Who's taking their JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) this December? Watch

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Well, let's hear it. I'm sure some of you must be. I've just finished filling out the paperwork, gonna attempt to drop it off in person tomorrow. I decided to attempt to skip level 4 and go for 3 (despite only starting to learn kanji today).

So, anyone else? I'm hoping you'll be able to share some revision techniques.
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I was thinking of doing level 4 to see if it's as easy as people claim.
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Moi. Level 2. And I shall fail it miserably. Its just the kanji that are letting me down.

Level 4 is a piece of piss though. The jump from 3 to 2 is the biggest.
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Me! Level 3 I think... Maybe level 2...
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The problem with the JLPT in the higher levels is that is teaches you pointless grammar not even a Japanese person uses. Its very good if you want to know how to write fancy Japanese but its practically useless at times.
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How to people generally go about revising for this? I started the day I started this thread and am learning 10 kanji a day with their on and kun readings, I know there's a lot more to the test though. Also, if you're self taught as I am, can you just leave the section about where you learned/learn Japanese blank?
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Moi. Level 2. And I shall fail it miserably. Its just the kanji that are letting me down.

Level 4 is a piece of piss though. The jump from 3 to 2 is the biggest.
I agree, the gap is huge. I passed my level 3 last year, and 2 is still far in the distance. They're introducing an intermediary stage though, I can't remember whether it's being implemented next year or the year after.
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I think it was meant to be implemented next year but now has been postponed to 2010.
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Yeah its N1 to N5 now.

N5 - Level 4.
N4 - Level 3
N3 - Level 3.5 (lol)
N2 - Level 2
N1 - Level 1 (but harder apparently.)

One good thing is that they are now offering it in July as well as December, so hopefully this gives me more time to practise for N1. I think I'll be aiming to sit my N1 exam in July 2011 after graduation.... in Japan (!!!) :woo:

Anyways, good luck with the prep guys. I am nowhere near Level 2 right now, probably somewhere in the middle, but if I can get 40% I will jump around a like a crazy guy.
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I am wanting to take the level 4, or N5 now looking at the above post! What is the story with this, is it starting 2009 it is 5levesl twice a year?

I'll be taking the easiest one anyway! Next year, I am no where near ready for this December, but might be by the next round of exams, ganbaru

I know the meanings of the kanji and most of the pronunciation for them, as well as the grammar for the level, just don't have (anywhere near) enough vocab. I suck at vocab, it is so hard to cram so many words in ><

Here is a good site to give you an idea how hard the thing seems to be for other JLPT noobies
www.kanjistep.com

http://www.kanjistep.com/en/online/w...est/intro.html is the placement test, made me realise how hard 4 is, before i got any ideas of jumping to 3
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Maybe you can only do the July exam in Japan? Not too sure.

The thing what made that level 4 thing so hard was that everything was written in kana. I'm so used to seeing things like 'post office' written in kanji.
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(Original post by princessmarisa)
I am wanting to take the level 4, or N5 now looking at the above post! What is the story with this, is it starting 2009 it is 5levesl twice a year?

I'll be taking the easiest one anyway! Next year, I am no where near ready for this December, but might be by the next round of exams, ganbaru

I know the meanings of the kanji and most of the pronunciation for them, as well as the grammar for the level, just don't have (anywhere near) enough vocab. I suck at vocab, it is so hard to cram so many words in ><

Here is a good site to give you an idea how hard the thing seems to be for other JLPT noobies
www.kanjistep.com

http://www.kanjistep.com/en/online/w...est/intro.html is the placement test, made me realise how hard 4 is, before i got any ideas of jumping to 3
It's funny, vocabulary is by far the easiest thing to learn for me - I know loads of pretty random words for my level, but my grammar is and always has been considerably erratic. Have you tried using a spaced repetition programme for learning your vocab? Anki is a good, free one, and there's videos on that page showing you how to use it. Beats covering every item in your house with post-it notes.

I believe (don't quote me on it!) the July/December thing is being introduced just in Japan next year, then worldwide the year after.
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(Original post by gaijin)
Maybe you can only do the July exam in Japan? Not too sure.

The thing what made that level 4 thing so hard was that everything was written in kana. I'm so used to seeing things like 'post office' written in kanji.
When i did the online test all the kana with no spacing friend my brain too, even if i couldn't read half the kanji you can kinda figure out what they might be hinting at from radicals, but when it is all in kana in a big long line :confused:

thanks rubberband for the vocab tip ill look it up.
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It's funny, vocabulary is by far the easiest thing to learn for me - I know loads of pretty random words for my level, but my grammar is and always has been considerably erratic. Have you tried using a spaced repetition programme for learning your vocab? Anki is a good, free one, and there's videos on that page showing you how to use it. Beats covering every item in your house with post-it notes.

I believe (don't quote me on it!) the July/December thing is being introduced just in Japan next year, then worldwide the year after.
I soooo second the suggestion to use Anki. I started using it about two or three weeks ago and I can already remember loads more words. I went from about 20% on that placement test linked earlier to 65% just now (including 100% for the nouns, adjectives and adverbs sections :woo:). I've always been horrendously bad at learning vocabulary both in the way I learnt them and how often I revised them, but now Anki does all the organisation for me, I just have to import a list of words and remember them when they appear :yep:
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I'm going to take a shot at level two, but any confidence in my passing it is horribly misplaced. By December I could be good enough with the kanji, but the words and their meanings will no doubt leave me stumped. I need to look at some of the more complex grammar too. But I will be at SOAS anyway, so its not like I have to worry about getting down there for once.
I need to hurry up with the application form though, I've been sitting on it for the past week.
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I'm going to take a shot at level two, but any confidence in my passing it is horribly misplaced. By December I could be good enough with the kanji, but the words and their meanings will no doubt leave me stumped. I need to look at some of the more complex grammar too. But I will be at SOAS anyway, so its not like I have to worry about getting down there for once.
I need to hurry up with the application form though, I've been sitting on it for the past week.
If you're already at Level 2/3 why on Earth are you going to start a new degree in Japanese? It seems like a total waste of time, effort and money.
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If you're already at Level 2/3 why on Earth are you going to start a new degree in Japanese? It seems like a total waste of time, effort and money.
I'll start from year 2.
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I'll start from year 2.
Even so. From what I understand most are only at level 2 after the full four years of the degree anyway, so again - won't you just be wasting your time?
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Even so. From what I understand most are only at level 2 after the full four years of the degree anyway, so again - won't you just be wasting your time?
You're kidding me right? I am expected to be at level 2 by end of this year.
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Even so. From what I understand most are only at level 2 after the full four years of the degree anyway, so again - won't you just be wasting your time?
Well, no. And stop spreading viscous rumours about the quality of teaching at SOAS in front of the Sheffield lot. :mad:
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