Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Study Time

I love that I am blogging again. It feels good. I need to do something about balancing my time better, though. I thought, you know, I'll just take a picture a day, put it up, not necessarily say much, quick and simple. That sounded great, except that this is me, and I comment on stuff at length and feel the need to go dig up videos from 15 year old commercials just because I took a picture of my drink at lunch.

I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) back in December, and I took N3 level (1 is hardest, 5 is easiest). I was sure that I could pass it but wanted to get my feet re-wet (had taken the easier old level 3 about 15 years ago). Studying went great, and I told myself I was studying not with the goal of just passing, but with the goal of getting 85-90%+ on every section. And the first section of the test (vocab and kanji) was a breeze. Then came the reading and grammar that should have been easy because I went in very comfortable with my level, but it was tough enough that I left unsure whether I'd even gotten the 32% or whatever is required just to pass that one section enough to not fail the whole test (from what I gather of the pass/fail determination, you need roughly 32% or better on each section, then 53% overall to pass). I understood most of what I read, but the questions themselves were tough. Grammar was just a nightmare of resorting to guessing between a couple of good possibilities. Listening seemed to go pretty OK. I think. Maybe. I mean, I understood what I heard, but again with the questions themselves being a little tough. Results are due in the mail "mid-February," whatever that means. I did great waiting up until now, but I'm starting to get antsy. Did I pass?

Innywho. And this is what I mean about not being able to just simply take and post a goddamn picture without writing a novel. In any case, regardless of those test results, I've already started studying to take N2 in July. Part of me thinks I could just maybe barely pass it as is right now, but I'm not sure and definitely need to study. Lots. It used to be that I studied in little spurts throughout the day when I had a free moment or two. Lately, I've been using those same moments to take a picture and write stuff like I am doing right now. As a result, I've been on Week One of my book since about, oh, December 15th. In fairness, I went home for Christmas and didn't really try to pick studying back up until about mid-January. That was still several weeks ago. Apparently not long enough ago for this to count as already "mid-February," though, because last test's results are still not here today. 
24/366 - Study Time


  1. I love that you're blogging again too. It's fun to live vicariously through your posts about Japan. Good luck with your tests, I bet you'll pass with no problems.

  2. I knew you would take the photo-a-day and run with it, lots of stories and such. I love that about you!

    (And I just saw on FB that you passed this, so congrats again!!


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