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Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad (Do U English Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Wes Weston
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Book Description

PUT YOURSELF IN THE SHOES OF A FIRST-TIME ENGLISH TEACHER AS SOON AS YOU OPEN THE BOOK!

Humorous, informative, lighthearted and educational, Happy Time Go Fast takes you inside the classroom and standing in front of the students. Wes Weston shares amusing stories and anecdotes that illustrate his misadventures with discipline, classroom management, positive reinforcement, and even school romance. These experiences are then put into context with Korea's rigid English education system where the English craze is uncanny.

Happy Time Go Fast also takes you outside the classroom, examining what it’s like to live in a foreign country. From learning the Korean language to learning how to use chopsticks, from discovering the fascinating world of Konglish to discovering the tranquility of Korean saunas, Wes Weston reveals some of the cultural norms and quirks of life in South Korea.

Whether you’re considering teaching English in Korea, or just intrigued by the thought of it, Happy Time Go Fast paints a vivid picture of a teacher’s life in Korea, folds it into a paper airplane, and sends you flying towards an overseas adventure.


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About the Author

Wes Weston is a nomadic individual. Upon graduating from the University of Colorado in 2002, he spent the following two years roaming about. During this time, Wes backpacked across Western Europe, traveled to Paraguay to work as a volunteer, completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, and worked seasonal jobs in Florida and Alaska to finance his wanderlust. Then, in 2004, Wes moved abroad for the first time in his life. What better place to begin an international escapade than the tropical country of Costa Rica. While living in Costa Rica, Wes worked as a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International. He also encountered numerous people who taught English overseas. Finally, a vocation was chosen. Since 2006, Wes has taught English abroad in several different countries. His work experience reflects a unique and diverse teaching career, involving various cultures, learning institutions, and age groups. Wes has taught ESL in South Korea, working one year at a language academy and two years at a university. He has also worked at a public high school in rural Namibia, discovering what it’s like to live without comfortable amenities both in and out of the classroom. Most recently, Wes taught at a Catholic orphanage in the Dominican Republic working with at-risk children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480273422
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wes Weston (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2WCKW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good tale for newbies to Korea April 12, 2013
Format:Paperback
For anyone new to Korea, you may be unfamiliar with the long list of literature previous expats have left behind. While I've yet to see a definitive list (and probably never will), let's simply say the story of the English teacher that comes to Korea has been written about in many different ways. This blog has reviewed a few different versions of the story - from Chris Tharp's excellent and informative Dispatches from the Peninsula to a gonzo-inspired "The Dog Farm" by David Wills. There's been a few others along the way, some more memorable than others. The story can be told in many ways, however, which brings me to the beginning of the book review.

Happy Time Go Fast is more than just a Konglish saying. While calling it a philosophy on life in Korea seems awkward, most everything in Korea does move fast. Wes Weston's book about "Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad" covers standard ground to start, primarily focusing on the experiences had by most any new, inexperienced teacher in Korea. While being in Daegu may give the book a bit of local flavor you wouldn't find in Seoul or Busan, the story ends up being fairly uniform across the board.

Wes starts as a hagwon, gets trained by watching a co-teacher get kicked out, faces down students with names like Flower and Rambo and Tomato, while eventually being caught by the dreaded ddong chim. He reflects at length on an incident involving lots of candy (not the best reward ever, as he finds out), buys a motorcycle, and explores the breadth of Konglish throughout everyday life.

Most of the first act plays out like e script most hagwon teachers find themselves reading - waking up sleeping kids, handling disciplinary issues, eating Korean food, and drinking Korean alcohol.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK ON TEACHING IN KOREA SO FAR!!!! February 18, 2013
By Dori
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Wes Weston talks about his experiences in teaching in Korea which is so true and funny. Anyone who currently teaches in Korea or plans to teach here must buy his book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable read January 28, 2014
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Having read quite a few memoirs and accounts written by teachers, HAPPY TIME GO FAST was not as interesting as the others. I skipped and scanned a fair portion where explanations and descriptions became tedious. More anecdotal information would have made the book more interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. April 6, 2013
By Avalon
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This book is very entertaining and interesting. Well written and a wonderful account of his years teaching in South Korea.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good light hearted look at tefl. February 18, 2013
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I brought this book at the airport waiting for my plane to take me to England to do the live part of my TEFL course with TEFL England.
I thought it was great, a light hearted look at many aspects of TEFL with an interesting story line thrown in. Great value I thought.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book! January 4, 2013
By steph
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this is a sweet little book about a young american guy's experiences teaching english in korea. it's well-written, funny, and surprisingly instructive. a great read for anyone thinking about teaching or who has taught in other countries, and people interested in korea or armchair travel. if you're like me, you think about ditching it all to go teach english in other countries all the time, but probably, realistically never will. this book was a great proxy experience!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining book! November 23, 2012
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This book is a page-turner (so to speak). As a person who has found herself in similar situations, I could not help nodding along, laughing and shaking my head in amazement. The writer is honest, funny and a great story-teller. Korean culture, politics and history as it pertains to the country and the education system are interspersed with captivating stories and hilarious anecdotes that really capture the joys and challenges of English teaching and the lifestyle of English conversation teachers in South Korea. This book has appeal for ESL teachers not just in Korea, but worldwide, as well as those who wish to take up the profession.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! November 28, 2012
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This book is a fun and interesting take on working abroad. It is a useful tool for someone considering teaching abroad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Times Happy Reading
Wes Weston writes openly and honestly in Happy Times Go Fast as he recounts three years teaching ESL English at the MoonKkanga Academy and later at Gyeonju English Village... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Warren Yardley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love Wes Westons writing style.
Published 2 months ago by neeshay
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational!!!
I recommend this book for anyone considering ESL teaching. As for myself, I am even more inspired to become an ESL teacher.

Patrick Henderson
Kansas City, MO
Published 7 months ago by Patrick H.
5.0 out of 5 stars best of breed
I have no interest in ESL teaching, but have read several such memoirs.. This book is a must read for those contemplating the area, and will provide a good reading experience for... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris Cennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars wish it could have been longer
I really enjoyed this book. I just wish it could have been longer. It made me hunger for more information about his adventures in Korea and later other countries. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John T. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel the easy way...
By reading books like this one, it's easy (and cheap!) to travel to other countries, and learn a lot about the culture. Armchair travel! Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars English in Korea
The author teaches English in Korea. It was very interesting to see how important learning English is to the Koreans and how much of an industry teaching English has become. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeanne
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable look at Korea . . .
Enjoyable read into Korean culture. I heartily recommend it to anyone looking into teaching English as a second language or to anyone wanting a glimpse of the Korean people.
Published 8 months ago by Oeina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and very inspiring!
I am planning on teaching in south Korea and this book taught me so much! I can't wait to go now!!
Published 8 months ago by Audrey Bridgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with"Happy Time go Fast"
I really enjoyed this, well written fun to read,and full of just enough humor and real info to make it worthwhile. Made me want to visit South Korea!
Published 9 months ago by JENNIFER BYTHE
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More About the Author

Wes Weston is nomadic. Upon graduating from university, he backpacked across Western Europe, completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, worked seasonal jobs in Florida and Alaska, and spent a year in Costa Rica volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Eventually, Wes discovered his passion.

With a love for traveling and being immersed in cross-cultural environments, Wes began a career teaching overseas. He has since taught in four different countries, including South Korea, Namibia, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Currently, Wes lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is pursuing a Master's in TESOL. In the near future, he plans to resume his nomadic journey around the world.


For more about Wes visit - http://wesweston.blogspot.com/


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