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Wednesday

Reader's question: "What's the round sticker on my car windscreen with a date on it? Shaken?"

Nope. Shaken is the square one in the middle. The round one is the 12ヶ月点検整備 (12 kagetsu tenkenseibi) - annual check and repair (shaken is every 2 years, or 3 from new).

Read on for what to do about it.



Monday


Double wipe action!
You've probably joked with your friends about that absurd little picture in the corner of the screen during Japanese TV variety shows. You know, the one filled up with some mug of some celebrity whose name you don't know but whose face you're sure you've seen on just about every TV show ever?

That little picture has a name, and it's called the ワイプ ("wipe").



Sunday

Lesson 9 of the elementary school textbook Eigo Noto 2 teaches the overly complicated "What do you want to be/I want to be..."

This is way too difficult for 6th graders, and most teachers I know only teach the job names and "I want to be...".

This is best taught over two lessons, as Eigo Noto 2 teaches 16 new words in this one page. Here is my lesson plan:



Friday


For our final banking-related segment, let's look at DIY investing.



Wednesday

You may not be aware that it is possible to claim unemployment benefit for up to three months in Japan.

Here's an overview:



Monday

Typical 2channel ALT thread banter:

"JETs are a waste of tax money; they can even invite their spouses to live with them tax-free and then our tax money pays for medical care when the spouse gets sick...



Sunday


You're probably pretty familiar with this game ("Mr Green did it in the Ballroom with the Rope").

I've been thinking for what seems like (and actually has been) years about how to make this into a TEFL activity, and I think I've finally cracked it.



Friday



Getting your money from place to place in Japan is one thing, but what about getting money to and from home? Lucky for you the laws have changed for the better in recent years and there are multiple options available.



Wednesday


JLPT N3 is the exciting level.

Things will make sense!


You'll walk past 7/11, glace at a sign and have to do a double-take because you know what it says. You'll open mail and think about who you can get to translate it before slapping yourself in the face and doing it yourself.

All this is only possible with the right resources, however, so here are our (well, my) recommendations.



Monday

For two years an anonymous Japanese female kept meticulous blog reports of the ALT(s) living in the apartment above her. Most of them are inflammatory. But whether you think that the blogger's entries are just over-the-top rage explosions (and they are), or that the ALTs she writes about have just made poor choices of action (and they have), this blog is a prime example of the negative image ALTs and foreigners in Japan garner.

Without further ado:



Sunday

Here's another activity to use for "Did you..." if you've already made use of our other worksheet.



Friday



There are three main ways of transferring cash, all of which rely on automated inter-bank networks. That's not to say that cheques (kogitte 小切手) don't exist, they are just very seldom used outside of specialized business transactions.



Wednesday


You may already have heard that the Gaijin Card system is being overhauled.

What does this mean for you?





Following the success of our JLPT Anki decks, here are some covering the entire N3 series of books in the Nihongo So-Matome series. (We've received numerous inquiries about these decks but are sorry to say our copies appear to be gone, and that we won't be able to reupload them to the Anki sharing server. Sorry!)



Monday

Remember when Q&A introduced a latent, once media-frenzied issue of teen country girls running away from home and going to live in the city? And you thought, "Yeah, that's not for real."? And so did one of the helpful answer people in the original thread? Well, you're probably right. But according to some random, very unscientific Internet survey with a questionable sample, there's still a less dramatic basis for these stories.



Sunday

Time is a popular subject in both Junior High and elementary school. 

Here are a few games and activities which could come in useful for this topic. 



Friday

When it comes to shopping, a little research goes a long way. And Japan is no exception. Whether it be auto insurance or toilet paper, there are several good resources avaliable for the thrifty shopper looking to compare.



Wednesday

Any recent visitors to a department store must have noticed the impressive and often terrifyingly expensive doll displays. If, like me, you were wondering what on earth they were, read on...