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March 11, 2006

Living on a Budget – Free Movie Rentals?


Living abroad? On a budget? Love to watch movies or read? Spend too much money on entertainment (a standard movie ticket in Japan is approximately $17 US!)? It’s time to checkout your local library!

Ok, so maybe this seems like pointing out the obvious, but I’ll tell ya, though I like to think I’m pretty quick, it took me a few months living in Japan before learning about the library and I couldn’t have been more surprised! Not only did I not expect English language movies and magazines, but the book selection was pretty impressive! To get a . . .

. . . library card in Osaka, I had to show proof that I resided in Osaka (I showed a bill with my address from my cell phone company) and foreigner’s registration card. The entire process took about 5 minutes and it couldn’t have been easier. Many library systems offer annexes for easy return of materials – there was one right near my house! Not only did I save money, but I met some new friends while browsing the titles!

Where do you rent films in your country? Is there a hidden resource somewhere you'd like to share with others. Let us know by commenting below.


Marlen Harrison
March 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

Looking for more articles about living on a budget as an ESL teacher? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Marlen hails from South Florida but has lived abroad in both Europe and Asia. His own international education experiences include a year at Kingston University in Surrey, England. In 1995, Marlen earned his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.and then was awarded the M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in 1997. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral program in TESOL after four years of teaching in a variety of settings in Western Japan. In addition to his liberal arts and educational background, Marlen is also a member of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching, acting as Co-Coordinator for their Learner Development special interest group.

Posted by ESL Lesson Plan at March 11, 2006 08:10 AM

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