Interview with Chris – Why Taiwan Surprised Him and Common English Mistakes You Should Avoid

I'm incredibly excited to have Chris Ternosky to the show!

Chris is an English teacher in Taiwan, and we got to know each other through a Facebook group. We became friends online, and since we were both teachers, we decided to record our conversation and share our experiences with you.

Is it weird to make friends online? You might be surprised. The world is connected more than ever with the help of the Internet, and not only could you make friends online, but you could also get a part-time job, hire an assistant, or even find the partner of your dreams on the internet!

I'll show you how to find an English teacher online down below this post. For now, let me tell you a few things about our conversation.

Topics discussed in this session:

  • Chris's background, and how he ended up in Taiwan
  • Two things that surprised Chris while he was in Taiwan
  • Three interesting things that happened to Josh when he was in Taiwan
  • Common English mistakes Taiwanese and Korean students make when they speak in English
  • Chris's tips for learning English better and faster
  • How Chris develops himself

Today's English Words

entrepreneurshipthe process of starting a business
Josh and Chris are interested in entrepreneurship. 

zero market valuenot useful in the job market
Philosophy major has a zero market value.

no one goes out of their way to help youto do more than necessary; to go above and beyond 
Americans are nice too, but not many people go out of their way to help you. 

Resources Mentioned
a site where you can post personal ads, buy and sell used gadgets, find jobs, roommates, friends, and even teachers

Robert Greene – 48 Laws of Power
Josh and Chris's favorite book that talks about historical accounts of people who used or misused power

Tim Ferriss' Podcast
Tim interviews people who are really good at what they do

Tim Ferriss – Four Hour Workweek
Chris's favorite book about lifestyle design

Jay Abraham, a marketing guru
Josh's favorite teacher of marketing, who also happens to use a wide range of English vocabulary 

Steven Pinker, a Harvard professor and an expert in linguistics and psychology
Josh's favorite professor to learn more about language acquisition and cognitive development – Chris Ternosky's English blog

If you'd like to ask Chris a question or potentially get a private lesson with him through Skype or in-person (he lives in Taiwan), click here to send him a message.


Coming soon!

Your Turn

Did you enjoy the show? Here are 3 things you could do today. Just do one of them, and Chris or I will reply!

  1. Use one of the words from “Today's English Words” and create and write your own sentence. One of us will correct your sentence for you.
  2. Share your favorite book or podcast! What is it, and what do you like it?
  3. Leave a question or comment about the show below.

To your English success!

About Josh

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언어와 문화 학습을 좋아하는 일본계 미국인 Josh 입니다. 영어와 일본어를 하고 제3개국어인 한국어는 20대에 배웠습니다. 통번역사, 프로젝트매니저, 마케터로서의 경험을 바탕으로 여러분이 스마트하게 보일 수 있는 영어 스피킹 노하우를 공유하고 있습니다. 비즈니스 영어와 발음과 엑센트에 관한 강좌를 실시하고 있습니다. 분야: 비즈니스 영어, 프레젠테이션, 발음 교정 現: 유튜브채널 SplashEnglish 운영前: 서울교육대학교, 김미경 영어 스피치 트레이너. 협동: EBSe, JEI 재능, 메가스터디, 제주항공, 캠블리, 코어소리영어, AranTV. 다룰 줄 아는 악기: 탬버린.좋아하는 음식은 타코스.

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5 comments add your comment

  1. It’s the really fun and imformative video.
    I didn’t know that singular and pular is that much important.
    And thanks for sharing tips about effecient way of leaning language.
    I think I need to watch American dramas again.
    Thanks Josh and Chris!

  2. It’s the really fun and imformative video.
    I didn’t know that singular and pular is that much important.
    And thanks for sharing tips about effecient way of leaning language.
    I think I need to watch American drama again.
    Thanks Josh and Chris!

  3. i’ve really enjoyed your interviews.
    it does the tricks.
    for the first time i listened to the interviews that you made, I didn’t understand well because I wasn’t used to listnening. I didn’t give up though.
    I tried to catch many phrases what you and your friends used. it was not easy but it didn’t get me down.
    now, i could almost understand conversation you and your friends had so I am really happy that my english ability has developed by your videos! thanks you so much and merry x-mas in advance.

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