My take on JLPT exams.
What is JLPT?
JLPT means Japanese Language Proficiency Test. There are 5 level of JLPT. N5 and N4 are for basic understanding of Japanese. N3 is the advanced Japanese exam where an N3 passer can read and understand the Kanji in the likes of newspapers and magazines. N2 and N1 are difficult exams and I know I couldn’t reach this level. N2 and N1 are out of my league.
As an employee in a Japanese company, taking the JLPT is an incentive because most Japanese companies that have offices in different countries especially in Southeast Asia give their employees JLPT allowances. Other companies hire an applicant that is a JLPT passer. Though not all Japanese companies require their employees to take JLPT, as an employee, this is an advantage to have better communication with Japanese employees.
I did not have a JLPT certificate even though I work in a Japanese company. I never thought of getting one because of my work. I can already communicate in basic Japanese, and I easily lost focus in studying yet my boss keeps on encouraging me to take the exam, not totally encouraging but has been telling me to take the exam.
When I was studying for N3, I also help my friends with their N4 review though we haven’t had the luck to pass the JLPT exam because we did not take the review seriously and we are all full-time employees with work that allows us to stay 10hours in office. I know it was just an excuse and it's lame but taking JLPT needs time and effort. We cannot afford to go to language school because ① it is expensive, ② we cannot find the right schedule to go to the learning schools as we are all full-time employees and ③ we are not young anymore where our brains cannot easily memories Kanji.
Below was the goal I set up when I was teaching my friends but unfortunately, we haven’t fulfilled it.
Studying the Japanese language or other languages needs passion and motivation to learn. I wasn’t motivated nor had the drive to learn the language during the year I took N3. Many things happened and I cannot deny that it's also my fault for failing the exam. If only I can read Kanji properly, I think I could have an average score, yet I was just overconfident and not giving a proper review. So, if someone wants to take JLPT, you need to have effort in studying and to focus on learning.
Anyone can pass the exam if there is focus and time in preparing for the exam. If the pandemic ends, I will try again to take the JLPT, and I will be going to pass the exam. Cross my fingers.
We will aim to be JLPT passers.
This is Ringo.
See you soon!
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