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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #71)

May 13, 2010

I hope that everyone enjoyed the time off last week with Children’s day (if you had any of course).  I was lucky enough to have a five day weekend and the trip to Taiwan was amazing.  Having the week off Expacked was also a hidden blessing, as it was only the third week off Expacked has had since starting up 74 weeks ago. Lantern Festival 2009 2

One surprising thing we found in Taiwan was the level of English spoken in the country.  It seemed like most people spoke a little English and, maybe close to 1 in 5 spoke perfect English.

It wasn’t just the ‘tourist’ spots we went to either – one of the things I like to do is wander around some of the back streets and try to soak up the general atmosphere of place.  We even had people holding the door open for us!

So why is it that Taiwanese people speak better English than Koreans?  Do they have more motivation than Koreans to learn the language?  Are they taught differently?  Surely Taiwan being a bigger tourist destination isn’t the only reason…

Lotus Lantern Festival on this Weekend

One of Seoul’s biggest festivals is on this weekend and everyone should really head in and experience it.  The festival starts on Friday the 14th and the main street parade is on Sunday 16th.  Click here for a full schedule of events.

The picture above was taken on a bad camera phone I had last year, however I was pretty pleased with the stylised finish.  It’s a great event and I recommend you head along to it.

The Guidebook for Guest English Teachers in Korea

For those who are interested, EPIK have just released a guide for their GET teachers programme.  Click here for further info.

Here are the stories making the news this week:

Feel free to comment on any of these stories and continue to share Expacked with your friends.  Enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.



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