South Koreans are taking mind-body education to the next level with the introduction of "Taeglish"--the combination of English lessons with Taekwondo martial arts practice. It's the latest education craze for kids growing up in the uber competitive South Korean society. Here's more:
A South Korean Taekwondo master shouts "Ready to kick!" in English, and Korean boy shouts back in English "Yeah, turn-kick
uh!" as he smashes a wooden board.
This is the essence of "Taeglish," or the process of learning English while practicing Taekwondo. It has become the latest craze for South Korean children and their eduction-minded parents.
[Kim Sung-hoon, Creator of Taeglish]:
"Taeglish is a combination of the words Taekwondo and English. Normal English education is boring with no fun and they do not understand why they have to learn it. After English is combined with Taekwondo practice, children can learn English with fun and in high spirits."
Learning English is becoming more and more essential to securing a high-paying job. With the English craze, the number of Taeglish academies has expanded to more than 40 since the first class was introduced at a department store in March 2007.
[Jeon Ji-sun, Taeglish Student]:
"I thought at first the English of Taeglish was quite difficult. But I noticed it was easy to learn English and memorise while practicing Taeglish, and it's fun. It is also good for my health."
Taekwondo is an Olympic sport and is taught in some 188 countries.