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Hey, kids! Welcome to our web site all about riding the gravy train in Japan. What's that you say? I can make money just by existing, by simply showing up and speaking English?! Yep, you sure can! Our site is dedicated to all you carbon blobs out there. Learn how to tie a tie and nod your head thoughtfully and you're in!

Seriously though, before you go for that inexhaustible teat, you need to know a few things. What we are talking about here is the poop, the goods, the news, the rumors, the gossip, the truth and the utterly unsubstantiated tales of eikaiwa (English conversation to you newbies).

Why? As an English teacher, contrary to what you may believe or have been told, you are an entertainer and salesman. You are the official English-speaking person. You are the Norman Rockwell, rosy-cheeked, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, apple-pie eating, product of the suburbs;a pet gaijin to some Japanese.

You may think you are a shoe-in with your TESL or RSA certificate but the fact is you don't really need it (well, Immigration wants to see it so they can keep riff-raff out but that's another story). Any person who can speak English clearly and wear a suit properly can teach English in Japan. In fact, most Japanese figure that if you are a native speaker of English, you are qualified to teach.

We are not out to criticize English language learning; learning a second language is a noble and worthy pursuit. If anything, we wish there was a lot more communication between people all over the world. Our beef is with the large schools such as GEOS, AEON and NOVA where more entertaining than educating is going on. English is being taught professionally and being taught well in Japan. However, such institutions are few and far between; eikaiwa simply rules the landscape the way fast food rules North America. Keep this in mind as you read on: eikaiwa is a McJob.

Read our stuff. Learn. Laugh. Cry. Shout. Get angry. Agree with us. Curse us. Just promise to keep an open mind and respond.

Chris and Shawn


"english in Japan" by the "Swede", not "swede"!
Forgot to post my name above, in my amazement/shock/bewilderment.

Anonymous and EC Eikaiwa G Communication Director it seems that you feel that only native speakers can be english teachers. If that's how you feel then just say so. The Swede was just asking if he had any opportunities to work in japan only. I just mentioned Gaba which may be a ripoff place so buyer beware. Oh did you forget that because of your amazement/shock/bewilderment.

As you notice even a native speaker like myself make many mistakes typing in english. Wow, good on you. You guys must be great english teachers based on this. Why is it that many ekaiwa people get really nitpicky when writing on a blog is beyond me.

(Great) English Teachers vs. english teachers. You have a point, english teacher!

Could you enlighted me about GABA?

Gaba uses it. They advertise ¥20,000 for private lessons per month.
The catch is, if you pay them ¥1,860,000 up front.
Sounds familiar? Sort of like NOVA? Or worse?
Are you (enlighted?)

No I didn't know that about GABA or anything else really for that matter. I appreciate information like that. So could let me know if you have anything against non native speakers teaching English and why. I just heard that GABA does hire non native English teachers and that's the reason why I passed the website on. Do they not inform potential students of that fact? I just figured that if they were to hire a non native speaker then their level of English must be really good and they they must have majored in it or something like that. But I don't really know.

What the fuck! No they don't! I do sales and i know the price list! 1.8 mil is only if they buy a huge amount of lessons (300), and its up to the customer/client if they pay in part or full. Plus we advertise cashback if they are unhappy.

Yes they do. At least in the smaller schools. At my branch (i do sales too) they actively mention the ethnicity of all the teachers, and tell them about their first languages if english isn't their first language.

Oh and all non native english speakers must be able to speak english at a native level although they don't discourage japanese in lessons if the student wants it.

Speaking japaneses in class? Could that be a possible expectation of students? Would students be told if their instructor can speak japanese or not? Or is it a hit or miss for the students?

Yes, I think it's better to have a native English speaker, with no degree or any teaching qualifications whatsoever, teach English rather than a qualified non-native English speaker.

Thanks for the follow up comment, Thaistory!
Would you "pay to learn" Korean from an Indian?
Spanish from a Swede?
German from an Italian?
Swahili from a Norwegian?
Why English from a/an ??????????????????
Common sense, isn't it?
Something's amiss, don't you think?
Unless there is no choice or you don't know any better!

I can see what you're saying but in Jr high and high school as well as university, all Japanese language teachers should be Japanese, all Spanish teachers should be Spanish and so on and so forth?

No strong opinion here just as long as a student knows what kind of teacher they would get then they should decide for themself if they are happy or not.

Diamond or CZ? Which would you "knowingly" buy for her, *at the same price spent?
"I can see what you're saying but in Jr high and high school as well as university, all Japanese language teachers should be Japanese, all Spanish teachers should be Spanish and so on and so forth?" Do you know of any better ones, that aren't?
There are even some bad Japanese, Japanese teachers! Terrible maths teachers in all colors, galore! Met many in my life.
But out of the blue, Ingrid/Bjorn/Mario/Rosita thinking they can make a quick buck abroad, because they think they know English, I cannot accept. They can fool a few Japanese/people, but not for long. They should try to teach English in their own country, first! Then, ... maybe! ... I would definitely have more respect for them.
Students having no choice, or not knowing any better, I can accept. Some learn it, the hard way. (*Too bad you can't buy time, precious time back, but you can surely, waste it.)
Everything I have excelled at, came from confident, "Real Teachers", giving their best and real, teaching from their heart.
Don't get me wrong, if it's real, then nationality is of no importance. What gives you confidence in doing something/anything? Confidence creates confidence. Do you want to learn how to base jump from, "I think I can" or "I can"? Who do you want as your child's English teacher, *within the same time spent? Money can be wasted and made up for. Time can be wasted and lost forever.

Fraud is about deception. I agree that people shouldn't be deceived and that you would want to use a language with a native speaker. As you mentioned there are terrible native teachers who teach their own language badly. Also their are highly qualified non native speakers who have mastered a foreign language. Why would they do eikawa and not something else is a different story perhaps.
As some people have mentioned about the eikawa market is that there should be more regulation, training and higher quality of expectation expected from instructors. People usually have this opinion because of the lack of ability that native speakers have in teaching their own language and some people consider it fraud if we are not English majors or have some sort of certificate.
For myself I am learning Spanish from someone from Brazil. I am aware that my teacher isn't a native speaker of the language but for my purpose(pure interest only), convenience and cost it's OK with me.

I do agree and see what you are saying that native speakers is the preference so I do figure that if anyone would think that they would be interested in teaching a language professionally, even on a eikawa level that they would be highly qualified. If they aren't and still think they can do it then I think they are crazy.

Hi, I'm a 22 year old university student in Canada and would LOVE to teach english in Japan... & I don't have a degree ! Pls contact me with info. on how to get a wonderful teaching job there!!!

Thanks so much in advance. =)

Hi! I'm excited! A couple of days ago, I was offered a job with Berlitz and will be teaching freshman and sophomore business students at Tokyo Metro University. I have an MBA, am well traveled, have a positive attitude, and I suppose I am somewhat lovable and charming! I got hired over the phone from doing 2 phone interviews. It was fantastic, since I'm very far away in Portland, OR.

I'm very excited to come to Tokyo! I will be there at the end of March. I'm interested in making connections before I come over. I will be the only American girl working in my unit. I'm excited about this and a little intimidated! I need to look for housing in the Chufo City area, since the main language centers I will be teaching from the other 6 months out of the year.

My questions are, have you ever heard anything about Tokyo Metro University? or know of anyone working for Berlitz? Would anyone on here be willing to make friends with the new girl in town?

Unlike some of the schools I have heard about, I will be on my own to look for housing and to find my way around, and this is somewhat intimidating. I can do it, however it would be awesome if someone wanted to give me some pointers of good books, Japanese software recommendations (eg. Rosetta Stone?) or mandatory things I should know. I got hired just before Christmas, so I haven't started the visa process yet, and I am wondering what types of problems might I run into? I know they do extensive investigations on job history, and verifying education, I don't have a criminal record or anything... however, I was wondering if anyone has been denied a visa for something like poor credit?

I'm looking forward to any insight you can give me....
Thank you.

Congrats on your job offer at Berlitz and your placement in Tokyo...its gonna be pretty expensive and time consuming to find your own place in the Tokyo area by yourself. Im sure you're probably looking for roommate arrangments.

No, Japanese immigration does not care about your credit history or unpaid debts back home...but, they will verify your education by actually holding your college diploma and conducting a criminal background check. My Biggest advice to you is to bring tons of're really gonna need it here, as well deordorent and flouride toothpaste, and many other quality items you wont find here. Best of Luck to You!

I really appreciate the feedback! I am looking at things like Sakura house, they do a special deal for Berlitz instructors.... even though they are more expensive, just to start out with everything hooked up and ready to go, and not all the deposits, etc. until I am ready and have found a better place. I am going to try to come with at least 3-5k. I think I will definitely try to bring enough deoderant, toothpaste, and things like my favorite shampoo, conditioner, hair dye, and makeup. Cause I am assuming it might be harder to find my favorite stuff, if at all for the price I can buy it for here. Any books or software I should by for getting myself around and helping me learn the language? Have you heard anything about Rosetta Stone?

Hi, Sassy Lashes! I dont have any suggestions on any books or software for helping You get around and learn Japanese. The best way to learn like alot of us foreigners, that is just being book or software will prepare you or keep your attention while Your here in Japan. Your roommates will provide You with the low down on where to go, where to shop, hang-out....your roommates will be the best information you could ever get. So, really my advice is to save your money and not buy Rosetta Stone....You're gonna be sooo busy with work, hanging-out, partying, meeting new people, discovering new places...You wont have time to stay in your room and learn Japanese from a CD or a computer. A good Japanese/English phrase book would be best for now. You'll have opportunities to learn Japanese while you're here....for me and alot of foreigners we go down to the international center and get free Japanese language lessons there.

Im sure You have read alot about the negative aspects of Japan...and most of them are very true. Despite the bad the things that go on here, I wont write anything about it, because its all posted on other threads and blogs, so just make the very best of it and You'll have a blast here...I Promise. The amount of money You're bringing will be enough to party on for a while and get You to your first paycheck.

Best of Luck!

Yes, I was very happy to have (not to sound like a suck up or anything!) haha, simply because I found out the importance of reading up on social/business etiquette/customs! I started reading up 2 years ago, and knew right away that Nova was not going to be a good place to work. (So potentially saved me from being stuck in Japan right now!)

I have read the stories about Japanese men acting inappropriately towards western women...example: flashing, stalking, attacking, killing! I know the killing, is of the most extreme circumstances however, it is a good idea to try to keep myself out of harms way by not inviting this behavior with my behavior. (Even though I assume I will be bound to experience some of it, because I'm a very cute red haired girl with huge boobs...sorry if that was TMI!)

I also have read all the information about the tortures of working for huge for profit schools. And fortunately, I think I have found one of the best ones to work for. They have been around for 130 years, and I will be working in one of Tokyo's best public universities. I don't think I mentioned this before, but I am a very successful graphic designer, business consultant, and t-shirt designer here in the states. Have you heard of any gaijin working as freelance designers on the side in Japan? I am going to be doing a lot of design on the side, since I'll only be instructing 27 hours a week, and many of my clients want me to design remotely!

Also if anyone has any suggestions for good gaijin bars to go to near the keio line... I'd greatly appreciate it! Also how is Shinjuku? a fun area?

Guillaume Batard wrote
at 4:56pm yesterday
Dear GU Nova members,

Please pass this information far and wide to ex-Nova employees.

The union sent in demands to G-Com and G-Ed on December 25th, demanding negotiations at their Osaka HQ on January 4th - with a deadline of Dec 28 (tomorrow) to reply to us. Our demands were basically to stick to their original promise to hire all those who wanted to do so and to renew those who come / have come to the end of their old Nova contracts.

Today some members told us that they have heard that some of the people who received the notice of "non hiring" were told they received letters by mistake. However the situation remains unclear. The union is also very angry as it was only a week before the "non-hiring" letter that G-Com and G-Ed management told union reps at a meeting in Nagoya, also attended by the Receiver (previously the Trustee) that they intended to open more schools and in fact were surprised at so many people requesting option B that they may not have enough teachers. The

Tired of getting messed with and not hitting back? Group forming to explore possible - not certain - legal causes of action for a group lawsuit against Nova's clone, the company that hired most of Nova's old managers. If you are a "B" teacher and have just heard from that company, and are interested in joining in a group effort to explore legal options, contact:

We will keep your information confidential unless we get your prior written consent from you to use it.

We will contact you about a possible meeting with a Japanese lawyer. No promises yet, except the promise to try to seek action as a group. DEADLINE!: January 15!

Our first post was a few days ago. We said that a group was forming to investigate the possibilities of legal action on behalf of "B" teachers, and possibly others out in the cold, at G.Ed/G.Com. Since that time many inquiries have come in, so please be patient for us to get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

We will consult with lawyers by the end of this month, probably earlier. We will not be able to go over legal strategies in a public forum like this. However, if you send your name and indication of interest, once we verify you and you decide to join us, we will inform you generally what the lawyers say. If it is negative, then it will end there. If it is positive, we will then have a first meeting of the entire group, then a second, probably at the lawyers' offices.

You can contact us at:

I was wondering, as I have many questions, if i could start here with my idea and some of you, who seem to be 'in the know' could help me out. Currently, I am planning on moving to Japan within the next year or so. My goal once there, is to open a restaurant.
Obviously this will not happen the first day, but I was curious...are there schools where cooks teach western styles of cooking, and maybe our language as a bonus?
Something like this could really help me out if it exists, as well as find some good talent to hire when I can open my shop.

A non native English language insturctor/teacher is wayyyyyyyyyyy better than the typically lazy native speaker. A non native knows about all what it takes to acquire a new language. A native....doesn't.
How many natives have TESOL/CELTA/DELTA (etc) certificates under their belts? How many "natives" know (and appreciate) the importance of tradition/culture of thier host sociites?..etc.
Very very few.
Most are ignorant and have the same screwed up attitude of the US armed forces' personnel......scum of the earth.

I guess I'm screwed up like you suggested. I mean, after 13 years of leadership experience in the US Marine Corps, I could never teach english in Japan. I suppose I should take your advice and go back to the US.

Wrong-O! I own and teach at my own school. I have around 90 happy students who receive quality lessons each week. Do you know were I learned about dedication to my job... no matter what it is? The Marines.

I have taught myself Japanese and I know what it's like to be in a foreign country and not speak the local language. Do you think a military 'scum' like me might have a better insight into 'cultural exchange' than you, sir? I like to think so. I understand where the students are coming from even if they're mothers are pushing them to learn english. I am also a father of two boys and have been involved with youth sports, PTA, and much more.

You, sir, can keep comments like yours to yourself and stick them where the rising sun doesn't shine.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 13:12.
The 4.35 million average includes freeters who work low paying wages at Lawsons, McDonalds, etc.

'But then average eikaiwa teaching losers don't care about committing to or leading stable lives over here. They just want to get their "Japan experience", have fun, and then leave after a few years'.

what's wrong with that?

Wanna teach English in Japan?

Just don't be Black.

Japanese abhor Blacks. I want all Blacks here to goto my site:

What a stupid, self-pitying statement.

It's probably just you, they abhor, you spineless creep.

"I want all Blacks here to goto my site: "

Thanks for that!

Yours sincerely,

Jim Black

For all or you "wanna come to Japan to teach English" types... think twice. The ship is sinking, bubble burst, sun is setting... take your pick.

FACT- Stagnant salaries for language teachers in all sectors (or worse yet, dropping in many cases).

FACT- Cost of living going up (gas, food, even your beer).

FACT- Oversupply of foreigners who speak English (the REAL minimum standard you need to work here). Those with better education have slightly better jobs in universities, but THOSE jobs are beginning to be farmed out as well and conditions worsening. Many of the lucky ones who went out on their own and made their own schools are even feeling a pinch these days.

FACT- Visa regulations tightening up, fingerprinting foreigners made a come back, police extremely xenophobic (DO NOT GET INTO THE SLIGHTEST TROUBLE - even night time bicycle ride or an unpaid parking ticket could net you 90+ days in the slammer - see for horror stories)

FACT- Online learning, English soon to be in public elementary curriculum will also eat away at the need for the "foreign" English teacher. Some may say that there will be more ALT jobs, maybe, but...

FACT- ALT jobs are becoming worse than NOVA!!! I came to Japan after earning an Bachelor of Ed. and was an ALT in the early 90's making 360,000/month, benefits, good holidays, directly through the B.O.E. - FLASH FORWARD TO TODAY - That same B.O.E. outsources to three companies (The macDonalds franchises known as: Interact, Altia, and Shane) and teachers (with very little training or experience I might add) get paid average 250,000 with no benefits. If you say "wait a minute, I work at XXXX and it's better than that!" - don't kid yourself.

FACT- they make two-three-four times what they pay ALTs - for all their talk, they really only care about money. I know because I worked for management of an ALT provider for some time. I know the contracts intimately, they say they are all for supporting teachers but if they really were they would be trying to change the system (not in their best money grubbing interest). BI mean...what the heck is a private company doing supplying teachers to the public education system anyway??? Don't you think this is odd?? Shouldn't the B.o.E. have certain standards and hire directly?? I shudder to think of what my children will learn when they enter public school!

FACT- The ALT contract is immoral and probably illegal (see - I can't see the situation getting any better. In fact a source at this same B.O.E. I worked at has said that they are considering "11 month contracts" for ALTs so as to avoid trouble with the unions should it come. Already Osaka B.O.E. has hired it's NET for a 4 month contract only ( , this is certainly an attempt to side step any laws and regulations regarding the hiring of staff.

No, don't come to Japan to find work as an English teacher. Come for the culture or experience if you are interested. There is plenty of work in other sectors (provided you speak Japanese). Many artisans from abroad are finding a home here as well. But there is certainly better places in the world to be teaching English.

"But there is certainly better places in the world to be teaching English."

I have visited Japan several times, (for visa runs) and even looked into teaching in Japan. However, after reviewing the contracts, general living costs, and benefits, I decided that it is really not worth while. From what I could gather while I was there, most English teachers in Japan fall into one of two categories.

First, would be those at the very top of the market with PhD in applied linguistics or related fields, various types of certifications (CELTA, JLPT2+, public school teacher cert. in their home country, etc.) and many years of experience who teach in Universities. Japan does still offer the best pay and working conditions in Asia for these individuals.

Second are the people fresh out of university who just are not quite ready for the party to stop. They just want to come to Japan to drink, dance, be merry and meet women. Many of them seem to have an interest in Japanese cartoons or comic books. These people just want to make enough money to get by while they party or do whatever it is they want to do. There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself, but when they tire of it (and they always do, no one can do this forever) most of them find they have to leave Japan to find better opportunities.

If you happen to fall into one of the two groups described above, by all means, go to Japan.

If you are looking for work as an ESL teacher abroad and fall somewhere between these two personality types, try South Korea. Pay is decent, and cost of living is far less than Japan. I taught there for five years while working on my MA. If you have your MA or a teaching cert. (in your home country) or both, go to the Middle East.

Maybe the Middle East is OK if you want no social life, ability to pick up chicks or get hammered on the weekend, and just want to save a bundle. As for Sth Korea...I'd avoid it as Ive heard the locals tend to be even more racist towards whites than Japanese! Ive also known teachers to have their contracts cancelled for no reason, thus cancelling their visa on the spot (unlike Japanese practice).

No, I say keep riding the Nihon Gravy Train until it runs out of puff, kids.

I'm with Stan - I've never heard good stuff about EFL career in Korea. And I always found them less than welcoming

I love the way the word “career” is used so loosely in the Eikaiwa world, and usually by morons who are none too smart:

“Shit, I haven’t frittered away 5 or more years of my life reading from a slap dash textbook to a bunch of pasty faced, burnt out chipmunks, but, quite to the contrary actually, I am an eikaiwa minded professional, enjoying the journey my EFL career takes me on"

What a load of fucking crap! Eikaiwa is NOT a career. Of the thousands that get employed, you can count on one hand the number who are even recognized as full-time workers, and the real EFL world thinks Eikaiwa is a standardless haven for retarded morons. Yep, that’s right!

So, the next person who uses the word “career” relative to EIKAIWA, for crying out loud, smack them in the face, there and then, for even trying to get such blatant bullshit swallowed.


What are you talking about? Eikaiwa is a GLORIOUS career, in which you will develop many skills, on your own, with little to no help from anyone. After a year or two, you'll be able to:

- Smile perfectly, even on a really bad day
- Make people laugh by just saying anything
- Stare into thin air for 40-odd minutes, and get paid for it
- Develop a real charismatic personality, if you didn't have one already
- Turn up to work hungover/still drunk from the night before, get paid for it and, as long as you smile, get no negative feedback from the manager
- Go into a lesson completely unprepared, with no idea of what you're going to do, and again, get no negative feedback from the manager
- Talk complete shit 8 hours a day
- Pretend that you're a real teacher, and/or a real authority on absolutely anything
- Be a real hot sex-magnet to desperate, lonely Japanese girls who can't get any action off their own kind
- Repeat the company textbook backwards, word-for-word perfect, while standing on your head

That and many more useful, in-demand skills are on offer NOW, for 250,000 yen a month, at an eikaiwa near you. What are you waiting for?????!!!!!

The Ripper

Excellent article full of facts. It is now clearer than ever:

"E + G = L"

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What a wanker this thorn is! Keeps bloody posting the same things over and over again on this site just on different threads. He should look in the mirror for the definition of loser.

O.k. I am a noob here as far as teaching in Japan comes. I will move there in three months and hope to teach English. So I make no claims to fame yet... I am just stating what I know from experienced people I have met in and out of Japan. I have friends who have done it. two had a degree and three did not. Let’s face it ...... from what I have researched through bloggs, eyewitness accounts and dramatic real life stories, its not very hard. One school of thought insists that you must have a degree or you should not even try. I disagree there. The other school says "any native speaking moron can teach in Japan. I reluctantly agree with that. I am very lucky myself as for I have over ten years of experience running my own business in America, a TEFL certification, electricians license, great mechanical and electrical skills, certification/diploma in computer electronics and telecommunications, a Japanese wife (free easy visa) and an immense love/respect for Japan and its culture, food and people. I have also been to Japan with my wife about 15 times for one to two week at a time. I have NO "DEGREE"

Back to the degree people:

Yes it is true...... it is easier to get a job with a degree. You start at a higher rate around 40 to 60 million yen a year (40 to 60 thousand in America) and you get to work for better employers. It is a total CROCK that you must have a degree to work at all. As for the visa that’s the hard part and I have it easy there. But there are ways and programs to utilize in Japan to be able work. There is not just one way!

No degree no problem If you are really serious about this:

If you are not packing a degree from squeaky Harvard University or the like you CAN make it in Japan!!! Let’s say you can get the visa.... o.k. you will most likely start at 25 to 35 million yen. But after a year or so you will get some private students and start moving up the ladder. Some schools forbid private students. Screw them .......keep it secret and if you bust your little but hard enough you can make an extra 1000.00 dollars a month CASH!!!
I have met total pathetic hacks in Japan making 50.00 dollars an hour teaching a weak English class to private suckers. This is not what I want but just making a point here. It also helps to be young but with English teaching you can dodge the Japanese age discrimination which is rampant! They need good teachers. Check out the hundreds of english school job sites and english teacher resources online for JAPAN .... you can use a search engine right?

My suggestions if you do not have a degree:

1. Collect any and all certifications or licenses or achievements for your portfolio. Anything that will show you have skills!!!! Make a portfolio but it’s not a must if you are just starting out and you are young.

2. Visit Japan ....make sure you understand Japanese culture, food, people. You do not need to speak Japanese to teach!

3. Getting a TEFL certification will help. It will teach you how to to become a better teacher. You must find a good TEFL school. Some are hacks but I went to BLI in Boston and they are very good. I know english Masters who take the TEFL course. Some were my classmates!

4. Research alot! There are always many foreign run and Japanese run schools in Japan with many different benefits and requirements. Smaller schools and McDonaldized type english schools may be easier to get into.

5. Talk to people!! to teachers who have done this and are still doing it. When you are in Japan to have some english teacher friends is a must. You will get work from each other....Network!

6. Avoid those who say you can't do it. You can and there is always a way around things to get where you want to be. You gotta want this and you will have to put some effort into it. It will be worth it!!!! I hope to never leave Japan once I am there.............

Thanks for reading my blurb......

Please let me know if you think I am insane or perhaps right on?

Are you trying to give people advice?? OR are you trying to fool yourself by pumping up your low self-esteem and low self-confidence?? Im placing my bet...that you're pumping yourself up....keep up the good're really gonna need it!

Dear, "I will teach english in Japan without a degree".....Good Luck!! You sound old...and you sound like a total loser...your post sounds like it dates from 1994. That American way of thinking of yours will NOT get you shit here in Japan...using sheer determination will NOT get you a takes looks, fashion, and a DEGREE to get anything worthwhile. Oh, sure...drag the bottom of the barrel and teach english without a degree...take any old english job at any old school, do privates...yeah..that will get you that, and I will gaurantee you that a english school owner will screw you for every opportunity they wont make a'll be slave. that will be enough to make a living in Japan....these folks pay as they go...if they are busy, dont have enough money, dont like your teaching dont get paid...try paying rent on that.

Old man without a yourself a favor and others too...dont give out arm chair advice...You have NEVER lived in Japan...and You have NEVER taught english in dont go around talking like You know something about life here....just because you visited Japan 15 times for a week at time, does not make you an expert about working here or living here. What You're writing about happened 15 years ago!!! Those days are looong gone.

Oh, one more thing..if you're over're gonna have one helluva hard time finding a job here. Since times are tough here in the english school company has gotten rid of the old wood...they're are not hiring anybody over 30...thats a fact. Students want to have lessons with stylish, good looking, and college educated instructors...not riff-raff, bald men, dirty old men, dirt bags, and losers....that ship has sailed years ago...times have changed. Go to China...age and appearance is NOT a requirment for english teachers...but I hope like $600 a month paychecks.

I think the reason people always say you need a degree is the fact that it's a requirement for the VISA. If you're married to a Japanese national or are half Japanese yourself then you probably have a chance without a degree.

Please help me! I am in an internet-research nightmare trying to decide what to do!! I want to teach english in Japan and i have a 2:1 degree in English Language, so thought i would go for it. But looking around on the internet is so confusing - one minute i read loads of positive things about eikaiwa, next thing they're a bunch of con artists...then i'm supposed to *definately* do the JET programme, next thing i know that is rubbish too. I dont know what or who to believe anymore, i need some serious newbie help!

I know it is unreasonable, but who cares - if you dont ask, you dont get right?! I wanted somewhere that will arrange private accommodation (not shared) and no more than 40hr weeks. Is that possible or am i looking at a fruitless search?

I'd really appreciate any help. If i've posted this in the wrong place, please signpost me and i'll just move along quietly...

Just visit the forums, read and ask.

Lamb, yes you are very confused, but the most important thing to know is dont make any rash decisions that may destroy your life. DONT WORK FOR ANY EIKAIWA in Japan, under ANY circumstances. If you do, you will waste your life away, see no career progression, receive very little money, be bullied by "bosses" who are geeks and ugly pimple-faced losers back home, and probably become unemployable in ANY other foreign country.

Basically, if you lower yourself to working for an Eikaiwa (English Language "school") you will have to stay in either Japan or Korea for the rest of your working life, because no company back home will hire you if you work for Eikaiwa.

The only real option is to work for the Jet Corporation, believe me, the money is good (300-350k per month min.) and extremely easy work, only 1-3 hours per day. You will become native-level in Japanese within 1 year, and win the respect of Japanese teachers and community.

Lamb, it comes down to this: EIKAIWA IS FOR LOSERS. PERIOD. END OF.



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