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Episode Info: ding for me because as my own boss, it's super challenging sometimes to motivate myself. There's nobody there to wake you up in the morning and motivate you, you have to do that yourself. But, it's really, really awesome to choose my own projects, which even Coffee with Gringos, this was something that us three and Anna too, 12 months ago came up with the idea. So, super rewarding to be able to choose what to focus on instead of a boss telling you what to do.Mariah: To piggyback off of what Ted said there for a second. I think one really neat thing for me as a teacher at Dynamic is that I have worked with students that anybody in Chile could recognize, but I've also sat in people's living rooms while their kids are playing upstairs and taught them English on Monday and Friday nights. And so I think that's one really neat thing is that the strategy that you all had of having these conversation-based, personal, oftentimes one on one classes is something that really anybody can connect to and relate to. And that's something that I've definitely enjoyed as a teacher is being able to experience all of those different parts of this culture through teaching.Ted: The relationships that I think all of our teachers have with their students is something else. It's something you don't get when you're teaching in front of twenty people. Maybe you have an impact on twenty people, but you don't get that intimacy or that level of trust that you would have with a one on one class.Mariah: We know our students' kids' names and if they have their birthday, and I've been invited to barbecues. There's this level of trust and connection... a classroom situation is fantastic, but no, you can never achieve something like that.Ted: Yeah. I think most of my best friends in Chile to this day have been students. That's how we've met.Mariah: That's fantastic.Paige: You know, you and Andrew's idea, seven years, eight years ago has really paid off because I think it's the best thing to learn... you become friends with your students, they let their guard down, and they can start talking and making mistakes and learning and improving. And it doesn't feel like you're going through a grammar book and getting weighed down in the minutia.Ted: Even if you have a group that has conversation, it's also intimidating if you're trying to learn a language because it's intimidating to try to speak in front of a group in your own language, but having to learn another language and speak in front of four or five people who are strangers that you don't know is also intimidating. It's probably good practice, but I'm not sure it's the best way to ease somebody into the language or to get them initiated into the language.Paige: There are a lot of competitors, right? There are so many institutes, there's so many people offering this product, right? Teaching English. What do you think Dynamic English has that other institutes don't.Ted: That's a good question. I think there're a few things. I think we've decided to really focus on the experience of the student. Being the fact that I'm not a businessman, I studied liberal arts. I didn't learn to use a spreadsheet until I started Dynamic. I didn't even know how to use Excel. I mean, I've never been the type of person to really calculate or project numbers in the future. It's just been learning as I'm going and knowing that if you make people happy and you create a service that's really valuable to the student, they're going to tell their friends. And they're going to tell their family members, so Dynamic English... you don't see any billboards, you don't see any newspaper advertisements or magazine advertisements. We don't even do so much on social media. It's really been a lot of word of mouth until now. And I think that's something that makes us different. We have somebody who is always in touch with the student on a month to month basis in administration, not just the teacher.Paige: And Dynamic is so good, there are always happy hours. There are always social events that get you outside of the classroom. So it's kind more of a social network that you're building, let alone these tutoring classroom type of settings.Mariah: Ted, by now you've been in Chile for ten years. You've lived in this country for a really long time. What is your favorite part about living in Chile?Ted: I really appreciate the friendships I've made here, the relationships I've made here. When you get to know and you get really close with a Chilean, they're the most trustworthy, supportive people I've met. And so that's been really cool. The other thing I really love about Santiago is the surroundings. I mean, sometimes it's hard to leave the city, and sometimes you get caught up. But as soon as you just go 15-20 minutes outside. You go to the mountains, to the Pacific Ocean, the coast. You go south. You go to wine country, the Lakes Region... you really realize, this is a special geographical place.Mariah: We've chatted a lot about Dynamic and your role with Dynamic, and plenty of our students have either met you or met Andrew, but tell us a little bit more about you about yourself. For example, what do you do when you're not co-running Dynamic English?Ted: It's funny because whenever I meet students and I interview them, that's always a question, right... what do you do you in your free time? So, now the tables have turned, and I'm on the other end. What do I like to do? I love music, so I used to be in a band back in the States. So, I'm trying to take up guitar again because I didn't practice for a while, so I'm trying to take that up again. Now I have more free time than I've had in the past, so I like that. I'm really into photography now. On the weekends, I'm trying to take my camera with me and get some photos and then edit them later. I like reading, so I try to read a little bit everyday. I love wine, and that's also something else that is awesome about Chile. Some of the best wine in the world comes from here, and it's been really cool to see the evolution of wine over the last ten years because if you're really into wine, there's some really new and exciting wines coming out from Chile now. I go to the gym, I lift weights, I try to do some cardio when I can, and of course, I think it's hard to meet a person that doesn't like travelling, but that's certainly a passion of mine. I love to go somewhere new and feel like you don't understand anything about the place, and you don't know where you are, that feeling for me is super exciting.Mariah: Absolutely. I think that's a great reason. It's a huge reason that a lot of people learn a language, right? Probably part of the reason you tried to learn Spanish, part of the reason a lot of our students try to learn English is for that purpose exactly.Paige: So, for those who weren't sure, Ted is real.Ted: Yes, I'm real.Mariah: Thank you so much for joining us, for telling us a little bit more about the story of Dynamic English and about yourself too. We really appreciate it.Ted: Thank you guys for having me, and kudos to both. You guys have been awesome the past year. I think the episodes have been really engaging, students are loving them, I'm loving them. And it's been really great. And also, Mariah, we know you're leaving, so I don't know if you've formally made the announcement, but I just want to let you know that I appreciate all the hard work and effort you've put in to not just the podcast but your classes and blog posts and everything. So thank you.Mariah: Thank you. Tune in next time to hear more about that... Thanks so much for listening, and we'll talk to you soon.KEY VOCABULARY, PHRASES, AND SLANGRough (adjective) - challenging and difficultExample: Ted had some rough days working as a security guard at the art museum.Figure out (phrasal verb) - to find an answer or clarityExample: I decided that I wanted to leave the US and have a year where I could figure things out.Average Joe (slang) - a very regular, normal guyExample:  In New York, I'm just an average Joe, walking around, struggling like everyone else.Indecisive (adjective) - when it’s very difficult for a person to make a decisionExample: One year in Chile turned into three years because I basically was indecisive, and I was also enjoying my time here. Long-winded (adjective) - when you describe something in a very long or detailed wayExample: Sorry, that was a long-winded answer to your question!Give (something) a shot (phrase, idiom) - to try something, to take a big riskExample: Andrew proposed the idea for Dynamic English, and we decided to give it a shot.Entrepreneurship (noun) - the act of turning an idea into a business venture, often includes riskExample: Entrepreneurship was totally new for Ted! So it was an exciting adventure, and he continues to learn a lot.Stock answer (noun) - an automatic or typical answer that you give to a questionExample: I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, so my stock answer was that I was going to start graduate school.Roll in dough (idiom, slang) - make lots of moneyExample: I think when people think about being an entrepreneur, they think about a lot of the good aspects of being an entrepreneur - being your own boss, rolling in dough, or something like that. But it's really not. Get (something) off the ground (phrase, idiom) - to really start a project, idea, or companyExample: It definitely wasn’t easy to get the company off the ground. We had to work very, very hard!Rewarding (adjective) - valuable, satisfyingExample: It’s super rewarding to be able to choose what projects to focus on instead of a boss telling you what to do.To piggyback off of (something) (phrase, slang) - to add to a previously talked about idea or conceptExample: To piggyback off of what Ted said about personal connections with students, I love that working as a teacher at Dynamic allows me to work with so many different people in Chile.Word of mouth (phrase) - when people naturally publicize a company by verbally sharing their experiencesExample: Almost all of Dynamic English’s publicity so far has come from word of mouth! Our students tell their friends and their family about their good experiences, and that’s how we find more students.Kudos (noun) - compliments or congratulationsExample: Kudos to you two on a successful project!.........
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