was founded on the spirit of "If Eric can,
so can you." This seemingly arrogant statement
refers to the learning experience of the founder
as a teenager.
Eric Chong was young, he was brought up in a Chinese-speaking
family. He was an unmotivated student who had
no interest in studying in general. As a child,
he particularly hated English because he regarded
the language as difficult and unnecessary. As
a result, he was unable to speak a word of the
English language, even as a teenager.
parents tried one last thing to salvage the boy's
future. His father took a loan and sent him off
to Singapore to continue his high school education.
Not only was Eric held back for two years, he
was the constant subject of mockery and humiliation
in class by his Singaporean classmates and teachers
for being unable to speak a word of English.
day, an angry teacher yelled at him "Which
kampung are you from? Why can't you speak a word
of English?" That was the turning point
of his life. Though Eric was lazy and unmotivated
as a learner, he was patriotic. He was extremely
upset that he brought shame to his country. He
decided to turn over a new leaf. He vowed to master
English within one year.
took him the first three months to memorize the
Oxford dictionary. He became one of the top students
in his school and a champion English public speaker
within a year. He has never looked back since
completing his tertiary education in the United
States, Eric decided to start a company to help
English learners who struggled with the language.
He used his learning experience and told them
that "If Eric can, so can you!" Thousands
upon thousands of English learners in Malaysia
came to Erican to experience the unique learning
system and culture that Erican had to offer. Erican
soon became one of the largest English learning
network in Malaysia, with a success rate of helping
more than 150,000 learners to excel in the language
since its inception 20 years ago.
Erican aims to soar higher. It wants to expand
its reach to the rest of the world so the world
can benefit from a home-grown language education
system which conveys the uniquely Malaysian 'Boleh'
spirit that Erican, and its founder, remains
very much a part of.