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    Re: EARTHQUAKES!!!

    Get them here in Tohoku every week. Usually ones big enough to feel are about once a month. The scariest one I personally experienced was last July but that was more because I was sleeping and was...
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    This.

    I have this argument at least once a month.
    Then they`re all like...oh but monthly blah blah....fuck your monthly.
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    Re: Contact lenses

    Should mention I am from the UK (if that matters at all). My Japanese is pretty good but not to the level where I would understand what an optometrist is saying. I`ll give it a go and see what...
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    Re: Contact lenses

    Thanks for all the info!
    Hoping to get laser eye surgery at some point, but for now I`d like to give contacts a go.
  5. Re: Is the phrase "native speaker" offensive to you?

    I`m British and I don`t take offense to it....
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    Contact lenses

    Has anyone ever had contact lenses prescribed while in Japan? If so, where and around how much?
    I`m getting a bit sick of glasses and fancied a change but I`ve not the slightest clue as to where I...
  7. Re: Every now and then I'm reminded how much work it takes to become fluent ...

    That`s what I`m doing now. Having lovely handwriting would be great, but for me, in practice I am hardly ever required to write something by hand. Plus my handwritten English is pretty god awful....
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    Re: Rural placements

    I ended up buying a digital piano, about 5 man (stand + pedals) totally worth it.

    EDIT: Be careful who you tell about your piano skills. Unless you don`t mind impromptu performances. I came to...
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    Re: Japanese before applying

    I studied it informally for a while.

    I used Genki and Japanese for busy people along with ANKI, the app. I still use Anki even now. See what works for you, most people think that Genki is probably...
  10. Re: So, what's the deal with pre-departure orientation?

    Accommodation is provided. You will likely be staying at a university campus (I forgot the name) near Mile End station in London. If you have to travel far and will be staying in a hotel the night...
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    Re: Placement Discussion

    I don't, used google maps.

    Anyway, Fukushima is and has been fine (minus the exclusion area). I can understand that some people worry but with the wealth of knowledge available, I would imagine...
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    Re: Placement Discussion

    You are a good 2.5+ hours away, if not more. How far away do your parents want you to be? As said, if you want to be dictated by your parents your whole life, if you`re cool with it and you don`t...
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    Re: Fukushima questions

    Every bag of rice is checked for radiation levels. Each farm has food tested on a regular basis, having visited these test centers too, I trust the food here. Actually the radiation threshold used in...
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    Re: Fukushima questions

    If it was me, I wouldn`t hesitate. However, I don`t have a child so I cannot realistically answer that question. How far outside is "just outside"?
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    Re: Fukushima questions

    As you know, the exclusion zone is still a no go. Hence the name exclusion zone, however elsewhere in the prefecture, as Kamirose says has radiation counters everywhere. I have yet to see one that is...
  16. Re: T minus one week until We start finding out!

    We love you too <3.
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    Re: Return flight options

    While I don't know, that's quite a shitty thing to do. I imagine (someone jump in who has done this) you have to have a flight booked with a set date to get the tourist visa when you head down to...
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    Re: Arriving in Japan

    I got told I had a locker yesterday, cleaned it out and found lessons plans along with a clusterfuck of other shit from 1990, I kid you not.
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    Re: Arriving in Japan

    Usually you will receive your placement info, then some info from your BOE a few weeks later and THEN you will be contacted by you pred.
    I, on the other hand didn`t want to wait so I tracked my pred...
  20. Re: How far has your Japanese progressed since starting Jet?

    Arrived with rudimentary skills, my listening has sky rocketed in the last 9 or so months. My speaking has gotten much better but hasn`t progressed nowhere near as much as my listening, but that`s my...
  21. Re: What's the smallest JHS you've taught at?

    Smallest JHS is around 300 or so kids but my smallest class is today with 2 kids.
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    Re: Flight to Tokyo

    The JET Programme, sending professional youths to the backarse of nowhere since the 1980`s...



    ... but I agree.
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    Re: Phone Situation Upon Arriving

    Maybe buy an old style flip phone. They are very cheap I think, when I bought one when I was here on a tourist visa a few years ago it cost like 5000 yen. Your school will probably want you to have a...
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    Poll: Re: JET advice needed

    I`ve never done a TEFL so idk if it`s worth it but if you get upgraded and come to Japan with JET then you can get a discount on a TEFL I think.
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    Poll: Re: JET advice needed

    Seriously? I thought it was common knowledge that the contract starts and ends in August... Well, on paper it ends in August, some people take paid vacation and leave earlier. With regards to hours,...
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