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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:  WesWeston.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480273422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480273429
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,908,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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If you are looking for a serious tome to study and research, this isn't it. This is a fun romp through the author's experiences teaching (and learning) in Korea. He learns as much from the students and the experience as he imparts upon them. It made me want to be a single, carefree 30yo who could jaunt of to foreign lands and have fun and exciting life experiences. As i cannot, reading about it was the next best thing. Definitely recommend this book.
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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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I found Happy Time Go Fast to be an interesting and entertaining account of Wes Weston's experience
not only teaching English in Korea, but LEARNING to be a teacher of English in Korea!
For example, Chapter 4 tells "the epic tale of the rise and fall of Candy Teacher". Priceless!
I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading his other book, Watermelon Is Life.
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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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