Forever Foreign

Forever Foreign

The Forever Foreign podcast is a fictional story following the audio diary of one English teacher and his friends in Japan. It’s whimsical, sometimes funny, and it’s often based on real experiences from people who’ve lived in the land of the rising sun. Podcast website:


March 1, 2023 2 mins

Episode 1 of Forever Foreign is coming on March 8th. New episodes will be in your feed every two weeks after that. Subscribe now and enjoy the ride.

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Today is day one in Japan for Devon. An exciting time. A nerve-wracking time. A time for rushing around, making mistakes, and getting a first impression of the country this young Canadian will be living in for the foreseeable future.

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March 22, 2023 45 mins

It's day two in Japan for Devon, and he's jumping right into the fire with his first training session at Chiron, Japan's very own English teacher assembly line.

There'll be awkwardness aplenty in chapter 2 of Forever Foreign!

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April 5, 2023 49 mins

What does it take to become a Chiron English teacher? Hard work, lots of flash card practice, and mindless dedication to a company with more than a few quirks. Oh, and the demo lesson. Don't forget the demo lesson.

Find out if Devon has what it takes to be an English teacher in chapter 3 of Forever Foreign!

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April 19, 2023 46 mins

Will Devon ever get out from under the scrutinizing gaze of his Chiron trainers? Will they ever let him stop dancing to their tune?! And what awaits him on the other side? All we know is that it’s called Hotaru.

There’ll be new adventures, mountains to… drive through… and rice fields galore in Chapter 4 of Forever Foreign.

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May 3, 2023 49 mins

In Japan, first impressions matter. A lot. Put your foot in your mouth and you could end up ruining a potential friendship, having your bosses dislike you, or living next to a neighbor who may be silently plotting your demise because you've annoyed them.

Devon knows all of this. He's prepared for it. And yet, he can't help getting himself into one or two odd situations along the way. Find out exactly how he navigates his way out of...

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May 17, 2023 48 mins

Hotaru's summer festival is just around the corner, and since they're the hottest items in town the new English teachers are all invited! They also work for the city and are expected to be there, but still...

What's expected at a traditional Japanese festival? For starters, there's a formal banquet. Then there's dancing. And finally there's enjoying the festival itself. Best of all, the spotlight will be on them the whole time.


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May 31, 2023 46 mins

What's in a couch? For most people, it's an assemblage of springs, wood, and fabric. And that's exactly what Devon figured when he set out on a journey far from Hotaru to find the perfect one. The one couch to rule them all and finally tie his room together.

But when he goes shopping, Devon learns that there can be more memories and feelings wound up in a pile of pillowy softness than he ever imagined.

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June 14, 2023 51 mins

Senpai is a word that even Devon has heard before, but he's a little confused as to what it means. Not only the strict definition, but also how they might affect his position in the town of Hotaru.

Find out just how insecure Devon gets when his new senpais, Victor and Mio, come to town in Chapter 8 of Forever Foreign.

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June 28, 2023 46 mins

Chiron's annual English camp is about to start, and no one is more excited than Devon's bosses, Timothy and Kaori. But there's a surprise in store for them when the campus they thought they'd completely rented out ends up being infested by cockroaches masquerading as Minerva employees.

That's how Timothy sees the people that work for Chiron's rival English teaching company, at least. But Devon - and most of the other Hotaru newbies...

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July 12, 2023 48 mins

It’s day 2 of Chiron's annual English camp and things are getting even more tense. What is this plot that Timothy’s devised to prank Minerva's employees? Does Devon have what it takes to carry it out? And won’t someone think of the children?!

The hot Japanese summer is heating up even more in Chapter 10 of Forever Foreign.

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July 26, 2023 26 mins

BONUS EPISODE. This one is a 100% true story straight from the horse's mouth! That is... Straight from my (David's) mouth.

After several years in Japan, I finally started planning out my dream trip of biking across part of the country in 2018. I trained for it, bought for it, and steeled my will for it. Then I invited some friends to join me last minute...

This is the story of how just the very start of that trip unfolded and unrav...

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August 9, 2023 48 mins

Back to the grind! Or rather, back to more free time before Japan's second school semester starts and Devon needs to start doing some real work.

With that free time, Devon decides that he's fluent in Japanese (he's not), that he's capable of social nuance (questionable), and that he's got the ability to stay cool under the pressure of novel interactions with gym staff (incorrect).

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August 30, 2023 49 mins

Japanese school is FINALLY in session, and Devon is so ready that he's written a haiku in preparation. He's also set to hit the ground running the second he steps through the front door of Chuo Elementary School.

The only problem is that his employer is a little less ready for him...

If you were looking for an action-packed account of English teaching in Japan, you've come to the wrong place! Find out exactly what kind of dusty des...

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November 15, 2023 52 mins

It's the season finale of Forever Foreign season 1 and Devon has a tale to tell. A tale so harrowing it'll make your hair curl.

Okay, maybe not quite that intense, but his start to a true teaching schedule got off to a rough start.

The gang is all here to listen in on Devon's story. Find out why he's gathered them - and whether or not it's really worth their time to listen to someone record the story of their first day of teaching ...

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