Friday, 30 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Elementary is definitely a different ball game from the (until recently) more common junior high school and high school ALT placements. Today we'll offer some brief opinions on what makes the elementary environment different and share an example lesson format that struggling new ALTs can try out.
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
|This plastic, gormless, empty-|
headed Gumper symbolises
the kind of site AccessJ is not.
Back then, it was just Steve and I, pooling some knowledge gained through complicated daily-life experiences and sharing them with the internet.
One year on, and we have two or three new writers, have stuck rigidly to our 4(or more)-posts-a-week goal, have brought in almost 300,000 hits and made absolutely no money.
But we're not going to bug you with PayPal donation links. AccessJ is all about giving :D One day we'll be big and successful. Until then, just keep reading our entries and leaving comments.
PS: We've had a few inquiries about guest posting in the last few months. Although none of them have been successful, if you have something you think would fit the AccessJ style and provide a good read for our viewers, contact us.
Monday, 26 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
|Everyone can play ohajiki|
Friday, 23 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Monday, 19 September 2011
So, what are potatoes called in supermarkets? What varieties are popular here? And what are the differences between them? Read on to find out!
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Here's a fun activity I came up with today.
Friday, 16 September 2011
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Monday, 12 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
But fear not, we at AccessJ have your back with our newest guide.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
ZMA is a scientifically designed anabolic vitamin and mineral formula. It specifically contains Zinc Monomethionine Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, and vitamin B-6. It is an all-natural product that has been theorized to significantly increase anabolic hormone levels and muscular strength in trained athletes.
In fact, ZMA is thought to be one of the only natural and completely safe methods of supplementation to significantly increase testosterone and growth hormones. ZMA has also been known to increase muscle mass, strength, power, and even enhance sleep quality.
The following is an article about how to very cheaply (and completely safely) make your own ZMA in Japan.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Saturday, 3 September 2011
In the 3rd grade elementary, students are taught to convert Japanese to English script. However for some bizarre reason they are not taught the same system as they will be taught a few years later in Junior High School; such as つ being taught as tu and not tsu, ち ci and not chi and し si and not shi.
Todays plan aims to introduce this to students through some fun games, aiming to have them remember these formations in romaji.
Friday, 2 September 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
I went on holiday last month (yes, I had a great time, thanks for asking!) and missed the roundup, so here's the best of July and August.
We were blown away by the popularity of our Japanese Pen Spinning post this month, which scored 26,000 hits in 48 hours, while our lovely video about Taking a Poop in Japan failed to get anything near 10% of that :(
Dan finished his in-depth guide to Japanese Cellphones and quickly got stuck into an excellent series on Getting a Credit Card.
Laura continued her elementary lesson plans in our Worksheet Sunday series, and still had time to write about Buying Japanese Edibles in England, and the Japanese Straight Perm available at your local hair-dressers.
I posted a handy video explaining how the Japanese Postal Address System works, and several articles about studying Japanese: The Worst Mistake You Can Make Learning Japanese (or any language), JLPT Past Test Papers, and two articles about kanji - why Kanji is So Useful for Learning Japanese, and the Best Way to Learn Kanji.
I also made it known that I am running a series of long-distance runs for charity this year. Every month I will run one half- or full-marathon for Save the Children Japan. Any donation will help the needy. I did a run last week at the base of Mt. Fuji which was incredibly difficult thanks to the altitude and terrain. Make it worth my while!
The mysterious LP has also been posting, letting us know how a Japanese Girlfriend will Affect Your Japanese, as well as polishing a great article on getting an ETC card without a credit card.
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