there are just some angles that you can’t get while standing on the ground. Drones now enable us to get to new places without hiking up mountains or sneaking onto rooftops.


  • Where To Take A TEFL/TESOL Course?

    In this post I will try to answer the question, "Where do I take a TEFL/TESOL course?" And the answer is based on my experience teaching English in Taiwan, China, Korea and I currently live in Japan.

    My whole teaching abroad experience started in 2004 and I have either been teaching, learning about it or helping other teachers online since then.

    Anyways...

    Where can you take a TEFL/TESOL course?

    First off it doesn't matter if it's a TEFL or TESOL course as these courses refer to the same thing.

    And...

    You can take a course pretty much anywhere. There is no official site for TEFL that is more accredited or recognized or whatever.

    So it doesn't matter?


  • Can Non-Native English Speakers Teach English Abroad?

    Can non-native English Speakers Teach English Abroad? Yes, it's possible although it depends on where you want to teach and the school.

    Usually schools in Asia require teachers to be a native speaker and to have a degree to get a legal visa.

    And schools often prefer a native speaker to a non-native speaker.

    But it depends.

    Now I'll try to answer this question for Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan.

     

    Can non-native English speakers teach English in Japan?

    Yes, it's possible.

    I know a German girl here in Fukuoka who got a job teaching English in an eikaiwa. She said the rule is that you have to be able to prove that you have 10 years of experience learning English.


  • Can He Pass My Korean Quiz? | Tutoring My Brother

    If you had only studied Korean for two hours, and then had to take a test, how would you do?

    This is what my little brother tried, with a cash incentive.

    We wanted to take a break from learning new topics and focus on reviewing what he'd already learned. So to do that, we did a Korean test to see how well he remembered what we learned over the past two classes.

    How do you think he did? And what should we do for our next class?


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