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    Grad School Post-JET

    Hey y'all. It's been a minute since I last posted in here but hopefully y'all can give me some advice.

    After three years of living in my little sweaty part of Kyushu, I've decided that I will...
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    Re: Life in the inaka

    In southern Kyushu, in a town of 54,000 and shrinking...

    Pros:
    - Majority of my schools are small, which makes for a better teaching environment
    - Randomly get free produce from my neighbors and...
  3. Re: Did any JETs get their degree JUST before their departure?

    A CIR in my prefecture literally got his degree two weeks before departure (he was group B) so if he was able to do it, then I'm sure others can as well.
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    Re: Best cities to list as preference?

    The chances of you and your friend being placed in the same city is slim to none (closer to none). The only chance of y'all being placed in the same place is if y'all were married (and even then it's...
  5. Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    AHAHA my neck of the woods. If this is who I think it is, I've already contacted you on other social media platforms. HA. Apparently Nichinan is a lighting rod for ITIL folk.
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    Poll: Re: JLPT July 3rd, 2016

    I'm taking it specifically for my grad school application. My top choice has a mandatory foreign language component. Plus, if I can somehow miraculously pass N2, that will widen my job prospects...
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    Poll: Re: JLPT July 3rd, 2016

    Going for N3 in July (even though I should aim for N2) because I need that confidence booster. I'm pretty crap when it comes to standardized tests. Then, if all goes well, try N2 in December.
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Last year, the ATL consulate made us get state background checks as a placeholder for the FBI ones. Unfortunately for me, a week after I had my state background check expedited, my FBI check arrived...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    My guess then is Friday, if other countries are finding out. Unless they pull a Canada on y'all (they found out last year...I think two weeks after Americans did irc)
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    Re: Post the Japanese you learned today

    独身 which means single/unmarried. I was watching some awful variety show where a bunch of 東大 students were being snotty to 30 and 40 year old single women (most of them, I will say, were of the host...
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    Re: Class debate topic

    Court rules pop idol has right to pursue happiness, can date | The Japan Times

    Maybe this?
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    I mean, don't post details publicly on social media. But you can get away with messaging folks one-on-one (unless they rat you out).
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    Re: Good southeast Asian airlines?

    Yeah, that's a bit high. I'm not sure what dates you're looking for but I just went on Thai Airways and for Golden Week, they have a roundtrip early escape saver advantage fare, KIX-Bangkok...
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    Re: Good southeast Asian airlines?

    When it comes to flying outside of Japan (especially in Southeast Asia), I would cough up the extra money and fly with a non-budget airline. I also give a thumb up to Cathay Pacific.
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    Re: HELP please! Little ones...

    I also teach at the yochien next to my base ES/JHS twice a month or so. It depends on the day, but you can't go wrong with music based activities. I played christmas songs the other day and the...
  16. Re: So who here's going for the second (or more) attempt this year?

    There's someone who is going home in my prefecture but that's because an immediate family member is on their deathbed. According to some ALTs, she isn't going to be replaced until the new intake...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Once again, I'm so glad that I'm not a Tokyo JET. I'll take my cheap (but pretty inaka) placement over "half my salary for a lolita's shoebox" Tokyo placement any day.
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    Re: HyperDia

    I can't drive now because I lost my IDP. I'm currently waiting for my replacement to come in the mail. T_T
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    Re: HyperDia

    When Hyperdia fails, I usually go to Jorudan. Google maps has also given me meh results (yay for being in super inaka)
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    Re: CIR Applicants 2014

    Yeah, the CIR in the city below mine has not taken the JLPT but damn, he's pretty good. He had other things to prove his language skills, such as taking classes conducted fully in Japanese at...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Hello prefectural neighbor! If you're closer to the Miyazaki-side of the prefecture, let me know! I can give you some tips if you want regarding places to go and such!
  22. Re: Seeking Advice: Trying to figure out who would make the best references

    I'm also in the "don't read your recommendation letter" camp. If you read it and have them edit it, that just undermines the strength of your application. If they like you enough, they will write a...
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    Re: URGENT: Lost IDP and Freaking Out

    Yeah, the IDP is a cardboard booklet. Which makes it all the more frustrating on how the hell I misplaced it.
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    URGENT: Lost IDP and Freaking Out

    Hey guys, I'm sort of panicking because for the life of me, I cannot find my International Drivers' Permit (IDP). I noticed today during lunch that it wasn't in my purse. The bad part is that I...
  25. Sticky: Re: Statement of Purpose thread: advice and people who are willing to proofread

    Sure, send it over to me. I haven't started visiting my schools yet so I'm stuck at the BoE with nothing to do.
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