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Miscellaneous / Sister City Opportunities and Support
« on: December 16, 2012, 07:25:03 AM »
Hello all! Happy Holidays from New York! Welcome to all of the new YETIans (YETIzens? What was it again?) that I don't know, and a big "I MISS YOU" to everyone that was in Japan last year and remained. I hope you all are well, and will consider visiting NY when you're done with your time and contracts in Japan, or when you're simply bored and interested in traveling.

I am doing some work with a company called "Bridges to Japan" and came across a service they offer to help set up Sister City programs between Japan and the US. If any of your BOEs/contracting organizations or cities are interested in setting up a Sister City exchange but don't know how to go about doing that, consider checking out this link and contacting me or the managing director for Bridges to Japan directly. You can find the contact information on the website, or send me a message and I'll give you the information directly.

Thank you!!! Enjoy the holiday break.

YETI Announcements / Re: Yeti Spaghetti July 6, 2012
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:06:36 PM »
Matt Castle?

General Teaching / Re: Last lessons
« on: June 25, 2012, 08:36:02 PM »
That's an awesome idea! I'll think about it and see if it works out. Thanks Kelsey!  :mrgreen:

General Teaching / Last lessons
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:50:23 PM »
My JTEs are asking me to do something special for my last classes with the students. One teacher mentioned giving the students an important message.

Do you have any ideas of what I should tell the students and how I should present my message? What will the other returning ALTs be doing for their last classes? I'll have the whole 50 minutes to do whatever - and it doesn't need to include any actual English teaching or practice. I think they're more interested in me trying to pass along some useful information or wisdom to the students as a farewell.  One JTE's example was "give them a reason to keep studying English - for example, why visiting a foreign country would be so great, your personal message to them, etc."

Events Archive / Re: YETI undoukai 2012!
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:57:25 AM »
I can pass it on to him.   I see him quite a lot...drinking his sorrows.

Thanks! I'll bring it then. :)

Events Archive / Re: YETI undoukai 2012!
« on: May 30, 2012, 11:48:24 AM »
Sorry, going to have to cancel on undokai...

My club has a tournament in the yosh on Saturday and I need to go. Maybe next time!  :roll: have fun errryone.!

I wanted to pass your book to you there.  :cry: Is there anyone that's going that you see often? Could I give it to them for you?

Events Archive / Re: YETI undoukai 2012!
« on: May 28, 2012, 01:49:39 PM »
Khalessi/Plum is in.  But must I run a footrace?

Also, as I am moving and need to get rid of stuff, I will be bringing as many books and Japanese textbooks as I can with me that I have purchased over the years from Amazon so people can pick up something to read (100 yen donations appreciated  :roll:)

Does anyone else think this could be a good chance to organize a "small items" Undokai flea market/swap?

I think this is a great idea. I have some clothes and stuff I'd like to give away so I'll bring them with me, too!

General Stuff / Re: New to Nash for 2012!
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:02:30 PM »
Ah ha! If your initials are A.R. and you're going to Fuefuki, I'm your predecessor! Feel free to message me!  ^-^

General Stuff / Re: New to Nash for 2012!
« on: May 21, 2012, 03:36:41 PM »
If your placement is Fuefuki City and your initials are E.M., then you're my successor  :-D

How do you know already??

Events Archive / Re: (Ei)go-karting!
« on: March 12, 2012, 09:54:02 AM »
I'm in!

1. Name : Lana
2. What package: 2 nights and 1 day pass (Fri & Sat night, Sat skiing)
3. Gear Rental : Yes
    if yes please say what : board / boots / all clothing
    Shoe size :  25cm
    Height: 162 cm
    Clothes sizes: M
    Gloves/Goggles: yes please, both
4. Transport: got a lift
5. Other Information: none
6. no lessons

Events Archive / Re: YETI Ski Trip 2012
« on: December 04, 2011, 06:24:11 PM »
1. Name : Lana

2. Gear Rental: Yes
    If yes, please say what: snowboard + boots, pants + jacket, goggles + gloves
    Shoe size:  24.5cm
    Height: 160cm
    Clothes sizes – Medium
    Gloves/Goggles: Medium

3. Which package are you taking? (i.e. 2 nights and 2 day pass). PLEASE SPECIFY EXACTLY
-2 nights and 1 day pass = accommodation for Friday and Saturday night, snowboarding on Saturday only

Any room is fine.

4. Transport Situation - Riding with Terra

5. Lessons? Boarding or Skiing? : Nope

6. Do you want a polo shirt? A hoodie? : No thanks

7. Other Information: Nope

I will give 700 yen to each team, if you walk for at least two hours.

Events Archive / Re: Thanksgiving Potluck! November 20th, 2011
« on: November 01, 2011, 10:50:04 AM »
I (Lana) am bringing a homemade bread pudding with toppings.

Events Archive / Re: Thanksgiving Potluck! November 20th, 2011
« on: October 31, 2011, 03:57:09 PM »
I have a lack of supplies and skills... but on a different note, aren't utensils still needed?  Will everyone bring their own plates and stuff?

Events Archive / Re: Thanksgiving Potluck! November 20th, 2011
« on: October 31, 2011, 03:02:01 PM »
Lana and Elliot,
Could you not bring any food at all? Even a dessert? Bringing plates and napkins feels like a bit of a cop out.

It is a cop out.  But if no one brings them, what will you eat on?  Or with?  I'll bring a dessert instead then.

Events Archive / Re: Thanksgiving Potluck! November 20th, 2011
« on: October 30, 2011, 06:46:10 PM »
I'm RSVPing if I can bring something that isn't food.  Utensils?  Soda/other non-alcoholic beverages?  Plates?  Cups?  Someone please assign me something useful.

Events Archive / Re: Thanksgiving Potluck! November 20th, 2011
« on: October 28, 2011, 05:17:24 PM »
If I go do I have to make something?  Can I be responsible for bringing something like plates or drinks instead?  :lol:  I can't (and don't really want to learn how to) cook.  :roll:

Learning Japanese / Re: JLPT 2011
« on: September 30, 2011, 02:51:51 PM »
Is there a writing section on the N2?  I looked through a few JLPT sites online so I'm pretty sure it's just reading and listening, but I wanted to double check.  One of the books I got has a practice writing section so I freaked a little bit...  :|

Events Archive / Re: Fall 2011 PUB QUIZ!!!!
« on: September 15, 2011, 09:37:29 PM »
Hey, add my name!

Non-YETI Social Gatherings / Re: Large amount of cash found!
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:38:42 PM »
I definitely want to join, but can't commit to going to every meeting.  Could I please be included in the PMs or e-mails about when/where the meetings will be held?

General Stuff / Re: I still don't have t'Internet!
« on: September 09, 2011, 10:12:33 AM »
I think that the internet connection in Japan is very sensative, and if ANY of the settings are off, it'll stop working.  I had some trouble with my computer and my internet stopped working also.  I tried playing around with the settings and was unable to fix it on my own.  I decided to switch providers because it was good timing and I wanted a portable wifi instead, but I think that if I had simply called the internet helpline, they could have had someone come over and fix it for me.  I had a modem and a wireless router, but I don't know how the help system works.  The internet provider could have fixed the modem, but possibly not the wifi router.  I might have needed to call both companies to get the whole system up and running again.  Has your predecessor's internet already been cancelled?  What if you call someone to fix it before switching?

General Stuff / Re: I still don't have t'Internet!
« on: September 09, 2011, 09:09:28 AM »
Hmm.. I think there is a lot of miscommunication going on.

What internet package is he/she trying to set you up with?  Do you like really fast internet?  If so, you can probably go with the package that they are looking into, just make sure that it has a router/modem.  Then, you can buy an additional wireless router for about 5,000 yen at an electronics store and hook it up to the internet so that you're able to use wireless internet within your house.  I think…

For the TV, as long as you have a digital TV (opposed to analog) you should be able to connect your TV into the wall and have all of the basic channels automatically.  NHK representatives go from door to door and collect money from the households at some point in the year.  It's a stupid system, but that's the way the basic cable here works.  It's only about 10-14 channels though, so when I say basic I mean REALLY basic.  I don't know what service your supervisor is trying to sign you up for.  Maybe he/she thinks you want more channels?  More shows in English?   :|

Hope this helps.

If you don't want to buy new Japanese books, see if anyone on the forum has any that they would lend or sell to you.  Hard-off or libraries might have some too.  If you'd like your own, then that bookstore I told you about in Kofu probably has all sorts of options.  :-)

Junior High School / Re: alupaka
« on: September 02, 2011, 02:28:09 PM »
I`m marking the kids work and one of them has written that they want an alupaka.  Any ideas what type of animal it is?

Possibly Alpaca.  It's very similar to a Llama.

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Events Archive / Re: YETI Fuji Climb
« on: August 30, 2011, 12:40:57 PM »
is it a sign that there's something wrong with me that I didn't have any desire to climb this year UNTIL i heard about the typhoon...?

Fuji isn't a joke, it's a hike for sure. I've been on more challenging ones, but the important thing with Fuji is preparing the right clothing- ESPECIALLY if there's inclement weather. It's cold and you'll sweat through your clothes to begin with, rain would only make that worse I imagine. Bring a lot of layers and waterproof stuff.

Agreed.  I climbed Fuji in non-stop rain.  If it is raining, you'll definitely want to waterproof everything.  Don't even bother wearing a rain pancho because it'll get in your way and under foot.  I would suggest a rain coat and rain pants instead.  Also make sure your bag won't get wet, and possibly waterproof your shoes.  I would also suggest a head lamp (and not a hand-held one) as you might want to use your hands to climb towards the top.  Bring extra clothes in case you do get wet.  If it's raining at the bottom, it might be snowing at the top as it was when I went at the end of July a few years ago.  Maybe not?  I don't know for sure, just make sure you've got what you need weather-wise.  Good luck to you all!

YETI Announcements / Re: YETI First Year Representative 2011-12
« on: August 29, 2011, 08:57:00 PM »
I nominate Terra Wright as a candidate for YETI First Year Rep - if she'd like to accept.  (I let her know via PM  ^-^)

General Stuff / Re: Internet-technology Question, mobile wifi
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:47:54 PM »
Thanks for all of your help guys!  I think I'm going to go with this one

The USB one has faster internet connection in the Kofu area, but I won't be able to use it with any other devices, like an iPod touch.

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