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    Re: The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    PS, here's his new blog in case you want to continue the insanity trip:

    Learn Japanese in Dayton・Cincinnati・Online
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    Re: The Somewhat Late 2017 Placements Thread

    Well that was quite the read...

    I found him, though. He's teaching Japanese with his N3 certificate in Ohio. So...Chiba probably didn't go very well.
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    Re: Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    America has passport cards that allow us to go to surrounding countries (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean). They're cheaper, so I dunno, maybe more people have those.

    Also, the first foreign country I...
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    Re: placement preference question

    I requested south Honshu because I had visited it before and then a random placement way up north to 'try something new'. I got placed right in the middle and it turned out to be perfect.
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    Re: Bringing OTC medicines

    You can get Dayquil cough drops here though. I'm not sure if they're the same but that may be why nothing mentions it.
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    Re: Bringing OTC medicines

    There are so many interpretations on what the 'two month' supply means; it's pretty vague. Some say to follow the directions, some say it depends on your individual needs. So who knows? I do know...
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    Re: Extra things you brought with you to Japan

    I brought a binder full of CD/DVDs/Games, a Kindle, two game systems (Wii and PS2 slim) a few mini pizza pans that I've used for baking (although I probably could have easily found similar ones...
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    Re: What to wear at Elementary School

    Both. But not, like, band t-shirts or your souvenir shirt from Disney World or something. Sports brands are probably okay because sports are king here. I usually wear shirts with subtle designs so I...
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    Re: What to wear at Elementary School

    I'm just assuming there's an undamaged part of her soul that doesn't want little hand gropes.
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    Re: What to wear at Elementary School

    I wear dark pants and a t-shirt (sometimes a blouse) at my elementary schools with normal flats. I'm probably considered 'overdressed' since everyone wears track suits or capris with crocs.

    I'd...
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    Re: Female ALTs wearing pants?

    I wear pants every day of my life. Track suits are also popular at my schools, mostly with the men though. The ladies are also pretty casual though, usually khakis and a blouse or t-shirt.

    My...
  12. Re: Preparing for the JET Program Prior to Departure

    I was taken to all of my schools the day after I arrived in my town but didn't see three of them (ES) until over a month later. I was thrown into lessons right off the bat. I had my pred's old lesson...
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    Lol my BOE doesn't even have my SOP in my file.

    As for the violin dimensions...they just mean something smaller, like a purse or computer bag. I think your violin case will be fine with your...
  14. Re: How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    I bought mine from Target for $50 each or something. When I'm not using them (which has only been twice--once to move out here and once to visit home) they sit in my garage collecting dust and...
  15. Re: Current & Former JETs - Your best and worst experience as a JET?

    30 mins both ways. I'm not doing that every day. But yeah, I've tried calling and their responding panic is almost funny. It usually ends up with them calling my supervisor so he can figure out what...
  16. Re: Current & Former JETs - Your best and worst experience as a JET?

    That would mean going to work...after work...

    But no, I'm usually 30 minutes between each school so it'd take a huge chunk of my time. I'm thinking about giving them a template schedule they can...
  17. Re: Current & Former JETs - Your best and worst experience as a JET?

    The thing that drives me up the wall is the lack of communication between me and my schools. The elementary schools, no matter how many times I've asked, don't tell me the day's schedule ahead of...
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    Re: 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    This is true. No one voluntarily goes there for fun.
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    Re: Translating Your Daily Activites

    Are you still in college? Check around your university for conversation tutoring.
  20. Re: Good alternative to questions warmup for Elementary School

    I sometimes make everyone get in a circle and say something like "I like strawberries" The student next to me (clockwise) will repeat what I like and then say what they like, and so on. It uses...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    The know one girl who didn't find out about her background check until she landed in Tokyo. So. I'm sure it'll be fine.
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    No, I just don't eat very much. They have no problems with the giant bowls of rice and every side dish but I can't even finish half. I used to but then I noticed I was on my way to becoming a land...
  23. Re: How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Yeah, I didn't want to be one of THOSE people but it's totally true for me. I've dealt with it though.
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    School lunch is not reasonably sized (for me). It's more than twice what I would normally eat for lunch and it's caused me to gain a lot of weight.
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    Wait until you talk to your predecessor, they'll be able to tell you what you need. And if they're competent adults like mine was then everything in your apartment will be in good shape and you won't...
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