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Brady’s Laws for Understanding of the Young

kidsHomeThis should be mandatory reading for CDI and other English teachers in South Korea.  I found it to be entertaining.  I got this from a book of essays of high schoolers who obtained admissions in the best Universities in the U.S.:

I.  Kids always say it’s theirs when it isn’t (i.e., cookies), and claim it’s not theirs when it is (i.e., a mess).

II. The ability of kids to do as they’re told is inversely proportionate to the number of kids in the group.

III. The worse you feel, the friskier they act. Continue reading

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Talk about sh*t hitting the fan…

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Is it me?  Or did I just land in the country most well known for “drama?”  

Just visited my great friend Derek at his wedding in Hawaii with the beautiful bride Bonnie and great friends.  It was seriously a beautiful wedding. Here’s the couple dancing to “Bella’s Lullaby” played by you would think a professional piano player, but rather by their niece “Rachel” who is AMAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZING!!!! (think of Will Ferrell yelling this like he did at the Harvard Commencement speech).

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It took a little preserverance, I mean perseverance to find this word…

poor-spellling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was about to complement my mom recently in how perseverant she was with our family over the years.  It’s one of the reasons why our family is successful.  Without her perseverance, I definitely wouldn’t have many of the opportunities I have now along with my Dad’s hard work — have never seen someone work harder in my life.  These two are a testament at what two people who were never a match from the beginning and even up until now can do in an English speaking country without strong English skills.

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Breaking down some basic words in Korean for a reader

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hangul

hangul

Dan Massicotte asks if I could:

It would be awesome, if you broke down how exactly you went about breaking down each word. I’m just picking up the language now as much as possible for the fall, since I’ll be teaching English there.

He was referring to a relatively popular post of mine called “Top English words translated into Korean (phonetically).”

My answer:

Not sure what you mean, but do you mean something like this?

on = 위에  위 = the “wee” sound; 에 = the “eh” sound.  Together, it’s “Wee-eh” Continue reading

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Studying for the AP exams for free? From Korea? Top 5 study tips

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A past student of mine asked for some help studying for his AP Exams: Economics, Psychology and World History. Being here in Korea, he doesn’t have lots of texts he can buy at the local bookstore or at Amazon.com & get it a few days later. Korea also doesn’t have a lot of American texts and the accessibility is pretty sad to be frank. So, I thought up as many solutions he could take advantage of via the Internet and emailed him away.

I thought since he’s probably not the only one studying for the exams abroad, perhaps my tips might be useful to some kid in Ghana or in Fukuoka, Japan. It wouldn’t hurt I thought given there are 37 AP Exams on 22 subject areas and many standardized tests like it that many countries use as Academic standards to gain entrance into the top institutions. So, here they are:

1. Downloading Torrents (I reminded him that this is illegal & that he needs to do it with his parent’s permission & with caution; it was for educational purposes though and so I felt o.k with sharing this resource for now)

  • First you need to download the application at bittorrent.com
  • A good site that many find texts on in .pdf format is isohunt.com
  • He wasn’t familiar with how to do it and so I told him basically you have to “type in “[thing you’re looking for] torrents” into google or isohunt.com‘s search” Continue reading

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One possible root to America’s lack of educational prowess

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ebsSomething just reminded me about the “education” focused nature of countries here in the East.  That something was a friend who was using my computer basically opening up a window to EBS.  EBS stands for “Educational Broadcasting System” or one of the bigger public networks here in Korea.  Like ABC, CBS and NBC in the states, EBS ranks up there with the 3 biggest tv networks here in korea: MBC, KBS and SBS.  It’s funny when you think about how the main publicly accessible channels in the U.S. are all purely entertainment driven with a little news scattered in between (of course) when you consider how Korea has an “Educational Channel” (for many years, by the way – started in 1969).  However, when a country values it’s education so much, a channel like EBS is definitely considered valuable and has been able to weather the storm through the years & probably has even driven a profit during that time (40 years).   Continue reading

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Back to college: iClickers, bSpace and Black Lightening notes…

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UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley

If you’re a Cal Bear, you probably know what I’m talking about.  However, if you’re not, you might be thinking WTF?!

I’ve been meaning to take an OCW, aka Open Courseware class since it first came out in 2001 and when I wrote about it here in “Free MIT MBA? Free Masters of Science in Engineering?” a couple years ago. I’ve actually tried to be frank trying to figure out a couple of MIT courses two or three times, but each time, there weren’t the simplest of instructions & being in Korea, it seemed like I would be lacking quite a few things including the books, the lecture or the lecture notes.  However, I did get to peruse through the syllabus which was a good start and again, it’s Free!  Continue reading

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Launch your e-Teaching career

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Teach Indians, Chinese and French all from the comforts of your American home.  Just discovered this little site called WiZiQ which supposedly allows you to teach others throughout the world with their virtual tools.  Have NOT used it yet, but might give it a try later on.  Perhaps you’ll see one of my classes about the 2 or 3 things I think I know coming up?!  ^^

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Will this reduce salaries for English Teachers in Korea?

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Well, if economics can predict the future, there will definitely be an addition to the supply of English instructors in Korea for the next 2 years through 2010.  The following story shows how the Korean government decided to open up the Immigration standards to allow Indian citizens to teach English in Korea as long as they have an English related degree or have a teacher’s license.  In the past couple of years, there has been a decrease in the number of applicants from the normally accepted countries of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa due to heightened Immigration requirements which include a somewhat difficult to obtain (in some locations) Criminal Record check.  (the check isn’t always the difficulty, but sometimes the Apostille or official notarizations have complicated matters)  Continue reading

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

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Best Places to Raise your Kids – 2009

Some of my favorites on the list published on Businessweek for 2009

Alaska
Anchorage

Nearest city: Anchorage
Population: 281,070
Median household income: $80,927

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, have a strong economy, teeming wildlife, low crime, and fresh air.
Runner-up: N/A*
*Only cities with at least 50,000 residents and a median family income between $40,000 and $100,000 were considered.

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Google should hire me…

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Not that I care about their great food in their cafeteria and all the other great benefits, but rather, we think alike. On their blog, their most recent post is something I would argue wholeheartedly:

Major in Learning!”

Some of their main points are:

“… analytical reasoning. Google is a data-driven, analytic company. When an issue arises or a decision needs to be made, we start with data. That means we can talk about what we know, instead of what we think we know. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading

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Top English words translated into Korean (phonetically)

I’ve mentioned this site before, but Wordcount.org keeps track of the top used English words in the world (possibly from an English, English perspective [UK]).  I thought it was be kind of fun to translate these into how Koreans say it phonetically in their language.  The top 10 aren’t used that often (most of them) or there is less of an equivalent in Korean…so I thought I’d focus on the next 10.

1. the, 2. of, 3. and, 4. to, 5. a, 6. in, 7. that, 8. it, 9. is, 10. was

11. I = Na-neun, Neh-gah or more formally Juh-neun, Jeh-gah,

12. for = Wee-heh Continue reading

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I’m now quoted by a magazine I grew up admiring…

Well, not exactly “quoted”, but cited or referred to when trying to support a point…

Earlier tonight, I was just checking out my statistics as I do almost daily.  Yes, I’m addicted to numbers & the traffic that my blog drives.  It’s not something I’m incredibly proud of, but rather it’s very interesting what brings a visitor to my blog.

Nevertheless, I looked at some of the referring links and one picqued my interest.  Continue reading

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Do Asians dominate U.S. Ivy League Colleges?

A new report identifies that actually there are more challenges as well to Asians instead of just being the the top minority in top U.S. colleges.

An excerpt from the article:

“…the report issued Monday pokes holes in stereotypes about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the perception that they cluster in science, technology, engineering and math. And it points out that the term “Asian-American” is extraordinarily broad, embracing members of many ethnic groups.”

For more on that news, click here.

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