Life in Japan

Life as an ALT in Japan, exploring it and sharing advice.

The Hi Friends! books aren't great.

The language introduced isn't always useful, the methods to introduce the language aren't always effective, and calling some of the activities inside "fun" is an insult to the word.

Unfortunately, if you teach at Elementary Schools as an ALT in Japan, you are going to have to use those books whether you like it or not.

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If you are planning a visit to Japan, short or long term, and intend to drive, then yes you will need an international driving permit. Even if you don't plan to, if you just want to be able to drive should the chance arise, you will need it and the low cost versus the convenience means it's worth getting.

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Up until recently I haven't really seen much of Japanese music, apart from the stuff we are blasted with in our daily lives. Up until recently, that is.

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This is a response to the article entitled 10 reasons to become an ALT in Japan. While there are many people who come to Japan and work successfully as an ALT for a year or two, there are many complaints and even a few people who have more complaints than reasons to stay and have to leave before they initially planned to. Note: This article is quite negative but your own experience is what you make it.

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Are you thinking about going to Japan? Are you considering living in Japan for a year to experience Japan life? Well, you wouldn't be the first and you won't be the last - Japan is a country that holds an interest for a lot of people and becoming an English teacher for a year is one to get to Japan.

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This page is to detail alternatives to electronic dictionaries.

Smartphones

Smartphones are your best bet for an alternative to an electronic dictionary. With the touch screen interface, many dictionary apps will allow you to enter kanji by drawing it out - absolutely essential when you don't know the reading for it and therefore can't type it out in hiragana.

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