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Japanese Proficiency exams
<!--quoteo(post=215110:date=Feb 20 2009, 12:54 AM:name=number9)-->QUOTE(number9 @ Feb 20 2009, 12:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->Real men take the kanji-kentei... I haven't yet [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

After my wedding, after my wedding, then I will start doing this...
<!--quoteo(post=217840:date=Jun 13 2009, 06:09 AM:name=umpatan)-->QUOTE(umpatan @ Jun 13 2009, 06:09 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><!--quotec-->So, how many years did you study Japanese before getting to level 2? I know you need JLPT Level 1 to be considered employable in Japan in many Japanese companies. I am going to be in my third year for my Japanese major as of this September.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

I had been in Japan for 8.5 years at the time. I've done any formal Japanese education though. I just studied on and off by myself over the years. It can be done a LOT faster than I did by all means. Although the test doesn't test speaking, which is where my strong point has always lain.

It's true that many companies require level 1, but it's not absolute. I've been working for a Japanese company for four years now, and when I started, my Japanese was only so-so. I could converse with anyone in any bar or whatnot, but I had no level of business Japanese whatsoever. That being said, the first year was rough - I had no idea what anyone was talking about at all in our meetings for the first six months, and for the next six months I only grasped a little bit. It was kind of a shock coming from being able to chat with anyone and understand most of what they were talking about to almost feeling like an absolute beginner again.
aren't they meant to be adding a speaking part to the exam? I heard rumours...
I'm thinking of sitting 1kyu in London in December.. any recommendations for revision books? Kanji is RUSTY...
Does the test last the whole day? Any recommendations?I'm going to try for 2kyu I'm most likely inbetween 3kyu and 2kyu but just wanted to give it a try....
If ignorance is bliss then I'd rather be miserable....
^It takes about 4-5hrs.. with some breaks in between the different sections.
I've never taken one of these before... Is is worth it??? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif[/img]
^depends.. what you want to do with it?

it cost about 10.000Â¥

so if you don't need it for something, job or school, it might not be.

やっぱ高い...and i don't really need it, at least not now, so i'm gonna pass on it [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/happy.gif[/img]

Are you talking about nihongonouryokushiken? I'm pretty sure that it isn't that expensive.
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^oh, sorry.

I checked now. Apparently it differs a bit depending on where you take it. In Japan it costs 6000¥, whereas if you take it in the U.K. it's £60 which is about 9400¥, and in the U.S. it's 50$ which is about 4800¥.
D: Why is it cheaper in the United States? I feel cheated out of my money now. *grumbles*

I thought about taking 1kyu this December, but I decided to hold it off until next summer since I have college entrance exams this year.

I feel like I'm going to die. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/shutup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':gag:' />
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That's expensive in the UK no matter what, but the US dollar was hovering around 110-120 yen for a while, so that's reasonable, it's just cheap right now because of the strong yen and the weak dollar.
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