Advanced English Vocabulary

jubilant (adj.) - extremely joyful, happy (The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building.)

knell (n.) - the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death (Echoing throughout our village, the funeral knell made the grey day even more grim.)

lithe (adj.) - graceful, flexible, supple (Although the dancers were all outstanding, Joanna’s control of her lithe body was particularly impressive.)

lurid (adj.) - ghastly, sensational (Barry’s story, in which he described a character torturing his neighbour’s tortoise, was judged too lurid to be published on the English Library’s website.)

maverick (n.) - an independent, nonconformist person (John is a real maverick and always does things his own way.)

maxim (n.) - a common saying expressing a principle of conduct (Ms. Stone’s etiquette maxims are both entertaining and instructional.)

meticulous (adj.) - extremely careful with details (The ornate needlework in the bride’s gown was a product of meticulous handiwork.)

modicum (n.) - a small amount of something (Refusing to display even a modicum of sensitivity, Magda announced her boss’s affair to the entire office.)

morose (adj.) - gloomy or sullen (David’s morose nature made him very unpleasant to talk to.)

myriad (adj.) - consisting of a very great number (It was difficult to decide what to do on Saturday night because the city presented us with myriad possibilities for fun.)

nadir (n.) - the lowest point of something (My day was boring, but the nadir came when my new car was stolen.)

nominal (adj.) - trifling, insignificant (Because he was moving the following week and needed to get rid of his furniture more than he needed money, Kim sold everything for anominal price.)

novice (n.) - a beginner, someone without training or experience (Because we were allnovices at archery, our instructor decided to begin with the basics

nuance (n.) - a slight variation in meaning, tone, expression (The nuances of the poem were not obvious to the casual reader, but the teacher was able to point them out.)

oblivious (adj.) - lacking consciousness or awareness of something (Oblivious to the burning smell emanating from the kitchen, my father did not notice that the rolls in the oven were burned until much too late.)

obsequious (adj.) - excessively compliant or submissive (Donald acted like Susan’s servant, obeying her every request in an obsequious manner.)

obtuse (adj.) - lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect (Political opponents warned that the prime minister’s obtuse approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.)

panacea (n.) - a remedy for all ills or difficulties (Doctors wish there was a single panacea for every disease, but sadly there is not.)

parody (n.) - a satirical imitation (A hush fell over the classroom when the teacher returned to find Magdalena acting out a parody of his teaching style.)

penchant (n.) - a tendency, partiality, preference (Fiona’s dinner parties quickly became monotonous on account of her penchant for Indian dishes.)

perusal (n.) - a careful examination, review (The actor agreed to accept the role after a three-month perusal of the movie script.)

plethora (n.) - an abundance, excess (The wedding banquet included a plethora of oysters piled almost three feet high.)

predilection  (n.) - a preference or inclination for something (James has a predilection for eating toad in the whole with tomato ketchup.)

quaint (adj.) - charmingly old-fashioned (Mary was delighted by the quaint bonnets she saw in Romania.)

rash (adj.) - hasty, incautious (It’s best to think things over calmly and thoroughly, rather than make rash decisions.)

refurbish (v.) - to restore, clean up (After being refurbished the old Triumph motorcycle commanded the handsome price of $6000.)

repudiate (v.) - to reject, refuse to accept (Tom made a strong case for an extension of his curfew, but his mother repudiated it with a few biting words.)

rife (adj.) - abundant (Surprisingly, the teacher’s writing was rife with spelling errors.)

salient (adj.) - significant, conspicuous (One of the salient differences between Alison and Helen is that Alison is a couple of kilos heavier.)

serendipity (n.) - luck, finding good things without looking for them (In an amazing bit of serendipity, penniless Mark found a $50 bill on the back seat of the bus.)

staid (adj.) - sedate, serious, self-restrained (The staid butler never changed his expression no matter what happened.)

superfluous (adj.) - exceeding what is necessary (Samantha had already won the campaign so her constant flattery of others was superfluous.)

sycophant (n.) - one who flatters for self-gain (Some see the people in the cabinet as the Prime Minister’s closest advisors, but others see them as sycophants.)

taciturn (adj.) - not inclined to talk (Though Magda never seems to stop talking, her brother is quite taciturn.)

truculent (adj.) - ready to fight, cruel (This club doesn’t really attract the dangerous types, so why was that bouncer being so truculent?)

umbrage (n.) - resentment, offence (He called me a lily-livered coward, and I took umbrage at the insult.)

venerable (adj.) - deserving of respect because of age or achievement (The venerable High Court judge had made several key rulings in landmark cases throughout the years.)

vex (v.) - to confuse or annoy (My boyfriend vexes me by pinching my bottom for hours on end.)

vociferous (adj.) - loud, boisterous (I’m tired of his vociferous whining so I’m breaking up with him.)

wanton (adj.) - undisciplined, lewd, lustful (Joanna’s wanton demeanor often made the frat guys next door very excited.)

zenith (n.) - the highest point, culminating point (I was too nice to tell Emily that she had reached the absolute zenith of her career with that one top 10 hit of hers.)

Oklahoma Republican wants to turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids in to ICE to save money

  • A Republican Oklahoma lawmaker is being hotly criticized after proposing the state cut spending by rounding up its 82,000 non-English-speaking students and turning them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • Republican Rep. Mike Ritze is also being criticized by members of his own party for suggesting Oklahoma isn’t obligated to provide an education to undocumented immigrants.
  • The state is facing a $900 million budget gap and Ritze told local CBS affiliate KWTV that turning the kids over to ICE could save $60 million.
  • “Identify them and then turn them over to ICE to see if they truly are citizens,” Ritze said in a Wednesday news segment, adding, “Do we have to really educate non-citizens?” Actually, yes, you do.
  • In its 1982 Plyler v. Doe decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can’t deny students a free public education based on their immigration status, according to the Washington Post. Read more (5/12/17)

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How to Become an ALT in Japan

Basic Requirements

1. A university bachelors degree
-Any degree is ok, Latin American Studies, German, Linguistics, Astro-Physics, Sociology, doesn’t matter as long as it’s at least a bachelors 

 2. A clean criminal background check
-Have you been convicted of a murder? Are you a pedo? Do you have outstanding warrants in 3 states? Did you go to jail for a hit and run? Japan doesn’t want you. 

 3. Appropriately healthy and able bodied
-If you have a something that will prevent you from doing your job well, you will most likely not be hired. For example; you can’t use stairs, you can’t stand for 45 minutes at a time, you have a severe speech impediment (I know people here with lisps), things like this prevent you from teaching at full capacity and most places don’t have the time or resources to make special accommodations for you. 

What other skills might recruiters be looking for?

1. Japanese language ability
-NOT required for most positions, but helpful for communication both in and out of the workplace. Unless you live in a metropolitan area, the average Japanese person’s English is VERY limited. I know many people who came here with zero Japanese, but nowadays there are many with at least rudimentary Japanese. People rarely come here fluent, but many people study Japanese while living here to take the JLPT and their level improves by leaps and bounds. I am not one of those people, so don’t ask me for more details lol

 2. TESL/TEFL certification
-NOT required for most positions, but some private companies are starting to lean more towards certified individuals. And honestly, those give you a lot of skills you will absolutely need when teaching English. 

3. Teaching degree
 -NOPE, not required in 99.9% of the cases. I know a few people with them who are ALTs, I’ve heard mixed opinions on how well it helps them as an ALT. Some find it demeaning to work subordinate and be given limited control/responsibilities, other find it freeing because they can spend more time teaching and less time with test related paper pushing and discipline management.

4. Good attitude, flexibility, people skills
-You need to be able to present yourself as someone trustworthy and amiable to recruiters. The environments ALTs work in are often high-paced, prone to sudden last second changes, and being able to make friends in the office and keep a happy face with students is incredibly important. 

5. Prior experience
-Have you worked in a daycare before? Have you volunteered in tutoring centers? Have you led discussion groups as a major requirement?  Have you ever studied abroad? Have you ever volunteered in foreign classrooms? Have you taken charge of a club and organized events? Did you dorm with international students in university? Have you worked for an international program before? Have you given private language lessons before? These are the kinds of things that show you have experience in things that ALTs frequently encounter.

Can I mention my love of [INSERT JAPANESE CULTURE HERE]?

Yes, but keep is professional, relevant, and brief. 

“I became interested in Japan after watching Spirited Away, the cultural aspects of the movie fascinated me and made me want to learn more about Japan.” OK
“I have a collection of anime pillow cases, my favorite is Miku Hatsune in this pose.” NO 

“I started listening to Japanese music in high school. I eventually started learning Japanese to better understand the lyrics.” OK
 "When Pierrot broke up, I was shattered that the fanfic community would move on to other ships.“ NO 

“My school offered a short course on Japanese tea ceremony, and I thought the way that it formed historically was extremely interesting.” OK
“I want to learn the way of the samurai.” NO 

“I’m very interested in Japanese video game production companies. I went to college and majored in game design and I want to further study it by living in Japan and experiencing the community in person.” OK
“I want to play Resident Evil on fiber optic LAN with Japanese players so I can pwn more n00bs when I get back to America.” NO

What kind of ALT positions are available?

First and foremost: READ AND RESEARCH

If you do not do your own intensive research, you can get taken advantage of. You hear horror stories from people here all the time, and those mostly come from people didn’t research what they were getting themselves into. I cannot make a comprehensive guide to the THOUSANDS OF KINDS OF ALT positions across the country, this is only an overview. Look at that link, and always do extensive research of the companies/programs you’re interested in working for.

1. Government
 AKA JET Program
-The JET Program is the only government ALT program. It makes the Japanese government the middleman in your arrangements, which takes less money from your paycheck and gives you a more trustworthy means of income. It’s very competitive and the application process takes about 6 months. They only hire once a year. It’s arguably the best program, as it pays well, you have a lot of guaranteed vacation time, and they pay for your flights to and from the country. On the downside, you don’t really have a lot of say in where you are placed. Also, you cannot get a transfer unless VERY specific requirements are met. Also some prefectures/localities are nicer to their ALTs than others, but if they try to fuck you over you know you have the Japanese government backing you and they will keep you from being taken advantage of.

 2. Private Dispatch
examples: Interac, AEON, Borderlink, JIEC and MANY others
 -These are private companies that workplaces hire to provide them with ALTs. Workplaces do this because some of the intricacies in hiring an ALT and getting them a VISA and housing are really complicated, and they’d rather pay a middleman than deal with it. Upsides, you get a little more wiggle-room with being transferred. Downside by far is the pay. It depends on the company, but that middleman definitely takes a big chunk of your pay. If you work for a place like this, you need to VERY carefully read your contract. Research dispatch companies carefully, check their ratings online, see what former employees have to say about them. 

 3. Private Hire
 AKA working directly under the local government office, a private company, or even one-on-one’s in wealthy households
-These are places that will directly hire you without a middleman. Obviously, you need to look carefully at the details of your contract before working privately. Most local government places won’t hire you without prior ALT experience in Japan. Private English Conversation Schools (Eikaiwa) have non-9 to 5 working hours to provide for business workers and students. They sometimes require you to already have a VISA prior to being hired. Private Hire really is outside of my experience, but from what I understand they can pay as well as JET, but don’t usually have as many perks.

Where do I look for open positions?

GaijinPot is the website I’ve heard of the most. Check there and research research research. There are scammers, be careful. 

JET hires once a year starting around September or October. It’s available online on their official webpage.

There are a bajillion different dispatch companies. I couldn’t possibly name them all, I don’t really have a lot of experience with them, and don’t know which are particularly good or not. Check Google-sensei for their applications, websites, and reputations.

Other than that, please be wary of Craigslist. Although legit job openings do show up, there are scammers. If it’s someone looking for a “private female in-home English tutor from ages 19~25” or something like that, don’t be dumb. Many will require you to have a VISA with a minimum of 1 year on it already. Many will require you to already live in the area of the position. Research everything carefully.

Words of warning

If you think mental health issues are stigmatized in your home country, oh honey you ain’t seen nothin` yet.

If you have mental health issues, Japan may not be the place for you. You may think going to Japan, being surrounded by your hobbies and interests, and just “getting away” will make things better… IT WON’T.

Please be aware that you most likely will not be able to get your meds over the counter in Japan. And it’s not uncommon for your meds to be banned entirely even with a prescription. Bi-polar, anxiety, OCD, depression? Your meds might not be available here. Oh and having people send them over from home by mail can get you detained and deported if you’re caught.

You’ll also be leaving the support of friends and family by coming to Japan. The ALT community is pretty cool, but people come and go so quickly, it’s hard to find groups of people that will stick together through really tough spots.

Supervisors and coworkers aren’t much help either. In Japan, people don’t talk about mental health issues at all. If you take meds for anything other than a physical illness, you do it in private where people can’t see you. If you see a psychiatrist, you do it in a different prefecture, where no one can see you. It’s not uncommon for Japanese people to be asked to leave their jobs because their boss or coworkers have suspicions.

If you self medicate with something like marijuana, be aware that recreational drug use here is VERY VERY VERY illegal. Marijuana use is treated with the same seriousness as crack cocaine. You WILL be caught, you WILL be detained, you WILL be tried without a lawyer present, you WILL be held in solitary, you WILL be convicted of drug possession, and you WILL be deported.

Some ALTs will replace their marijuana use with alcohol. That goes about as well as it sounds :|

For LGBT, if you’re used to a very supportive queer community, it’s not the same here. Japanese people are extremely closeted and unless you live near a large metropolitan area, getting into the gay scene is nearly impossible. I’m fine because I was never in the gay scene back home, but for some people it’s very hard.

If you’re trans and want to come here to transition, please reconsider. I would suggest not coming to Japan as an ALT if you intend to transition in the immediate future. If your gender dysphoria is pretty bad, you’re gonna have a bad time. Gender segregation and enforcement of gender roles will probably seriously affect your mental health. The paperwork for transitioning is even harder from overseas and lot of things need to be done in person so you’ll have to fly back and forth from your home country a lot (which is damn expensive and needs vacation leave). Even if you do get everything done, there’s no telling how your work will respond. They won’t outright say they’re firing you for your gender identity, that’s illegal, they’ll come up with some other reason.

People who come here with a goal like paying off college loans or wanting to experience another culture usually have a better time that people who come here because OMG I JUST LOVE JAPAN. Please keep that in mind.

Advanced English Vocab: Part 1

aberration (n.) Something that differs from the norm

“In 1974 Poland won the World Cup, but the success turned out to be an aberration and Poland has not won a World Cup since.”

abhor (v.) to hate, detest

“Because he always got hit in the head when he tried to play cricket, Martin began to abhor the sport.”

  • abhorrent (adj.) vile, detestable

acquiesce (v.) to agree without protesting

“Though Mr. Pospieszny wanted to stay outside and work, when his wife told him to come inside for dinner he acquiesced to her demands.”

  • acquiescence (n.) peaceful agreement, compliance

alacrity (n.) eagerness, speed

“Simon loved to help his boyfriend whenever he could, so when his boyfriend asked him to set the table he did so with alacrity.”

amiable (adj.) friendly

“An amiable fellow, Neil got along with just about everyone.”

appease (v.) to calm, to satisfy

“When the baby cries, his mother gives him a pacifier to appease him.”

arcane (adj.) obscure, secret, known only by a few

“The professor is an expert in arcane Kashubian literature.”

avarice (n.) excessive greed

“The banker’s avarice led him to amass an enormous personal fortune.”

brazen (adj.) excessively bold, brash, clear and obvious 

“Critics condemned the writer’s brazen attempt to plagiarise Frankow-Czerwonko’s work.”

brusque (adj.) short, abrupt, dismissive

“Simon’s brusque manner sometimes offends his colleagues.”

  • brusqueness (n.) the quality of being brusque, abrupt or dismissive

cajole (v.) to urge, coax, convince

“Magda’s friends cajoled her into drinking too much.”

  • cajoling (adj.) describes one who cajoles or tries to convince

callous (adj.) harsh, cold, unfeeling

“The murderer’s callous lack of remorse shocked the jury.”

  • callousness (n.) the quality of being callous or harsh

candor (n.) honesty, frankness

“We were surprised by the candor of the politician’s speech because she is usually rather evasive.”

chide (v.) to voice disapproval, to scold

“Hania chided Gregory for his vulgar habits and sloppy appearance.”

clandestine (adj.) secret

“Announcing to her boyfriend that she was going to the library, Maria actually went to meet George for a clandestine liaison.”

coerce (v.) to make somebody do something by force or threat

“The court decided that David Beckham did not have to honor the contract because he had been coerced into signing it.”

  • coercion (n.) act of coercing or forcing someone to do something

coherent (adj.) logical, consistent, intelligible, understandable

“William could not figure out what Harold had seen because he was too  distraught to say a coherent sentence.”

  • coherence (n.) the quality of being coherent, clear or logical

complacency (n.) self-satisfied ignorance of danger (or indifference to danger)

“Lucas tried to shock his friends out of their complacency by painting a frightening picture of what might happen to them.”

  • complacent (adj.) describes a person who is ignorant of danger, one who behaves with indifference

Some words on the list have multiple forms (adjective and noun, etc.) but only one version of each word was included on the original list, so I added some of the other forms.  Let me know if anything is confusing! 

A major investigation by The Houston Chronicle recently revealed that districts in Texas were pressured by the state to provide fewer students with special education services, which can be expensive. In 2004, the Texas Education Agency told districts to restrict special education enrollment to 8.5 percent of all students. At the time, Texas’ average was close to the national rate of 13 percent.

After that, the state’s rate plummeted to the lowest in the country.

An analysis of the numbers shows that children who are learning English have been shut out even further. The rate for English language learners enrolled in special education was just 7.6 percent in 2016.

English Learners Were Hurt The Most When Texas Limited Special Education

Illustration: Sara Ariel Wong for NPR

“Advanced” English Valentine’s Vocabulary

adoration - deep love and respect

comely - pleasant to look at, attractive

admirer - a person how had great regard for someone or something. A person who has a romantic interest in someone

bouquet - an arranged bunch of flowers

exquisite - extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate

amorous - showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire

devotion - love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause

sentimental - of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia

beau - a boyfriend or male admirer

unrequited love - feelings of love that are not returned or understood by the admired

yearning - a feeling of intense longing for something

serenade - a piece of music sung or played in the open air in someone’s honor

swoon - faint from extreme emotion

Advanced English Vocab 2

confidant (n.) a person entrusted with secrets (Not the same as confident!)

“Shortly after we met, he became my confidant.”

connive (v.) to plot, scheme

“She connived to get me to give up my plan of starting a new business.” 

  • conniving (adj.) describes one who connives or schemes

cumulative (adj.) increasing, building upon itself

“His vast improvement in English was the cumulative effect of hours spent using the World English website.”

debase (v.) to lower the quality or esteem of something

“The large paycheck that he gave himself debased his motives for running the charity.”

decry (v.) to openly criticise 

“Andrzej Lepper, the leader of the Polish Self Defense party, decried the appalling state of Polish roads.”

deferential (adj.) showing respect for another’s authority

“Donata is always excessively deferential to any kind of authority figure.” 

demure (adj.) quiet, modest, reserved

“Though everyone else at the party was dancing and going crazy, Alicia remained demure.”

deride (v.) to laugh at mockingly, to scorn

“The native speaker often derided the other teacher’s accent.”

  • derisive (adj.) mocking, scornful, describes one who derides or scorns

despot (n.) one who has total power and rules brutally

“The despot issued a death sentence for anyone who disobeyed his laws.”

  • despotic (adj.) describes one who behaves like a despot

diligent (adj.) showing care in doing one’s work

“The diligent researcher made sure to double check her measurements.”

  • diligence (n.) the demonstration of care in one’s work

elated (adj.) overjoyed, thrilled

“When he found out he had won the lottery, the postman was elated.”

  • elation (n.) extreme happiness, the feeling of being elated

eloquent (adj.) expressive, articulate, moving

“The best man gave such an eloquent speech that most guests were crying.”

  • eloquence (n.) expressiveness, the quality of being eloquent, the ability to be articulate

embezzle (v.) to steal money by falsifying records

“The accountant was fired for embezzling $20,000 of the company’s funds.”

empathy (n.) sensitivity to another’s feelings as if they were one’s own

“I feel so much empathy for my sister that when she’s upset, so am I.”

  • empathetic (adj.) sensitive, describes one who has empathy

enmity (n.) mutual hatred, hostility 

“John and Scott have clearly not forgiven each other, because the enmity between them is obvious to everyone around them.”

erudite (adj.) learned, knowledgeable 

“My English teacher is such an erudite scholar that he has translated some of the most difficult Old English poetry.” 

extol (v.) to praise, revere

“Kamila extolled the virtues of a vegetarian diet to her meat-loving boyfriend.”

fabricate (v.) to make up, invent

“When I arrived an hour late to class, I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to work.”

facet (n.) one of several sides

“I never realized that Maria liked art so much.  I guess it’s a more hidden facet of her personality.” 

(This can also refer to physical sides, usually in the context of a cut jewel.)

I wanted to make a quick post about some issues with E2 visas in Korea that I feel like no one really talks about on Tumblr. If you’re coming to Korea on an E2 teaching visa, I would really recommend you join the LOFT group on Facebook (Legal Office for Foreign Teachers). Any question or document that you need to help you verify what your recruiter and/or school is telling you can be found there.

Recently, immigration has been cracking down on after schools that hire E2 visa holders. These jobs offer similar pay to regular hagwon jobs for a fraction of the hours, so they’re pretty coveted positions when you’re an E2. After school companies cannot hire and sponsor English teachers on an E2 visa. This is why most people who have after school gigs are under an F visa. To get around this, the after school company gets the school you’re actually working at to sponsor your visa; however, your employer is not the school, it is the after school company. This is illegal. Your visa sponsor, your actual employer, and the location where you are employed must all be the same. After school companies have routinely taken advantage of this loophole in the law and for some reason, immigration has taken notice and decided to crack down on people on E2s that are working at after schools. This is the case even when immigration was aware of the inconsistency in documentation when your visa was approved. So even if you didn’t know that this was illegal, even if your employer thought that this was legal (they’ve been doing this for years), you are still liable.

One of my new coworkers almost got fined and deported when she went to immigration to transfer her E2 to our school. They realized the issue with her previous documentation and it took some serious begging from our supervisor for them to let it go. My other coworker knows a couple who are now in the process of being deported and banned for a year from Korea for working at an after school with an E2 visa. Your situation will further be complicated if your after school company has listed you as an IC (independent contractor) because they are also evading paying taxes, which in turn means you’re not paying taxes (also E2 visa holders CANNOT be ICs at all by definition). If you’re getting one of these after school jobs, please call immigration in Korea or ask about your specific situation in the LOFT group. Be wary and don’t easily believe what your recruiter or employer are telling you. Immigration does not care that you didn’t know something was illegal or improper. They will hold you responsible regardless.

The other issue has to do with E2 visas teaching anything other than conversational English. Recently, there was a big scandal with international schools filing the wrong licenses and getting their teachers on E2’s when they were supposed to put them on E7 visas. These teachers were teaching actual school subjects as you would at any public school. Those teachers were deported and their passports permanently stamped. It’s been a big deal in Korea. However, I thought that since this applied to international schools, it wouldn’t really affect hagwons but my new coworker went to immigration to do her visa transfer two weeks ago and the immigration officer told her that while immigration had not decided what to do about E2s teaching subjects like math, reading, writing, science, etc., at hagwons, E2s are technically not supposed to teach any other subject other than conversational English and that there might be new developments in the coming months.  Our school is a homeroom style hagwon so we teach everything in English to our kindy classes. I’ve also never heard of a teacher at a hagwon only teaching “conversational English.” We all pretty much have specific classes we teach like reading, writing, debate, etc. I’m not entire sure how much immigration is going to be able to do about this (it would entail changing the entire English hagwon system and how most schools are run) but it’s still something to be aware of especially as immigration takes it’s time deciding what to do.

A good thing to keep in mind is that not knowing means nothing to Korean immigration. As a foreigner, we rely on our recruiters and school a lot to know and follow the pertinent laws. However, immigration does not care about this and will punish you first and then the school. After school companies have received warning letters (there’s been quite a few people being laid off suddenly because of these letters) from the Department of Education about E2s and after school positions, so at least some companies/schools are trying to do the right thing before people get in trouble.

If you’re unsure and you have additional questions about your specific situation, send me a message or join the Facebook group to get more detailed info. I would also call immigration.


Are you trying to learn English? Do you have no time, money, or can’t physically get to a tutor? Well then I have something for you! 

I recently completed my Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification, but in order to receive the certificate I need to put 20 hours of volunteer time in teaching English. I’m having a lot of trouble finding that in my hometown, so I’ll be offering FREE english lessons over Skype or in person if you’re in the San Jose/Monterey, California area. 

Does it have to be English? Nope. I can help you with ANYTHING as long as you’re a nonnative English speaker, and all you have to do is fill out a little log and write a few sentences about me as a teacher. That means I can help you write an essay, a speech, or even do a math problem (though I’m gonna be honest I’m not super good at that.) I’ve tutored privately in France and Russia so I know what I’m doing!

I’ll be available whenever you want - even if it’s three in the morning for me. Please spread this to your friends, I really really need these hours! Message me here or email me at Thank you!

Now with IPA pronunciation! (Please notify me of any errors)

Abjure (v.) - æbˈdʒʊr (US); əbˈʤʊə (UK)  - to reject (something) formally

Churlish (adj.) - ˈʧɜrlɪʃ (US); ˈʧɜːlɪʃ (UK) - not polite

Facetious  (adj.) - fəˈsiʃəs - used to describe speech that is meant to be funny but that is usually regarded as annoying, silly, or not proper*

Jejune (adj.) - ʤɪˈʤuːn - not interesting; too simple

Orthography (n.) - ɔrˈθɑgrəfi (US); ɔːˈθɒgrəfi (UK) - the way in which the words of a language are spelled

Supercilious  (adj.) - ˌsupərˈsɪliəs (US);ˌsjuːpəˈsɪlɪəs (UK) - having or showing the proud and unpleasant attitude of people who think that they are better or more important than other people

Foible  (n.) - ˈfoibəl (US); ˈfɔɪbəl (UK) -a minor fault in someone’s character or behavior

Truculent  (adj.) - ˈtrʌkjələnt (US); ˈtrʌkjʊl(ə)nt (UK) - easily annoyed or angered and likely to argue

Brazen  (adj.) - ˈbreɪzən - acting or done in a very open and shocking way without shame or embarrassment

Fraught  (adj.) - frɔt - full of or accompanied by something specified —used with with;  causing or characterized by emotional distress or tension

Opulent  (adj.) - ˈɑpjələnt (US); ˈɒpjʊlənt (UK) - very comfortable and expensive; very wealthy

Spurious  (adj.) - ˈspjʊriəs (US); ˈspjʊərɪəs (UK) - not genuine, sincere, or authentic; based on false ideas or bad reasoning

*This is how it’s used rather than what it means.

The definitions were taken from Merriam-Webster; I chose those I felt most relevant. I decided it’s time for a second advanced English vocabulary list, so here it is. Enjoy! :)

What’s Up with “Hanged” and “Hung”?

When it comes to regular objects such as paintings and articles of clothing, we use “hung” as the past tense of “hang”:

  • The doctor hung his lab coat inside his office wardrobe before he went home.

When it comes to the form of death (either execution or suicide), we use “hanged”:

  • The music world mourned when Ian Curtis hanged himself.


The past tense of “hang” in the phrase “hang up the phone” is “hung,” e.g., “I hung up on her.” 📞

The past tense of the phrase “hang out” is “hung out,” as in “The Eleventh Doctor and his friends hung out yesterday and ate fish fingers and custard.”



hi everyone, the English school I work for is hiring this year !
It’s a rewarding English teaching job in an exciting, bustling town in northern-central Taiwan, sunny sub-tropical weather and not far from the beach, mountains or Taipei.

The school itself is really great, friendly coworkers and a cool building about a 5/10 minute walk from the beach and 15 minutes from the train station.

The gritty details:

Pay: 62'000 NT$ per month (around 2000 $US)

Hours: 8:30-6:00 Monday to Friday
6 teaching hours per day, 12-1:30pm lunch break, Tuesday afternoon is exclusive office hours/free time)

Morning is one young class (kindergarten)
Afternoon is one English immersion class and one elementary class

The school will also help you find an apartment and can pick you up from the airport, and of course help you get your residence visa and documents!

**If you’re interested, please feel free to ask me any questions !**