In Australia, JLPT applications opened up a few days ago and I want to get in to sit the JLPT 4 at the end of the year. I know what your thinking “It’s only the JLPT 4, it’s the easiest one! Do the JLPT 3!” by the end it sort of came down to people were asking me “Are you chicken”?
But I really want get my absolute basics down in the JLPT and do well, i mean really well. I’m aiming for a %90 or more so I better get studying I mean I’ve only got…. 127 days, 1 hour, 55 minutes and 47 seconds (approximately). If you’re not reading this post the exact second I wrote the time than you can see it here. So let’s break it down to each part of the JLPT I have to do and some ideas of how to get around it.
Writing-Vocabulary (25 Minutes)
This would be one of my weaker areas all due to that little certainty in studying Japanese, Kanji. As people might know, reading Kanji is much easier than writing it because when you look at Kanji it triggers a memory of the English word and than you understand it, when writing Kanji, it’s kind of the opposite scenario you have to understand the English to trigger a memory of the Kanji, which is a lot more difficult. apparently I have to know 100 Kanji, which includes most of the simple things, count to 10, days of the week, Kanji for simple verbs and natural elements. I figure between my real life flashcards I’ve ordered (apparently I’ll receive them in 18-32 days), the awesome website Read The Kanji and Yamasa’s Online Kanji Dictionary I’m pretty much set.
Listening (25 Minutes)
Listening in Japanese, it’s my Kryptonite, my Achilles Heel, My need to find three example’s to get a point across. Basically it’s hard and I need to be able to do it. Even though it will probably be really basic sentences, my mind still can’t get around the whole Subject-Object-Verb structure while listening and I really need to have that mindset by the time is sit the test. Some possible ways of tackling this major issue is downloading Hours of Japanese Children Stories as Audio Books. This is actually something I need your help with, so please comment down the bottom with music, anime, more audio books even poems, basically anything that has an audio format that i can listen to and help me on my Road to JLPT 4.
Reading-Grammar (50 Minutes)
If you pay attention to detail then you might noticed that the “Reading-Grammar” heading is underlined, that’s because it’s underlined in JLPT Guidelines booklet, Why? Because this is worth double the points than Writing and Listening so it’s the most important part of the test. This might seem odd to you, but I’m sort of confident about this part of the test.
This doesn’t mean I’m not going worry about reading and grammar in Japanese, but I’m just saying I feel it’s a bit easier than other area’s. I have my Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar Tae Kim’s Japanese Guide to Japanese Grammar and if you have any Japanese reading materials you feel I must read than absolutely comment with a link.