For the short version:
I am currently studying abroad learning Japanese in Tokyo, Japan. So, for those of you who would like to see my various experiences, you can follow my picture blog at Google Photos. If you click on a specific picture and then on the ”i” in the upper right hand corner you can see details and back story about each picture I’ve taken.
For the long version:
For the school year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, I have decided to take a sabbatical. For those of you who have never heard the word before, it means to take a leave from work and is often used by academics to either update themselves in their profession or to do time intensive research. For me it’s a break from my ten years as a teacher and a chance to look back as well as forward at my work. Simply put, I am getting my teaching mojo back!
This time around my chosen area of study is to look more closely at the Japan’s educational system while at the same time challenging myself by learning Japanese. However, instead of just reading second hand information or studying on my own, I’ve decided that I want to experience it all first hand. BUT to really understand the teaching world of math and science in Japan, I need to be able to work in Japanese along side other native teachers. To expect others to speak English is unrealistic and hubristic if not a hinderance to truly seeing and experiencing teaching styles and work methods. As a result, I have enrolled full time at the Toyo Language School in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan to learn Japanese.
Alongside my studies, I am also working part time as a translator at the website MathLeaks and am greatly indebted to them for being able to work from ”home”. This has really enabled me to be able to afford my studies abroad since my normal teaching job does not offer paid leave.
I also have my ”language partner” and friend Yuki to thank for helping me make the transition to Tokyo. She and I met via the website italki.com and have been ”Skype”ing with her for the past year as well as her visiting me in Stockholm. Without her, I don’t think I would be as ”brave” as I am. I also go to her English Conversation group on Fridays in order to socialize and meet native Japanese speakers. They really are a great bunch of people. I’ve also been trying to meet native Japanese speakers by attending various events that I have found through the site Meetup.com which is another site I can highly recommend when visiting Tokyo or any world capital for that matter.
So, for those of you who would like to see my various experiences, you can follow my photo blog at Google Photos. If you click on a specific picture and then on the ”i” in the upper right hand corner you can see details and back story about each picture I’ve taken. Please feel free to leave comments. (I think the general public should be able to do that. Contact me if you can’t.)
Japanese Language Student and Part-Time Translator
PS. For those of you who know me more personally, I can also recommend my husband’s photo collection at Google Photos. Björn’s collection is of the various events and boring life moments, that are going on back home in Stockholm.