the crash architect. in Kaunas is doing 27 things including…

learn more Japanese

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After 3 [4?] years I understood...

Truth is, this goal has no limit. There’s no limit to “learning more Japanese”. But when I see how much I’ve improved, I really see that I did learn a lot more. However, this year I helplessly started to lack time, and the topics only started to get more and more difficult, so I knew my learning wouldn’t be very productive, and I quit [quit the photography class later, too].

So yep, this language probably has no limit of how much you can improve. There are such subtle things that really take time and practice to grasp. But I guess I’ll survive if I’ll end up having a conversation in Japanese. :]



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We got the JLPT3 listening task… Not too hard, but there were some tricky parts. It’s definitely harder than JLPT4, and listening was always my weak part. Also, I was in a conference/lecture about Japanese culture, and the whole thing was in japanese [with translators, though], so I was able to see how much I’ll understand. I have to say, I pretty much understood the majority of what was said there, which made me pretty damn happy!



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We’ll soon be preparing to pass JLPT3. That’s kind of… Shocking.

Wow. And I’m also confused about our literature, because, just like everybody else, we studied from GENKIIIIIIII :D, and now we’ve nearly finished both parts, so now we’ll probably test-drive some books to see which fit us, so we can continue studying.

We did some honorific language the past few lessons… It was so complicated… I really don’t think I’ll get a big score on the test.



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My teacher suggested me to apply to a public speech contest, held by the Japanese embassy. OMG xDD well… okay xD So, I have a few days to prepare a 5 minute [OMG DDx 5 minutes??] speech about anything I like. It will be pretty much me vs… well, pretty much vs. university students that, as far as I know, didn’t even pass JLPT.

Okay, let’s not get overconfident, but I feel pretty awesome right now.



Nuclear homework...

So, our assignment:
1. Translate a text [from Japanese to English]
2. Write a paraphrase of a story that we listened in class. In Japanese, of course.

And some exercises, I think. The point is… damn, we got translation exercises and a paraphrase – and that’s pretty rad. We don’t even get translations in our English classes in school. Well, we’ll see how things will work out for me.



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Kanji test went pretty good. I didn’t know the pronouncation for 発表 [happyou], but I wrote the translation, which often happens to me, so my teacher called me ‘the Chinese girl’. Umm… Then we had to write ‘daily life’ – seikatsu [生活], which I wrote as… well, I have no idea what I wrote [分真 – bunshin?]. The rest were just minor mistakes. We also discussed the [very, very stupid] mistakes we made during the JLPT4 test. Oh, god. We could have all gotten like… 10% more… I mean… I actually connected two adjectives by using と. Well, stuff like that. Seriously, how does that happen?



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Okay, so JLPT4 was awesome… I did great. 73,5%! Kanji test tomorrow. Umm… That’s all I have to say? Yeah! I know too much kanji, and my vocabulary is tiny compared to the amount of kanji I know, which makes my knowledge pretty much useless. I need some kind of a… dunno… vocabulary builder software? Trufax – I do.



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I’m doing awesome so far. We did the JLPT level 4 listening and grammar parts, and mine was the best! [actually, we’re already in the middle of level 3…] OMG! And overall, I’m really happy with my progress.



Uuughh...

My vocabulary is not big enough, and I know a SHITLOAD of grammar, so… I really have to expand my vocabulary, and not be lazy xDDD I’ll soon end the Level 3 program. I asked my teacher what’s next, and she said ‘even more fun’ xDDDD

My ultimate goal is to be able to translate Japanese songs. I’m planning to become a session musician and go to Japan… well, I actually want to be everywhere, but I know I have to go to Japan first! xDDDDD



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