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
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.
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
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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