2006
12.03

去年より点数をとれると期待してたが、無理でした、今年の日本語能力試験。ガッカリしたよ(._.?)

語彙・文字はやはり難しかった。50%弱かな?

聴解は去年と同じくよかった。でも俺はスピーカーの隣にいてうるさくて逆に聞きにくかったよね。70-80%?

長文・文法はまた難しくてショックだった。俺の得意文法でもかなり難しかった。ありえないけど30も分かかってしまった。

それから一番長い長文をやろうと思ってた。でも大きい作戦ミをしてしまった。それは分からないのに理解をしたくてしょうがなくて無駄な時間をかけちゃった。馬鹿!!!そのため時間がなくなって、問が八つくらいやらなかった。それは35点となる…そんなことをすれば俺は合格するわけがないと思う。読むのが上手くなったと思ったのにな。60%?

長文を読んでて(読んでたというより、読めなくて見てただけんじゃない?!)集中力がだんだんなくなって頭が痛くなっちゃった。今でも痛い!そのとき大切なことに気付いたんだ。それは語彙・文字、聴解、長文・文法、一つずつ練習してきたけど、いっぺんに全部をやってなかった。集中力が足りなかった。

おそらくまた来年…



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  1. I was wondering how often do you read Japanese text? I don’t think the reading section is that hard if you have read the equivalent of several Japanese books. Last year, I’ve only read probably about 5 or 6 Japanese novels yet I still managed
    to finish early and sleep through the last 20 minutes of the test.

  2. Well, I try to read at least one Japanese newspaper article a week, not that this is an easy task.
    I do not yet have the ability to read a Japanese novel. If I was able to read 5 or 6 novels a year then I would have passed the JLPT level one long ago. The last time I tried, reading one page of Harry Potter in Japanese took me at least one hour and that was using a dictionary.
    While I presume you did not mean to brag, I do not appreciate such an inconsiderate comment, especially when I am trying to get over the fact that I didn’t do as well as I had hoped.
    Perhaps one day I too will also have the luxury of being able to answer all of the exam questions and also have time for a 20 minute nap.

  3. I had no intention to brag since I dodn’t consider reading some books something to brag about. I also didn’t mean to upset you. I don’t think passing or failing the JLPT matters for anything important so I didn’t consider that you might feel disappointed about it. I was just wondering why the reading section was so hard considering your ability.
    In my opinion, newspaper type text is not so useful because the sentences are very disjoint and don’t tell a story, it just lists facts. All the books I’ve read were not in one year but more like 3 and most during the latter. My first book took me forever to read as well. But don’t you think that you have to start somewhere? Otherwise you’re stuck in a Catch 22.
    Depending on the difficulty, Harry Potter might not be the best book to start with. (I can’t say cause I haven’t read it) A book of short stories might be a good place to start like キッチン from 吉本ばなな.

  4. I too have read a fair few books including some of Murakami Haruki’s classics in Japanese which I can assure you is no mean feat. One book is split into two and amounts to almost 1000 pages. Despite this I still found the first comprehension question in this year’s paper hard.
    I think it depends on the content that your reading so what may be easy to understand for one person may be different for someone else.
    In other words we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Its like saying you can handle all English comprehensions regardless of their subject matter. I doubt anyone could. It is a bit naive to think so no?
    I have to say it did sound like you were bragging a tad Kim.
    But still well done for attaining the level your at, if you had 20 mins to spare good for you, I hope that you passed with flying colours. 😉
    PS; My apologies Darren for the long message.

  5. Is it just me or do the tests get harder every year? I have copies of every test since 1991 and that’s what it seems like to me.
    To me the most challenging thing about learning this language is the real lack of resources out there for English speakers. Think of how many books on English grammar Japanese students are able to buy, with explainations in Japanese of nuiances. For us learning Japanese (beyond the basic levels), there’s maybe at most a dozen out there.

  6. 初めてコメントします。日本語の勉強をしているんですね。しかもかなり上級・・・私は英語を勉強しているので、ダレンさんのブログがかなり役立ちそうです。これからも宜しくお願いします。

  7. Tae Kimさん、I found your comment about sleeping for the last 20 minutes of the test a little insensitive seeing as I had described how I struggled and couldn’t get to the end of the paper, that’s all.
    I will take up your suggestion of trying to read a simple novel as well as continuing with my newspaper articles. Perhaps I should save Harry Potter for the future.
    Chris, don’t be silly – I appreciate people taking the trouble to leave a comment on my blog. The longer the better!
    You’re right. If you are not at a high proficiency across all areas, it can be pot luck what results you get depending on what type of questions or subject areas feature in the tests.
    The tennis question was one of the only ones I think I did well on, not that it was easy, nor do I feel that playing regular tennis with Japanese people helped much. But anyway, familiar surroundings are always calming.
    Sさん、I agree that the test seemed harder again this year, although I will have to reserve judgement until I buy the paper next year and analyse it with a cool head – i.e. when I am not flustered and tired!
    For levels 3 and 4 I would agree that there could be a better range of books for English speakers. This is less so for levels 1 and 2 where it can help in the long run to have everything in Japanese. There are exceptions to this, however – often there are times when a simple explanation in English would save a lot of confusion and heartache.
    uemonさん、コメントありがとうございます。英語の勉強を頑張ってください。よろしくお願いします。

  8. Good on you Darren for taking Level 1. Sorry to hear it didn’t go so well. All I know is that the jump from level 2 to 1 is enormous. Like you, I passed Level 2, but I still don’t feel ready for Level 1. Maybe next year 🙂 …but if that guy who had read Murakami’s novel in Japanese had trouble, I think I might postpone taking Level 1 for a few more years 😉
    A good book for reading practice that you might like is: Breaking into Japanese Litereture by Giles Murray. I’ve only read one of the stories so far by Natsume Soseki but all the kanji is explained, there is the English translation on the right hand side, and the audio files are on the net. All in all, it’s a great little book for people trying to read something in Japanese that isn’t for kids.
    Anyway,
    PA

  9. Hi PA, Yeah I too have read that book in fact you can download some sample mp3s from the publisher’s website.
    Here, http://www.speaking-japanese.com/literature.html
    Believe me although i said I read those Murakami Novels it took me about 3 years to read just one so I think that I too have a long way to go yet.
    Also reading them alone will not suffice you have to make vocab lists and go over and over the new things you have learned. Without doing this no matter how many books you read your ability will never improve. In my experience this is true anyway.
    Japanese is a never ending quest.
    PS: I am thinking of making a website that hosts small readings taken from novels, goes through them in detail teaching new words and phrases and grammar. What do you think? This is not really a plug cos I have not decided whether I will do it yet. would appreciate some feedback. I was also thinking of making situation specific vocab lists you know for example when you want to say something like; “I am sorry I missed your msn message I was away from my computer” or “Can you attach this file to an email and send it me please”…..

  10. PA, I knew last year that I wasn’t ready for level 1. However, there’s no point in delaying. Just get stuck into it and use your mark as a yardstick for the following year.
    I have discussed the book you talk about in a previous post:
    http://www.nihongonomichi.com/2006/05/literature.html
    I’m still undecided whether I’d actually make use of it or put it on my shelf with all the other books waiting to be read.
    Yeah, Chris says he found the reading test difficult which surprises me. I’m sure his vocab and kanji knowledge helped him, but it’s obviously a very tough test for most of us.
    Chris, it’s true what you say about Japanese being never-ending. No matter what your level there is almost always room for improvement. It’s that moving goal post problem.
    I think your idea for a website sounds reallly good. Go for it!

  11. Yeah, think I’ll go for it next year. Getting excited already!
    I read the 2nd story from that book today about a blind kid and it was good. Often I’ll know the ON readings of the kanji but not the KUN, so it helps with that. Plus it’s fun 🙂
    I think one has to be a complete Kanji freak to pass Level 1 – no more guessing for me,eh…

  12. Another JLPT level 1 challenger joins up!
    Yeah, I’m the same as you. My On yomi is generally much better than my kun yomi – those verbs really catch me out.

  13. I think the website with readings and such is a great idea! I have a hard time finding interesting things to read because most of the stuff I see is about fasion, makeup, or “how to win a guy”. An idea I have is to create some method for visitors to contribute ones they find too. From varied sources too (not just from news articles or blogs).
    We have to keep in mind that on the JLPT 50% of the points come is the reading grammar section and the other two are only 25% (not 33% each). If I could just get a really high score on that section the others should be a cinch.

  14. Thank-you for your input everybody.
    I think I am definately going to make the website. I already have a design and url all I need now is the content and to develop the interactive side a bit further.
    I particularly think the idea of allowing users to contriubute their own content is a must at some point.
    I will keep you all informed.

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