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Date Signed Up:12/03/2011
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Location:Kyoto Japan
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My name is Anya, I'm 26 years young and I'm currently working as an English language instructor for an elementary school in Kyoto Japan. I have also been known to make some pretty interesting comps

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#37 - one hundred million dollars  [+] (9 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips +4
#82 - iqequalzero (09/09/2015) [-]
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#54 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
What do you do for work? And is there any openings?
#56 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I teach advanced English at a private school in Japan. You can get many jobs like this through programs if you have a teaching certificate. It's good work and a job that if you work really hard at you can advance. I started out at a tutoring school (they are called Eikaiwa in Japan) and over 7 years I'm working a good paying job. Japan is always looking for fluent English speakers so it's easy to find programs.
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#61 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
So to follow up, do you think you could help point me in the right direction?
#64 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
The first thing I'd do is search the internet about different programs. You don't have to pick one, but get the basic idea of the educational requirements they will expect. I say this because some are ok with an associates but for the most part and that's 90% they will want you to have at least your bachelor's degree in some kind of teaching field. Some will haggle with you if it's not specific field but I'd try to pick one just for the sake of keeping things consistent otherwise you can end up teaching anything which could be messy. My best advice is look at different programs and maybe email them or call them to get a basic idea. I did this when I was in school so I could be prepared. It also helps to learn as much of the language and culture as you can. I've seen tons of teachers come to Japan without doing this and they are crying and getting a plane back by the end of the month because they weren't prepared. Japan is very different and without proper learning you will be a fish among sharks. I hope this helps. If you have other questions please feel free to message me and I'll help the best I can.
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#66 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
um, i've never actually used FJ's messaging system. I have found that trying to teach myself to read the language was going painfully slowly(and possibly inefficiently) and at a standstill whenever i attempted kanji. Let alone speak or understand someone else speaking. I've come to accept that i would require a tutor to reach any level of proficiency in the language.
So if i went to get a bachelor's would you suggest a teaching major or an English major?
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#67 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I would major in a teaching field because they like that best. Don't be discouraged about Japanese. I was sub par when I arrived but over the years to come I got better and better. If your really super worried I'd go for teaching higher grades because they already have a basic understanding of the English language junior high and such . I was like this when I came from Russia. I knew maybe an armful of English, mostly phrases and greetings, and I couldn't write worth a damn I was so confused by the American alphabet but the more time I spent among the culture the faster I learned.
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#68 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
I get so confused by the Russian alphabet if it makes you feel any better. though judging by your English now I would never be able to tell you were once confused by the alphabet I'm not discouraged about learning the language it's just i've accepted that if i stick to teaching myself it'll take a painfully long time.
Now what do you mean by a teaching field? Would i be looking for an education major? Also if you know a program specifically for teaching japanese that'd be super helpf ul though I'll look on my own if not asking you specifically is a bit much, you're already teaching english lol
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#58 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
That's actually precisely what i want to do. I just haven't figured out exactly where to start to actually do it. As no one i know has any clue what to go about doing either. I'm a native English speaker (fluent too, figured out of all the people I've met that is unfortunately necessary to mention)
#29 - The area I grew up in a lot of people would warn passing touri… 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips 0
#28 - I can see I didn't choose my words wisely so allow me to try a…  [+] (3 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips +9
#117 - thegrayfox (09/09/2015) [-]
"You can get poisoned with water, mugged while in train, cops won't help you, hospitals are useless".

Yeah... Your country has "problems". If these things don't discourage someone from visiting a country, I don't know what will.
#89 - ptolomeus (09/09/2015) [-]
You're right in everything you said, and i do agree that there are some basic cultural stuff you have to learn before you visit some specific countries
I do appreciate your tips though i did came off a bit rude on my list... Sorry.
But i really do want to visit Russia sometime, and even take the "feared" trans Siberian railway. It's been a dream for quiet some years now.
Mfw on the train.
#160 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
It's all good. I to apologize if I came off as rude in any way. Trans Siberian actually isn't too terrible as long as you pay the extra amount to get a good coach. It's sectioned off into a class system so if you pay extra you can get a good private coach with a lot of space and a bed to nap in. Otherwise if you pay very little you can end up in the poor section which is overcrowded and full of people who don't shower and kick you off your bunk.
#15 - As long as you have it on camera. Being a foreigner might less…  [+] (12 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips 0
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#31 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
How much do I have to pay you to make me an honorary russian?
#37 - bizengaust (09/08/2015) [-]
one hundred million dollars
#82 - iqequalzero (09/09/2015) [-]
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#54 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
What do you do for work? And is there any openings?
#56 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I teach advanced English at a private school in Japan. You can get many jobs like this through programs if you have a teaching certificate. It's good work and a job that if you work really hard at you can advance. I started out at a tutoring school (they are called Eikaiwa in Japan) and over 7 years I'm working a good paying job. Japan is always looking for fluent English speakers so it's easy to find programs.
User avatar
#61 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
So to follow up, do you think you could help point me in the right direction?
#64 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
The first thing I'd do is search the internet about different programs. You don't have to pick one, but get the basic idea of the educational requirements they will expect. I say this because some are ok with an associates but for the most part and that's 90% they will want you to have at least your bachelor's degree in some kind of teaching field. Some will haggle with you if it's not specific field but I'd try to pick one just for the sake of keeping things consistent otherwise you can end up teaching anything which could be messy. My best advice is look at different programs and maybe email them or call them to get a basic idea. I did this when I was in school so I could be prepared. It also helps to learn as much of the language and culture as you can. I've seen tons of teachers come to Japan without doing this and they are crying and getting a plane back by the end of the month because they weren't prepared. Japan is very different and without proper learning you will be a fish among sharks. I hope this helps. If you have other questions please feel free to message me and I'll help the best I can.
User avatar
#66 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
um, i've never actually used FJ's messaging system. I have found that trying to teach myself to read the language was going painfully slowly(and possibly inefficiently) and at a standstill whenever i attempted kanji. Let alone speak or understand someone else speaking. I've come to accept that i would require a tutor to reach any level of proficiency in the language.
So if i went to get a bachelor's would you suggest a teaching major or an English major?
User avatar
#67 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I would major in a teaching field because they like that best. Don't be discouraged about Japanese. I was sub par when I arrived but over the years to come I got better and better. If your really super worried I'd go for teaching higher grades because they already have a basic understanding of the English language junior high and such . I was like this when I came from Russia. I knew maybe an armful of English, mostly phrases and greetings, and I couldn't write worth a damn I was so confused by the American alphabet but the more time I spent among the culture the faster I learned.
User avatar
#68 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
I get so confused by the Russian alphabet if it makes you feel any better. though judging by your English now I would never be able to tell you were once confused by the alphabet I'm not discouraged about learning the language it's just i've accepted that if i stick to teaching myself it'll take a painfully long time.
Now what do you mean by a teaching field? Would i be looking for an education major? Also if you know a program specifically for teaching japanese that'd be super helpf ul though I'll look on my own if not asking you specifically is a bit much, you're already teaching english lol
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#58 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
That's actually precisely what i want to do. I just haven't figured out exactly where to start to actually do it. As no one i know has any clue what to go about doing either. I'm a native English speaker (fluent too, figured out of all the people I've met that is unfortunately necessary to mention)
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#16 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
Thanks.

I've now bought 4 sets of platemail and a set of full kevlar body armour to have underneath.
#14 - I think this can be said about any country. I could probably m…  [+] (11 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips +22
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#122 - smokekusheveryday (09/09/2015) [-]
As an american this is quite true Every country has it's good places and shit place after all you could say the same thing about visting compton or the bronx both being such wonderful neighborhoods
#23 - ptolomeus (09/08/2015) [-]
Most "civilized" countries do not have those kind of problems, to any extent. In USA all you gotta care about is not going into any form of ghetto or very poor neighborhood, and you should be good to go.
I mean seriously...
Nr. 1: Tap water. That is some 3rd world shonky shit right there.
Nr. 2: Unlabelled vodka. This is like the only legitimate tip, though very logical.
Nr. 3: "this power gives people with cars the ability to drive whereever they want. On the street, on the curb, on the sidewalk . . . over you. This is no joke" splendid, not even in Vietnam would you be this fucked.
Nr. 4: Getting dickholed on the train. This one is a real concern, and i seen plenty of documentaries, vlogs and blogs to know that this is very true.
But if someone do see you as a target, there really is very little you can even do.
I don't think anyone has the guts to stand up to a group of slavic madmen asking you for money, if they chose to skip over the step of pick pocketing you.
Your only hope if you do get into trouble is to hope for a coupé guard, who rarely even does anything to intervene.
The only shit that compares to this is some 3rd world country.
Nr. 5: Again another "useless" tip.
"are you black? well you're fucked then, just wanted you to know that"
"are you asian? good luck, remember you're fucked"
"are you in fact a homsexual? well you're not fucked but you are pretty screwed"
so the only thing you can do is if you do start getting the wrong kind of attention is to just get out of there. Also "Stay within a group or be escorted by trusted local individual." is just not going to be viable at all times.
Nr. 6: This tip is good
Nr. 7: Is it even needed? again it just seems redundant to have this tip.
Nr. 8: As a tourist this should just be something you have on you at all times when visiting another country. The only info or tip i'm getting from this is that the police are asshole further proving how shitty Russia seems.
Nr. 9: This is an OK tip i guess.
Nr. 10: The big finale. And i must say what in the fisting of gods dickhole is wrong with that country, it's a 2nd world country yes, but advising people to NOT got to the hospital when sick speaks for it self.

As i said, i do like Russia and i want to visit sometime and the positives should probably outweigh the negatives.
But most of these are just tips that make it seem too shitty and shady to visit, even though some of them are legitimate (though not the majority if you ask me) but at least they are true.
#149 - anon (09/09/2015) [-]
tl;dr nobody cares
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#157 - ptolomeus (09/09/2015) [-]
>anon
>replied

afraid user confirmed
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#41 - gelind (09/09/2015) [-]
You cant drink tap water in my area in the USA half the time.
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#136 - heartlessrobot (09/09/2015) [-]
What backwater village do you live in?
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#164 - gelind (09/09/2015) [-]
Its called Toledo, there is an algae problem.
#28 - bizengaust (09/08/2015) [-]
I can see I didn't choose my words wisely so allow me to try again.
I know my country has problems, so many in fact that if I wrote them all down I'd have to open a library. The point of this is that you can't let all the terrible things discourage you from visiting an otherwise lovely country. I don't think anything I tipped was useless because not knowing the rules of other countries can get you in hot water. Even if things seem small, petty, inhuman, or even obvious to you can be a big deal to other people.
A funny example of this is when I first came to Japan I made the mistake of patting a little girl on the head and her mother freaked out, and I mean freaked out. I learned later that this is where, in their faith, they believe the spirit is located and patting someone on the head is considered very invasive. It sounds small and silly right? Well that's just part of their culture and sometimes you have to learn those things lest you get hurt or deeply offend someone. The Russian tips may seem severe but again Russia isn't exactly Disneyland and you have to navigate through a lot of shit before you get to the nice stuff.
#117 - thegrayfox (09/09/2015) [-]
"You can get poisoned with water, mugged while in train, cops won't help you, hospitals are useless".

Yeah... Your country has "problems". If these things don't discourage someone from visiting a country, I don't know what will.
#89 - ptolomeus (09/09/2015) [-]
You're right in everything you said, and i do agree that there are some basic cultural stuff you have to learn before you visit some specific countries
I do appreciate your tips though i did came off a bit rude on my list... Sorry.
But i really do want to visit Russia sometime, and even take the "feared" trans Siberian railway. It's been a dream for quiet some years now.
Mfw on the train.
#160 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
It's all good. I to apologize if I came off as rude in any way. Trans Siberian actually isn't too terrible as long as you pay the extra amount to get a good coach. It's sectioned off into a class system so if you pay extra you can get a good private coach with a lot of space and a bed to nap in. Otherwise if you pay very little you can end up in the poor section which is overcrowded and full of people who don't shower and kick you off your bunk.
#12 - It could save you from lawsuits. Many people install them for …  [+] (17 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips +9
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#13 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
Yes but like... on my shoulder.
#33 - kyojinn (09/08/2015) [-]
until you're arrested for espionage.
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#81 - iqequalzero (09/09/2015) [-]
Lol, sauce?
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#34 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
Can I say I'm from the KGB?
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#15 - bizengaust (09/08/2015) [-]
As long as you have it on camera. Being a foreigner might lesson it's credibility. I'd do it anyway just to be safe. They might just believe you because you were crazy enough to do it.
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#31 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
How much do I have to pay you to make me an honorary russian?
#37 - bizengaust (09/08/2015) [-]
one hundred million dollars
#82 - iqequalzero (09/09/2015) [-]
User avatar
#54 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
What do you do for work? And is there any openings?
#56 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I teach advanced English at a private school in Japan. You can get many jobs like this through programs if you have a teaching certificate. It's good work and a job that if you work really hard at you can advance. I started out at a tutoring school (they are called Eikaiwa in Japan) and over 7 years I'm working a good paying job. Japan is always looking for fluent English speakers so it's easy to find programs.
User avatar
#61 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
So to follow up, do you think you could help point me in the right direction?
#64 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
The first thing I'd do is search the internet about different programs. You don't have to pick one, but get the basic idea of the educational requirements they will expect. I say this because some are ok with an associates but for the most part and that's 90% they will want you to have at least your bachelor's degree in some kind of teaching field. Some will haggle with you if it's not specific field but I'd try to pick one just for the sake of keeping things consistent otherwise you can end up teaching anything which could be messy. My best advice is look at different programs and maybe email them or call them to get a basic idea. I did this when I was in school so I could be prepared. It also helps to learn as much of the language and culture as you can. I've seen tons of teachers come to Japan without doing this and they are crying and getting a plane back by the end of the month because they weren't prepared. Japan is very different and without proper learning you will be a fish among sharks. I hope this helps. If you have other questions please feel free to message me and I'll help the best I can.
User avatar
#66 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
um, i've never actually used FJ's messaging system. I have found that trying to teach myself to read the language was going painfully slowly(and possibly inefficiently) and at a standstill whenever i attempted kanji. Let alone speak or understand someone else speaking. I've come to accept that i would require a tutor to reach any level of proficiency in the language.
So if i went to get a bachelor's would you suggest a teaching major or an English major?
User avatar
#67 - bizengaust (09/09/2015) [-]
I would major in a teaching field because they like that best. Don't be discouraged about Japanese. I was sub par when I arrived but over the years to come I got better and better. If your really super worried I'd go for teaching higher grades because they already have a basic understanding of the English language junior high and such . I was like this when I came from Russia. I knew maybe an armful of English, mostly phrases and greetings, and I couldn't write worth a damn I was so confused by the American alphabet but the more time I spent among the culture the faster I learned.
User avatar
#68 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
I get so confused by the Russian alphabet if it makes you feel any better. though judging by your English now I would never be able to tell you were once confused by the alphabet I'm not discouraged about learning the language it's just i've accepted that if i stick to teaching myself it'll take a painfully long time.
Now what do you mean by a teaching field? Would i be looking for an education major? Also if you know a program specifically for teaching japanese that'd be super helpf ul though I'll look on my own if not asking you specifically is a bit much, you're already teaching english lol
User avatar
#58 - alexithymic (09/09/2015) [-]
That's actually precisely what i want to do. I just haven't figured out exactly where to start to actually do it. As no one i know has any clue what to go about doing either. I'm a native English speaker (fluent too, figured out of all the people I've met that is unfortunately necessary to mention)
User avatar
#16 - satrenkotheone (09/08/2015) [-]
Thanks.

I've now bought 4 sets of platemail and a set of full kevlar body armour to have underneath.
#8 - maybe you saw one of my Japan comps. I've done a million of th…  [+] (1 new reply) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips 0
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#11 - adolfoliverbush (09/08/2015) [-]
I've seen them, and as I'm about to be leaving for the navy, I appreciated them for some prior knowledge, just in case I go there, I was pretty sure I didn't subscribe though, but you do give good tips, to the best of my knowledge, so keep up the good work <3
#3 - you tell me  [+] (3 new replies) 09/08/2015 on Russian Travel Tips 0
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#4 - adolfoliverbush (09/08/2015) [-]
I wish I could, I just don't remember you at all, and I got a notification of content posted, and got real excited about skinwalker stories, since about the only person I'm subbed to is mynameisgeorge, and now I'm confused..... but I'll give you a thumb anyway
#8 - bizengaust (09/08/2015) [-]
maybe you saw one of my Japan comps. I've done a million of those but I wanted to do something different. I appreciate your kindness.
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#11 - adolfoliverbush (09/08/2015) [-]
I've seen them, and as I'm about to be leaving for the navy, I appreciated them for some prior knowledge, just in case I go there, I was pretty sure I didn't subscribe though, but you do give good tips, to the best of my knowledge, so keep up the good work <3
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