TNKR volunteer tutor Arrooj Nawaz was teaching her student the phrase “Don’t even think about…”

As usual, they showed the enthusiasm of military draftees when I said it was photo time. So I taught the student the phrase: “Don’t even think about taking my photo.” I think such ‘Live English” helps students remember key phrases. 🙂

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So many tutors and give so much of their time that it is easy to forget how special it truly is. Arrooj came in both Monday and Tuesday of this week. Each 1:1 tutoring session lasts at least 90 minutes. She isn’t doing just general conversation. The student is focused on improving her English, so she is asking specific questions about grammar and word usage. Arrooj is doing this as a volunteer, always doing her best to be available.

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주성, author of a book about the human rights of North Korean women, dropped by the TNKR office to talk about collaborating on a project. Emily Skalovsky has a key role in making it happen. We had a great meeting yesterday to talk about the next steps and Mr. Lee and Emily set up a specific timeline.

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We were visited by a couple of young men who want to connect international students with TNKR. This was our first meeting, we hope to get a good update from them soon! They were curious about how we started TNKR and let us know how much they admire what we are doing.

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TNKR Assistant Academic Adviser/Tutor/Translation Machine Youngmin Kwon taught a class yesterday to a student who travels a long distance to study at our center. She has a funny story about studying English, it shows her incredible determination to learn English. She said, “See you next week.” She started slightly above the ABC level, she would say good-bye in Korean, but Youngmin started pushing her to use English. Her confidence level has gone up and she now tries English much more often.

We are now recruiting tutors, I have conflicting feelings about the South Koreans who join us because so many insist on using Korean to teach English. That slows down refugees who often lack confidence to try English. So I will ask Youngmin to give them a pep talk and he may need to start observing some of their classes to give them tips.

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After a busy day at work, so many items on the to-do list, Eunkoo suddenly informed me that we had a business dinner. Amazing, a person who walked in called my name. What a surprise, it was Steven Ko. We have been Facebook friends for a few years but I believe that we had never met in person. Our separate dinner parties then merged into one.

One of our big fans! He always insists on treating us to dinner.

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Here’s an article in the Korea Times by John Redmond about TNKR’s 5th English speech contest.

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