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  1. Aelya added a post in a topic Nitpicking Thread   

    I’m not saying that you’re wrong haha don’t worry I mean like I said each classe/uni/school has their own pace I guess but it just bugs me a little to know that you can spend 3 years learning japanese without kanji haha, especially when I had to get through them real fast .
    To go back on kenna’s topic; yeah i’m pretty sure she’s following a slow course, but I don’t know for some reason I expected them (by them I mean kenna and her classmates) to learn some kanji as well as they are basically just learning the language - like there is no other classes, it’s just japanese all time. Hope i’m making sense. 
    Anyway, just find it kind of sad but hey, I guess if she’s willing to pay for this then it’s fine. 
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  2. Aelya added a post in a topic Nitpicking Thread   

    I'm only halfway through my second year of learning Japanese, and yet I've already learned about 700 kanjis ? Don't know how it works in different courses/uni/schools I guess, but in mine, we've started kanji as soon as we went through hiragana and katana (which took us 2 weeks). 
    Okay, there is more in a language than its writing system but... kanji are really useful, especially when you live in Japan and when you're trying to communicate. Not a lot of people will write full sentences with only hiragana and katakana. 
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  3. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    Yeah I'm jealous that she has that much money. 
    But that's probably the only thing I'm jealous about. I'm proud of all the things I've done so far - Traveling to Japan, and to a lot of other countries with money that I've saved by, you know, working hard.  I'm jealous bc she got it easy, but I'm not jealous of the life she's living. I would chose mine 100000 times over. She's bored and boring, she seems like she doesn't really know what to do next and why she is in Japan even, so, there's not much to envy - she's just a lost child that could be interesting if ONLY she wasn't building a fake and not so interesting life. 

    Now that I'm done with this jealous thingy - I kinda enjoyed her vlog at the beginning, the few bits of landscapes  and Starbucks (too bad for the hot cocoa), but yeah, the homeware haul part was awful - I love watching haul but... I was really puzzled, as many of you, bc why did she have to order from Yesstyle instead of just going to Daiso. This shop is awesome and I'm living for it. Girl is missing out on some great deals - again, she has money so I guess it's fine.
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  4. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    Kinda OT and just want to express what's on my mind :
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  5. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    I’m a vegetarian myself and I lived in Japan for a whole year. I’d like to say that being a vegetarian in Tokyo is pretty easy. There’s ton of places that serve dishes that contain no meat, because as everyone knows Tokyo is a trendy place and these past few years it has been kind of of a trend to be vegetarian/vegan. 
    I was even able to go to some places like Torikizoku that offers some side dishes with only vegetables - okay this isn’t as appealing for some people as some big vegan ramens but that was okay and I was able to enjoy my time with my friends. 
    I would have « forgive » her for giving up in the countryside however. But actually this isn’t the problem : like everyone said, she can eat whatever she wants, just girl stop lying about it. 
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  6. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    I guess it depends on how serious the person is in studying. I've been learning Japanese for almost a year and a half, and I've just passed the N3. But, I'm at Uni and I have a lot of other classes and subjects  that I have to study everyday, which is why I didn't try (or study) to pass the N2, but I some of my classmates did passed their N2. Sooooooo if Kappa does work hard, getting her N2 should be an option but, sorry I don't want to be that kind of person who is mean for no reason haha, but I don't think she is the type to study really really hard.
    Because japanese (once again, to my opinion), is a pretty hard language to learn, with a lot of vocabulary and kanjis, and require you to study a minimum daily. 
    Anyway, if she can stay longer, good for her I guess. Maybe I'll be able to see her as I'm going to do my exchange in Tokyo, ahah. 
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  7. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    No but like her hair ????? No words to describe this mess 
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  8. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    Don't know where you got that from but... it's not that accurate.
    It's fairly easy to open a bank account without a stamp (I did so), but you have to understand Japanese well or at least bring a friend that can translate everything for you. I opened mine at the JP post, and while they didn't require much, I needed a little help from my Japanese friend because heelllll when I said that my Japanese wasn't perfect they just "kicked me out" and said "please come back with Japanese friend" lol. 
    As for apt, same, I got mine quite easy, there's a lot of company that help foreigners to find house, share house, etc... with English speakers. 
    As for racism, I didn't experience any so I wouldn't know. I just had a little "thing" at the beginning, when I first arrived in Tokyo and when I said to one of my student that I wasn't able to speak Japanese at all, he asked me dead serious "then why did you come here ?". But... that's about it. 
    So, if she has help (and seems like she does), I would say that she would be able to have all this. 
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  9. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    I'm so very confused. Just how, how can you order a beer instead of rice?
    I'm trying to give her excuses, comparing with my own experience in Japan, but I clearly can't figure this one.
    You can see on the menus in front of her that there's a picture for pretty much all the dishes. Japan tends to put pictures of the drinks as well. Even if there weren't any, how can you not understand what ビール is, or means, even without a strong knowledge of the language?  
    No like seriously I'm puzzled. 
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  10. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    You can work but only part time and a limited amount of hours. But I highly doubt she will do any kind of work...
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  11. Aelya added a post in a topic Simply_Kenna/cozykitsune [Thread 5]   

    Long time lurker of this thread, first time posting, sorry if I make any mistakes !
    I usually just read and roll my eyes at this girl's lifestyle, but right now I'm dead pissed.
    She has such a great opportunity that not many can have/afford, and she's just wasting her very first days going to Disneyland. But then again, I guess it makes sense in a way, if she planned from the very beginning to buy a yearly pass, it's logic to go and buy it when your one year visa is only starting to make it worth it, but woooooow is it all you have in mind for your stay in Japan? 
    I lived in Japan for a year on a working holiday visa, and boi, time flew so hard, as I was working at the same time, I wasn't even able to go and visit places that I would have loved to; I can't imagine it being different especially while studying Japanese.  
    Can't wait to see her fail.
    Sorry for the rant 
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  12. Aelya added a post in a topic Taylor R - Social Media Updates   

    I agree! Defo better than the ponytail version. But yeah, why does she have to do that "duckface" with her overlined lips... Taylor come on you are pretty, you don't need to do that  
    (OT : I loooove that sweater)
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  13. Aelya added a post in a topic Taylor R - Social Media Updates   

    I really like the new haircut. But I'm not a fan of the color to be honest   
    But if she had something like this (Haircut AND hair color), I think that'd be pretty cute!!
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  14. Aelya added a post in a topic Taylor R - Social Media Updates   

    I used to like Taylor a lot. But slowly some stuff started to annoy me. And now I just don't know..
    About her last vlog, when she said "It's quite small and compacted" and then showed us around, I was like "wth??? if that's small, my house is a bird cage". She doesn't really know what small is... and that irritates me a little. 
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  15. Aelya added a post in a topic Work "au pair"   

    Hey ! I'm sorry this is going to be a long post ! I'm gonna talk to you about my experience. But, you have to understand that my experience is not something that is BOUND to happen, but I just wanted to say that it does happen.
    I'm French, and I left France in 2013 for Australia to be an Au pair. I mean, it's REALLY a great deal. You have free room, food, and get some pocket money as well. But in exchange you have to take care of the kids during the week, sometimes during the weekend as well (but the terms have to be discussed with the Host Family.) and when the parents get home, you're usually free to do your own stuff (explore the city, etc...).
    I found my family through a website, and after a few skype video calls during which we talked about what we both wanted, we decided that we were a good match and that's how I went to Australia. 
    At first, everything was great : they came to pick me up at the Airport, show me around the house, around the city, explained to me what they wanted, and so on. The first few days I was still with my "host mother" at the house just for me to get used to the kids (2 little girls, one 8months old and the other 2 years old). Weeks passed, I started my babysitting. I was taking care of them from 7am until 6pm sometimes. I would cook them food (obviously), go to the park with them, the library, the waterpark, everything that I was able to do. It was pretty hard to do a lot : the baby required a lot of sleep and their naps weren't matching : when the baby was sleeping the 2yo would be awake, and when the 2yo was sleeping, I was taking care of the baby.
    After a few months, the mother started to reproach me a lot of things : I wasn't doing enough. She was saying that I was spending all my day home, leaving the kids in front of the TV, and that's about it. She wanted me to write down a MENU for the 2yo to eat. She wanted me to go, just in one day, to the library, the park, the waterfront, and why not somewhere else in the city. She wanted me to create activities for the kids. She wanted me to do SO MUCH. MUCH MUCH more that I could handle even though I was already trying my best to please both of the kids. The thing is, you also have to do with THEIR way to educate a kid. Sometimes, the 2yo would get so angry that she would just kick me, and I wasn't able to even say "it's not good to do that", because "she's just a baby!". 
    Anyway, long story short, I really killed myself for them, I tried to please them, so much that at the end, after 4 months in Australia, I hadn't even seen 10% of the city I've been in. I wasn't going out, didn't have any friends, I spent all my time at the house with the kids. I didn't get any culture. My pocket money was really thin. I was really, really depressed. And then, the mother started to complain about me to the neighbors. They liked drinking (nothing wrong about that, but) and usually would invite their friends over to drink with them. And often when she got tipsy, she would say stuff like "I don't know why I'm paying this girl, she's just spending time here in front of the TV, and I think she's trying to get into my husband's bed, she's a bitch and I'm wasting my money!". HONESTLY I cried so much that night, and that was enough for me. Everything she said was obviously wrong, even the neighbors told me not to pay attention, but it was just... awful. Thankfully, I met a boy a few week earlier, and I talked to him about my problem : the same night I left this house with my luggage and I never went back. I stayed at this boy's house until I found a new job.
    So here's my advice : BE VERY CAREFUL to the family you're choosing. BUT. Even if my experience was the worst and even if I know that I will never, NEVER be an Au Pair again, I'm still super glad that I did it, because after these terrible 4 months, everything else was just paradise. And I would never have been able to go in Australia if it wasn't for my Au Pair job (they paid for my visa and let's be honest, free home, free food is a great deal to begin with). I have many friends that had great experiences being Au Pair, so don't take just my bad experience as a given. You might enjoy it and find great people! Just be careful and SIGN A CONTRACT, (I didn't) or make sure that you agree to all their conditions beforehand. 

    Good luck ! (and sorry for this longgggg post )
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