It seems I was a little slow to pick up this news, but basically all the things I (and, apparently, countless others) have put in the suggestion box year after year for JLPT are finally being realized. If I don’t pass lvl. 2 this Winter, I’ll be able to take it again middle the following year, instead of having to wait until Winter. The only complaint I don’t see addressed is the lack of timeliness in grading my tests. This is the computer age, people!
Another thing that is cool, that would have helped me this year or would’ve helped last year, but will likely be too late for me, is they’re adding a new level in-between 2 and 3. The gap is HUGE, I tell ya! 3 is easy, and 2 is suicide. I’m taking suicide level this year, and would’ve appreciated N2. Oh well. One minus that I actually kinda understand is they won’t be publishing the answers anymore. Oh how I loved taking the tests in those pastel-colored booklets. Enjoy them while they last, kiddies.
Hey folks, I decided to start doing some heavy reading in Japanese. A book called ningen no kankei (Human Relations) by Hiroyuki Itsuki. He (yes, I thought Hiroyuki was a dame’s name at first; I was wrong) is apparently quite popular in Japan, mostly for his fiction, but lately he has been writing more philosophically-oriented things.
Anyway, as I read this, I write down new words I have to look up to help me learn the words, making the reading go (hopefully) faster as I go along and learn the vocabulary. I noticed that google documents lets you share documents with anyone through a link, so I thought “hey, if helping others is easy and convenient, why the hell not?” So, if you want to go down the same fool-hardy path as me, I believe this will be a GREAT help for you. I look up almost all the kanji-containing words I see.