FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

For those who still have questions.

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I have a Home Office in Fortress Hill. This office is not registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau so only a limited number of students per day is allowed. The reason for this is because so that I can allocate more time on setting up my goal of 154 English Teacher franchises by 2020. These are single-classroom boutique-style learning centres of The English Teacher with 1 NET, the franchisee him or herself.

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At this moment I have only classes on Saturdays where I teach children. I tend to keep these classes very small, i.e. 3 students. I also focus on teaching and coaching adults in group classes or 1-to-1.

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Currently, I mainly teach in my Home Office. Up-to-date info on my locations is here

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Our bank account is The English Teacher Ltd. HSBC 652 208794 001

  1. HSBC Bank Transfer with screenshot
  2. HSBC PayMe
  3. ATM Transfer with slip
  4. Cash
  5. Cheque payable to: The English Teacher Ltd.

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Because I left Whatsapp. I kicked out the app. I feel if I do the opposite of what 99% of the people do, my life works better. In my life I am committed to keep texting to a minimum. I feel that texting does not work. It robs both parties of their precious time and establishes a lot of miscommunications. Look at the emoji icons for example, do you really know what they mean? My motto? Call me! Talking works! Preferably face-to-face.

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I don't have any English teaching certification other than a TEFL – which anyone can obtain easily – and I am proud of that. I teach what I preach. I walk the talk. I came to Hong Kong with a poor English ability in 2004. My current English level is a testament to the idea that you can master anything at any age. If I can do it, then so can you and so can any Hongkonger.
So you really want to know my qualifications, huh? Here you go:
in chronological order

  1. Secondary school diploma
  2. University dropout certificate
  3. College dropout certificate
  4. Forklift driving licence
  5. Social Worker Education 1st year
  6. Audio Engineering Diploma

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I used to lie about that all the time but not anymore. So the answer is: No, I am not a native English speaker but I speak English natively i.e. like a native. You might think that it is stupid to mention this on your website but I reason differently. I feel by being authentic in life, I live a much happier life. I also am a testament that anyone can become a native English speaker, including you in case you're not a native English speaker. And lastly, having gone through all the difficulties of learning English as a foreigner, I know what my customers are going through, something a native English teacher does not always have.

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My purpose in life is to transform education in Hong Kong such that it works! Now I feel that it doesn't work. Do you tolerate child suicides? Not me. That's what I'm living for. We are in the business of developing happy kids. We believe that increasing happiness in children leads to improved performance. And improved performance leads to great results. And great results lead to increased happiness. So our starting point and main focus is PLAY. If you fully agree with our vision, we'd love to hear from you.

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They can be if you want that. I feel strongly that I am extremely good in motivating and inspiring people and therefore my personal 1-to-1 classes are focused on both: teaching you real-life English whilst our conversations are focused on motivation and me coaching you. So why not have both, someone who is your English teacher and your life coach? Sound interesting?

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Firstly, my experience of teaching Chinese people in Hong Kong has shaped me to become extremely effective in teaching real-life English to Chinese people. Along the way in my 13 years experience teaching in Hong Kong, I have learnt how to speak a little Cantonese. I know many words which are related to my profession, teaching English.

Lastly, every new adult student gets a 50% discount with me on their first class so that I get to know their level and they get to experience my teaching skills and talents first-hand before they commit.