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When you see passion

The long weekend did me something (or two) good. It was a good break from emails, and detaching myself away from that endless cycle of assignments and workstreams gave me some time to breathe. I spent some time with people who mattered, and friends whom I love. I even met someone new off the blog! 🙂

It’s been a long time since I met anyone new off the blog, and that feeling was amazing. Clicking with a fellow language lover was a breeze, and it reminded me of my own passions and love for languages. The conversation flowed easily, peppered with the occasionally OMG YOU FELT THE SAME WAY?! and WOAH YOU TOO! hahaha. It brought back some of the passion in me, and being able to talk about some of my own issues in life/language learning (to someone who understands) was liberating.

If you are reading this, thank you so much. (and we should have met three years ago)

It’s been a long time (almost three years!) since I last had a proper language learners meetup. I wonder if anyone (in Singapore) would still turn up if I organise one in the coming months. As usual, there won’t be much agenda (or activities) in the meetup. I just want to create time and the opportunity for language lovers to connect. Let me know if anyone’s interested.

Shall spend the remaining day doing only the things I like.

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几天前下班后我搭地铁回家。旁边站着两位貌似OL的女子。40-50分钟的路程, 她们不停的在抱怨自己工作,批评对方都不认识的同事。越说越激动,越说越起劲。

那也是上班族的悲哀吧。 朋友好不容易见一面,尽聊一些负面的事情。不知道是想比谁更惨,还是想说自己是对的,正义的一方。还是只想诉诉苦。




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0 In N2 Journey

2019 JLPT N2 Experience

On 4 Dec 2016, I wrote the following about my first JLPT N2 experience:

1. I’ll very likely fail it, or in the best scenario, scrap a mediocre pass. 
2. The listening was really tough. 
3. I was not prepared at all.

Almost three years later, I will say the same things again hahaha. It’s entirely my own fault, but I felt really unprepared. I walked into the exam room not remembering what is the format of the JLPT exam and if the listening came first or not. Word of advice: don’t follow my bad example.

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and I was in such a grumpy mood. For one moment (or more), I contemplated to skip the exam cos I just want to hide at home and wallow in my own unhappiness. (lol sulky kid much) But I remembered that I had skipped the N2 exam last year and told myself sternly that I would not do the same for no good reason. So I dragged myself out, bare-faced, uncombed hair and all. And I was glad I did.

Cos I felt soooo much happier while taking the test. I should do it every half a year or so, cos it’s really like language therapy. To spend a couple of hours concentrating on solving questions in a foreign language is a bliss. Really. It takes my mind off things and I’m truly immersed in a language I love.

The paper itself was rather challenging, and I felt even more so because I haven’t been practicing (or keeping up with) Japanese for a long while. While the front sections were technically supposed to be easier (?), I was stumped. I only felt more at ease at the reading section. I’m ready to face lengthy passages, but not “short” questions asking me how to read a particular kanji. I always fail at that. So I ended up feeling reasonably confident about the reading portion, but the grammar/vocab section was a total fiasco. I went with my “gut feeling” for quite a few 🙂

The listening portion was really difficult. I felt that I was relying more on my examination skills by picking up key phrases here and there and piecing information together, rather than understanding the whole dialogue. Definitely not good. I still have a long way more to go, before I can reach the same proficiency as I have for Korean, and even then, I’m not that good in Korean too ):

Nevertheless, I walked out of the exam room visibly happier and more motivated! 🙂 Which explains why I’m typing out this long post on my laptop. And I even have my N1 books now 😛 Time to start studying – for N1 in December! Ok, that’s on the premise that I pass N2 this time round. We’ll see.

But yes, it was a good day indeed.

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Less than 1 month to JLPT N2

The cold hard truth in the title 😉

It’s less than one month to the exam and I’m finally beginning to study for it. Not so much to study for the test, but rather that the text is giving me motivation to study. I’m trying to do a #30daychallenge over at Instagram (@2eightytwo) but hahaha I’m so bad at keeping up. Nevertheless, I’ve been doing more for Japanese in the past week or so, and I hope to continue doing so.

One of my weakest links in Japanese is GRAMMAR. I’m pretty good at picking up (and remembering) Korean grammar points, so I’ve no idea why I find it so difficult to do the same for Japanese. It also doesn’t help when Japanese grammar points can look very similar >.<

Leaving you guys with some notebook pictures 🙂

Can’t wait for the day where I can continue on my N1 journey again. 🙂

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Language Therapy

You know that sinking feeling of dread in your stomach? The unexplained unease and anxiety and stress. I’m not sure where to pinpoint that source of negativity, but I’ve been rather unhappy this week. The feelings manifested itself in physical symptoms too and I’ve been trying to keep myself calm and inject some rationale and reasoning in myself.

Was feeling slightly over the edge this afternoon and decided to pause and do something I love best – language learning. It’s therapeutic to just leave everything aside and delve into a different world. Was reading a couple of pages in of 리진 and I felt a lot calmer and happier after that.

That sinking feeling had subsided and I felt more like myself again. Was finding a playlist to keep me company and decided on my favourite Big Bang songs. I got into Big Bang sometime in 2009 and fast forward 10 years later, I’m still loving their songs. There’s a story behind how I started listening their songs. When I first started learning Korean, I was eager to buy books in Korean, way before I was even able to read a sentence coherently.

It was probably sometime in 2008. Back then, online shopping wasn’t that huge and I was a noob too. Hence, I went down to the 솔 Sol Mart in Cineleisure (who still remembers??), where they had a small selection of Korean books. I could barely read the titles of the books, and picked this one out. I think on the same visit, I also picked a parenting book. LOLOL. So you can tell that the choices were purely random and based on the book covers lol.

I didn’t know who those five guys were, and I probably never heard of the group. When I learnt more Korean, I started to read bits of the book and got curious who these guys were. By then I knew of Big Bang the kpop group and started to listen to them. It was probably an instant connection. I love their songs and continue to do so for the following 10 years. I watched quite a number of their variety shows and tried to keep up with their news. I cannot call myself a die-hard fan, but yet it was as close as I could have ever be one.

It was thus disappointing to learn of their negative news. While I still love their songs, I don’t think I can feel the same way about them again. ):

They were the legendary group (or one of them) back in those days and I really wished they could have remained as such.

If only. If only the fond memories could stay that way.