“A visit to EF Seoul” – with Chris a.k.a. CoreanoVlogs
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“A visit to EF Seoul” – with Chris a.k.a. CoreanoVlogs


Hello and welcome to Gangnam. Some of you might recognize this
guy from the song Gangnam Style. First and foremost, I’d like to
introduce myself. My name is Chris. Here in Korea, I make videos in Spanish
and I try to share what’s best about Korea with my Latin American audience, sometimes
from here and sometimes from Latin America. Today, I’ve been invited by EF to check out
their new school in Seoul, in Gangnam. I’ll show you their facilities and also around
this place because Gangnam is really cool. A lot of interesting things can be found here. The building you see behind me –
that’s where the school’s located. It’s right in front of this exit of
this station, Sinnonhyeon. We’re about to go in, but first let
me tell you a little bit about EF. EF is a language school organization
that has offices in 53 countries. It’s the biggest in the world and has
been around for about 50 years now. Their philosophy is “live the language”
by studying the language where it’s spoken. They were also the official education
services sponsor for the Winter Olympics happening in PyeongChang here in South Korea. I think those are very impressive facts.
Let’s go in now. Here I am with Yohan.
He is the director of the school, EF Seoul. I’m going to be asking him a few questions.
First, what kind of accommodations do you offer? We provide two great options. First, students can choose
to stay with a host family. It’s a great opportunity for students
to experience Korean culture. Another option, which is more suitable for those who want
to have more freedom, is to stay at our residence. It’s only a 15 minute walk from
our school in central Gangnam, so we actually provide two
great options for our students. I’ve been speaking to a few students and they’ve
told me that you have activities after school. Could you tell me a little bit about that? Sure. I think one of the great
advantages of joining EF Seoul is that we have great activities for our students. One theme of our activities is “Hallyu”,
Korean pop culture related activities, which our students really love. We have our K-pop dance lessons and
K-makeup classes as well. We also go to a famous Korean
cultural heritage place. Another theme of our activities
is experiencing local culture. We go to a local market, which is very famous
and you can see traditional Korean products. Students can enjoy traditional
Korean food there as well. Those are the most popular activities we provide. I hear there are different levels of Korean classes. How do you determine in which
level students are placed? I think that’s another good question. Allocating students to the right level is key
to their success in learning the Korean language. So, we provide a very careful assessment
to determine a student’s level of Korean. First, we provide a placement
test before students arrive. When they actually arrive,
we provide an oral test, so we can determine the exact level
of Korean the students have and can allocate the students to the right
class with the right classmates. Alright. That’s it. Thank you so much.
Thanks, Chris. “Do you have time?”
“I have plenty” “Where are we going to meet?”
“Let’s meet!” What’s your name?
My name is Ahenk. I’m from Germany. You’ve been learning Korean at EF Seoul, right?
I came here two months ago, actually. I started learning three months ago back in Germany,
but it wasn’t that effective for me. Coming here and having Korean classes
every day is absolutely more effective. Here, you’re forced to speak Korean. And you’re in class with people
with the same level of fluency? I didn’t get into this level right away.
I’m still a beginner, but more advanced. It’s totally my level. I hear you take quizzes every
week to see how you’re doing. You took one today?
Yeah. I took one today. Okay, I won’t be asking too much. I usually do very well but it was New Years.
I went to Busan and I couldn’t study. I see that a lot of people are very close here.
No one’s just quiet. I come in here and everyone
is speaking to everyone. Yeah. I’ve met people who I feel really close to.
We even went to Busan together. Where are you from – from Mexico?
Yes. How come you came here? I had already studied with EF in England.
Then I was studying Korean at home. I was looking for a Korean course
and I downloaded the EF brochure. Then I spoke with the EF staff
and they sent me your video and I was like “wow it’s Chris”
and then I decided to go. How do you like it here?
It’s great! They say you have activities at the end of the day?
Yes. This weekend, which was a holiday, I went to Busan with some friends. It’s very nice because we are like family,
so I feel comfortable here. That’s the impression I get.
Yes, because we always hang out and that’s great. Where do you stay?
With a host family. They are fantastic. They are so nice, so helpful.
They are always there for me. I met Gaëtan from France just now. I want to ask you about your experience here.
What do you want to tell us? Here in Seoul? Yeah, here in Seoul, here at EF.
Has your Korean gotten better? Yeah, sure. When I came here,
I was a total beginner in Korean. Zero. You started from zero when you came here.
Yeah. I’ve been here for one and a half months. I think it’s crazy how much you
can improve by being here. I just heard you doing that exercise.
You asked “Do you want to go to dinner?” “Do you want to have lunch with me?”
“Where and what time? On the weekend?” All of that. If you started from zero,
then that’s quite a lot of improvement. Yeah. The teachers are here to help you
if you don’t understand something. Most importantly, you’re not having
a class in your own country, really far from the country whose language
you’re learning. You’re on the inside. You’re in Korea learning Korean. Yeah. If I want to practice or anything,
I can do it anywhere. I hear people speaking Korean everywhere.
It’s really cool. It’s total immersion. Yeah.
That’s the most important point, I guess. Have you made a lot of friends here?
Yeah, everyone is friends here. Yeah, that’s what I keep saying,
that everyone’s so friendly with everyone. Now, I would like to show you cool
places that are located in Gangnam. I am now in the basement of Gangnam Station. This place is really famous for selling
a lot of clothes at a reasonable price and for having a lot of cosmetics shops. Now I’m here behind the Gangnam Station
where there are a lot of restaurants. Really, there are very few places that
have more choices than Gangnam. It’s like a traditional Korean style restaurant. Almost right next to it is this place where
you can cook meat Korean barbecue style, which I definitely think you
should try if you come to Korea. And just around the corner, maybe
you could come for some coffee and tea. There’s also an Irish pub. As you can see, I would define Gangnam
as a very international place. You can find food from all over the world.
But, okay, I know what I want to eat. I have decided to come and eat Korean-
style barbecue, which is really good. When you go to a Korean restaurant,
they always bring you side dishes and if you need more, you can always ask. I believe the meat is ready. Places like these are even better
when you come with friends. I believe that’s it for this video. I hope that
you could learn a little bit more about EF Seoul. And also, I hope you got to know a
little bit more about this area. If you would like more information
about studying here at EF Seoul, I recommend going to the link in the description.
I’ll see you around!

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67 thoughts on ““A visit to EF Seoul” – with Chris a.k.a. CoreanoVlogs

  1. Omg I love Chris, I see his videoblogs, because I like his personality, I never though Chris someday colaborates with EF, it's amazing to see that guy making videos with you EF.
    My apologises, I'm an English begginer (I'm currently Studying English), I hope that you can understand my message. Greetings.

  2. Mrd,…este programa es buena para los que tienen plata…. pero para las personas de bajos recursos ni en sueños vas a poder viajar…ósea yo!!!! Jajaja xd…… suerte para esos chavos……

  3. Ohhh Chris!!! Es una información muy interesante, para poder aprender el idioma, gracias por tu aporte, tu eres la garantía de que realmente uno puede aprender!!

  4. Jajaja bn cris mi ingles es pésimo…me encantaría poder aprender allá mismo en corea el idioma ….ahhh algún día

  5. Daaamn. I really want to go there but my parents don't want to let me goooo ;-; How can I convince them…? I really, REALLY want to go and improve my korean… ;-;

  6. If there is someone from Costa Rica or Bolivia and wants to go to EF Seoul, contact me, I'm part of the Admissions Team 😀

  7. I wanna go but I feel like I will be surrounded with army’s who just wanna meet their oppars 🤦🏼‍♀️ (I do like Kpop myself too tho 😂)

  8. this looks so cool and i really want to try this but i don't know any korean …?
    how does it work if i don't know anything? do you get lessons before you go to korea to learn the basics or,… ?

  9. I want to go there maybe in 2020 but I'm worried because I don't drink alcohol and I can't eat meat if it's not halal. I don't know if it will be easy for me to integrate.

  10. I want to start this for next school year but i don’t have enough money so i started a GoFundMe
    https://www.gofundme.com/korean-foreign-exchange

  11. If anyone wants to go to Seoul with EF, I’ve been there myself so if you have questions you can ask me! I’m an ambassador with EF so if you mention me in your booking, it will help me! Thank you!!! ♥️

  12. ah i want to go so badly. it’s just that if i go, my studies will pause and i have to study high school 3,5–4 years instead of 3. so that’s a thing. also, i’m not so confident with my english or korean..

  13. I'm super excited bc in only two months I'm going to study there… I just hope I'm not a total failure- or disappoint my teachers 😅 I'm not that good yet I still know some words, phrases and the alphabet.

  14. Can we go as high school students? I want to go cuz I love the culture and stuff it’s all so beautiful💜. How much does it cost as well??

  15. Wait so I love Chris and I love watching coreano vlogs but this is the first time I’m hearing him speak English ….

  16. Is there like an certain age you must be above or? Cuase I really wanna go but I`m 17.. turn 18 next january tho

  17. Can someone that have been to this program tell me how it is? Like is it worth it, what's the suggested amount of time there… Let me know!!

  18. What are the availability dates next year after March? I want to go to Seoul because after March 7th I will be 16

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