Hello. My name is Charlotte. I live in Frankfurt and I work as a Japanese translator.
I studied Japanese and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Liverpool John Moores University. Don’t listen to what they say about ex-polytechnic universities, LJMU is awesome and I do just as well in the career market as those who went to “real” universities.
During the academic year starting in 2007, I studied as an exchange student at Kinjo Gakuin University in Nagoya.
Once I graduated university, I was on the JET Programme as an ALT in Mie prefecture in Japan. I was in Japan during the tsunami. I am not radioactive.
After being a JET for 2 years I decided it was time to move on, and came to Germany, which is where I am now.
If you have any questions about how I came to be where I am now, or about any part of what I have done, please feel free to contact me. I will say one thing, though. It does not matter where you studied, or how you did in high school – if you want to do something and make something of yourself then you will be able to do that. I was told I was not academic enough for university, not bright enough to be able to learn a language. Look at me now. If you want to achieve something, then go grab it with both hands and don’t listen to any negative thoughts or comments.
And about the name Sherbet and Sparkles… Sherbet was my beloved cat while I was in Japan. I named her Sherbet because “Sherbet” sounds a lot like “Charlotte” in Japanese, so it was a massive troll on the Japanese people around me. She now lives with a lovely Japanese family back in Mie.