This past December I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (N1 Level) but failed!!
To those of you looking for a Japanese-English translator, don’t be mistaken: it was close!
But nevertheless, I fell short – and I know a few people who are in the same position, especially with these higher-level tests!
How on earth do you study for the JLPT?? A large portion of the content of the N1 is based less around day-to-day ‘usual’ Japanese than scholarly Japanese, or as my gf said when she looked at my prep tests, “They’re going out of their way to make this Japanese difficult!”
Cripes, to anyone who’s had to read a scholarly article in English – I’m sure you know what I mean.
But whatever might be said, this is a mountain I’ve got to climb! I’m not giving up, and I’m going to retake the test again this year.
But you still haven’t answered my question: “How on earth do you study??” No textbook I’ve seen really seems to do the (higher level) tests justice. So I did a little bit of research.
As a teacher within the Japanese public school system, I can see that as a university graduate with umpteen years of in-class Japanese experience, there are Japanese words and kanji that I know, but the elementary and middle school kids don’t!
Oh yeah, score 1 for me! (/-_-)/
But I’ve noticed that there is also a bootload of stuff that the kids know, but I don’t!
That’s not fair! What are they feeding these kids in the classrooms?? What kinda knowledge did my university instructors decide to withhold?? That’s not fair!
THIS WEBSITE: http://www.jakka.jp/6.htm
BEHOLD! Actual lists and worksheets full of Japanese that Japanese children themselves learn in school!! This page specifically looks at the 6 year students’ lesson content, but look around – I’m sure there’s more!
I totally recommend this for anyone taking the N2 or N1 – it’s a great way to brush up and learn new words! I love it!
How about you? Have any good resources you’d like to share with the class?