さようなら Hiroshima. 안녕하세요 Seoul —

Finally getting my summer vacation! 

Not to mention I am super excited to see my dad and my sister for the second time this “summer”.  It’s also strange that it is waaaaaay cheaper to go to Seoul than it is for me to go to Tokyo…

Today’s Kyuushoku: potato ham mix(?), soup with shrimp/tofu/mushrooms, bread, butter/honey spread, a frozen mikan and milk. 

It was edible and wasn’t that bad, but something it in had made me feel like total crap afterwards. - I went to go take a nap in the nap room immediately after lunch and during my free period.  

I might start trying to get bro sensei to eat my bread for me. It always makes me feel horribly sick whenever I eat it, and I absolutely love bread… 

I was stoked about the mikan though! Yes! It’s almost mikan season again!!

Today’s Kyuushoku: potato ham mix(?), soup with shrimp/tofu/mushrooms, bread, butter/honey spread, a frozen mikan and milk.

It was edible and wasn’t that bad, but something it in had made me feel like total crap afterwards. - I went to go take a nap in the nap room immediately after lunch and during my free period.

I might start trying to get bro sensei to eat my bread for me. It always makes me feel horribly sick whenever I eat it, and I absolutely love bread…

I was stoked about the mikan though! Yes! It’s almost mikan season again!!

A simple lesson at my visit school about my trip to Nagasaki turned into a lesson on how to say “I’m drunk” and “I’m going to puke” to one horrified first year girl. It then resulted in the JTE sharing personal experiences, first thing in the morning. So glad to be back here though and teaching with “bro-sensei” again.

When I first arrived on JET I luckily had a western bed in my apartment but the mattress was unbearably hard. I somehow managed to suffer through it for a year.

Last night my neighbor gave me the bright idea of putting a futon on top of the mattress and sleeping on it. She even lent me an extra futon to try it out. I feel like I’m sleeping on a fluffy cloud and I will never go back. I happily shelled out $150 for a memory foam futon… Happy early birthday to me.

Adult life.

Anonymous:

Were you affected by the landslides? I got really worried about you!


Thank you anon! No thankfully I wasn’t affected by the landslides at all - even though they happened fairly close to me. 

Thank you for worrying about me!

I’m hoping to be able to give some time and volunteer with the clean up effort or donate before I head to Korea next week! 

The Woes of Speech Contest

Speech Contests are a huge deal in Japanese High Schools. From reading other blogs, it seems they’re also important in Junior High School as well.  

They also exist of different levels and can range from being school wide, city wide, prefecture wide and even national. Prizes often include money and scholarships, not to mention students who do really well and place get huge ceremonies thrown in their honor and I’m sure you get the gist. 

The more students your school has who do speech contest, typically the better. So around June, English teachers really start pushing students who have good or decent pronunciation and intonation to apply. In order to apply in my prefecture, you must submit a three minute recitation of you reading a pre-written piece.

Typically most schools in my area have 2-4 students who end up applying and usually they spend months working with the ALT a their schools to get ready to record in late August.  

I found out I had four speech contest kids last week, and the recording is due today. 

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