Taking the TOPIK I

Finally! I experienced the TOPIK for the first time. Some of you might remember that I took the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) in the summer, and that I planned on taking the TOPIK, which is the Korean equivalent. Well, I was finally able to sign up and (after a bit of drama) finished my […]

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The Teacher’s Room Makes Me Crazy

As an introvert, I hate the layout of the teacher’s room. No matter where you go in Japan (and many parts of Asia) though, you will find that open work spaces are the standard. As an introvert, I have so many problems with the spaces I work in but thankfully I am leaving soon, so now I can air […]

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JLPT N1

I did it! I finally marked off one of my New Year’s resolutions! I took the highest level (N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) for the second time last weekend. The first time I took the test, I had been studying abroad in Kyoto for about a year, taking classes all in Japanese and participating […]

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It’s Just a Game, Kids.

Yesterday I was at work during the Women’s World Cup Final between USA and Japan, but I was really interested to see who would win, since I am an American living in Japan. I know a lot of expats who live here either cheered for Japan or expressed that they would be happy no matter […]

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Japan vs. Korea – Language

I am starting a series called Japan vs. Korea. I have lived in Japan multiple times in different cities for a total of over 3 years. I started learning Japanese when I was 16, lived with a host family, went to a Japanese university for a year, and now I teach English as a JET. […]

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Japan vs. Korea – Language

I am starting a series called Japan vs. Korea. I have lived in Japan multiple times in different cities for a total of over 3 years. I started learning Japanese when I was 16, lived with a host family, went to a Japanese university for a year, and now I teach English as a JET. […]

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