23 August 2017 @ 08:29 am
JLPT N2 Score: July 2nd, 2017

Vocab, Grammar: 27 / 60 (19 to pass)
Reading: 23 / 60 (19 to pass)
Listening: 30 / 60 (19 to pass)
Overall: 80 / 180 (90 to pass)
Reference Grade: B
= I failed by 10 points.

Thoughts: I've already improved so much in the 2 months since I took it that it'd be impossible to fail if I were to take it again in December (also next time I'll bring some kind of medicine so I don't give up halfway through due to eye pain again), but considering what a stressful, huge pain it is I'll only take it again if I can't find a part-time job during my exchange year in Sendai without it. I'm assuming that if I can get a part-time job, on top of having "Japanese-class grades" I can show to potential employers, the bosses at the part-time workplace can be my references that can "prove" I know Japanese even without me having taken the JLPT / having my finished degree. I don't know what you guys think / know about that.

Unrelated but I also just beat my first game in Japanese (.hack//infection, a PS2 game) where I actually understood what was going on the whole time: I understood nearly 100% of the dialogue, 95% of the in-game forum posts and Emails, 80-90% of the item names/descriptions. So if you're at around N2 level I recommend it (I don't think it's any good for learning from context because there's not enough context clues, but it's good for reviewing — most of it's voice-acted too).
 
 
16 August 2017 @ 11:01 am
List of stuff I think is N2 level, as I find them. At N2 you can puzzle out probably anything in normal, modern, everyday-ish (not extremely poetic etc) Japanese as long as you have a dictionary.

Fanfics:
• (Kabaneri): https://www.pixiv.net/novel/show.php?id=8192324

Website pages:
http://www.family.co.jp/company/recruit/staff/interview/foreigner.html
http://www.family.co.jp/company/recruit/staff/interview/inexperienced.html

Watching:
(Go look at the animelon list)
Tags:
 
 
01 August 2017 @ 03:11 am
My friend linked to this on twitter and I was shocked, I could actually understand most of the speech in the beginning! So if you can understand all this, you're at at least N2 level:

https://youtu.be/GJIYZGs4iJs
 
 
03 July 2017 @ 11:45 am
yesterday i took the JLPT (N2 level). my advice / experience:

• study so that you could clearly pass N1 if you're taking N2. in particular, make sure you can understand formal nonfiction (newspaper articles, modern-history texts, business-anything) in both spoken and written form EASILY. you want to be at the point where you can VERY EASILY read all kinds of NONFICTION, adult books in japanese. you should use an app like "mazii dict" (dictionary where you can easily read news blurbs inside it) or "mondo" (purely intended for reading news) to read some news articles every day.

• instead of (panicking and) re-reading the long reading pieces, read and answer each question SLOWLY. once slowly saves time and comprehension, versus thrice fast.

• work on memorization techniques for when listening to conversations. just youtube "memory champion" etc and you'll see what i mean. you can reread text, you can't replay audio.

• if watching anime to learn, i'd say watch it once with japanese subs (looking everything up) and then once without subs. i didn't realize how much i was still relying on subs for comprehension of high-level stuff until the long listening came. (vlogs, "let's learn japanese grammar!" and other everyday stuff i'm understanding just fine without subs).

• it's very important to remember, on the JLPT there's basically NO CONTEXT for anything. obviously this makes things a lot harder than normal reading/listening.
——— my study / experience under the cut! )