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OJiM

Hi ! Aya-san ,

When I read this article, I was on my way to work.

I was so happy and almost cried...

Because you asked "King of TOEIC" for comment on us , especially using this phrase "TOEIC test-takers who take the tests for pleasure"

Thank you very much for your consideration for us !!

After getting off the train , I cried for a while...


OJiM (on behalf of Japanese TOEIC lovers)

03

31

00:21

Aya

I appreciate the way you took my interaction with Kr. Kim. I didn't expect such an reaction, though. I've gathered that English learners in Korea, TOEIC test-takers included, are very goal-oriented. They learn English strictly for purposes. One of the reasons for this is, I think, that in a country in which only a few strong global companies dominate economy, job markets, and employment, people need to learn English purposefully and seriously.

Thanks for your comment. I hope you keep posting your thoughts in English here.

04

01

10:29

Antonio

Interesting read!

04

02

12:10

Aya

Thanks for the comment and compliment. I look forward to your future visits.

04

02

12:14

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QW 032912 “Farthest from Arrogance”

Today I had a precious opportunity to see Mr. Dae Kyum Kim, a distinguished TOEIC teacher and TOEIC prep book author in Korea. The meeting place was a well-known landmark in Seoul, but it was not easy to get there on foot from the nearest station because we’re tourists visiting Korea for the first time. We managed to be at the meeting place 10 minutes prior to the meeting time, fortunately, and started looking for my other friends who were supposed to join us. In five or six minutes later, I found a guy wearing a brown jacket with a tie and carrying a black briefcase. I soon recognized that was him, Mr. Dae Kyun Kim. I approached the person saying, “Excuse me, you must be Mr. Kim? I’m Aya. Nice to meet you.” Then the person gave a big smile. Yes, that was him.

Soon other friends joined us and six of us got together at the hotel lounge. We talked about our jobs, classes, TOEIC tests, both L/R and S/W, English learners in Korea and Japan. He was exactly what I had expected from our exchanges on Facebook; gentle, kind, generous, and professional. He let me ask so many questions and gave me sincere answer to each. One of the questions that I asked him was about TOEIC test-takers who take the tests for pleasure. There are some people who keep taking the tests simply for the love of the tests while forming a kind of an English learning community here in Japan. His answer was that such demographics are probably 1 to 2 % of the whole TOEIC test-takers in Korea, implying the number is extremely limited or almost zero. Then I asked him whether those who already achieved more than 900 on the TOEIC tests would keep taking the tests or just quit and star doing something else to their English learning. His answer was that most of them would just quit and focus more on productive skills, namely speaking and writing, but some people would keep aiming at higher scores than 900 to apply for a position, such as the security police for the president which requires way more than 900 like 950. He also mentioned that it’s a good thing for English learners to form a group or community to support each other and share joy and hardship among them, saying it’s desirable. Which I’ll never disagree with.

He treated everyone of us a nice bowl of Korean cold needles after having a conversation along with book-signing and a photo session in the hotel lounge. I cannot help being impressed by his hospitality, generosity, and professionalism. He’s the farthest from arrogance; so modest, warm, and kind. I’ve reaffirmed that those accomplished professionals have such personal traits in common. They’re the farthest from arrogance.

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OJiM

Hi ! Aya-san ,

When I read this article, I was on my way to work.

I was so happy and almost cried...

Because you asked "King of TOEIC" for comment on us , especially using this phrase "TOEIC test-takers who take the tests for pleasure"

Thank you very much for your consideration for us !!

After getting off the train , I cried for a while...


OJiM (on behalf of Japanese TOEIC lovers)

03

31

00:21

Aya

I appreciate the way you took my interaction with Kr. Kim. I didn't expect such an reaction, though. I've gathered that English learners in Korea, TOEIC test-takers included, are very goal-oriented. They learn English strictly for purposes. One of the reasons for this is, I think, that in a country in which only a few strong global companies dominate economy, job markets, and employment, people need to learn English purposefully and seriously.

Thanks for your comment. I hope you keep posting your thoughts in English here.

04

01

10:29

Antonio

Interesting read!

04

02

12:10

Aya

Thanks for the comment and compliment. I look forward to your future visits.

04

02

12:14

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