Updates and Electronic Dictionaries

A giant paper dictionary is all well and good, but it’s not very useful for reading Japanese comics at work. It weighs a ton and it gets painful to keep flipping through it, while also juggling the book you are trying to read and a notepad to write the stuff down in. So I decided …

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Applied for JET

It was pretty last-minute this year (well apart from making the list on my phone months ago!), but I have applied for the JET programme again. This involves going to work in Japan for a year as an assistant language teacher. Almost all of the participants are from English-speaking countries and teach English in schools …

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JET medical form

*changes keyboards* ahh this ones much softer for typing with. But the keys are all in the ‘wrong’ places now, prepare for spelling mistakes! Anyway an important part of the JET application progress is the medical form. This comes in two parts, the Self Assessment and the Statement of Physician. The UK JET website says …

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Started applying for JET again

Let’s see what happens this time around eh? I think I’ve improved my application chances a little, by… – Joining a Japanese cultural exchange society – Learning more of the language – Taking ‘proper’ classes in it too (ought to sound better!) – Giving my university proper instructions on ‘authenticating’ the degree transcript I need. …

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Don’t update this thing very much do I?

I planned to spend this weekend starting to plan and write a 20-odd thousand word spy/adventure story for the first issue of my story paper The Trident. Instead I’ve spent it reading the newest addition to my blogroll: http://www.kirainet.com/english/ It’s a blog run by a Spaniard who has lived in Japan for several years and …

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A visit to… Lincoln!

15th November 2010 On the 10th of November I had to travel to Lincoln in order to see my university doctor about the statement of physician that “all” JET applicants are required to obtain (future prospective applicants reading this: Sort yours out now! And make sure your medical records are still at your local surgery …

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