So everyone knows that I failed the level 2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験・JLPT) in December. Also let it be known that I refuse to give up. Today I took Mari-chan to the store to pick up a few application packages (受験案内) for the tests in December this year. Normally the packages are available at the beginning of July, but for some reason they were delayed until the 15th. We had dropped by on the 7th and got news of the delay, so I showed my determination by going on the first possible day. Applications are accepted from August 1st to September 12th, so I will aim for mailing my app on the first. Need to keep that energy level up.
Researching things a little today, I found out two interesting changes in the JLPT procedures. Starting next year, the test will be executed twice a year (at least in Japan) in July and December. Also starting next year there will be five levels instead of just four. It has always been baffling that from four up to one, the difficulty of the levels pretty much doubles with each step. They finally decided to smooth things out a bit, so people don’t get trapped in no-man’s land; not knowing which test to take.
I promised to write a post about how to pass the test based on everything I learned last time. I will make it a point to write that up before the end of August; and, will probably update it after I actually pass the test.
At the bookstore I also picked up a copy of Kitchen (キッチン) by Yoshimoto Banana. It was recommended as a good book to prepare for the level 2 reading. I have some Natsume Soseki and Akutagawa Ryunosuke, which my friend said is more like level 1 and above. I was surprised to find out that Banana is a woman. For some reason I thought only a man would choose such a silly name, but maybe she’s had it since birth. Anyhow, I have heard recommendations about her work before, so I am looking forward to reading her work.