Took JLPT for the first time last weekend! ^^ Time really flies. Not too long ago I was talking about how I just signed up and now… the test is over. This was my first time taking JLPT and I went for the N3 level, which was in the afternoon, together with the higher N2 and N1 levels.
The test itself was okay and I think I did .. okay. I was quite surprised that I managed to do the paper as I consider myself having even less experience with the Japanese language compared to Korean and I definitely study it a lot less. Heck, I didn’t even prepare for the test and for the past few months, I studied Japanese by reading Japanese novels. Hence reading (the passages at least) was a breeze for me and there’s no 멘붕 상태 after the test lol. On the whole, my Japanese learning is definitely a lot less structured than the way I learnt Korean so I was relieved that I was still kinda able to do the questions.
When I think about it, I feel quite amazed. Just last year I will have never thought of being able to do a JLPT paper. I can actually read Japanese now!! (I’m still very horrible at it though) Korean and Japanese have so many similarities and being a learner of both, I can’t help but compare both every time, whether it’s a fair comparison or not. >< To be honest, I have no idea what an N3 really means. Being the middle number of 5 levels, I assume that it’s kinda… intermediate? So I’ll try to compare it to the TOPIK intermediate paper and I think TOPIK is a lot more challenging and there are more questions lol.
I have a habit (?) of finishing tests super early and JLPT was no different. I finished every section early enough to redo the whole thing again and check through. Not that it made a difference, what I dont know in the first time, I still don’t know lol.
I hope I pass.
hehe enough of the test. I think I’m more amazed at some of the things I see. There are A LOT of test takers, even at the highest level. Which I find really very … amazing since there’s only less than 20 people for the highest level of TOPIK every time and many are overseas Koreans. I cannot imagine the day that hundreds will take the TOPIK advanced paper here. hahahaha. omg the thought of it is so amazing and yet scary at the same time ><
hehe I’m also very used to seeing locals dressed in the Korean style so it was kinda amazing that most of the test takers either dress like locals or Japanese!!! SO COOL. hehehe I think once we learn a language, we will really be influenced on many levels and it shows in our dressing, the way we act and talk too. ㅎㅎ
Overall it was a cool experience 😀