Preparing for Japanese exams – Listening and Speaking

こんにちは! I’d barely shaken off Christmas before March rolled around. Now I was a rabbit in the headlights as those oh-so-distant Level 1 Certification exams were staring me in the face!  I was completely up against it because I had a marketing exam the week before too. That worked out well! After a strong cup…

Starting again!

So… it’s been a while since my last post.. in fact a long while. I got a new job and moved to a new city. All very exciting but didn’t leave much time to study, my Japanese fell by the wayside for a little while and I didn’t manage my JPLT goal. So in September…

Happy New Year!

Hands up everyone who has been slacking off their Japanese studies over Christmas and New Years? Good, me too! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season filled with love, mince pies and (of course) sake. I spent new years eve this year at my boyfriend’s mums flat, which happens to look over…

Backtracking a little..

In my last post I was talking about how I’d started using WaniKani, and I still am using it (I need to make a quick correction, I said the first two levels are free, it’s actually the first three). But… while I know I’m learning the kanji and the vocab and that’s all cool, when people ask…

What next?

So last time I covered learning the Kana. After that I had to take a bit of a break, because I really really actually had to get a move on with my dissertation. Also, I think I was just at a bit of a loss as to the next stage of the journey. So now…

Learning the kana

Last time I got as far as my less-than-methodical approach to starting to learn Japanese. I did improve from there! The first time I looked at a hiragana chart I laughed and thought “there is literally not a chance I’m going to remember all those”.  And yet here I am, thoroughly able to recognise and read hiragana…

Starting out

こんにちは! So post number two, I am on a roll. When I tell people that I am learning Japanese I almost always get the same reaction, it’s something along the lines of “that’s so cool” although you can tell they’re really thinking “that’s so cool…but why?“. This followed by questions like “but how do you…

こんにちは!

Hello, welcome to my blog! I am a ‘never stop learning’ sort of person. After I finished my degree I got a pretty great job, but soon I was restless, so I taught myself to crochet and I’ve made some pretty adorable things. Then I went back to university for a master’s degree, which satisfied…