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.
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. There 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!