3,5 years of Japanese studies – lived in Japan

Today I’ve studied Japanese for 3,5 years. Things are quite up! The main things that have happened since my last half-year update are:

  • In September 2013 I moved to Japan for three months. During that time I published 114 blog posts with hundreds of photos from my life in Tokyo.
  • In October 2013 I made an internship, sponsored by The Swedish Publicists’ Association, at a Japanese magazine – read my report in Swedish here.
  • In November 2013 I wrote a “practice test” for JLPT N3. No pass or fail, but here are my results.
  • In December 2013 I wrote and passed the real JLPT N3.
  • In January 2014 I exhaled.

Those were the concrete language-related points. Add friends, coworkers, experiences etc. Yeah, it was a good half-year!

I’m currently meeting Kohei almost daily. For the first half hour we speak Japanese and German (2 x 15 minutes). For the second half hour he corrects my answers in the workbook and then we switch to English. It’s a very good routine.

My studies will be less connected to concrete goals from now on. There have been so many kicks and highs during these 3,5 years, so I’m looking forward to study in a more solemn way for a while. That will do wonders for my kanji knowledge, which is the area where I lag behind now.

My earlier half-year reports:


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