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Study Shows that Koreans With High English Proficiency Earn More Money

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In Korea it appears the best way to earn more money is by becoming proficient in English:

– Women proficient in English earn significantly more than national averages

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the en world group (President:Craig Saphin), a recruiting agency serving mid-career professionals in six countries with 10 offices in the Asia-Pacific region, announced the results of its research* on relationships between salaries and proficiency in the English language in Japan and South Korea. The results show that salaries of personnel over 40 years of age with fluency in English were more than twice as high as national averages in these two nations.

Influenced by globalization, annual-salary levels of fluent English-speakers tend to remain high  [PR Newswire]

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  • Bob
    6:40 am on November 13th, 2013 1

    Successful people, especially those who are at the very least bilingual, tend to be smart…imagine that.

  • ChickenHead
    7:38 am on November 13th, 2013 2

    “What you name?”
    “Where you from?”
    “How long you been in Korea?”
    “What you rank?”
    “You got girlfriend?”

    Oh. Wait. The survey was for those over 40.

    “Come on, let’s go.”

  • 2ID Doc
    7:46 am on November 13th, 2013 3

    CH that reminds me of an old GI cook we had in Korea, he rented a bar for his birthday. When he came back to the party the girl he had been with remarked to him “You look like grandpa, you no f*** like grandpa.” I still wonder about her home life…

  • John in NY
    8:03 am on November 13th, 2013 4

    Other that the women who drop out of the workforce after marriage or birthing, all the folks who spoke English very well that I met in Korea all had very high paying jobs or worked their way up to very high paying positions (usually director level and above) (sorry, run-on). And I mean the ones who speak fluently, not the cringe-worthy Konglish speakers.

  • JoeC
    8:14 am on November 13th, 2013 5

    Not only do opportunities for good paying jobs increase for having English and possibly Chinese language ability, they can also earn points towards moving up through the management ranks in some of the chaebols based on their scores on English proficiency exams.

  • Silkworm
    12:45 pm on November 13th, 2013 6

    Causation vs correlation. It’s likely that the data is better explained by the fact that professional who are smart and driven (the type that earn 2x the national average as mentioned in the article), focus on personal development and invest more in their education – english included. It’s not so much that english leads to higher salary. But of course, that makes for a much more interesting news article.

    In other words, its like saying those who have higher GPA averages in university generally earn higher salaries when they go into the industries. Based on that data, it’s like telling people who are working to go back to school and get higher GPA’s if they want higher salary.

  • John in NY
    1:39 pm on November 13th, 2013 7

    Oftentimes it’s just serrendipity, they will be the only fluent one in the office or team and will end up being the ones who have to accompany the VPs and directors on business trips overseas. I’ve seen quite a few of these end up being the brand managers of whole regions, the directors, the VPs, etc.

  • Glans
    1:44 pm on November 13th, 2013 8

    What is an interjunction? Give an example, and use it in a sentence.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:46 pm on November 13th, 2013 9

    1. I’ll go a step further, Bob. Bilingual (major languages) people in many countries tend to find more opportunities. Imagine that!

  • Smokes
    5:27 pm on November 13th, 2013 10

    A joining of two or more things.
    Derived from the Latin {interjunctus}, past participle of {interjungere} to join together.

    “Good sir, advance several hundred meters and you will find yourself at an interjunction of roads; at which time if you proceed to your left up a hill and find the hookers plentiful. Bring Won.”

    Yes it would appear the word is being confused for “interjection” but possibly there was a time it was used that way as well? I don’t know, in any case interjunction would seem to be considered antiquated.

  • Ching Chong
    7:06 pm on November 13th, 2013 11

    This is just lies manufactured up by ESL teachers in Korea to sell their overpriced worthless services, which are basically shams to scam money out of Koreans. Koreans shouldn’t believe any of the BS.

  • Denny
    7:20 pm on November 13th, 2013 12

    Speaking Chinese is probably worth more these days.

  • Smokes
    7:32 pm on November 13th, 2013 13

    Tom mouth-pooped: “shams to scam”

    You a poet and didn’t know it.

    You are aware that sham and scam mean basically the same thing right? :|

  • ChickenHead
    7:33 pm on November 13th, 2013 14

    Interjunction Junction, what’s your function?
    Interjunction Junction, how’s that function?
    I got three favorite guys
    That get most of my job done
    Interjunction Junction, what’s their function?
    I got “Glans”, “Tbonetylr”, and “Tom”
    They’ll get you pretty far

    That’s an irritant, like “Did I mention the Glans Plan on climate change”
    That’s not really the opposite
    “Fox News and Republicans want too many guns in the hands of children”
    And then there’s “Tom”:
    T-O-M, when you need a comment about fat white monkeys
    “Pale round eye devils are to blame”
    “Glans”, “Tbonetylr”, and “Tom”
    Get you pretty far


  • Glans
    7:34 pm on November 13th, 2013 15

    Smokes, I was unclear. I didn’t mean, give me an example of the word “interjuction.” I meant, give me an example of an interjunction.

  • Smokes
    8:03 pm on November 13th, 2013 16

    As a grammatical subclass? No such thing, but you know that. :P

  • guitard
    10:01 pm on November 13th, 2013 17

    JoeC wrote:

    they can also earn points towards moving up through the management ranks in some of the chaebols based on their scores on English proficiency exams.

    Not really.

    The chaebol English tests are the same type of English tests Korean students take to get into college. They actually have almost nothing to do with English “proficiency” in terms of actual fluency in the language – and really only test one’s ability to do well on a test.

    To put this into perspective . . . there are Koreans who do really well on those tests, but they literally can’t hold even a basic conversation beyond, “Hello. How are you?” Conversely, there are Koreans who have lived/studied overseas in English speaking countries who speak English really well . . . but they aren’t good test takers.

    Guess which one moves up the company ladder and which one languishes in low-level management?

  • Liz
    4:22 am on November 14th, 2013 18

    Boys are mean. But also clever and funny as hell.
    Glans had a keen eye on that one, I’m not so observant.

  • Liz
    4:25 am on November 14th, 2013 19

    Interjunction can be used as a verb.
    As in “I’m going to interjunction that!” or “We had an interjunction last night at the cathouse”.

  • Liz
    4:29 am on November 14th, 2013 20

    Interjunction can be used interchangeably with specialmoment, also a verb.

  • ChickenHead
    4:34 am on November 14th, 2013 21

    “We had an interjunction”?

    Wouldn’t that be a noun?

    “We interjunctioned her biitch azz” would be more verby.

  • Liz
    4:45 am on November 14th, 2013 22

    #21 You’re right.

    “He interjunctioned her” or “He went to interjunction one out in the bathroom” would have been apropos.

    Works with the originial schoolhouse lyrics, too…

    “When Reginald was home with flu, (uh huh)
    The doctor knew just what to do:
    He cured the infection,
    With one small injection.”

    (slapping self)


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