The glaring tragedy Justice Berger was talking about when he called the new interpretation of the 2nd Amendment “fraud” is about Standard English. I wouldn’t necessarily know this were I not focused on English as a language instructorーbut only illiterate and intellectually shallow interpretations of the 2nd Amendment result in its being seen as language specifically about private gun ownership.

A Reader on Facebook (to me): “Your notion of correct English doesn’t line up with what we all consider natural English. Something all native speakers of the language are capable of.

I, in Reaponse:

I speak standard English to preserve it, because I taught English as a Second Language for 18 years and know that because there are more non-native speakers of the language than native speakers, the accuracy — and thus the beauty and nuance of it — is being destroyed, or is at least devolving.

In addition, I realized that I would have fewer incidences of confusion in the classroom, if I modeled correct English first — before speaking the dialectical incorrect versions of the language so common to many today.

I knew I would also have less of a hard time re-explaining structure if my students learned English correctly the first time.

I speak Standard English properly to the best of my ability, also because I am a burgeoning essayist, poet, comic and activist to the best of my abilities, and I feel that accuracy in language often — if not always — conveys meaning more precisely in those endeavors — and less ambiguously, if one utilizes it.

I have suffered occupationally and socially due to ignorance of the language on the part of others (a huge problem in the PC world of today).

I am interested in aviation and aerospace. There are hyper-important reasons illustrating why English is the international language of those endeavors and they aren’t in the realm of hegemony; its about accuracy.

English is a low-context, highly democratic and accurate language for “level-the-playing field” communication, which prevents plane crashes.

Finally, I seek an audience with the righteous, academic and political — as well as with common people such as myself, for the current era and for posterity, such that I can help improve the world. Saying things correctly makes that easier on all fronts — in my opinion.

I do step outside proper English to convey points, too, however — especially when I want to be humorous!

These are wonderfully good reasons to speak the language according to its best devised rules and conventions, in my opinion.

TalkYourWaytoFluency ProfileI  have taught corporate, academic and casual students in the New York City area.

  • We engage in good, interesting, inspiring, exciting and humorous conversations–about subjects that interest you.
  • We use lesson material I make or in books.
  • Look at the menu on the top of this page; see how much I enjoy ideas. There are many videos there, linked from my You Tube channel–featuring my video essays, humor and poetry.




(a limited list/I have worked for many schools) 
I have worked:

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at Kaplan, NYC as:

Hired after a teaching demonstration that included grammar, song and cartoons, I worked as:

•a proctor
•a level-tester
•an academic assistant
•a Guide
•an activities director

at Embassy Center for English Studies, NYC as
•a registrar

•a substitute teacher 

at Berlitz Language School, NYC as:

•a teacher 

at School of Visual Arts as
• an assistant to  co-director professors from Asia
for Carrot English, Nonhyun, Seoul as:

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at Jung Chul Language School, Gangnam, Seoul, Korea as:
•a teacher 
at The Korea Herald as:

cropped-carl-live.jpg a teacher
• a writer
• a voice actor 
for Actor Park Joong-hoon (and tens of privates) in Seoul, Korea, as:
• a teacher to his children 

• a teacher    

at Hanmi Bank as:

•as a teacher

 at cropped-copy-copy-image2.jpgArirang (Korea National Broadcasting Federation) as:
• a voice actor and narrator 
at TBN/CJ E&M Entertainment as:
• a voice actor (see link for voice:
for cropped-copy-copy-image2.jpgHyundai Motor Corporation as:
• an actor 
at Samsung as:
•an actor

cropped-cropped-dsc_268714.jpgDRAFTING & DESIGN 
at Brooks Brothers, NYC as:
•part time/temporary  draftsperson

at Creative Designs, NYC as:

Cat_hat_moon_spoonas a full time -draftsperson, rendering & in sales

at Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Plaza, NYC as
• a page, host, waiter and union delegate
• one who saw, met and/or served: 
cropped-chonggo_and_the_dharma_students_at_tab_eyes_opened.jpegHis Holiness The Dalai Lama
♤President Nelson Mandela
♤President William Jefferson Clinton
♤General William S. Westmoreland, US Army, Ret.
♤Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara (JFK)
♤The Queen of Thailand

11849084_962580607117349_371869214_a♤Gloria Steinem, Writer
♤Geraldine Ferraro, Senator
♤Glenn Close, Actor
♤Meg Ryan, Actor
♤Oliver Stone, Director
♤Harrison Ford, Actor
♤Richard Dreyfus, Actor
♤Michael Douglas, Actor
♤Martin Sheen, Actor, Activist
♤Liza Minnelli, Actor, Singer

cropped-407267_10102029791747961_1707596359_n1.jpg♤Harry Conic Jr., Musician, Singer
♤Lanie Kazan, Singer

I have eighteen years of intercultural experience.

I was fifteen years in South Korea.

cropped-photo6331-e12909152646732.jpgI visited Japan many times.

I have a method that is very much original and amazingly helpful, called Rhythmomnumonics, which helps you remember clauses, phrases and sentences without grammar (but I teach that, too).

Students, parents and educators say I am:

  • fun
  • creative
  • kind
  • diligent
  • humorous
  • well-written
  • well-spoken
  • compassionate
  • a good conversationalist
  • interesting
  • knowledgeable
  • entertaining

I help  you with:

  • style
  • phonics
  • culture
  • grammar
  • conversation
  • pronunciation
  • I can inspire you to learn!
  • I make custom lessons for you….

I am multi-cultural–especially regarding Asia and America (n I have lived in these places) and I use original methods to assist your progress.

I offer:

  • voice skills (I’m a voice actor and comic)
  • listening skills ( I have near-perfect pitch)
  • drawing skills (I’m an artist)
  • I even even write upside-down (this allows me to transcribe notes for you from across the table, so you can read as I teach you.
  • I am familiar with basic Korean and some
  • I focus our lessons on your speech and culture.
  • I teach you the culture of English-speaking locales, so;
  • You you can learn the language comfortably and naturally.

The advice and attention I give you alone will build your skills if you listen to me.

I look forward to helping you.

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Asking Yes/No Questions about Interests and Likes

Are you interested in/ keen on /are you into…?
Do you like/enjoy …?
Do you take much interest in …?
Do you have any favorite …?
Have you got any favourite …? (Brit. spelling)

Answering Yes/No Questions about Interests And

Yes, actually/ as a matter of fact I do/I am
Oh, I love … !
Well, as a matter of fact …
actually/ to be honest …
I prefer …
I am rather more into/ interested in …
No, I don’t particularly enjoy …

Asking WH- Questions about Interests and Likes

  • What are / is your favorite …?
    What kind of … do you like (best)?
  • enjoy most?
  • enjoy?

What kind of … are you interested in?

  • are you keen on? (Brit.)
  • are you into

Answering WH-Questions about Interests And Likes

  • I am rather interested in …
  • quite keen on …
  • I rather like …
  • quite enjoy …
  • Oh, I like … very much.

Asking for Opinions

  • What do you think about/of …?
  • How do you find/feel about …?
  • What are your views concerning …?
  • What are your feelings regarding …?
  • What do/would you suggest?
  • What/How about …?
  • What would you say about/to …?
  • How does the idea of … appeal to you?
  • Would/Will it be a good idea if/to …?
  • Wouldn’t/Don’t you agree that …?

Expressing Opinions

  • Personally/Frankly I think that …
  • What I think is that …
  • It’s (quite) clear (to me) that …
  • I feel …
  • It’s obvious that …
  • In my opinion …
  • As far as I am concerned …
  • The way I look at it …
  • The way I see it…
  • It seems / appears to me …
  • If you ask me …
  • As far as I can tell …
  • To my mind …
  • To the best of my knowledge …
  • I’m quite sure that …

Asking for Clarification

  • Could you explain what you mean by … ?
  • What do you mean?
  • I’m sorry, but I’m not… clear about … clear on
  • I’m not sure I understand that
  • I’m not sure I follow you.

Giving Clarification

  • Well, what I’m trying to say is that …
  • All said…
  • What I really meant was …
  • What I really mean is …
  • What I’m really saying/trying to say is …
  • Sorry; let me explain it more clearly …
  • In another way …
  • Put another way…
  • Better said …
  • Let me put it in another way …
  • Expressing Agreement
  • I couldn’t agree more.
  • I agree entirely.
  • That’s exactly what I think.
  • I’d go along with you on that.
  • I think you have an interesting point.
  • Expressing disagreement
  • I honestly don’t see why …
  • I don’t think there is any need to …
  • I’m not sure I quite agree/I’ll go along with
  • You there/on that.
  • I don’t think it would be advisable to …
  • Yes, but on the other hand …
  • Yes, but you’ve got to remember that …
  • Well, to be quite honest …
  • I am afraid that …
  • Isn’t it possible that …?
  • What will happen if …?

Expressing Doubt

  • I take/see your point but …
  • I see what you mean but …
  • I agree with you on the whole but …
  • But don’t you think/see that …?
  • That’s true I suppose but …
  • That’s an interesting point of view/comment but …
  • Well, you have a point there but …
  • Might it not also be true that …?
  • Dealing with doubts and objections
  • You needn’t worry about …
  • Look at it in another way …
  • This may seem impossible/improbable to you but …

    Introducing a Point

  • I’m sure/convinced that …
  • It seems quite clear/obvious that …
  • Wouldn’t you agree/admit/say that …
  • The first/basic problem seems to be/ is …

Introducing an Opposite Point

  • I take/see your point but …
  • Possible/True, Yes, but …
  • On the other hand …
  • Looking at it from another point of view …
  • Buying time: fillers
  • Well …
  • Um … / er …
  • Actually …
  • You know/ see …
  • I see.
  • I/ you mean …
  • As a matter of fact …
  • Let’s see (now).
  • Now let me think/see.
  • I’ll have to think about it.
  • Frankly, …
  • To be (quite) honest/frank, …
  • In fact, …
  • I wonder …
  • The thing is …
  • It’s like this, you see …
  • What I’m trying to say is …
  • What I would say is …
  • Let’s put it this way …
  • I’ll tell you what …

Saying Things in Other Words/ Defining

with People:

  • It’s a person who works in …
  • someone you can find in …
  • somebody who is known for …
  • who …

with Places:

  • It’s a place where …
  • Time
  • It’s the time when …

with Things:

  • It’s something similar to …
  • like …
  • made of …
  • It’s a kind/ type of …
  • It’s a thing that is used to …
  • an object for …
  • People use it to …
  • for

Giving Reasons

  • This is why we have decided . . .
  • The main reason is . . .
  • Another equally important reason …
  • Our decision is …
  • Therefore, we strongly believe …
  • Highlighting
  • In fact, …
  • As a matter of fact …
  • In particular / Particularly …
  • Pinpointing the reference (for Examiner 2)
  • You mentioned …
  • Could I go back to the point you made regarding…
  • About … ?
  • I was interested in your comments on…

To beat around the bush means to take a long time explaining something. Synonyms would be dragging something out, and belaboring the point, as in “Don’t belabor the point.” Antonyms would be getting to the point or keeping it simple.

Wonwoo: Are we still meeting, Saturday?

Jane: Sure.  Is there something wrong?

Wonwoo: No. Not at all.

Wonwoo: So, why did you ask whether I am still into it or not?

Jane: Well, because you asked if we were still meeting.

Wonwoo: Oh, okay. So, everything’s cool.

Jane: Yeah! Why wouldn’t it be?

Wonwoo: Well, you said last night you that haven’t seen your friends in a while, so….

Jane: So, you were wondering whether I had wanted to see them, instead, on Saturday?

Wonwoo: Sort of.

Jane: Oh. Thank you for thinking of me, Wonwoo, but next time, don’t beat around the bush.

Wonwoo: What do you mean?

Jane: I mean, tell me straight out what you are worried about.

“When The Cows Come Home,” which means “never,” or ‘not for a very long time’


1. John will take out the garbage when the cows come home, so you had better do it yourself, honey; that kid doesn’t do anything.

2. Yeah, I believe North and South Korea will reunify–when the cows come home. How can we expect this with Kim Jung-Un at the helm of North Korea?

3. Bill, Joan And Joe

Bill: I got my hair cut, lost some weight, have been working out and improved my attitude; do ya think Joan will go out with me, now?

Joe: Well, she’ll go out with ya–just not now.

Bill: Don’t you think I’ve improved my appearance?

Joe: Sure, a million fold.

Bill: So when do you think she’ll go out with me? When I make more money?

Joe: No. When you stop talking like you’re going to vote for Trump, which means… when the cows come home, because I don’t think you can change

“Weekend” Plans

It’s Friday, so here is a dialog for you to practice:
Background: Melvin Udall is the fun character people love to secretly like–though he is the type of person we are thought to hate; he is a crank of a character from the hit movie “As Good As It Gets.” He is played by the celebrated actor, Jack Nicholson, who pulls off Udall’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder soft and fiery sides with great skill. Alice is his no-nonsense but pretty waitress at a local bistro, with whom he has fallen in love. She’s played by the dynamic Helen Hunt. I made up this very short exchange between the characters. If you have questions, let me know.
Melvin (looking old but handsome, charming, but nosey–and with an expression that says, ‘have I got a surprise for you.’):
 “Ya got plans this weekend? Do ya, waitress girl?”
Alice (looking slightly annoyed, but relieved that Melvin isn’t embarrassing anyone in the restaurant):
 “Yes, Melvin; yes, I do. ‘Sorry.”
(A long pause ensues as Helen clears Melvin’s breakfast plates and dishes from his corner table–the one with the open-door view of 6th Avenue; she doesn’t look at him….)
Melvin: (in his usual cutting sarcasm–but with a head-bob and a smirk that seems to say, ‘I still got this.’):
     “Are we working for the CIA, now?”
(Helen freezes, stares into Melvin’s empty coffee cup, but doesn’t look up.)
Melvin (realizing he is screwing up):
     “Is it a secret?”
Alice: (Stops clearing, looks a bit annoyed, then feigns a smile–realizing if she doesn’t answer, Melvin could say something that would ruin her day):
      “I’m going to take Spence to the doctor.”
(Another long pause as Helen finishes cleaning the table and Melvin actually takes the time to think before speaking.)
Melvin (looking like his frontal lobes have been removed):
     “Would it kill ya ta ask me?”
Helen (Perfunctorily and without looking, again):
     “How about you? What will Mr. Charming do, this weekend? Hmm?”
(Helen stops, wipes her hands on her apron at the hips, and looks at Melvin dead on, waiting for his special brand of a boy-ish answer. A group of hairs, comes undone from the rubber-band holding the rest of it in a pony tail, falls in front of her tired face. She ignores it.)
Melvin (looking personally injured, looks up at Helen over the tops of his thick black glasses and wrinkles his forehead and nose):
     “Not any more I don’t.”
So, we see Melvin asking:
  • “Ya got plans?”

This is because we don’t say, ‘Do you have a plan?’ when talking about the weekend, the holiday, vacation or other times of recreation. Having ‘a plan’ is having a solution to a problem; it sounds tactical, strategic, military, martial.

The god a spiritual person talks about (if he or she can justify a god) doesn’t have any disqualifying prejudicial, limiting, or exclusionary qualities about it. The god a traditionally religious person talks about often does.

If we look at the types of people who followed Jesus, we see they were of the spiritual nature–that is, open-minded, living purely in “the now” and free of heart. They were common people: prostitutes, thieves, common fishermen, tax collectors, murderers, even (well, it seems murder was pretty common and justified in Biblical times)–quite different from those who merely tolerated or rejected Jesus, like members of the Roman government or the Pharisees. What is the significance of this realization, or can i call it an epiphany?

In my estimation, the Pharisees of today are the conservatives and fundamentalists–religious and rigid in their thinking–prejudiced and exclusionary in their actions. These people need to follow Jesus and the words of the Bible more or less to the letter, and are not flexible in their interpretation of the divine.

I have been gently admonished, sometimes criticized–and most egregiously–rejected in my life–for having adopted the Zen Buddhist practice, when really all I did was expand and purify my spiritual way.

The lessons I learned in knowing “God” and “Jesus”, the paternal figure and the man, as opposed to what I have done in incorporating the transcendental essence of what we might think or hope represents God and Jesus–their spirit, or message, if you will–into my heart and actions, is something the religious do not seem to understand–because they are not spiritual, in my view–otherwise they would know the difference between the superiority of the latter, and the limitations and violence of the former.

The point is, the rhetoric is for the closed-minded, “the scared,” the ones who would actually have been among the temple Pharisees condemning the man and essence of Jesus–out of mortal fear of the Roman government (of course, to be fair, they also rejected him because he was a textbook heretic according to the Hebrew law).

The freedom of transcendental understanding and divine transformation–in love and anything divine–is for the free, themselves… who do not get caught up in the rhetoric.

Be it through Al-la, Yahweh, Yeshua, Buddha… the transformation is inside you, not in a book or in a temple or church–not in following the words to the letter (which in the theisms can be quite limiting and dangerous, anyway).

The knowledge is joyous oneness. This is “God,” if there is one. The result is love. This is the Spirit.