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    yoshiko nawa minhchanh_98@y... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Sat Dec 6, 2003 6:31
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Re: confirmation cards?</font>
    <tt>I sent mine in on the 26th and received my
    confirmation card on the 5th.
    Phil
    --- Justin! justin@e... wrote:
    I sent mine priorit mail and got the confirmation
    card 8 days later
    (with a sunday and thanksgiving in between). Being
    a little closer
    to the deadline, they might have a larger influx
    now, causing the
    process to be a little slower, but I"m not sure.
    Anyway, good luck!

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, thatsasin
    thatsasin@y... wrote:
    Just curious whether anyone"s received their
    confirmation card
    stating
    that the JET people have received your
    application, or if anyone
    knows
    how long it"s supposed to take to send them out.
    I sent my JET app
    via overnight mail on Tuesday and am wondering
    when I should start
    to
    worry.




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    <font size="-0">Date: Sun Dec 7, 2003 11:13
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Aussie applicants</font>
    <tt>Hi all,
    I"ve applied for JET 04, but won"t find out if I scored an interview
    til mid Jan I think. Are there any other Perth applicants in this
    group?

    The waiting"s not easy since I have to figure out my plan B in the
    mean time...But I"m trying to think of it as a good thing, to give me
    time to do some research and prepare myself for the interview if I
    get one!

    A bit about myself: I"m 21, have no teaching or Japanese language
    experience, have a degree in env biology and a grad dip in film and
    TV. I"m hoping to produce educational docos in the future and I think
    JET will help me to do that, well in an indirect way. Can anyone
    suggest a few good texts for learning some basic Japanese on my own?

    Another thing- I heard the process in each country varies a lot,
    would love to get some feedback about any Aussies who have already
    had an interview and how it went.

    Cheers,
    Bron.



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    <font size="-0">Date: Sun Dec 7, 2003 12:05
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: interesting new bit</font>
    <tt>I just have to say that I loved Neon Genesis and Princess Mononoke! I
    recently did work experience for a local film company who were making
    a doco about the effect of violence in video games ( Just a Game -
    will be shown on channel 9 sometime soon for anyone in the land of
    Oz) and that was a really interesting experience. What I got out of
    it was that there are a few ppl who are adversely affected, but it"s
    a small minority and generally the games themselves aren"t the only
    factor.

    This isn"t really related, but I saw a doco a while ago about
    Japanese students playing up in class and hitting teachers...I was
    wondering if ALTs have to deal with disciplining students as well or
    if the JTEs handle that. Also if anyone has experienced this or knows
    someone who has??

    Bron:)

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, ahtsai ahtsai@y... wrote:
    http://www.zakzak.co.jp/top/t-2003_12/1t2003120130.html

    Saw this while browsing though my jpn sites. Basically a news story
    about the results of a hearing in Yamagata Prefecture. The hearing
    was for a 22 year old guy who beat his mother (47) to death with a
    wooden bat as a result of anime.

    Apparently, back in high school, the accused was sympathetic(?)
    with
    lines like the ultimate result of evolution is destruction from
    Neon Genesis Evangelion. As well as, the idea that mankind are a
    violent creature that destories everything around them . Eventually
    all of this led to his interest in murder. The day that he
    commmited
    the crime, he was suffeing from problems at work, pushing him over
    the edge and the murder rampage starting with his family.

    The distric attorny (judge?) said that even though they had the
    accused go through psychology tests due to comments like the
    population of mankind needs to be decreased or else... , but he is
    still responsible for the criminal acts that he commited (had to
    fudge the last part of the trans cuz i"m not familiar with all the
    legal terms).

    If i remember correctly, there were also a couple of case in the
    last
    decade that contributed to a fairly negative image of anime/manga
    in
    japan. There was one of a boy that cut off his school mate"s head
    and
    stuck it on a fence about 6 or 7 years ago. As well as the arrest
    of
    a well known director (the guy that worked on Starblazer i thihnk),
    for illegal arms charges...he had howizer shells as well as enough
    munition for a small army in his car and home. All of this were in
    the last decade.

    Andy


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    <font size="-0">Date: Sun Dec 7, 2003 11:11
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Nihon go</font>
    <tt>I"ve been reading Read Japanese Today! to get a simple grasp of
    reading the language. That might come in handy when your at a bullet
    train station, or looking for a shop of some sort. It is by Len
    Walsh, and a very fun read! I"ve got a copy of it on my computer and
    you might be able to find the electronic version on Kazza or
    something like that.

    Brent




    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, Matt dynamisx@b... wrote:
    Hi,

    I guess most people here have some interest in Japan, and possibly
    even an interest in Japanese. I"m curious what my fellow JET
    hopefuls
    are doing about familiarising themselves with the local lingo.

    Myself, I"ve enrolled on an evening class, and can now happily
    introduce myself and present you with my business card. It"s going
    pretty slow (what kind of person names the days of the month??!)
    but Watashi wa ganbatte desu (or something).

    So anyone wanting to share ideas, encouragement, The Best Book, or
    just plain ridicule my nonsensical rambling... dozo.

    Mattsu


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    <font size="-0">Date: Mon Dec 8, 2003 3:40
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Database - Charting our Progress</font>
    <tt>I encourage everyone to take a look at the database section of the
    group and fill out the table, so we can easily see where everyone is
    in the selection process. I think this will add to the ability to
    keep each other updated. I realize that some people may want to
    keep their status private in case they don"t make it, but I think
    this will be helpful and fun. Anyway, I"m doing it. :) Fill it out
    if you want to !

    -Justin


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    <font size="-0">Date: Mon Dec 8, 2003 6:15
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    <font size="-0">Subject: New DB - Interview Q"s</font>
    <tt>Hey JET applicants -

    I just set up a new database in the members section of our Yahoo group. I
    thought it
    might be useful to put in a brain dump of all the questions we can recall or
    make up
    for interview situations. The way I see it, if you can put in 10-15 minutes each
    day (or
    even once a week) to try thinking about these questions, we can better present
    ourselves under the stressful conditions of the real thing.

    Throw in some easy ones that you can think of, but don"t hesitate to throw a
    couple
    of curve-balls to mix it up. I think building a questions db will be a useful
    springboard for discussions. If you also stumble across posts which talk about
    past
    interviews, add those questions to help build our DB.

    Hanging in there,
    Rich



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    <font size="-0">Date: Mon Dec 8, 2003 3:17
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Aussie applicants</font>
    <tt> JET will help me to do that, well in an indirect way. Can anyone
    suggest a few good texts for learning some basic Japanese on my own?

    I"ve tried a few and I recommend Japanese For Busy People cuz it gets you
    started reading kana right away, and Berlitz Basic Japanese was great for
    general speaking/learning. I found the context of their cheesy skits really
    helped me remember stuff.

    Also I recommend doing what I did, going to the library, grabbing some, and
    seeing what you like best...

    Good luck!

    Eric



    On Sun, Dec 07, 2003 at 11:13:48AM -0000, bron_v wrote:
    Hi all,
    I"ve applied for JET 04, but won"t find out if I scored an interview
    til mid Jan I think. Are there any other Perth applicants in this
    group?

    The waiting"s not easy since I have to figure out my plan B in the
    mean time...But I"m trying to think of it as a good thing, to give me
    time to do some research and prepare myself for the interview if I
    get one!

    A bit about myself: I"m 21, have no teaching or Japanese language
    experience, have a degree in env biology and a grad dip in film and
    TV. I"m hoping to produce educational docos in the future and I think
    JET will help me to do that, well in an indirect way. Can anyone
    suggest a few good texts for learning some basic Japanese on my own?

    Another thing- I heard the process in each country varies a lot,
    would love to get some feedback about any Aussies who have already
    had an interview and how it went.

    Cheers,
    Bron.




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    <font size="-0">Date: Mon Dec 8, 2003 3:20
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] Digest Number <font size="-0">
    >A number of people have asked about what books or texts to study to learn some Japanese before going over, to which I have a couple suggestions

    First, I highly recommend at least learning the basics - which to me includes becoming familiar with hiragana and katakana. I would actually recommend Katakana first, because it is often used on menus. Forget learning the chinese characters right now - except for maybe boy and girl - so you know which bathroom to use.

    You will also be doing yourself a great service if you learn some basic expressions and questions. Learning how to greet people, thank them, and ask basic directions would be the most useful.

    As for texts - I have found that "Japanese for Busy People" is very user friendly and offers a lot of what I have suggested above. There are also a lot of computer programs which will allow you to record your voice to check your pronunciation and which can be more interesting and useful than just reading a textbook. A travel phrase book can also be helpful as it provides a lot phrases for a wide variety of situations.

    However, I truly believe that any book or program which keeps you interested and gets you learning the basics is a good choice. While you will find that quite a few Japanese will have a basic grasp of English, since they have been studying it at school since junior high, the more Japanese you understand the easier it will be to get to work, go shopping, or get medical attention.

    A good place to start is a web site from Japan which is designed for kids - but is actually a lot of fun and full of useful information. It is located at http://www.jinjapan.org/kidsweb/ and I use a lot of the information in the intro Japanese courses I teach. Hope it helps

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    <font size="-0">Date: Mon Dec 8, 2003 10:20
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    <font size="-0">Subject: vegetarianism interview question</font>
    <tt>This question in the database intrigued me:

    If you are a vegetarian, how would you handle a situation where you
    are the guest of a government official or program representative who
    serves you a meal which consists mainly of meat dishes?

    I mentioned that I"m a vegetarian on my application, so I"m certain a
    question like this will come up. During my internship in Sendai, I
    was put in a similar situation when I attended a formal going-away
    party for some government employees as a special guest. 90% of the
    food was meat dishes in a serve-yourself situation at a table. I just
    took a small piece of chicken, nibbled it, then gave the rest to an
    American co-worker who sat next to me. Then I went home hungry and
    ate some pasta.

    But somehow I don"t think this would be an acceptable answer during
    the JET interview. Plus, if placed in the same situation again, I
    don"t know if I"d eat meat at all. What do you think the correct
    reaction to a situation like this would be? I"m interested from the
    standpoint of an interviewee and someone who"s genuinely concerned
    about offending people at formal functions.

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    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 12:19
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: vegetarianism interview question</font>
    <tt>Initially, I"d think the hosts wouldn"t be surprised, since many
    Buddhists observe vegetarianism. I suppose it might be difficult to
    explain one"s dietary restriction if it were simply by choice and not
    by a religious obligation. The latter may provide a graceful
    explanation. I think the difficult part is where the host has expended
    considerable effort preparing for the invitation - one may not be able
    to avoid awkwardness in the situation.

    Rich

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, thatsasin thatsasin@y... wrote:
    This question in the database intrigued me:

    If you are a vegetarian, how would you handle a situation where you
    are the guest of a government official or program representative who
    serves you a meal which consists mainly of meat dishes?

    I mentioned that I"m a vegetarian on my application, so I"m certain
    a
    question like this will come up. During my internship in Sendai, I
    was put in a similar situation when I attended a formal going-away
    party for some government employees as a special guest. 90% of the
    food was meat dishes in a serve-yourself situation at a table. I
    just
    took a small piece of chicken, nibbled it, then gave the rest to an
    American co-worker who sat next to me. Then I went home hungry and
    ate some pasta.

    But somehow I don"t think this would be an acceptable answer during
    the JET interview. Plus, if placed in the same situation again, I
    don"t know if I"d eat meat at all. What do you think the correct
    reaction to a situation like this would be? I"m interested from the
    standpoint of an interviewee and someone who"s genuinely concerned
    about offending people at formal functions.


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    Matt dynamisx@b... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 9:19
    am</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: vegetarianism interview question</font>
    <tt>I think the correct answer is usually just being honest yet
    tactful. This kind of situation could as easily occur at home as
    abroad. I guess something like thanking them for the effort they
    made, and maybe complimenting the taste of some of the veg dishes
    could take some of the sting out of your hosts" disappointment!

    Matt

    (Here"s thanking that I didn"t get any awkward questions in my
    interview!)

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, feenixsf rich@s... wrote:
    Initially, I"d think the hosts wouldn"t be surprised, since many
    Buddhists observe vegetarianism. I suppose it might be difficult to
    explain one"s dietary restriction if it were simply by choice and
    not
    by a religious obligation. The latter may provide a graceful
    explanation. I think the difficult part is where the host has
    expended
    considerable effort preparing for the invitation - one may not be
    able
    to avoid awkwardness in the situation.

    Rich

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, thatsasin thatsasin@y... wrote:
    This question in the database intrigued me:

    If you are a vegetarian, how would you handle a situation where
    you
    are the guest of a government official or program representative
    who
    serves you a meal which consists mainly of meat dishes?

    I mentioned that I"m a vegetarian on my application, so I"m
    certain
    a
    question like this will come up. During my internship in Sendai,
    I
    was put in a similar situation when I attended a formal going-away
    party for some government employees as a special guest. 90% of
    the
    food was meat dishes in a serve-yourself situation at a table. I
    just
    took a small piece of chicken, nibbled it, then gave the rest to
    an
    American co-worker who sat next to me. Then I went home hungry
    and
    ate some pasta.

    But somehow I don"t think this would be an acceptable answer
    during
    the JET interview. Plus, if placed in the same situation again, I
    don"t know if I"d eat meat at all. What do you think
    the correct
    reaction to a situation like this would be? I"m interested from
    the
    standpoint of an interviewee and someone who"s genuinely concerned
    about offending people at formal functions.


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    Matt dynamisx@b... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 9:33
    am</font>
    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Aussie applicants</font>
    <tt>Hi,

    I"ve tried a few and I recommend Japanese For Busy People cuz it
    gets you started reading kana right away, and Berlitz Basic
    Japanese was great for general speaking/learning. I found the
    context of their cheesy skits really helped me remember stuff.

    I use Japanese for Busy People for my evening course. I think its
    actually quite poor as a language book, although it gets the job
    done, and its very popular. I"t doesn"t actually teach you Kana, but
    just starts using it, and leaves it up to you to learn it, although
    this depends on the edition you get.

    My favourite quote from the book is: Memorise the numbers from 100
    to 1,000,000,000,000.


    Also I recommend doing what I did, going to the library, grabbing
    some, and seeing what you like best...

    Definitely a good idea. I found a really good book called Colloquial
    Japanese It introduces Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji at the same
    time, but in a well thought out, memorable way.

    I guess the most important thing I"ve found is to pick a book you
    like, and stick with it.

    Matt




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    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 1:25
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    <font size="-0">Subject: thnx</font>
    <tt>Just wanted to say I think this site is great and quite useful, since
    I only joined yesterday! RE the suggested texts, the same names are
    coming up which is a good sign, thanks for the info :)
    Bron.


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    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 5:57
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    <font size="-0">Subject: [2004JET] Re: Aussie applicants</font>
    <tt>

    I had to take classes at 3 different language schools and we"ve tried, Japanese
    for Busy people , Situational functional japanese , and Learn Japanese . I"d
    have to agree that Japanese for Busy People is the best beginners book. It
    doesn"t give you all the nuances of the language (good for beginners) and it
    groups the grammer topics and vocabularies very nicely. My japanese teacher
    said that the first volume is really good, but they didn"t like the 2nd one.

    For higher levels, I like situational functional japanese , which I think is
    like a lot of japanese textbooks out there. These books usually group lessons
    by real life situations. But they introduce different grammer rules in each
    chapter, and then add to the same rules in later chapters. I find it confusing.
    But it"s more detailed in that it introduces more common speech, better
    dialogues, and a lot of cultural explanations.

    I"ve heard that japanese schools in japan use minna no nihongo? or something
    like that......



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    To: 2004JET@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2003 09:33:44 -0000
    Subject: [2004JET] Re: Aussie applicants

    Hi, br br I"ve tried a few and I recommend Japanese For Busy People cuz it
    br gets you started reading kana right away, and Berlitz Basic br Japanese
    was great for general speaking/learning. I found the br context of their
    cheesy skits really helped me remember stuff. br br I use Japanese for Busy
    People for my evening course. I think its br actually quite poor as a language
    book, although it gets the job br done, and its very popular. I"t doesn"t
    actually teach you Kana, but br just starts using it, and leaves it up to you
    to learn it, although br this depends on the edition you get. br br My
    favourite quote from the book is: Memorise the numbers from 100 br to
    1,000,000,000,000. br br br Also I recommend doing what I did, going to
    the library, grabbing br some, and seeing what you like
    best... br br Definitely a good idea. I found a really good book called
    Colloquial br Japanese It introduces Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji at the
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    <font size="-0">Date: Tue Dec 9, 2003 9:14
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    <font size="-0">Subject: New person! Hi!</font>
    <tt>Hi there, I"ve just applied to the JET scheme, and found this group
    while trying to find out more about what I"m letting myself in for!

    I"m interested to know the ages of most applicants.

    I am 27, and have been a primary school teacher in the UK for 6
    years. Is anyone else as old as me and are there any folk who are
    leaving behind professional careers?

    Am I mad?!

    Hannah X


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Dec 10, 2003 1:59
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Cheers for the Old People</font>
    <tt>Howdy Hannah and other JET-setters,

    A man can feel mighty old surrounded by all these young ones who are
    just graduating from college. Just so you know - energy and motivation
    spans across any age difference!

    I"m 30 and considering a shift from my current professional career. It
    spooks me at times, but the prospects seem quite bright and exciting
    all the same.

    Be sure to post any good links or information that you find. We
    currently have a database set up to track the admissions process and
    also one to store questions to prepare for the inevitable big
    interview . Contribute what you can!

    Rich

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, hannah_e_y hannah_e_y@y... wrote:
    Hi there, I"ve just applied to the JET scheme, and found this group
    while trying to find out more about what I"m letting myself in for!

    I"m interested to know the ages of most applicants.

    I am 27, and have been a primary school teacher in the UK for 6
    years. Is anyone else as old as me and are there any folk who are
    leaving behind professional careers?

    Am I mad?!

    Hannah X


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    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Dec 10, 2003 2:37
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: [2004JET] New person! Hi!</font>
    <tt>On Tuesday 09 December 2003 02:14 pm, hannah_e_y wrote:
    I am 27, and have been a primary school teacher in the UK for 6
    years. Is anyone else as old as me and are there any folk who are
    leaving behind professional careers?

    Am I mad?!

    Well, probably no madder than I. 33 year old programmer, though currently
    looking for new job (to tide me over til JET 8-) ). Actually applied last
    year, but didn"t make it to the interview stage -- hopefully do better this
    time around. This would be an interesting change, I think, that I would
    enjoy.

    Tad


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    Justin! justin@e... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Dec 10, 2003 6:37
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Database Fever</font>
    <tt>In what can now officially be dubbed Official Database Kickoff
    Week , I"ve added a category to help us get to know each other
    beyond our names and other stats in order to enhance the community
    aspect of the group. It"s really basic, and I titled it Part 1 in
    case someone wanted to add a more in depth database later.

    -Justin


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    shinikenshi Shinikenshi@h... </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:48
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    <font size="-0">Subject: Re: Cheers for the Old People</font>
    <tt>Howdy to all the new people!

    ::bows out of respect for the older people:: ^^

    I"m actually curious to know how many people here are the youngin"s
    on the board. Its just kind of interesting noting the people that
    joing the group who already have a profession whereas us kids are
    thinking that perhaps JET is that expanse of time to think a bit
    longer about what we want to do in life.

    Or maybe thats just me. x_x

    Totally unrelated note but I noticed a good bunch of people in the
    database chose either Kagawa or Nara as choices. Would be interesting
    if we all end at either places I suppose!

    ::ducks off to tackle another exam::

    -Chris

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, feenixsf rich@s... wrote:
    Howdy Hannah and other JET-setters,

    A man can feel mighty old surrounded by all these young ones who
    are
    just graduating from college. Just so you know - energy and
    motivation
    spans across any age difference!

    I"m 30 and considering a shift from my current professional career.
    It
    spooks me at times, but the prospects seem quite bright and
    exciting
    all the same.

    Be sure to post any good links or information that you find. We
    currently have a database set up to track the admissions process
    and
    also one to store questions to prepare for the inevitable big
    interview . Contribute what you can!

    Rich

    --- In 2004JET@yahoogroups.com, hannah_e_y hannah_e_y@y...
    wrote:
    Hi there, I"ve just applied to the JET scheme, and found this
    group
    while trying to find out more about what I"m letting myself in
    for!

    I"m interested to know the ages of most applicants.

    I am 27, and have been a primary school teacher in the UK for 6
    years. Is anyone else as old as me and are there any folk who
    are
    leaving behind professional careers?

    Am I mad?!

    Hannah X


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    2004JET@yahoogroups.com </font>
    <font size="-0">Date: Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:13
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    <font size="-0">Subject: New poll for 2004JET</font>
    <tt>
    Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
    2004JET group:

    Have you studied the Japanese language?
    If so rate your ability

    o no
    o basic
    o intermediate
    o advanced


    To vote, please visit the following web page:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/2004JET/surveys?id=360758

    Note: Please do not reply to this message. Poll votes are
    not collected via email. To vote, you must go to the Yahoo! Groups
    web site listed above.

    Thanks!







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