I’m going to sleep so hard on the bus tomorrow. Please let it not be crowded so I can have two seats to myself.

07.30.14
dropshadow

Slapped with a test??

jetacrosstherainbow:

I thought I was on top of all my preparations for when I leave on Saturday, but then I get this email saying that I needed to complete a test after reading a 110 page document from the British Embassy… 0.0

Is this a new thing? I haven’t heard about this before haha! Moar work!!! Moaaaaar! :p

Ooh, I focused on the part of the e-mail that said “requests that you read the ALT Handbook” instead of the part that said “It is your responsibility to complete the test”. I got to page 40 and quit because it kept repeating itself. I guess I should go finish it.

2 07.27.14
dropshadow

I really wish I could go to one of the KAT-TUN concerts in Sendai after I arrive.

07.26.14
dropshadow

So, to convince my mom that I would be safe in Sendai I had to show her on a map where I would be teaching and living. The main school I’m at was too close to the coastline for her, so I had to find a map of how far in the tsunami went and point out where the school was on that one. It wasn’t an area that was hit, so she was okay with it.

But I didn’t add in the elementary schools I will be teaching at, because I didn’t know their names. Now that I do, I looked them up last night. One is just across the street from my main school. The other one is right on the coast and was completely gutted by the tsunami. I’ve been showing her pictures of the school in the aftermath and she’s been glaring at me. I keep telling her that I’ll only be there two days per month and she’s just having none of it.

07.26.14
dropshadow

moshetei:

theadventuresofblackberry:

farfromthepacific:

moshetei:

bashobananatree:

I wonder if the new JETs realize that when they arrive in Japan they will be surrounded by Japanese food.

Why would you spend your last week in your home country eating ramen? Or drinking Asahi?! Asahi!! What is wrong with you?!

I’m glad everyone’s excited about coming to Japan, but for the…

EAT BAGELS

AND BUFFALO WINGS. AND BBQ RIBS. 

EAT A REAL STEAK. 

GO TO COSTCO OR SAMS CLUB AND JUST GAZE

EAT PIZZA

EAT 100000 BOXES OF CRAPPY CHINESE FOOD

EAT DOUBLE STUFFED OREOS

EAT KALE IF YOU MUST. 

JUST EAT. EAT YOUR FILL.

I tried to convince my family to bring to me chipotle as my last meal but they wouldn’t let it. we went for lobster instead. soooo white boy from CT 

CHEAP FRUIT

POP TARTS

CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESE

MEAT

SALAMI

BACON

SALADS THAT ACTUALLY FILL YOU UP

POTATO CHIPS WITH REGULAR FLAVORS

CUPCAKES

(I go home in six days for three weeks I AM GOING TO GET SO FAT) 

I am making the trek home soon as well and my entire list of things to do is food. My dad is a little concerned

This is actually something that doesn’t concern me all that much. I get tired of food quickly, even if it’s something that I love. I rarely get cravings because of this. I actually have to be really careful not to eat something too frequently (even if it’s just once a week) because I’ll get so tired of it that I’ll stop eating it entirely.

58 07.24.14
dropshadow

I did some test questions for the JLPT N2 test today and it was pretty much like “I know I knew this but I don’t know it now.”

So I’m going to switch up my goal. I’m going to review and attempt N2 in December. If I pass it and then fail N1 in July, at least I’ll have some form of certification. If I fail it, then I’ll know my goal of passing N1 after a year was unrealistic and I’ll try N2 again for certification.

07.23.14
dropshadow

moshetei:

japan-experience:

When I tell people I majored in Japanese or that I can speak Japanese, their reply is “Say something in Japanese!” and then I have nothing to say.

So last night, I finally took a stand.

"Sure. Tell me what to say."
"Well, just talk about something."
"Like what?"
"Like going to Japan."
"But give…

This doesn’t end when you get to Japan…. 

I have a lot of students that demand Japanese of me, but more often people will want to hear you speak English… 

I find it easier to refuse students since I can use the excuse “You’re supposed to be learning English!” But what I really mean when I say that is “omg no I’m too shy.”

8 07.22.14
dropshadow

Say something in Japanese!

When I tell people I majored in Japanese or that I can speak Japanese, their reply is “Say something in Japanese!” and then I have nothing to say.

So last night, I finally took a stand.

"Sure. Tell me what to say."
"Well, just talk about something."
"Like what?"
"Like going to Japan."
"But give me a sentence. What exactly do you want me to say?"
*silence*
"YEAH IT’S NO THAT EASY, IS IT? YOU CAN’T EVEN THINK OF SOMETHING IN ENGLISH."

Okay, I didn’t say that last line, but I thought it. That’s the same as taking a stand, right?

8 07.22.14
dropshadow
@Anonymous "You can apply to CIR posts for the following year. I know a couple of people who've changed from ALT to being the local CIR. I don't know how easy/if it's possible to apply for a CIR post in a different area though."

Okay, Sendai CIR, whoever you are! Please leave at the end of this year. Much obliged!

07.22.14
dropshadow

I need some more dress code advice from the ladies.

I have a pair of basic black flats and was wondering if those would be alright to wear in the school? I just bought them, so they’ve never been worn outside. I figured if a lot of teachers wear crocs, some basic flats must be okay. Yes? Please tell me they’re okay. Flats are my life.

3 07.21.14
dropshadow
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