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    Now that I'm done with my university J-go lessons, I'm looking for new material to study that might be beneficial until I get over to Japan.

    Looking at the JET handbook, it serves as something perfect to study. As all the left pages are written in Japanese and right in English, you can try to understand what the hell is going on with the Japanese, and if you get lost, refer to the right side of the page.

    I'm sure there is also lots of vocab that I'll be hearing/using over there that pertain to our jobs. At some point I'll start extracting kanji/words from the manual and share them on the boards.
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    Maybe a novel would be more interesting
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    So that sounded like a good idea (kinda boreing) but i cant seem to find my handbook....

    does anyone know if you can get a replacement? there is so much good info in taht actually!
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    Quote Originally Posted by markteacher80
    So that sounded like a good idea (kinda boreing) but i cant seem to find my handbook....

    does anyone know if you can get a replacement? there is so much good info in taht actually!
    i agree, it's got lots of really good information in it! but as a source of practising japanese, i think it'll put you to sleep real quick! hehe

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    You can downlaod it as a .pdf here:

    http://www.jetprogramme.org/e/current/publications.html

    Or you could download any number of exciting CLAIR publications - the CIR handbook, the CLAIR news in English and Japanese, etc...

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    Boring as hell, yeah. But it contains a lot of useful vocabulary that you'll be seeing a lot.

    The translated essays are actually a bit more entertaining. (They even translated Young Padawan into Japanese in one of the essays).

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    Quote Originally Posted by samesong
    (They even translated Young Padawan into Japanese in one of the essays).
    Yea... I noticed that too! Jedis are awesome!

    Back on topic, I was thinking about trying to read the Japanese sides too for practice, but after a bit of time I really did fall asleep. Eh, but the same happened when I was reading the English sides too...
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    Alright, so here is my first post dissecting the JET handbook. This aim is for those that are more intermediate/advanced, so I'll probably end up leaving the really basic stuff out. Also notice I'll be putting really simplified translations of words in; I'm putting the meaning in English according to their context within the handbook.

    The English version of the handbook was posted it doesn't have the Japanese translations. Here's the Japanese version

    Anyway, pull what you want from these posts. I'm making them more for myself than anything, but maybe you find studying these words helpful too.

    Also, I recommend if you do study these words, give the pages they came from a read so you can understand what they mean in context.

    And of course please alert me if I've made any type of mistakes. I'm not claiming my J-go is great by any means.


    Preface (pg 9)

    I thought this was interesting: this is what they have as "JET" in Japanese: 語学指導等を行う外国青年招致事業

    Which translates into something like "Youthful foreigners performing foreign language leadership invitation program" - yeah, I'll stick to saying "JET"

    指導 しどう leadership
    外国 がいこく foreign country
    招致 しょうち invitation
    事業 じぎょう program (within this context)
    参加決定 さんかけってい decision to participate
    重要 じゅうよう important
    掲載 けいさい appearance (in print)
    来日 らいにち coming to Japan
    熟読 じくどく to read carefully
    持参 じさん bring/take/carry
    序章 序章 preface


    Organization of the JET Program (pg 13) (and yes, I Americanized two of those words, bitches.)

    概要 がいよう summary/outline
    略称 りゃくしょう abbreviation
    実施する じっし to administer
    充実 じゅうじつ enrichment
    進展 しんてん progress
    諸外国 しょがいこく foreign countries
    相互理解 そうごりかい mutual understanding
    増進 ぞうしん increase (understanding, etc)
    推進 すいしん promotion
    発展 はってん develop/grow
    まとより from the beginning
    大規模 だいきぼ large scale
    豊か ゆたか abundant
    実る みのる to bear (results)
    要望 ようぼ request (like a placement)
    私立学校 しりつがっこう private school
    配置する はいち to arrange (a deal)
    都道府県 とどうふけん prefecture
    政令指定都市 せいれいしていとし designated city
    地方公共団体 ちほうこうきょうだんたい local government body
    契約 けいやく contract
    団体 だんたい organization


    More to come later.

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    Oh no, you can stop right now. You had me at "youthful".
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    Hah. Maybe we need to write a few letters to JET telling them to change 青年招致事業 to something else then

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