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Cho, Huntae's Jo-jo English Multiplication Table Part I
2012 02 24 () JaeHee Kim, Reporter jhkim@worldyannews.com

Let’s look into the reality of Korean education. Even after going through 10 years of secondary and college education, people can’t easily talk to foreigners. Nowadays, English has been included in the elementary school curriculum, and even in the kindergartens. Things are improving, but people still need to translate Korean to English in their minds first, when they try to speak English. This means there are limits and restrictions to communicating in English.

   
   

On Feb. 16, I met with an international lawyer Cho, Huntae(aka:Jo-jo) who has invented ‘English Multiplication Table,’ a method to learn and use English in an easy-to-follow way. Cho is currently in charge of giving international law consultation at the law firm Chungan located in Seocho-dong. Cho previously worked as a human rights lawyer in Manhattan, New York, before coming to Korea.

English Multiplication Table Created by Huntae Cho (aka:Jo-jo)

TEN

X

TEN

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

against

for

on

off

up

down

above

below

over

under

after

before

in

out

ahead of

behind

into

out of

forward

backward

1

Be

1x1

1x2

1x3

1x4

1x5

1x6

1x7

1x8

1x9

1x10

2

Give

2x1

2x2

2x3

2x4

2x5

2x6

2x7

2x8

2x9

2x10

3

Take

3x1

3x2

3x3

3x4

3x5

3x6

3x7

3x8

3x9

3x10

4

Have

4x1

4x2

4x3

4x4

4x5

4x6

4x7

4x8

4x9

4x10

5

Get

5x1

5x2

5x3

5x4

5x5

5x6

5x7

5x8

5x9

5x10

6

Put

6x1

6x2

6x3

6x4

6x5

6x6

6x7

6x8

6x9

6x10

7

Make

7x1

7x2

7x3

7x4

7x5

7x6

7x7

7x8

7x9

7x10

8

Do

8x1

8x2

8x3

8x4

8x5

8x6

8x7

8x8

8x9

8x10

9

Come

9x1

9x2

9x3

9x4

9x5

9x6

9x7

9x8

9x9

9x10

10

See

10x1

10x2

10x3

10x4

10x5

10x6

10x7

10x8

10x9

10x10

Copyright belongs to Huntae Cho (aka:Jo-jo). All rights reserved.


- How did you come up with ‘English Multiplication Table’?

In the United States,it is very important for lawyers to speak concise and standardized English for a clear communication. In the curriculum in American law schools, there is even a course called, ‘Plain English for Lawyers.’

And when I came to Korea, many people being intimidated by English was such a startling scene for me. Since then, I kept on thinking about how people can learn English in an amusing and instructive way. And one day, I got to teach English due to the suggestion of an institute owner, who was a long-time acquaintance of mine.

While teaching, I came up with ‘English Multiplication Table’ based on ‘the theory of English as a pure tool.’ I made 10 active verbs pair with 10 prepositions which you should study in depth to get the feel of them. And then, I let students in different ages (from 10 years old to 87 years old) study with this method, and it turned out this method works 10 times faster.


   
  International Lawyer Cho, Huntae  

- What does ‘the theory of English as a pure tool’ mean?

Koreans are too daunted by English which is nothing but a tool of communication. Some say we are becoming slaves of English, and in a way, it is right. Our master should be ourselves, which means Korean language. Korean is our spirit. But it’s quite sad watching English dominating Koreans.

English is nothing but a language which has been playing the role of the most proper tool of communication in the world. Let me explain about ‘the theory of English as a pure tool,’ considering the current situation in Korea.

‘Jo-jo English Multiplication Table’ rules out the thinking that learning foreign language accompanies knowing all aspects of the related country. Of course it is true that knowing the culture of the country well is helpful in learning the language. I’m not denying that fact. But ‘Jo-jo English Multiplication Table’ is based on ‘the theory of language/foreign language/English as a pure tool.’

At the beginning stage of learning language, it is impossible to be aware of the country’s culture and history. Aren’t you trying to become an American? And isn’t that thinking useless and hollow? Many people are pouring their times in studying English. Isn’t it inefficient and ineffective? What about the waste of national treasury?

Accepting English as a tool of communication, and excluding English culture in the beginning stage of studying English can be efficient enough. And after you become proficient and be able to communicate in English, you will naturally enjoy English culture and literature.

For these reasons, I am asserting that ‘the theory of English as a pure tool’ is useful in studying English. This method has been invented after going over deep and scientific introspection again and again. And I’d like to wrap things up here for today about the theoretical explanation of ‘English Multiplication Table,’ and talk about it next time if there is a chance.

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