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Looking for an online English teacher

I’m getting kinda sick of analyzing horse races of Tokyo City Keiba lately
because I haven’t won any races satisfactorily.
Well, I don’t actually bet the real money though.
But, I’m totally disappointed with the fact
that I don’t have any talent to pick winners at all.
So, I’ve started thinking of finding a proper fulltime job,
quitting the current shitty duty - “a 24h/365d security guard
of my scruffy tiny apartment” known as 自宅警備員 (JITAKU-KEIBIIN).
Or you may simply call it “NEET” - short form of
"Not currently engaged in Employment, Education or Training" haha!

For a starter, I wanna brush up my English skills
as I’ve already applied for a post of interpreter for a certain institution.
So, I’ve got to find a decent English teacher for it.
But a problem is, I have no idea how much I should pay to my teacher.
All I know is how to send money to a foreign country
but I don’t know what the average hourly wage is in his/her country.
I’m happy to pay the tuition in advance
as long as he/she keeps our contract.
My maximum budget at this stage is 10,000 JPY per month.
And I’d like to take a lesson 20 days a month
and hope each lesson goes for about 30 minutes at least.
Ideally it could be a little longer when the conversation gets heated.
Also I strongly hope the one who - would give me English lessons -
loves anime especially ones that are presently broadcasted in Japan.
Let me add one more thing.
I really don’t care he/her nationality, gender nor race either.
All I hope is we both can hold a good beneficial conversation together.

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レアジョブ(Rarejob)に、もの申す

Am I still supposed to post my entries in English?

先週の土曜日まで、3ヶ月ほどオンライン英会話の
レアジョブ(Rarejob)を利用させてもらったんだけど、
あまりにも多くの教師が、ただ単に登録されているだけで、
実際には殆ど授業を提供しない事実に憤慨したので、
しばらく休会して様子を見ることにした。

とにもかくにも、オンライン英会話は乱立し過ぎたと思う。
特に調べた訳じゃないけど、150社近くがしのぎを削っているとか?w
そんなオンライン英会話が辿り着いた先は・・・
牛丼屋や居酒屋などと同じく、単なる価格競争。
勝負所が価格だけで、他に競う所を完全に見失っている状態。
ホトホト「経営者ってマヌケが多いんだな」と感心させられるわw

逆に訊きたいんだけど、自身が利用者側の立場なら何を求めるんだろう?
安いだけで肉の少ない“肉風味のタマネギかけ丼”を食べたいと思う?
タマネギの間から白米が見えるような丼飯を食べに行きたいと思う?
登録されている人数だけが無駄に多い(多く見せている)だけで、
実際には登録されている殆どの教師たちは授業を行わず、
素人同然の新米教師たちが授業を行うような英会話サービスに
安さだけを理由に何ヶ月も利用し続けたいと思う?

実際、貴重な時間とお金を使ってまで行きたくないよね?
肉が食べたくて行ったのに、出されるのがタマネギ丼とか。
つまみがショボ過ぎて酒が全然進まない居酒屋とかw
レッスン受けたい教師がいてもレッスンが年中休業とかw

ぶっちゃけ、もっと価格上げても利用するよ。
牛丼屋も居酒屋も英会話もw
要は「求められているスペックを満たしているか?」じゃねぇの?
価格なんてもんに捕らわれ過ぎて、本質を見失ってるとかw
そもそも何を供給しようとしているのか見失うなんて、
経営者としてマジで恥ずかしいと思うよ、割とマジでw

英会話サービスを例に取ると・・・
今、授業をしている教師の数を公開するのも効果的だと思うし、
次の授業時間枠の空いている教師の中から
希望のタイプの教師を簡単に検索できたり、とか。
教師のアクティブ度を公開するのもいいと思う。
要は、利用者目線での利便性の向上が求められているのであって、
経営側の都合によるオナニー的な宣伝は何の意味もないと思う。
探せば改善できる項目なんか腐るほどあるのに、
ひたすら安くすることばかりに注力してるだけなんだよね。

スペックと価格が合えば、必ず客はついて来ると思うよ。

JUGEMテーマ:外国語学習


[Rarejob] Simply too many inactive teachers

Up until today, I've had an English lesson almost everyday 
on an online English service "Rarejob" over the past few months.
However, I've decided to adjourn it for a while
because there're many inactive tutors who do not conduct any lessons.
Well, I don't know if they have reasons not to open their lesson slots,
but no matter what kind of reasons they have, they should be withdrawn
from the tutors list, until they can resume conducting their lessons.
I strongly hope that Rarejob will make some actions for it.
Although I'm not quite sure how long I'll adjourn Rarejob at this stage,
until certain improvements are made and seen, I'll stay away from it.

In the official website, Rarejob proudly advertises
"Only 7% of applicants pass the exam to become tutors of Rarejob".
My question is "Why don't most of them conduct their lessons then?"
They've been so strictly and carefully chosen by Rarejob, right? 
Did they lose their motivation and passion when they passed the exam?
Or are they scared of opening their lesson slots and teaching English?
Or don't they even know how to do it from the first place?
It's ridiculous if they are just registered as tutors but not teaching.

I think there are a few major reasons for that.
Firstly, the tuition (wage) may be too low for them to be motivated.
Secondly, most of them may look for a more decent (long-term) job.
Thirdly, most of them may lose interest in talking with Japanese students, 
because we - including myself - can hardly hold interesting conversation.
That's why we need such an online English service as Rarejob, haha!

I'm just disappointed by the fact that there are many inactive tutors,
who are listed as registered tutors, but don't open any lesson slots at all.
Especially yesterday, I was in a very shitty mood from the morning.
Even in the office, I was irritated by my colleagues, and finally got pissed off
when I saw none of my favorite tutors opened a lesson slot, not even one...
I may be lil' short‐tempered, but hope more tutors offer lessons to us.

JUGEM theme: Learning foreign languages


Yokohama Ookagawa Cherry Blossom Festival

Yesterday - the 5th of April, I went to Hinodecho of Yokohama, Kanagawa,
and walked along Ookagawa River while taking photos of cherry blossoms.

When I arrived there, the festival was just about to be celebrated.


The official website of Ookagawa Cherry Blossom Festival

I walked along the river from Hinodecho to Minamiota.
Here are some of the photos I took on the way there.
With these photos, I hope you're able to feel the atmosphere of
the town, its people and the festival.


















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Your advice or suggestion would be very much appriciated.

JUGEM theme: Photograph


[Anime 2014 spring] My recording schedules (Week 2)

I've continuously made my recording schedules for Week 2 this time.
In Week 2, I'll start recording 27 titles of new anime.
So, I'll follow nearly 60 titles of anime per week in this spring season.
New anime: 45 titles/week
Continuous anime: 4 titles/week
Old anime (re-broadcast): about 10 titles/week

Well, the number of the titles of anime I'll follow is simply too many,
so I'll stop watching the ones I can't enjoy within the first 3 episodes.

Note: broadcasting time may be delayed, rescheduled or cancelled.
Please confirm the broadcasting time in the official websites yourselves.
I - wotaku.com - will not be held responsible nor liable for any failure of
show recordings due to discrepancies of
broadcasting time/date/day/station.

[New anime 2014 spring]
My recording schedules (Week 2) are shown below;
The broadcast date is the same date I'll start recording the show every week.

<Date  Day>
Time TV Sta. Title of new anime

<April 6 Sunday>
  6:30  EX  Abarenbo Rikishi!! Matsutaro
  9:00    CX    Dragon Ball Kai
17:00   TBS   Haikyu!!
17:30   NHK  Baby steps
22:00    MX   Brynhildr in the Darkness (Gokukoku no Brynhildr)
22:27    MX   Meshimase Lodoss-to Senki: Sorette Oishii no?
22:30    MX   Love Live! School Idol Project
23:00    MX   Broken Blade
23:30    MX   Captain Earth
24:00    MX   One Week Friends
24:30    MX   Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara (Gaworare)
25:30   TVK   Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

<April 7 Monday>
18:30    TX    Hero Bank
24:30    MX   Dragonar Academy
25:05    MX   Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to

<April 8 Tuesday>
24:30    MX   Black Bullet
25:40    TX    Soul Eater Not!

<April 9 Wednesday>
24:30  MX  No Game No Life
25:05  MX  Hitsugi no Chaika
25:35    MX    Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun

<April 10 Thursday>
22:00    MX    Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky
22:30  MX    Is the Order a Rabbit? (GochiUsa)
24:50    CX    Ping Pong
25:20    CX    Nanana's Buried Treasure  (Ryugajo Nanana no Maizokin)

<April 11 Friday>
25:35  MX  Date A Live II
25:55 TBS Knights of Sidonia

<April 12 Saturday>
24:00  MX  Mekakucity Actors (The Kagerou Project)

Please point out if you notice errors or mistakes in my articles.
Your advice or suggestion would be very much appriciated.

JUGEM theme: Manga/Anime


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