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Kara singer Nicole to be English teacher on radio program

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Nicole Jung, 21, one of the five members of all-girl South Korean pop group Kara, will appear on the Bunka Hoso radio program "Reco-men" on Monday at 10 p.m.

By using her English skill (Nicole lived in the United States for many years), the singer will be the English teacher of the show's project "Reco-men! Nicolinglish lesson!" teaching participants who want to pass the EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency.

The program's catchphrase is "Learn 'active English' with the most beautiful English teacher in the world, Nicole!"

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I wonder if she is available for private lessons?

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Break out the black trucks!

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I wonder if she is available for private lessons?

cash up

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Even, 'Learn active English' sounds like one of theose 'Engrish' slogans that are so popular here.

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Let's Do Japan! Anyway, good luck with it, Nicole. Sexiness always sells a product. Once people realize they may need English for serious work they are going to have to get serious as well.

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I love the way that the very names & titles of these programs & courses are themselves ungrammatical. 'Let's English', 'Level up English', and now 'Learn 'active English' (with an apostrophe, no less :-).

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Does she have any qualifications in teaching English or is being cute and being able to speak English enough... Silly question, of course it is!!!

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although not a big fan of Korean girl groups, at least they try to show they are mature sexy adult women, unlike the young underage exploitation that goes on with J girl groups.

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engrish.com for all your english butchering needs

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There goes the job of half of the posters about me.

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wtfjapan: "although not a big fan of Korean girl groups, at least they try to show they are mature sexy adult women, unlike the young underage exploitation that goes on with J girl groups."

Exactly. They can put their money where their mouths are, so to speak. You don't get quite the same kind of butchered English with K-pop as you do with J-pop bands.

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Humm....

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Sheet!!! I'm cute, qualified and experienced! Why can't I get a gig like this? (Sarcasm intended) I guess we are lucky it is not an AKB member teaching English in her best junior high katakana. "Maii naimu izu...."

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There goes the jobs of half of the posters above me.

You are more right than you realize. She has the same qualifications as probably half the posters. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and speaks the English language as a native speaker. I don't see any differences in her qualifications, compared to many people who call themselves "English teachers".

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I guess we are lucky it is not an AKB member teaching English in her best junior high katakana. "Maii naimu izu...."

Just give it time Disillusioned - Im sure its on its way!

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so, she lives in Japan full time now?

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She is absolutely gorgeous! As for qualifications as some posters mentioned, you don't need any for teaching english. In return for not needing qualifications, you expect extremely poor pay. Foreigners who come to Japan are happy with the poor pay. Nicole Jung will do very well, as to be an English teacher in Japan only requires the teacher to be young, good looking, attractive and not all money conscious. She is lovely and if I were learning English I would want her as my teacher!

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so, she lives in Japan full time now?

Understandable, considering KARA didn't have a big following and was never huge in South Korea. They only became successful in Japan. Most of Koreans think of KARA as JPOP. They are as Korean as Justin Bieber is Canadian.

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I believe KARA is still ranked on the domestic billboard and not international so not to be up against Girls Generation in the same top 100

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She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and speaks the English language as a native speaker

Wow. Korean born and raised in Los Angeles. How rare is that!!??

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I have respect for Kara. When asked by the media if dokudo belonged to korea, they did not give a clear answer. Of course they were bashed in korea but they did it out of respect for their fans in Japan. On the others hand, code-v didn't get the memo : < http://rocketnews24.com/2013/04/01/310916/>

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a non-white English teacher? TOTALLY RADICAL DUDE

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a non-white English teacher? TOTALLY RADICAL DUDE

ehhh, who said only whites speak English? I have a ton of African-American neighbors who would take serious issue with your amazement.

I love the way that the very names & titles of these programs & courses are themselves ungrammatical. 'Let's English', 'Level up English', and now 'Learn 'active English' (with an apostrophe, no less :-).

Read the article again. That's not the name or title, but simply part of the slogan that reads: "Learn 'active English' with the most beautiful English teacher in the world, Nicole!" I'm not really seeing anything in the slogan that's grammatically incorrect.

"Active English" obviously refers to English actively used rather than the stilted English you find in most textbooks.

As far as the "apostrophe" goes, we call that a right-hand single-quote. You'll find them a lot when you have nested quotes such as in this case.

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I like her, and Kara.

But this is radio, and not being able to see her takes away about 95% of the sell factor.

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