An Insider’s Educational Experience

BY Mark Lavers April 20th, 2013 • 0 COMMENTS
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Among the major benefits of being a teacher in a foreign country are the opportunities it provides for meeting and speaking with the “natives”. Over my “career” in Japan, I’ve interacted with a broad spectrum of students: from 2 year-old children (and younger) to people in t ...

WE JAPANESE THINK…

BY Mark Lavers December 29th, 2012 • 0 COMMENTS
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By Mark Lavers Early in my teaching career in Japan, I remember a student prefacing a statement with “we Japanese think”. I was shocked that someone would have the audacity to say that they spoke for all Japanese, without someone else suggesting that they should speak for th ...

Coming Home

BY Mark Lavers April 3rd, 2012 • 1 COMMENTS
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“Where you stand depends on where you sit.” Nelson Mandela Japan is changing. Maybe its not as fast as some would wish (or in the right direction), and maybe not for the “right” reasons, but there’s an undercurrent of change. Some of the changes started 20 years ago, the ...

SHIYOU GA NAI (SHOGANAI) IT AIN’T WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE

BY Mark Lavers December 30th, 2011 • 0 COMMENTS
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“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Robert McCloskey My first encounter with the word “shoganai” came in a conversation involving a Welshman, 3 Japanese ladies and me. When t ...