FAQ

How can I become a member?
Why choose TEK?
What happens at TEK exchange?
Why is there a fee?
How does the club card work?
Why should I consider getting a club card when I’m
uncertain about how often I can attend?

How do I get ready for TEK exchange?
Why is there a limit on the number of people that can join each exchange?
I don’t know any Korean. Can I still attend TEK exchange?
What are the age groups of TEKers?
What are the proficiency levels of TEKers?
I’m shy in groups. What should I do?

How can I become a member?

Attend our exchanges twice for free to see if you’d like to be part of our family.

Our TEK team will be present at every exchange to answer any questions you may have.

If you decide to join, on your 2nd visit, you’ll talk to our TEK team to see if the club is a good fit for you and vice versa. Be prepared to discuss about your learning goals and the membership program.

Why choose TEK?

TEKers have told us that they love us because they can…

  • Get focused practice with your dedicated exchange partner(s)
  • Find answers to your burning questions about language & culture from native speakers
  • Receive immediate feedback on your pronunciation, word/sentence usage, etc.
  • Always have something to talk about or learn (learning contents can be provided)
  • Opportunity to make friends and create fun memories
  • Free support and coaching from the founder. Euna can help design your learning path and create lessons just for you (upon request)
  • More information on why our members love TEK

What happens at TEK exchange?

Each exchange is 2 hours long and below is the sample agenda.

1. Introduce yourself, Get to know, Pair up (15 min)

Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a TEK host and offered to have a seat. During the first 10 minutes, say hi to other TEKers and get to know them. If we’re meeting at a cafe, please order during this time. And 5 minutes before the start of the exchange, the host will say a few welcoming words and briefly explain what’ll happen during the exchange.

2. Korean session: Learn & practice Korean (45 min)

English speakers lead the conversation. It is their chance to ask any questions or get feedback while having casual conversations. They can also use TEK provided games, lessons or other learning contents.

Typically, one-on-one practice occurs. However, you may find yourself pairing up with 2 other TEKers to do a group exchange for more dynamic conversations.

3. English session: Learn & practice English (45 min)

Korean speakers lead the conversation. It is their chance to ask any questions or get feedback while having casual conversations. They can also use TEK provided games, lessons or learning contents.

Typically, one-on-one practice occurs. However, you may find yourself pairing up with 2 other TEKers to do a group exchange for more dynamic conversations.

4. Group session: Share key takeaways and ask remaining questions (15 min)

You’ll be in a group of 4-6 to share and celebrate learning wins.

TEKers love this time because they get the benefit of learning from others. Feel free to ask for clarification or help someone understand something better.

After the exchange, sometimes TEKers like to stay behind and chit-chat more or go out to eat. But everything that happens after the 2-hour exchange is optional.

Why is there a fee?

We pay 3rd party companies monthly fees to maintain and manage the business (including hosting fees and other services). And a lot of time is spent behind the scenes to organize and improve your experience with us. For example, to build one effective lesson, on average, anywhere from 3-10 hours are easily spent. We try to release new lessons and contents every week so you can learn something new every time you attend a TEK exchange.

We’re a serious learning group so a lot of emphasis is placed on helping you improve your Korean or English. The founder is invested in your growth and she’ll be there to support and help you throughout your journey of learning your target language. You can reach out to her at anytime with questions 🙂 Also, she loves providing guidance and creating personalized learning contents that fit your specific needs.

If your focus is solely on socializing and meeting people, TEK won’t be the right fit for you. There are other groups that do that (and sometimes for free).

TEK is a small-group exchange (4-8 people per exchange) and we like to keep it that way. So each person’s contribution will go directly towards keeping our exchanges small and highly valuable for you.

How does the club card work?

Club card can be purchased in person (before or after the exchange). Or you can make the payment via email transfer (Contact TEK for more information on this).

Bring your club card to every exchange you attend so your participation is acknowledged (signed by a TEK team member).

Why should I consider getting a club card when I’m uncertain about how often I can attend?

Language learning takes time and consistent practice over time is key to making great, gradual improvement. If you tend to repeat the cycle of “learn – stop – learn -stop”, real progress will not occur.

Mark your calendar at least 1 week in advance to ensure you block out time to learn and practice your target language. Once you make it a habit to attend TEK exchanges every week, you’ll see results more quickly.

We also recommend that you continue to work on improving your target language outside of the exchanges. For example, you can come to the TEK exchange once or twice a week to learn, practice and test your skills. And on the days you aren’t attending the exchange, review what you’ve learned. Or, learn new things (e.g. pronunciation, words, phrases, grammar rules, etc.) via other mediums (e.g. YouTube, dramas, books, podcast). So when it’s time for you to come to the exchange, you can ask questions and practice in real life.

How do I get ready for TEK exchange?

First, see which of the below two categories you fit in. Then, read the description and tips on preparing for TEK exchanges. Most of our members (TEKers) are in one of these two categories 😉

Category 1: I know what I want to learn.

  • You’ve been studying the language on your own and you’d like to complement your learning with getting real-life practice with native speakers.
  • You have questions about specific words, slangs, etc. and you desire clarification on certain aspects of the language and culture.
  • You want to hear how native speakers talk and have casual conversations with them on various topics.
  • You want to get immediate feedback on pronunciation, word/sentence usage, etc. and get your mistakes corrected.

How to prepare:

Bring your own questions and learning materials.

Don’t forget to think about what you’d like to do, talk about or ask during the exchange. Because when it’s your turn to practice the language you’re learning, you need to lead the conversation.

Category 2: I don’t know where to begin.

Most language learners don’t know how to go about learning a language. That’s when TEK learning comes in. TEK provides learning decks and contents that you can use during each exchange. You can use our learning materials to progressively improve your proficiency level.

How to prepare:

It’s always a good idea to think about what you’d like to talk about or do during the exchange. The more clear you are about your goal for each exchange, the more benefit you will reap.

Before you come to the TEK exchange, reach out to Euna to get clear on your learning goal and how you may achieve it. She can provide some of her bite-size lessons to help you start off on the right foot.

Why is there a limit on the number of people that can join each exchange?

After hosting a lot of exchanges, we found that smaller exchanges are way more powerful (4 – 8 people in total).

TEKers have told us over and over again that our small group exchanges make them feel comfortable compared to meeting one-on-one with a random stranger or attending a 30+ people language exchange.

TEKers also feel that they can easily immerse themselves in learning a language since it’s mostly one-on-one conversation.

You see being a small group allows us to be more personal, allowing TEKers to easily connect with other members and build new friendships.

I don’t know any Korean. Can I still attend TEK Exchange?

Minimum requirement to join TEK is that you know basic Hangul and conversational phrases.  If you currently don’t know any Korean, we suggest that you take Beginner Hangul & Korean conversation sessions first. Contact Euna for more details.

Once you know the basics, you can start attending TEK Exchanges. During the TEK Exchange, you’ll be able to apply all that you’ve learned so far and expand your learning by chatting with native speakers.

What are the age groups of TEKers?

Majority of our members are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. But, we welcome anyone to join us no matter which age bracket you are in. Your age shouldn’t matter when it comes to learning 🙂

What’s important is that you are serious about improving the language you’re learning and eager to help others learn your language.

What are the proficiency levels of TEKers?

Our club has members with varied proficiency levels. Some can say a few basic Korean words and phrases while others understand most of Korean and can speak it well.

You will always have company 😉

I’m shy in groups. What should I do?

I’m an introvert myself so I know how intimidating it can be to come out to an exchange and meet with strangers.There’re several benefits of joining our TEK exchange for a person that may be shy around a group of new people.

We meet in a small group setting (4-8 people).

You’ll feel more safe and comfortable than going to a big language exchange. You’ll also feel less awkward than meeting a stranger on a one-on-on basis.

You’ll see regulars.

Once you start coming out to our exchanges a few times, you’ll start seeing familiar faces. You’ll feel at home very quickly 🙂

You can connect.

TEKers like to get to know each other. I’ve seen members forming new friendships and creating opportunities to hang out with other TEKers. Meeting in a small group makes it easier to do that.

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