Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
To do the self-shaken, you need to pre-book a timeslot. This doesn't seem to be binding, but rather an attempt at limiting crowds at certain times. You can come back later in the day if anything extra needs doing without making another appointment.
All parts of Japan use one website for the booking, so here's a guide to it.
Monday, March 26, 2012
These guidelines define what must be covered in textbooks, so let's take a look at the new changes before we delve into the new editions themselves. (And if you teach in Japan but don't know what these guidelines are, you probably should.) So here we go!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Now that we have covered all the basic internet lingo that you need to know, lets cover how to shop for service providers. Availability can differ drastically depending on where you live, but if you live in a respectably sized town or city then you will likely have a range of options available to you.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
As I covered last week, the shaken process can be very expensive. You can drastically cut that cost (by around two thirds) by doing the thing yourself.
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Monday, March 19, 2012
|Heisei 17 books are so 7 years ago.|
As all major publishers update their content to stay in line with MEXT's curriculum guidelines, rolled out last April in elementary schools and scheduled to go into effect at junior highs from April, 2012, Japanese textbooks are getting major facelifts.
Today we kick off a miniseries by introducing the big players of junior high English. Here are the new editions of the six major textbooks used around the country:
Friday, March 16, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
(...er, that'd be "supper" for many of our non-American readers.)
Is the correct Japanese word for the evening meal 晩ご飯 (ban gohan) or 夜ご飯 (yoru gohan)?
Ever since I was a kid, I always said ban gohan, but recently it seems like everyone on TV is calling it yoru gohan. At first I just thought it was stupid idols who don't know proper Japanese, but then I heard some pretty big-name celebrities saying yoru gohan, too.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Friday, March 09, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Those crazy Japanese just can't take their alcohol!
First they go bright pink, then they fall asleep (with a neck-tie around their heads) in the street (or subway) using their wallet as a pillow, with a comedy snot bubble rising and falling from their nostril.
Okay, so perhaps there may be a hint of generalisation there...
...but there is also a genuine issue. Why do Japanese people find it hard to drink as much as many other nationalities? It can't be lack of exposure, because I know many Japanese people who drink every night (and don't seem to be in the least bit stigmatised because of it). So, why is it?
I decided to find out.
Monday, March 05, 2012
kinds of Japanese teachers you might encounter while working as an ALT. As a bit of an addendum and a bit of a departure from that line of thought, today we'll introduce the term デモしか先生 (demoshika sensei) and some of its associated history.
Friday, March 02, 2012