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Prior to recruiting ESL teachers to teach overseas, I was an ESL teacher myself. I spent four years teaching abroad in Korea, and a year and a half teaching in Brazil and traveling across South America. During my time overseas, I met a number of expats who did time in foreign prisons.

I would be a big, fat liar if I said that TESOLers who blow their money drive me bonkers. In reality, I know how exhilarating it can be to spend all that shiny, new cash we make from teaching on clothes, dining out, drinks, and whatever else suits our fancies. Spending money is fun, but what I've come to realize, is that saving money is oh-so-much-more gratifying.

English is a notoriously difficult language to learn. There are many phrases, homophones, and colloquialisms that can prove tricky to English language learners. Anyone who has traveled to a non-English speaking country (or even some places in English speaking countries) has probably seen some fantastically bad translations or business names.

Contributed by Lara Evans, TESOL instructor.


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