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  1. Thread: 15 Years

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    Re: 15 Years

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    Re: Aspiring - Am I being realistic?

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    I pretty much did precisely the routine you're describing here--I did well in high school but was a colossal f*ck-up for most of my early uni years, eventually became slightly less of a...
  3. Thread: Applying for 2019

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    Re: Applying for 2019

    Wicket did it. Wait, I'm not really sure what point I'm trying to argue.

    I kinda get it, tho. Now that I'm back, making more money, decent career, things are going well, had kid, building up...
  4. Thread: Applying for 2019

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    Re: Applying for 2019

    TBH I don't disagree; there are some valid points there. No school I attended ever attempted to implement Spanish instruction anywhere near the level that even sh*tty Japanese schools attempt English...
  5. Thread: Applying for 2019

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    Re: Applying for 2019

    word's what?

    No argument here. I can barely remember any Spanish--handful of words, few conjugations, words have genders, etc. I only had the required two years, tho. A high school friend of mine...
  6. Thread: Applying for 2019

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    Re: Applying for 2019

    I teach, so JET ended up being at least somewhat connected to my career choice. Remarkably, I was able to convince my last two schools that my time in Japan counted as teaching experience, which...
  7. Thread: Applying for 2019

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    Re: Applying for 2019

    Hi-ho, regular here--I encourage you to give it a go! There are still a few of us around who'll help you out when we get a chance.
  8. Re: 6 classes a day at elementary school, plus before school class.

    LOL Good catch--I approved the thread, but I remember making a comment in the notes, 'cause something about it seemed fishy. Should've been paying more attention!
  9. Thread: GDPR

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    Re: I slept with a student

    I'm guessing this is a troll, but if not--yeah, you're boned. Everyone and their dog is gonna find out and you're gonna go to jail. Have fun.
  11. Re: what do you wish you'd have known before coming to Japan?

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    "Better to ask forgiveness than permission."
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    Re: Anyone applying for 2018?

    In the '90s? Didn't they used to fly 'em over first class?
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    Re: Rejected from AEON and Interac?

    You sound like you really, really, REALLY want to teach English in Japan.

    This is a red flag for many recruiting agencies, including JET and the others you've mentioned here. Western Japanophiles...
  14. Thread: My JTE is awful.

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    Re: My JTE is awful.

    Eh, my favorite JTE was a bizarre old man who routinely changed entire lesson plans at the last minute (like, while we were walking into the classroom or halfway through the lesson). I should send...
  15. Thread: My JTE is awful.

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    Re: My JTE is awful.

    My first JTE was a bit sh*tty, too. It was really too bad; she was young and quite attractive, but was not the easiest to work with. Things will probably get better; they did for me. Eventually she...
  16. Re: Are there students you teach that you just dislike or are not fond of?

    I used to think I disliked some of my Japanese students, but then I started teaching in the US. I'm thinking of becoming a lifetime member of the NRA now.
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    Re: Is a Driver's License a dealmaker/breaker?

    Get your license.

    While I'm not certain it will affect your chances (it would if I were running things), it's a really good idea. To be perfectly honest, what really worries me about what you've...
  18. Thread: VISA Debit

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    Re: VISA Debit

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    I got a CC with my bank (Shinkin)(f*ck them, tho; they're one of those banks that opens at nine, closes at three, and shuts down their ATMs for anything that might be a holiday for anyone)...
  19. Re: Are there students you teach that you just dislike or are not fond of?

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    Re: Shortlisted, but unsure

    Yeh I have a couple of exes who became intimately familiar with a coathanger, too.

    OP, I was an older JET. Moved on to direct hire. I realize now that a lot of the stuff that I worried...
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    Re: 2017 Hopefuls/applicants self-intro thread

    Stahp describing ITIL so accurately
  22. Re: Finished JET and went home, but Supervisor just found out I did outside work

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g5Hz17C4is
  23. Re: Advice on travel, after handing in passport at the Pre-Departure Orientation

    From what I'm reading, I don't think that Brits can travel to Norway without a passport. I could be wrong.

    However, I've known folks that were able to get the JET geeks to be a little flexible...
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    Re: Regards to Mental Condition on the Application

    True enough. When MG and I moved into our old farmhouse, we were startled at all the crap left behind. I think we've both since promised to not have so much stuff, and that what stuff we do have...
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    Re: Regards to Mental Condition on the Application

    Weird; I wonder if I knew her.

    Yeah, but be honest; there's probably at least one day that you came close but decided not to because you remembered that half a bottle of wine sitting on the...
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