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

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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?

My girlfriend and I left our lives in South Korea (some tales from this time can be read on this site, which used to primarily chronicle my life in The Land of Morning Calm before becoming my online portfolio) on March 4 and travelled through Vietnam, England, Scotland and Iceland before arriving in the U.S. on April 5. Along the way, we enjoyed lots of great food and lots (and lots) of great beer, some of which has been written on in this article. After seeing family and friends in New Jersey and Missouri, we’ll be setting off on a road trip across much of the lower 48 (more to come on this)…

For now, please enjoy this article, which provides our brief guide on how to enjoy Britain’s craft beer boom through our stops in London, Manchester and Edinburgh!

JPDdoesROK is a former news editor/writer in New Jersey, USA, who served a one-year tour of duty in Dadaepo/Jangnim, Saha-gu, Busan from February 2013 to February 2014. He is now a teacher in Gimhae.

(Ep 56) KingScribbler

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KingScribbler is an American artist, self-described as a doodle expressionist. We talk about the life commitment and his goals of being a full-time artist. Facing rejection, and getting inspired to pursue your passions and dream. We talk about the new generation of Koreans getting face tattoos, whether people are buying art or lifestyles, cigarette burns and the dangerous pitfalls of being a male model. Our mutual friend, Saul Goode, calls in and I play audio of myself verbally assaulting and kicking a heckler out of a recent comedy show. Memories of Regret are real and heavy on this episode, speaking about the strain and difficulty of having international families and relationships. If you enjoy the show, please recommend it to a friend, leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on – and remember I love ya.

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Blendeo: Flixel’s Game Changer

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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.

Enter Blendeo from Flixel. As you may know, I have worked closely with Flixel over the years and they are some of the best and hardest working people out there. When they showed me their new app Blendeo, I was floored. Their app is simple and works like magic.

What is Blendeo?

Blendeo is something that every photographer has been dreaming about since they first saw the grainy, chunky results when they attempted taking a long exposure on their phone.

Blendeo allows you to capture light trails and motion blur using your smartphone’s camera. However, the possibilities for this are endless as Blendeo not only adds this effect to photos but video as well and it can export directly to Cinemagraph Pro.

What Does Blendeo Do?

Essentially, Blendeo takes a video or uses a video that you’ve imported and works it’s magic on it. It finds the moving objects and adds either a motion blur effect or a light trail effect to the image. All of this is at your control even the format. So you can choose whether or not you want a video or still image.

You can then increase the exposure time to extend the light trails or even smooth out the water. You can also speed up or slow down the video clip. Once done you can save or export the clip to Cinemagraph Pro.

Is Bendeo Just For Cinemagraphs?

The short answer is no. Blendeo works great for still images as well as for video. It actually makes really great images and the fact that it comes free with your Flixel subscription is even better.

The app is great for making still images when you are in those tricky situations where your smartphone camera just won’t drag the shutter like you can on a DSLR. This opens up a world of possibilities not just for smartphones but for drones as well.

The bottomline is that Blendeo is a wonderful new app that has a world of possibilities for mobile shooters. It is currently offered free as part of your Flixel Subscription and you can try it for free there. Use my coupon “JTEALE10” for a 10% discount on any plan.

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Can You Fail An Online TEFL Course?

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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. 


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.

Retakes on topics are based on an average of all grades. So if your first time you scored a 70% and the second one an 85% then your grade would be 77.5% which is not high enough to progress in the course.

So you would have to retake it again to raise it.

Here's an example...

This student was having difficulties with the course and couldn't understand why he couldn't progress in the course.

He actually took the topic 15 times which is rare.

He said, "It keeps saying my grade is 73.1 even though Ive been scoring over 80% consistently."

I replied...

"Here is a list of all of your attempts which includes many scores below 80%:

  • 60% Sunday, 31 March 2019, 6:23 AM, (22 mins 55 secs)
  • 66.67% Sunday, 31 March 2019, 6:48 AM, (10 mins 36 secs)
  • 66.67% Monday, 1 April 2019, 8:57 AM, (15 mins 23 secs)
  • 80% Monday, 1 April 2019, 9:14 AM, (12 mins 1 sec)
  • 80% Monday, 1 April 2019, 9:26 AM, (5 mins 55 secs)
  • 60% Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 9:45 AM, (9 mins 41 secs)
  • 73.33% Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 9:08 AM, (16 mins 54 secs)
  • 73.33% Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 9:26 AM, (9 mins 30 secs)
  • 60% Monday, 8 April 2019, 4:41 PM, (10 mins 57 secs)
  • 73.33% Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1:19 PM, (19 mins 42 secs)
  • 66.67% Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1:39 PM, (9 mins 36 secs)
  • 80% Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 1:49 PM, (7 mins 16 secs)
  • 93.33% Friday, 12 April 2019, 7:24 PM (11 mins 23 secs)
  • 100% Friday, 12 April 2019, 7:30 PM, (21 mins 19 secs)
  • 80% Sunday, 14 April 2019, 8:22 PM, (3 mins 25 secs)

The average of all of these scores is about a 74%."

I don't suspect people usually try to cheat in this course, but I did catch this same person submitting the same assignment as another person who was taking the course (what he says was his wife's).

So I made him do it again.

I haven't banned him or suspended him for this although if he continues to be difficult I may.

I had one other really difficult person who took the basic course once. He insisted that all of his mistakes were the course's problem and he consistently used disrespectful language (cussing and swearing) towards me.

Several times I told him to change his language and he didn't so I blocked him from using the site. 

But other than that few people have a difficult time progressing in the course. If they do have a difficult time - like the people here I mentioned it's usually because of three things:

  1. Their grade wasn't high enough.
  2. They didn't complete the topic.

All of these are stated in the course FAQ.

But it's not that hard.

The basic course is the easiest, but even though the Advanced and Practical courses require more effort and time they are not intentionally difficult.

In fact I tried my best to make them engaging and not boring.

But it depends on you.

If you are just in it to get a certificate then you are more likely to get less out of the course and have more difficulties. And that's because you are focused on the end and not the process.

Reasons you might fail an online TEFL course

  1. You don't put the necessary effort into it.
  2. You rush which leads to a poor grade and an inability to progress and you don't retake the required sections as needed.
  3. You quit or stop working on it.

If you are looking for a low effort course then I think these courses aren't for you. The course for you might be the cheapest one on Groupon.

Apparently some online courses have high drop out rates.

Learn more about the research on what makes a good online TEFL course.


Can you fail an online TEFL course? Yes, it's possible to fail an online TEFL course. But that will depend on you and the course. Some courses will be easier than others, some may be more boring and some may have higher standards than others.

It depends on the course and you.

Are you planning on teaching English to mostly kids in Asia?

Yes or No.

Things You Probably Didn't Know About Teaching English In Asia, But Should Know

GO! Billy Korean Fan Meetup (Video)

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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~!

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Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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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. ^_^

A cherry blossom is a flower of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura after the Japanese.

You will see blooming cherries everywhere in Jinahe, but the main tourist spots include: Gyeonghwa Station, Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park.We don’t have a private car, so we mostly used public transports, and it was pretty convenient. We went a week earlier than the actual festival, still there were lots of people. Gyeonghwa Station is a bit far away from the city, while Yeojwacheon Stream, Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park are pretty close to each other. After reaching in Jinhae bus station, we went to Yeojwacheon Stream first. Takes only 10-15 minutes from the station by bus. And for Jinhae NFRDI Environment Eco-park and Jangboksan Sculpture Park, we went by foot.  At the end of the day, my mobile phone showed that I’ve walked for 10Km. But if you are not comfortable walking you can take bus or a taxi.

Yeojwacheon Stream (여좌천) is the  bridge where the two leading characters (Gwanu and Chaewon) of ‘Romance’, MBC’s TV series, first met as tourists who came to Jinhae to watch the Naval Port Festival. After the episode was aired, the bridge instantly became popular and widely known as the ‘Romance Bridge’.

At the end of Yeojwacheon Stream, NFRDI Environment Eco-Park is located. The park contains 65 different species of trees (sheepberry, willow, boxwood, cherry blossom trees, etc.) and abundant flowers (golden reed, hosta, water canna, irises, etc.). There is a beautiful lake inside the park, with cherry trees on the edges, it provides a splendid view. The park is covers a wide area,  83,897㎡ in total. From this park if you walk for 15 minutes, you will reach to the Jangboksan park. In Jangboksan Sculpture Park there are more than ten thousand cherry trees interspersed throughout the pines come to full bloom during spring. Inside the park, there are some beautiful sculptures. It says that the park is unofficial gateway to Jinhae at the end of Jangbok-ro Road between Masan and Jinhae. We went to Gyeonghwa Station at the very last.

Gyeonghwa Station is one of the top three spots in Jinhae for taking photos of the cherry blossoms. The area is often featured in Korean movies and dramas such as the film “Boy Goes to Heaven (2005)” and the drama “Spring Waltz (2006)”.

The main attraction of this spot is the rail tracks that are surrounded by the cherry trees and also two trains in two ends. People were going crazy for taking pictures with the train, there were even a long lines on both ends lol 

Here are my youtube vlog, where I added some moments from our tour:

Hope you enjoyed the post!

-Munira Chowdhury, 17/04/2019


Reference: Wikipedia, Trip Advisor, Visit Korea

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What is 갑분싸? | Korean Language Trends Ep. 4

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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~.


The post What is 갑분싸? | Korean Language Trends Ep. 4 appeared first on Learn Korean with GO! Billy Korean.

How To Say ‘Tomorrow’ In Korean

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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.


Some of the most convenient words to learn are ‘today’, ‘tomorrow’, and ‘yesterday’. In this lesson, you will learn how to say tomorrow in Korean, read on for explanations, tips to remember it and sample sentences!


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‘Tomorrow’ in Korean

Similar to ‘today’ and ‘yesterday’ there are a variety of ways for how to say tomorrow in Korean, depending on which meaning you wish to express. The basic way to say tomorrow, as in the day that comes after tomorrow, is using the word 내일 (naeil).

명일 (myeongil) means tomorrow with the same meaning as 내일. However, this version of the word is derived from Chinese and not used as often. Its usage is also usually limited to official use and academics.

One more word that means tomorrow in Korean is 장래 (jangnae). However, the meaning of this one is closer to ‘near future’ rather than ‘the day after today’, so be careful when using it.


To remember how to say tomorrow in Korean we’ll create an English association for it. This can be any word, phrase, or image that helps you recall the Korean word and its meaning.

So how can we remember 내일? It sounds like the English word nail.


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

What associations can you think up to remember 내일? Remember, the more unique or strange the story is, the easier it is to remember.

A word of caution about Romanization

While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.

After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?


Sample Sentences

young student


저는 내일 고향으로 돌아가요. (jeoneun naeil gohyangeuro doragayo.)

     I go back to my hometown tomorrow.

내일 약속 있어요? (naeil yaksok isseoyo? )

     Do you have any plans for tomorrow?

그 박람회가 내일 열릴거래요. (geu bangnamhoega naeil yeollilgeoraeyo.)

     They said the exhibition will open tomorrow.

내일쯤 이 프로젝트에 대해서 발표를 가능해요? (naeiljjeum i peurojekteue daehaeseo balpyoreul ganeunghaeyo?)

     Is it possible for you to do a presentation of this project around tomorrow?

내일까지 알려주면 돼요. (naeilkkaji allyeojumyeon dwaeyo.)

     Let me know by tomorrow.


내일 봐! (naeil bwa!)

     See you tomorrow!

내일 오전에 잠깐 볼래? (naeil ojeone jamkkan bollae?)

     Do you want to meet for a bit tomorrow before noon?

내일밤안까지 그 시험의 신청 마감이야. (naeilbamankkaji geu siheomui sincheong magamiya.)

     Registration for that exam ends by tomorrow night.

내일부터 건강하게 먹으려고 해. (naeilbuteo geonganghage meogeuryeogo hae.)

     I intend to eat healthy starting tomorrow.

우리 내일 몇시에 볼까? (uri naeil myeotsie bolkka?)

     What time shall we meet tomorrow?

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(SPOILER ALERT)Bird box metaphor.

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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!


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