Meet Paul, Your Language Detective

Welcome, everyone. My name is Paul Duke. I’m a former Private Investigator and Security Specialist who became an English Instructor. I have loved every minute of this career. My passion for helping learners develop though, felt limited by classroom work, so I decided to venture into online English instruction.

The combined result of this was the creation of HARD BOILED ENGLISH. This is both a philosophical approach to learning English and a video-making production project. In addition to offering private tutoring and paper editing, I make educational videos.

I believe English is a strange, irregular, and mysterious language. But I also believe this very strangeness that makes it a challenge to learn, is the source of its great beauty: because it doesn’t need to follow its own rules so strictly, it is incredibly flexible and creative. Using the analytic, investigative skills I developed in my former profession, my approach to learning puts the student in the position of language detective. I encourage them to ask questions, confront the contradictions they encounter, and push into their confusion and doubts. 

English is a mystery, but a mystery you can solve.

My education has been in a wide range of fields, with a focus on all things language. A words and sentences geek, I love to answer even the most unusual questions about English. I write essays and articles about grammar, fiction, make educational videos, and love helping students succeed in both their English learning and life goals.

Over the past few years, I’ve also been working in partnership with the innovative English-language program at Sakata minami High School in Yamagata, Japan. in addition to their using my videos in their curriculum, I provide them online discussion and exploration classes.

Here is a video about their school. I am featured around 6:10.

Some of my credentials:

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

Ritsumeikan Pacific University Graduate School of Language and Information Sciences (Kyoto, Japan)

-TESL Canada certified

-Member of BC TEAL

-Recipient of a global Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014.

-Member, Golden Key International Honour Society.