Japanese Language Updates (Early August 2022) and Summers as an ALT

It looks like the last time I was active on here was in February, which also happens to be the last time I wrote one of these language updates. So, am I fluent yet? Am I able to speak with my coworkers or at least understand them? No. I am a BAD student.

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I canceled my school lunch

Before I moved to Japan, I was asked if I wanted to have school lunch. I instantly said yes for a few reasons. One, I don’t know how to cook all that well (and don’t have the energy to learn) and two, I wanted to eat something genuinely Japanese while in Japan. I opted in.

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JET Tips: The Question of Recommendation Letters

With JET applications open, it’s time to get to writing AND contacting people to write those recommendation letters for you!

Pardon any typos and messy formatting, I’m on my phone.

Again, I’m no expert. This list just contains some tips based on some of my own failures and successes over the years

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JET Essay Tips (and the Question of Anime)

I’ve been thinking about how I want to start this series of JET posts and figured that one of the biggest points in the early phases is The Essay. Filling out the application is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s usually the essay portion that can make the difference between not moving forward and getting that interview!

As an FYI, I am not an expert in essay writing but I did manage to get an interview so I’m sure I must have done something right (and that’s what I’m going to share)

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[Pre-departure] Starting the Packing Process

One month from now I will be in Japan. I will be sitting in a small hotel room where I will have to quarantine for two weeks before being sent off to my new home. This means that I should hurry up and start getting ready, right?

I’m trying. This week I have a lot to do including sending out my visa application and contacting my bank for various reasons, but one thing I’ve been meaning to start is packing. Actually, I sort of did a few weeks ago. I started to put away some pants and shirts and maybe a few leggings that I figured I could go without for the next two months.

I had to reopen my bag twice. Oops!

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