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Happy Time Go Fast: Invaluable Lessons from Teaching English Abroad Paperback – December 5, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This is such a great read for pre service teachers who are considering teaching as a profession and even better for those thinking about moving abroad. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie
This book was very interesting and fun to read. I am looking forward to reading about the adventures in Africa.Published 6 months ago by Tracy
"as long as i can show students that it's possible to walk, chew gum, and speak english at the same time, i will happily declare victory. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nailah Harvey
Big Wes Weston fan ... everything he writes is worth reading !!!Published 12 months ago by Amy Montgomery
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Warren Yardley
I recommend this book for anyone considering ESL teaching. As for myself, I am even more inspired to become an ESL teacher.
Kansas City, MO
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 morePublished on June 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on May 28, 2014 by John T. Davis