Menu Close

About Me

MEET YOUR HARD-BOILED LANGUAGE DETECTIVE

Welcome, everyone. My name is Paul Duke. I’m a former Private Investigator and Security Specialist who, in my middle age, found my way back to both my first, childhood loves: English language and film-making. I became an English Instructor and have loved every minute of it. 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 video-making production and a philosophical approach to learning English. 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.

Some of my credentials:

-BA, Interdisciplinary Studies: University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

-Graduate Certificate, TESOL diploma, 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.