Word for the Travel Wise (10/24/06)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought of teaching English in some place like, um, Japan. Don’t lie – I have. Maybe you didn’t want to even teach English. Maybe you thought about securing a good job or a semi-decent one and living the good life in the land of sumo, sushi and other Japanese things. Sigh. I’d surely like to live outside of the U.S. for a year or two and Japan definitely seems do-able. Here’s some expat blogs I stumbled upon and actually read through quite a few. All the voices and varied experiences make for some very fascinating reads.

Today’s word is a Japanese word used in Japan:

shigoto – job

Spoken Japanese comes smoothly for those who either practice or submit themselves to hours of Japanese pop music, but either way one can learn this language in through several avenues. Japanese Online is a VERY good FREE site to start learning. They have audio and a great conversation lessons. The lessons get more in-depth as you become a registered user which is still free of charge. Takese.com has a list of over 2000 words worth checking out. Those on the road already may want to pick up the LP Japanese phrasebook or check into a school for a few weeks of learning. Study Abroad has a list of school located all over the country. If you’re seeking help with written Japanese best of luck to you!

Past Japanese words: hajimemashite, dewa mata, tomodachi, omocha, uchiwa, nori