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Vancouver and the JLPT...

December 2nd, 2007 (05:34 pm)
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current location: vancouver
current mood: sore

So, the JLPT is finally over. Yay! I really don't know how I did... >.<;; The first question on the reading section had me going O_O;; *sigh* That said, I'm still hoping to take JLPT1 next year. ^^;; That ought to be fun...

BTW, for those who did the JLPT, what was with some of those rules?! Or was that designed for those people taking the exam in Japan vs. those of us here who take it many hours later? Some of them were a bit weird. O_o

Otherwise, my hotel stay has been a bit mixed but overall quite positive. Room service this morning was terrible; the food was cold (service was fine). When I called to have the tray picked up and mentioned it, the girl told me (after I got back from the JLPT) that the charge was removed from my hotel bill as I'd barely eaten any of it. I ended up having lunch at the hotel restaurant as it was snowing quite heavily (in Vancouver!) and they gave me a complimentary dessert with lunch for having finished the exam. (Not sure about that. Maybe I looked like I needed it?? ^^; ) All in all, the hotel's been very good and prompt at dealing with any issues which is a nice change from the pretentious attitude I've often run into at hotels in this city.

Tomorrow I have to decide where I'm going to go. I hope my legs will hold out, but I decided to wear my new (literally never worn before this trip) boots and my legs are starting to feel the strain of having heeled footwear. (Yes, I know it's a foolish thing to do. Of course, the walking from Gastown to Robson and stuff isn't helping hugely either...) The not fun part was seeing some guy in Gastown puking like there was no tomorrow on the road. >.> (Thankfully it was kitty-corner to where I was and not in the direction I was planning on going.)

Anyhow, hope all went well for everyone who took the JLPT! ^_^ Me, I think I'll hibernate tonight. (Shall see what I decide about dinner... >.> It's been raining/snowing all day, and I was quite wet after my afternoon walk even though I had an umbrella!) Oh, the bad thing about this hotel - it's right next door to a pen shop?! It wasn't open today, but will be tomorrow. I haven't bought my present to myself for NaNo yet... ^^;


Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)

yay Ometedou!!! ^___^

maybe now there's hope for more smut :P

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)

Thanks! ^^;;

I think smut will have to wait until I'm back with Mokkun (a couple of days). Haku's res isn't well suited to reading scans for some reason. ^^;;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)

sou nee! *waits patiently then...* :D

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
sleep 'til summer by terva

Pens! An excellent plan! ^_^

Hope the exam went well! Stay warm & dry!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)

*laughs* I never realised this hotel was so evilly placed. ^^;; Part II of evilness will be when I go to Granville again and hit Paper-ya... or maybe pop back down to Gastown and see if there are any paper/card/journal shops down there instead.

Hope the exam went well! Stay warm & dry!

>.> Shall see. It's one thing to read things in context, but when you're asked "which one is X?" among four very similar looking things... >.<;

Dry I can do, but what's it say when I'm starting to wonder if I can knit myself something fast enough for the former? >.> On the plus(?) side, my winter jacket (normally for -10 and lower) is just fine here even though it's around the freezing mark. I can hardly wait for tomorrow when it's supposed to get into the low teens. I might actually become a puddle. :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Tea - Always tea time

Miss Bianca dragged me in to a paper shop on Saturday. I left with tea. (?)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)

...... O_o; ... o_O;

How did you manage that one? *laughs*

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 4th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
tea - leaf-water siren song

Just a little thing I do. (In my defence, Miss Bianca also left with tea, too.)

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)

^^;; I'm thinking (hoping??) I passed but I know I made a lot of stupid mistakes that I normally wouldn't do too, so... *sigh* Never underestimate the power of stupidity. ^^;;

Yikes! Hope your fall wasn't anything serious. Over here, things have now switched to rain. So much that there's a rainfall warning for the city. >.> I wonder how far I'll get with it... *sigh*

Posted by: Hezziwig (hezziwig)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)

To me, the O_O;; factor is the hardest part of the test. As a language learner, I'm a lot smarter when I have context, and the test seems to surgically remove all traces of context. I have to say though, it's exactly how they test Japanese student's knowledge of English -- if that makes you feel any better. I'm always praising people who have conversations with me, and many times they don't think they're any good at English because they're not the highest scorer on a test. I'm mostly glad I can actually read simple stuff now. It took a while, but it's been worth the effort.

I'm going to try for level 2 next year. Even though I know I didn't do fabulous this year, compared to last year I can tell I passed, and that's what matter's, right?

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Tiny Toons - WB logos

Oh, context. *grumble* When I was studying translation, they'd drill the importance of context into our poor brains. Then they'd give us sentences to translate. Sentences! Sure, you can figure out meaning from sentences, but what about register?! *grumblesnarl*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)

*laughs* As long as you passed that's the main thing. Higher marks are gravy in this case. ^^; (I'm not 100% sure if I passed because of the stupidity factor and other things. >.> )

You're lucky to be living over there for a year. It'll do wonders for your listening and vocab especially. I still like how some people equate the JLPT with Japanese language ability/fluency. It's a measure but not necessarily a good one. It has its uses. Apparently the... I can't remember what it's called - the Japanese kanji test - it's offered in Vancouver in the Spring/Summer, so that might be worth taking. ^_^ It'd be interesting to see how it compares to something like the JLPT, but... ^^;

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Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)

Thanks! ^_^

Posted by: neigehilde (neigehilde)
Posted at: December 7th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)

Congrats! I'm sure you passed. What with all your reading experience... I, on the other hand... ;_;
I'm confident I did perfectly well on the listening part (if not full marks) which was ridiculously easy. But I never did learn my kanji after all, and the test was swamped with them. I've noticed that compared to the past papers they have almost completely excluded furigana. That hit me hard))

Nonewithstanding, it was pretty fun, and I'm going to do JLPT 1 next year, whatever the results.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 7th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)

I'm sure you did fine. The listening seemed quite easy although my attention started to wander in a couple of them. >.> I had a tough time settling down with the exam which hurt overall I think. Otherwise, I've heard that the exam's been getting progressively more difficult with each year, but am not sure how accurate that is.

Ah, well. Like you, I'm planning on doing JLPT 1 next year regardless of this year's outcome. Part of this year for me was to get acquainted with the actual exam since I've never written it before. I'm hoping I'll be more comfortable with it overall next year. :P

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