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Tikhon returns for another episode of My Favourite Words! This time the words are from The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad and some of the skits are quite funny 


Just shoes! Hand crafted shoes in Jeonju. #shopping #craft #southkorea #travel (at 전주 한옥마을 (Jeonju Hanok Village))


Traditional Gayageum Player Finalist in SportsCenter Contest

Traditional Korean gayageum player Luna Lee is one step away from winning ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Fan Jam contest.

The “Fan Jam” contest challenged participants to come up with the best original cover of its iconic “da-da-da, da-da-da” opening theme song. The competition began with eight contestants who showcased a variety of talents, from solo electric guitar to beat-boxing.

Lee, who we featured in a Video of the Week playing Jimi Hendrix, is going head-to-head against acoustic guitarist Trace Bundy. The winner will receive a trip ESPN’s headquarters in Connecticut to perform as its “house band” for the day. Voters, who can vote for their favorite cover until Thursday on the SportsCenter Facebook page, determine the winner. 

Although both musicians play acoustic instruments, the distinctive sounds have their own merit. The extremely technically-skilled acoustic work exhibited by Bundy is clean, classic guitar playing at its finest with virtuoso-like finger-tapping. However, the unique and authentic sound of Lee’s gayageum, a 12-string Korean zither, accompanied by a rock-and-roll track, holds its own in the competition.

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Direct English, Korea, Inc. has been the leader in one-on-one conversational English by utilizing our multimedia based curriculum with an EFL approach that has been proven to significantly improve students` conversational English. Direct English`s program was jointly developed by Pagoda Academy, Inc., one of Korea’s largest and reputable foreign language institutes, and Pearson Education, the world`s largest publishing group.

Although we have a lot of university students we do have many business professionals and as such we prefer teachers with business background and/or interest in business and above all an ability to establish rapport with Korean students from all walks of life. Types of classes you will be teaching:

  • Teaching Direct English`s Regular Tutorial Classes (25 minutes per session)
  • Teaching Topic Classes (55 minutes / session)
  • Business English (Market Leader textbook)
  • 1 or 2 Conversation Classes (50 minutes with 6-12 students)
  • Interviewing customers in English who come to signup

Take a look at our classes here: http://www.jobpagoda.com/en/de/programs/rt_rnt.jsp

Direct English provides a friendly, stable work environment for all of its employees. Teachers Korean and Native get along great and often go out after work to socialize. With superb staff and students who have a strong desire to improve their English. 

Direct English Teacher Profile - Alex from JobPagoda Pagoda Academy on Vimeo.

Job Highlights:

  • 15 days of fully paid vacation + National Holidays are paid too!
  • Able to choose your own apartment
  • Great Locations in Seoul  
  • Good starting pay rate and pay raises every 6 months
  • Great coworkers (Many re-sign) check out our testimonials

If you are interested in joining a winning team or would like to further inquire about the positions available, please take a look at our site and apply online http://www.jobpagoda.com/apply/proc.jsp 

Current Openings:
Samsung station April 1st & April 21st
Gangnam station May 1st & August 1st

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


We asked 170,000 educators on our WeAreTeachers Facebook page, ”What do people say or ask you about teaching that drives you crazy?” They had a few lessons to share. So get out your pencil and your notebook, and listen up. Here are 12 things you should never say to teachers. Not to your neighbor…

Work-Life Balance Korean Workers Show Lowest Productivity in OECD, despite Long Overtime - See more at:… http://t.co/f03Q0cU6po