Applying for Keio University and preparing for JLPT N2

Already three months passed since my last entry! Time flies by very fast, which means that my adventure is not that far away anymore 🙂 Actually it’s just 162 days until it begins.

In this post I’m going to write about the preparations I have to do to apply for Keio University and my preparations for the JLPT N2.

My preparations so far

About 2 months ago I went to my teacher, who gave me a list about what I have to do in the next two months. Basically it’s just a bunch of documents I have to get or fill in. I’m really happy about how organized and well-structured the instructions are. From my friends who are applying for different universities in Japan I heard, that their universities don’t provide them with as much information as Keio does. Anyway, the application is a procedure that takes much time, so I recommend to begin with the preparations as early as possible. Tomorrow, I’ll get the last document and upload all documents to the Keio application website. I just hope everything will meet Keio’s expectations.

JLPT N2

Parallel to my preparations and writing a 15 page long seminar paper for university (which I’ll hopefully finish tomorrow) ,  I’m trying to prepare for the JLPT N2, which I’ll take this July. But being too busy in the last months I didn’t have that much time to learn yet.  For those of you who don’t now, the JLPT is short for Japanese Language Proficiency Test (nihongo nôryoku shiken) and is a test for people who learn Japanese and want/have to test their proficiency (obviously) for either work, school or themselves.  N5 is the easiest one, whereas N1 is the most difficult one. Before entering university I already did the N5 (2014) and the N4 (2015) and because I think I’d pass N3 without learning, I decided to challenge the N2. To prepare, I brought three books from the Shinkanzen masutâ (新完全マスター) series, which I absolutely love and really recommend to all of you who want to do the JLPT. Timage1here are five different books for the N2 series: bunpou (grammar), goi (vocabulary), dokkai (reading comprehension), Kanji and choukai (listening comprehension). However, I didn’t brought kanji and choukai, because (1) I brought Kanji flashcards for N2 Kanji and (2) I use Japanese almost every day (speaking with friends, at work, watching drama, Japanese TV-shows, Youtube,…..), so I don’t need to practice my listening skills as much as my grammar, vocabulary, reading and Kanji skills.

This was just a short update on what I’m doing right now to prepare myself for my exchange year. I hope the time will pass fast!