I passed the JLPT N3! I know it’s not as impressive as the N1 or N2, but I’m still pretty happy that I managed to scrape by with a passing score. I was really worried immediately after I took the test, because I ran out of time on the reading section and had to guess for the last five questions. Additionally, the listening section was brutal! I was not prepared for it at all, but it ended up being my highest score.
Now I’m debating whether or not I should attempt to take the N2 this July. I know that I could finish learning the kanji with ample time remaining, but the grammar and listening sections worry me. I still don’t have a good grasp on the N3 grammar, so I’m not sure how well I can cope with cramming that along with the N2 stuff over the next five months.
More importantly, I would like to work on boosting my speaking ability. It has come a long way since I first arrived in Japan, but not nearly as much as you would expect for someone who has been here almost two years. My progression has been fairly slow, mainly due to the fact that I rarely get to speak Japanese on a daily basis. At work it’s nothing but English, English, and more English. Then when I come home I continue to speak nothing but English with my boyfriend.
This week I’ll try to make a more solid attempt at holding conversations in Japanese. Plus, I’ll finally crack down on grammar.