Studying Japanese

Recently I’ve been a bit slack with posting regularly. The reason for this is that I decided to devote some time to studying Japanese. Despite having lived here for more than five years my language skills are laughably poor so I wanted to take some steps towards remedying this. Studying Alone One reason why I’m…

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Travelling In Japan

Ever had a stranger use your shoulder as a pillow? No? Well if you’re going to be using a local train in Japan don’t be surprised if this happens. Luckily, travelling in Japan isn’t always so awkward. Planes Most visitors’ to Japan will be familiar with Narita International Airport but there are many smaller airports dotted around…

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Hiroshima – Domes and Shadows

Visiting places of historical importance is often a very humbling experience. I remember being in Berlin and looking down to see a gold line running down the side of the pavement. It marked where the Berlin Wall once stood. A chill ran down my spine as I stood there picturing that thing stretching off into…

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English Speech Contest

As well as teaching classes, prepping worksheets and making board games there are a couple of other duties an EFL teacher may be requested to do. Such as: You Speaking To Me? Once a year schools in Japan send two or three students to compete in a local, prefectural or national English Speech Contest. Usually…

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Hiroshima – Me and Miyajima

Japan isn’t just Tokyo. There are many other wondrous and fascinating places to visit. Once such place is Hiroshima. I went there for the first time earlier this year and experienced wandering deer, tasty micro-brews, handy trams, Japanese “omelettes”, and horrifying sadness. What A Ferry Nice Day! Following the four-hour Shinkansen trip from Tokyo I was…

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Summer in Japan – VIDEO

Sure, I know it’s a little late but I’m sure some people are still clamouring for advice on how to tackle the humid monster of summer in Japan. Here are a few things I’ve discovered about this harsh season. Summer in Japan How do you handle hot and humid summers? Got any tips for me?…

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EFL Activity: New Words

The act of learning new words comes with the territory when studying a language. For English it’s the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher’s responsibility to help students in pronouncing and, sometimes, understanding any new words they encounter. New Words I’m speaking from the point of view of an English Teacher who’s taught at public schools in…

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Sightseeing in the UK – From Windsor to Weston

On my most recent return to the UK I saw the country in a new light; as a visitor, a tourist. This was largely down to my role as part-time tour-guide for my girlfriend and her parents. I’ve already talked about our apartment, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, and our party-time with Henry VIII. There was also…

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Cards In Japan

Cash cards, point cards, stamp cards, business cards, credit cards, travel cards, birthday cards. Japan’s got so many cards that one needs a wallet the size of the buffalo it was made from just to contain them. I don’t bother with all of them but some are really handy. Cash My company hired me before…

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Sightseeing in the UK – On the Buses

A few months ago I went back to my homeland with my girlfriend and her family in tow. After exploring a wonderland and boogying down with some wenches, it was time to get some serious sightseeing done. Enter; the magical world of coach tours. The Magical Mystery Tour Given a brief window of time how…

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