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  1. Thread: FSOT anyone?

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    Oh jeez, I guess I didn't read your original post...

    Oh jeez, I guess I didn't read your original post carefully enough! That's awesome! Good luck!
  2. Thread: FSOT anyone?

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    Thanks Cielya! That was very helpful. BTW...

    Thanks Cielya! That was very helpful. BTW congrats on making it to the Orals. That's a pretty amazing achievement in itself. Good luck at the orals, and keep us posted on how you do.
  3. Thread: FSOT anyone?

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    Re: FSOT anyone?

    Cielya, I'd be curious to pick your brain about the QEPs. What were your topics? What did you write about? I'm going to try again for the consular track in June. Hopefully, I'll pass the test again...
  4. Thread: FSOT anyone?

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    Exactly, I passed the test, but I didn't pass the...

    Exactly, I passed the test, but I didn't pass the QEP stage. The QEP is a series of 5 questions that you have to write an essay (1300 words or less) to answer each one. If you pass the QEP, that's...
  5. Thread: FSOT anyone?

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    Re: FSOT anyone?

    I took it last year in Nagoya, and passed, but I didn't make it to the interview stages, so it's back to square 1. I will take it in June (you have to wait 1 year to take it again). Just giving you...
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    Re: Kyoto to Hokkaido- how and when?

    If you take the ferry, you can get to Otaru in Hokkaido from Maizuru in northern Kyoto-fu.

    舞鶴~小樽|舞鶴・敦賀・新潟・秋田と北海道を結ぶフェリー航路。
  7. Thread: Learning Japanese

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    Re: Learning Japanese

    One of the more interesting pieces of advice I got for learning Japanese was from the principal of one of my visiting schools. He could speak English and Russian quite well. He told me that in his...
  8. Re: Unexpected Perks, Benefits? (crossposted from bigdaikon)

    Depending on your nationality, the tax benefits are pretty good. For Americans, you don't have to pay American income taxes. If you are an ALT, you don't have to pay Japanese resident taxes for your...
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    Re: Why is my textbook so screwy?

    The 'Oh no! My cola!' is brutal. The kids know it too, and constantly shout it to each other in class. I can't say I blame them, I would do the exact same thing in their place. Other selected gems...
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    Re: Why is my textbook so screwy?

    It's common for bad English text books to have that many mistakes. Methinks your school bought the cheapest ones, and, well, you get what you pay for. If you want more examples, search the threads...
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    One thing to consider is if you get in (a long...

    One thing to consider is if you get in (a long ways down the road, but still worth mentioning), you will almost certainly have to fly out of the airport from your consulate's city. So if you live...
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    Re: How low is too low: gpa ??

    My GPA was nothing short of atrocious, and I got in. I highlighted other things for my JET application, like being a volunteer ESL tutor, and being interested in Japan. I think you should do...
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    How long has it been since you used it last? If...

    How long has it been since you used it last? If the account has been inactive for two years, you have to start all over again, and make a new account.
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    Re: JET program history question

    I don't know when Tokyo quit JET, but I remember reading right from the get-go there were problems. Mostly, it was JET's getting pissed about the high cost of housing in Tokyo while receiving the...
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    I completely agree. If I was on a train and had...

    I completely agree. If I was on a train and had to deal with a bunch of drunk, annoying JETs/ekaiwa drones in costumes raising hell, I probably would've joined in the right-wing protests. I have no...
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    Re: Should Students Learn English?

    No, I don't think they should. They should study a language, to be sure, but they should have a choice. Chinese or Korean would be a better bet for a lot students rather than cramming English down...
  17. Thread: JLPT Countdown

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    Re: JLPT Countdown

    Taking 2 kyu. Kanji & listening parts are no problem, it's just the grammar that's killing me...
  18. Re: 2010 Bill Eyed to Give Foreigners Local-Level Vote

    I think this bill is directed towards the zainichi's and the South Americans rather than tall-nosed English teachers.
  19. Thread: JLPT

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    Re: JLPT

    Remember, this test is directed to foreigners studying Japanese. It's not something like the kanji kentei that is for Japanese people to show off their kanji skills to their friends & family. Always...
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    Re: Recommend books about Japan

    I liked 'Keystone-The American Occupation of Okinawa and US-Japanese Foreign Relations' by Nicholas Evan Sarantakes. Linky

    For a really interesting and kind-of military history, I really liked...
  21. It happens everywhere. It's only crocodile tears,...

    It happens everywhere. It's only crocodile tears, in my opinion. They cry not because they really feel bad, but because they are expected to. The teachers lecture the student for about 15 minutes,...
  22. Thread: Travel Packages?

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    Swine flu. Everyone knows you get swine flu by...

    Swine flu. Everyone knows you get swine flu by setting foot in Canada/the US/Mexico.
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    Re: Saving money on gas in Japan

    Yeah, that's kind of shady if they aren't covering your traveling expenses. Anytime I have to go away from my base school for business, the BOE will cover my expenses.
  24. Re: NTV Highlights Bad Conditions of Dispatch Teachers

    I like the brief mention about JET.

    At 5:40 on the first video



    The kicker is the big black 人気がない that flashes on the screen.
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    Right. That's a lot different than coming here...

    Right. That's a lot different than coming here for the long term to lay down roots, start a family, contribute to health insurance & pension payments, etc.



    :lol: I'm sure you meant petty...
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