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Post by sadie » Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:52 pm

Big Al wrote:I have the forms, no surprise to see they're typical Japanese tracing paper style duplicate forms.
Yeah, the Japanese never do tire of bureaucracy. They may have the best net connections in the world, but JLPT applications will never change.

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Post by sadie » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:59 pm

I finally got my fail through from the JLPT. How did you do, Al?

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Post by Big Al » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:52 pm

Results weren't in when I left this morning (no surprise, the posty usually gets to me around half ten). Will let you know tomorrow/late tonight.

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Post by sadie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 1:27 am

For the nobody that cares, I got:
Writing-Vocab: 22/100
Listening: 41/100
Reading-Grammar: 21/200
Yeah, I wasn't gonna get it this year :)

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Post by Big Al » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:28 am

sadie wrote:For the nobody that cares, I got:
Writing-Vocab: 22/100
Listening: 41/100
Reading-Grammar: 21/200
Yeah, I wasn't gonna get it this year :)
I got a total of 144/400. Still nowhere near a pass though.

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Post by sadie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:48 pm

It's worth you trying again this year, though. The pass mark is only 60%, or 240/400, which is how I scraped through on level 3.

You need regular expose to the language - at least once a week, preferably in a casual setting - as well as dedicated study of real-world materials.

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Post by Big Al » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:57 pm

sadie wrote:You need regular expose to the language - at least once a week, preferably in a casual setting - as well as dedicated study of real-world materials.
Nonsense! It's a test designed with the same mentality as used in Japanese schools, so obviously the best way to pass is just to study by rote everything that you've been told was on the test!

However, I'm sure I can manage the weekly exposure (ooh err) and I think I've got some translation exercises to be getting on with...

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Post by sadie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:17 pm

I should probably get all the flash cards and crap like that to try and burn kanji into my brain. I tried doing it on the web, but I'm too lazy and impatient - repeatedly got about ten kanji in before wandering off for a cup of tea.

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Post by sadie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:43 pm

Holy mackerel!

Kanji flashcards for levels 3 & 4: 13 used & new from £12.61

Kanji flashcards for level 2: 4 used & new from £72.00

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Post by Big Al » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:34 pm

sadie wrote:Holy mackerel!

Kanji flashcards for levels 3 & 4: 13 used & new from £12.61

Kanji flashcards for level 2: 4 used & new from £72.00
Yes, but think about the number of flash cards. Level 3&4 combined needs Hiragana, Katakana and 220 kanji, that's about 320 cards.

Level 2 is 1880 kanji!

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Post by sadie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:52 pm

No wonder I didn't know them all

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Post by Cartographer » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:04 pm

144/400 is still way better than I got for my level 2, I still have the 'You Fail' certificate somewhere round here...
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