The Ladies of Red English

In an effort to get Korean businessmen more motivated and excited about learning English, a few online companies have popped up within the last couple of years, offering English lessons taught by beautiful young ladies. One such company, Red English (a term used in Korea for an adult website is a “red” website) seems to stand out as being the most blatant when it comes to selling English lessons with sex appeal, as a view of their above promo video will attest to. However, the lessons the pretty instructors teach are as legitimate as any taught by Korean English teachers at private language academies in Korea and ’nuff said about that. Like their lessons, Red English’s website is all in Korean, except for a few English words here and there.

Below are the five current instructors of Red English. The large print with their names in red (which is odd because writing a person’s name in red ink is a sign of death in Korea), translates to; “New and exciting English learning with  instructor (her name)” The ladies fluency in English is hard to ascertain as seemingly all of the instruction is given in Korean with just the lesson’s topic sentence spoken in English, but their English pronunciation sounds fairly good.

On a personal footnote, I’ve actually seen ploys similar to what Red English is using, in “real life” situations, and while it may boost initial enrollment, in the long run, it usually isn’t very successful in improving the students’ English ability.


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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris flirted with the music business there and in Nashville before joining the U.S. Army and serving in South Korea. He remained in Asia for several years afterwards, teaching English, traveling, and covering the regional entertainment scenes. Currently in a mindset between Seoul and San Francisco, besides Idol Features, you can also catch his writings in the print edition of the monthly magazine, Effective.

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