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    Re: Pension refund 2010

    Yeah, into my bank account today. Hurray!

    FYI 2years on JET = £3500 initial refund as of Jan 2011. Theres still the tax to claim back too.
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    Re: Pension refund 2010

    Yeah, into my bank account today. Hurray!

    FYI 2years on JET = £3500 initial refund as of Jan 2011. Theres still the tax to claim back too.
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    Re: Pension refund 2010

    Me too!! I sent it in August, this is earlier than I had expected!
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    Sticky: Re: Attention: Lurkers!

    Yeah, do not post ANY personal information on here.

    I disagree though. ITIL was a great resource for me pre-JET, but I got all my info from searching the forum's extensive history. It was nice...
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    UK Returnee JETs

    I have just returned to the UK after 2 years in Japan. I was going to call the tax office to let them know my circumstances but then a friend said they would just ask for money.

    Any former JETs...
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    Makes no difference at all. It would be useful to...

    Makes no difference at all. It would be useful to have online banking set up for all your accounts though.


    Yes. In my experience, my home account didn't see too much activity in my two years...
  7. Re: iPod touch vs Nintendo DS for learning Japanese

    Dont underestimate the signal thing, you likely will be able to use an iPhone in inaka Japan, its just softbank.

    But a textbook is better than both of these.
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    Re: Was the site down today for you?

    you poor poor folks. 2 years ago I jut lurked and lurked and lurkers (OH HAI LURKERS!!!) cos I didnt want to jinx it. And now im in Japan.

    Id guess the results will come today for the UK, 6th....
  9. Thread: Japaneseness

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    Re: Japaneseness

    Yeah I've heard more "We-Japanese-can't" phrases than boasting phrases. In the last month:

    Teacher watching Bunkasai practice, san-nensei doing some AWESOME synchronised dancing routine "We...
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    2010 Essay Contest

    When do these things usually kick off?

    Do we know if there's gonna be one this year?
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    Re: A-Level Japanese (UK ppl)

    Update

    The British Council in Tokyo can organize this to be sat in June. The application deadline is March for Edexcel. Get this - the cost is like 1man per paper (x2) and a 1man candidate fee....
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    JHS Quiz Questions

    This is well lazy.

    Doing a demo lesson tomorrow. Need some fun and interesting questions, ideally ones that a tricky and a bit multiple choice which will keep things random. I keep my list...
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    Re: A-Level Japanese (UK ppl)

    Nah its not quite so bad actually. I'm looking at the Edexcel specs at
    http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce-leg/lang/Japanese/Pages/default.aspx
    The past papers are worth a read! <and the front...
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    Re: A-Level Japanese (UK ppl)

    The large consultancy firms all seem to look at ALevel grades, a few want AAA and its depressing to think that I'd be excluded from applying based on an A-level result. I know its not a useful...
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    A-Level Japanese (UK ppl)

    This is my second and final year as a JET and I've aquired around JLPT3 level in my time here (fingers crossed). Most of the corporate jobs I want to apply for require really good a-level results,...
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    Travelling in Japan/Train fares

    My friend is visiting in a few weeks and Im planning on showing him around most of the major cities (Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo etc) in the space of a week. He'll have a JR Pass but I wont and...
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    Re: Driving = contractually verboten?

    My contract says Im not supposed to drive. Its a 45 min cycle to one of my schools, on a dangerous road. No way im cycling that.

    I park in a car park around the corner and walk the rest. Most...
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    Re: husband doesn't have a degree

    Yeah Id say the Eikaiwa route - its likely they'll assume he has a degree, and if nessesary, then lie.
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    Go buy a pack of 1penny stamps folks! Theyre best...

    Go buy a pack of 1penny stamps folks! Theyre best and cheapest stickers ever!
  20. Thread: Twit

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    Twit

    OK this just happened. Sorry if I tend to use this as my personal bitch forum. Was chatting to an inchinensei after class(theyre still so ENTHUASIASTIC!) and I asked when souji was. Despite having...
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    I TOTALLY agree, Learn the Kana and be able to...

    I TOTALLY agree, Learn the Kana and be able to write your name. There are less than 100 symbols. You can easily do it in 3 weeks. 5 a day. Write them out in the morning. Drill them. COme back to them...
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    Re: What's your favorite Japanese TV show?

    Nipponjin Testo!
    Its a quiz show all about cleaning! FOR AN HOUR!
  23. Thread: Doctor. Kansai.

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    Re: Doctor. Kansai.

    Basically the most recent doctor told me i COULDN'T have caught anything from a Nihonjin, then told me to go to an Onsen and SUNBATHE. The word Doctor isnt even CLOSE to what these quacks are. His...
  24. Thread: Doctor. Kansai.

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    Doctor. Kansai.

    I am at the end of my rope. I've had a undiagnosed medical condition since November. Ive seen three different inaka "dermatologists" (utter bullshit) and PAID THEM for them to say things like...
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    Re: To all Applicants -- Good Luck!

    Yeah I was climbing up the WALLS this time last year. It was horrible. And now, Im sitting on the floor watching shit TV by myself in a rice field! GO JET!

    Srly though good luck, its better than...
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