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    I think this applies to people applying as well as those getting ready to leave.. Now that people know I'm going I get asked about 93 times a day "So what's with this Japan thing?"

    I usually regurgigate the same teaching, cultural exchange, internationalization, etc. speech every time. Just wondering what other people are saying.. so many times every day. X_X

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    I'm going to teach English in Japan.

    That's it.

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    ...Yeah unless it's someone I know well I don't mention it or I cut it short. Most people don't really want to hear the reasons you're going anyway, even if they pretend to

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    Heh I've tried the short and simple answer, but I always get 100 questions then which is why I just tell the whole thing from the start. Maybe it's because of where I am? People in Mississippi can't imagine EVER leaving to go anywhere else. I mean, come on.. how could you want to? *gags* :smt005

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    Quote Originally Posted by kinopio
    What's your schpeel?
    Is that anything like a spiel?

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    Very well might be, but the Urban Dictionary tells me it's a little different:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=schpeel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinopio
    Very well might be, but the Urban Dictionary tells me it's a little different:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=schpeel

    :smt005
    Wow, remind me never to trust the Urban Dictionary again. I shouldn't underestimate the power of the internet to bring together disparate people who are similarly misinformed!

    Quote Originally Posted by The New Oxford Dictionary of American English
    spiel |spi(ə)l| |ʃpi(ə)l| informal noun
    a long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it : he delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel.

    verb [ trans. ]
    reel off; recite : he solemnly spieled all he knew.
    • [ intrans. ]
    speak glibly or at length.

    ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from German Spiel ‘a game.’
    Quote Originally Posted by The Oxford American Writers Thesaurus
    spiel: noun informal
    he launched into his spiel about life insurance speech, patter, (sales) pitch, blurb, talk; monologue; rigmarole, story, saga.

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    I've gotta back you up on this one.

    My OED, with is in two four-trillion page volumes and lists every English word and derivative imaginable, has no listing for "schpeel" or "shpeel", and under "spiel" it doesn't list any alternate spellings.

    The OED is considered the final authority pretty much across the board.

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    -_- Gomen.

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    Iie

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    Don't feel bad, spelling is difficult in English because there are so many places our words come from!

    Spiel, for example, comes from German, where the initial 's' is pronounced [∫] (English 'sh'). We kept the original German orthography, though. A lot of people might mistakenly (and subconsciouly) think it is from Yiddish (which is related to German). A lot of Yiddish words in English (schlep, schmooze, schnoz, schtup, schlemiel, schlemazel, Hassenpfeffer incorporated... what?) and even German words (schnauser, schnapps) are spelled with an initial sch, so it's not completely illogical to conclude that [∫piəl] is spelled "schpeel". :wink:

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    I was totally going down the "schlep" path! I guess my German isn't as good as my Yiddish? *dies*

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    Quote Originally Posted by orinthe
    Don't feel bad, spelling is difficult in English because there are so many places our words come from!

    Spiel, for example, comes from German, where the initial 's' is pronounced [∫] (English 'sh'). We kept the original German orthography, though. A lot of people might mistakenly (and subconsciouly) think it is from Yiddish (which is related to German). A lot of Yiddish words in English (schlep, schmooze, schnoz, schtup, schlemiel, schlemazel, Hassenpfeffer incorporated... what?) and even German words (schnauser, schnapps) are spelled with an initial sch, so it's not completely illogical to conclude that [∫piəl] is spelled "schpeel". :wink:
    fucking hell, you're a bore.

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    If I'm so boring, why are you reading my posts? :?:

    Some people like to be well-informed.

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    some people also like to drink turpentine but each to their own i guess.

    You're fucking boring.

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    Trolling, ka? Why can't we all just get along? :smt009

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    Some dickhead: So what are you doing these days Richard?
    Dombay: I work for the Asakuchi Board of Education in Japan.
    Some dickhead: Shuts up.

    See, all you have to do is mention the name of your BOE and say vaguely that you 'work for them' in an air that suggests that everyone knows what that is, and they'll shut up and you'll be free to get on with more important things in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kinopio
    Trolling, ka?
    Sorry, that's a real pet peeve. Why do people feel it's necessary to litter their English sentences with random Japanese? Usually it's a 'ne' on the end of the sentence, but this latest 'ka' takes the whole damn biscuit barrel. A simple 'Trolling?' would have sufficed, why the need to add the 'ka'?
    Give me my marker show me my line... surely this is it... the edge?

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    In order to communicate in another language, you must first use all the words that you know. Even if it is only "ka" or "ne"...
    Yeah, right...

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    My spiel: "I'm ready to get the fuck out of Virginia/America for a while." That's it... short and sweet.
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