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  • How To Say ‘Tomorrow’ In Korean

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


    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.


  • 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.


    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.


    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?

  • F45 Challenge – Do As I Say, Not As I Do!

  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 55) Jung Yoon Choi

  • If South Korea Wants a Cold War with Japan, Trump Won’t Stop It

    shutterstock_1042795348This is a re-post of an essay I wrote a few weeks ago for the Lowy Institute. I am also happy to say that I was translated into Japanese, here.

  • How To Say ‘Today’ In Korean

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


    today  –오늘 (oneul)

    How to remember (association):

    It’s Shaquille O’Neal‘s birthday today. (오늘oneul)

    Maybe you’ve already learned some words and know how to say ‘yesterday‘ in Korean. So today in this article, we’ll teach you how to say ‘today’ in Korean. Read on for more example sentences, ways to say it, associations, lots of other useful tips!

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

  • 하는 거예요 or 해요 - What's the Difference? | Korean FAQ

    Take these two sentences:

    하는 거예요 and 해요.

    Or how about 좋아하는 거야 and 좋아해? Both mean "I like (something)," but there's a difference in how they're used and you might prefer one or the other depending on the situation.

    What's the difference? In the video I talk about this, but the main difference is the nuance of each form. Both the ~것이다 and the regular ~요 form can be used to have the same meaning, but the ~것이다 form gives a stronger emphasis on the subject while the ~요 form gives more of an emphasis on the verb. Find out more about what I mean by watching the video below.

  • Learn Busan Dialect (부산 사투리) | Korean Dialect Special

    It's here - the Busan dialect episode.

    Are you interested in learning Busan dialect? Besides standard Korean, Busan dialect is the most popular dialect in South Korea. This is due to a large number of celebrities who are from Busan, as well as many famous movies and dramas that were filmed with Busan as the background. Also more recently, two of the members of BTS are from Busan and use dialect - this further pushed Busan into the public eye, among both Koreans and Korean learners from other countries.

    When I lived in Korea, I first was in Busan. So I learned Busan dialect technically before learning how people spoke in Seoul. Making a video about Busan dialect has always been something on the back of my mind, so after several months of research, filming, and editing, this video is a culmination of all of that work.

  • How To Say ‘Yesterday’ In Korean

    80/20 Korean: How to Say ‘Yesterday’ in Korean




    Some of the most basic words you will learn in any language are the days of the week as well as the months. Alongside of that, something that is very convenient to learn early on are words such as ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, and ‘yesterday’. In this lesson specifically, we will focus on how to say yesterday in Korean. Check out our other lessons so you can quickly learn how to say today and tomorrow as well.

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