10 Things I learned teaching English in Japan

Original post date: 26 May 2015

“I’m only going to teach for a year, while I look for something else to support my visa…”

I’ve heard these words from a bunch of English teachers here in Japan, I even said them myself as I settled to my first few months on the job. I had no teaching experience, any my degree in design wasn’t going to do me much good (so I thought), but I met the requirements, I had a degree, and I was willing to give it my best shot. I’m now in my fifth year of working as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher), and it’s been an interesting time so far.

I’ve gotten a bit of criticism from “Non-ALT” expats living in Japan, as this job is seen as a haven for anything goes slacker-types who just want to prop up their working visas. And although in many instances I feel like that is true, I also think that there’s a lot to be gained from the experience. Like with anything, you have to put in the effort if you want to create value in something.

I’ve learned quite a bit over the past few years, so here’s a list of the top ten that come to mind.

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A WP homecoming party

I thought that it would be appropriate to start this blog with a post to let everyone know that this is the new home of m3wb.me

So why did I move back to wordpress?

Not gonna lie, the price is a huge driving factor. I can host a blog here for free if I want and if I don’t mind having “.wordpress” in the url. If I don’t want that in there, I pay $25- 30 a year for the custom domain. And that’s it. Pretty decent. Keep in mind that I’m talking about hosting at wordpress.com (not .org — that’s a different animal)

Ghost on the other hand (hosting with Ghost Pro, not independently) doesn’t have a free option and the basic plan, which I have now, costs me $96 a year and that does NOT include the domain name. For that I pay $18 to Hover (the best domain host I’ve used).

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