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    Sticky: Re: Does anyone like JET??

    Yeah, one of my friends "went native" for his first 3-4 years on the program. He is at N1+ level of Japanese and spent enough time with the culture that he "gets" a lot of the cultural quirks. He...
  2. Re: Australian JETs will make about minimum wage in 2013.

    Yeah, $40. I think I went to write 4000 yen, but then deleted a 0 thinking "naow itz dallarz!!!!21121" durp


    But I eat for cheaper here than I ever did in Australia unless I refuse to change my...
  3. Re: How the application process needs to change

    This guy's gonna have a BAD time if he ever works as an ALT in Japan.
  4. Re: Australian JETs will make about minimum wage in 2013.

    Cost of living in Australia is quite a bit more for most things. Maybe not beer, but in Australia a 700mL bottle of spirits is $400 when I can often find the same thing here for ~1600 yen.

    Plus...
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    Re: Contract vs School

    A few teachers have commented about my lack of Japanese work ethic, but I just say, "As an Australian I like to keep a good work-life balance" to which they often say "いいね" and leave it at that :P
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    Re: Contract vs School

    This might sound like a dumb question, but does your JTE know your contracted times?

    I actually found that a lot of the JTEs I work with didn't realise my work hours are different to theirs.
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  7. Re: Do GPA/transcripts matter all that much for successfuly applying?

    I had over two years of consistent fails (across the board), I had to see the Unsatisfactory Progress Committee at my University twice, followed by a final year where I was able to get my shit...
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    Re: Applying for 2013

    The job is definitely just a job. I'm two months in and while I'm enjoying my time here, it's definitely not like a 2 week holiday visiting the sights of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. It's also a job you...
  9. Thread: The Salary

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    Income Tax for me in August was only about 8,000...

    Income Tax for me in August was only about 8,000 yen/ month. Haven't had to pay residency tax yet because I wasn't living here at the start of the year or something.

    So you're looking at about...
  10. Thread: JET Essay

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    I think they might see this as a negative as it...

    I think they might see this as a negative as it could distract from work duties. It'd be better to say "I'm planning on pursuing further qualifications in postgraduate anthropology and participating...
  11. Thread: JET Essay

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    Re: JET Essay

    I agree that those three points are important. For me the split looked something like 30-50-20.

    I spent most of my essay detailing my skills, how they relate to the JET programme and giving...
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    Re: 2013 hopeful

    Actually even inaka Shiga is within 2 hours of Osaka. There's nothing to be complaining about.

    ALTs are komuin and pretty sure it was for all public servants in Osaka, not just teachers. Perhaps...
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    Re: 2013 hopeful

    Late reply, but on the tattoo issue. A guy in Shiga was originally going to be placed in Osaka. When his consulate called him to tell him his placement they first asked if he had any tattoos. Since...
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    Re: The deal with "omiyage"

    I decided on jars of Tasmanian honey as my "extra" omiyage for my principal, etc.

    I think I'd still like to go a little beyond that for the VP (whose house I'm staying at for the first couple of...
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    Re: Cuz

    I think it's important to always do new cards, especially if you're already familiar with a lot of them. I'd skip reviews in anki in deference to new cards if you're having slack days.

    I think too...
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    Re: Cuz

    Basically, if the stories stick they are doing their job. If the stories aren't sticking add complexity or ridiculousness. Stories with humour, sexual innuendo, etc are the ones I struggle the least...
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    Show a bit of respect for the different...

    Show a bit of respect for the different backgrounds people come from, please! The lady already said her friend is worried about forums, she doesn't need to be badgered.
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    Looks amazing. Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Australians

    Shimane is pretty rural and a bit more remote than some other prefectures from what I know. But it IS on Honshu so you will still be able to spend some weekends in bigger cities. It's probably the...
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    Oh some random questions about Lake Biwa:
    It's fresh rather than salt, yeah? By "beach", what kind of beach is it- sandy, gravel or river bank-esqe (rocky/grassy/muddy)? Also is it fresh enough to...
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    I mention Osaka partially because I have friends there! But yeah, Kyoto would probably serve for most of my weekends :^_^:

    Thanks for the info though, good to hear from a past PA. Hopefully the...
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    Thanks! That all sounds great.

    Even though I still need to wait a little longer to find out specifics about my placement I'm really happy about what I know so far about Shiga :^_^:

    It doesn't...
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    Do you know if most prefectural JETs are placed in any particular area or are they spread pretty evenly? It looks as if anywhere in Shiga is going to be about a 2 hour commute from Kyoto/ Osaka,...
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    :( We're visiting distance.
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    Re: Shiga: Little Prefecture with a Big Lake

    I just found out my placement! I'll be working for the Shiga Board of Education. Anyone know much about the prefectural ALT placements?
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