The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (or JLPT) is something I always knew about but never really considered taking.
My Japanese is OK. I can order at a restaurant, have a conversation and get by just fine.
Recently, though, my motivation kicked up again when I realised that I want to live in Japan forever. And being ‘OK’ is simply not good enough.
The JLPT will be held at the University of Edinburgh and the University of London on July 3rd 2016. Edinburgh is closer, so I’ll be going there. Registration begins in March.
That gives me just over five months – or 155 days, to be exact – to study and prepare.
The JLPT comes in five levels – N5, N4, N3, N2 and N1, easiest to the most difficult, respectively. I’m going to go for N2. That means studying every day until the day of the test.
My Kanji textbook is wonderful. I love this thing. 13 kanji a day at my currect level = 2000+ by 3rd July.
I also just ordered JLPT prepatory textbooks from Amazon, but since they’re shipping from Japan, they won’t be here until mid-February.
Looks like writing for FluentU is going to pay off.
Please post some goodwill comments to keep up my motivation! I’ll be posting my progress as time goes on. Much love ❤
It’s official. As of 21st January 2016, I will no longer be in Japan. This is really sad because it’s honestly my favourite country ever to live in. But with an important family member being sick, it’s what I have to do right now. I also realised that teaching isn’t for me, although everyone at work, including the children, said it was really sad I’m leaving. This is really sweet, of course, but working afternoon-evening Monday to Friday and then just wanting to play/drink at the weekends has made me extremely lazy when it comes to writing.
I met someone wonderful here in Japan, and leaving him behind is hard. Maybe one day I’ll see him again. But writing is the most important thing in my life right now and I really think I can do well. And on the bright side, I get to spend some quality time with my family.
Sayounara, darling Japan. I will miss you.