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Let’s learn Japanese – 日本語を勉強しましょう

あたし の 第八百八十八ポスト は 日本 に あげています.

I give my 888th post to Japan

This month’s Hello Japan! Mini Challenge , hosted by Nat of In Spring It Is The Dawn, is about learning something about Japan.

The original idea for this mini-challenge was to encourage you to learn some Japanese, a few words, or greetings, in either the spoken or written language.

By participating in this challenge, I have donated 500 yen to either the Japanese Red Cross or JEARS (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support)


First, I want to share you about why I want to learn Japanese. Second, I want to share my journey to achieve certificate from Japanese Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験). Third, I will share my favorite Kanji.

Reason for Learning Japanese

I should make a confession here, I like Japanese more than English. I learned English because I HAVE TO, it’s the language everyone has to master if they want to survive in good working environment. I learned Japanese or Nihongo (日本語) because I WANT TO.

I first knew Japanese when I was still in elementary. My dad borrowed a couple of video cassettes of Candy-candy and Gaban. But my adoration on Japanese came after I discovered Dorama, Japanese TV Series.

When I graduated from high school, there were only 2 major I wanted to study…Chemistry or Japanese. I got accepted in Academy of Analytical Chemistry without having done any entrance test, my chemistry score from high school was big enough to pass through. At that time, I was preparing for my entrance exam to enter Japanese Literature. Knowing I got accepted in analytical chemistry made me realized that I could never learn chemistry by myself but I can still manage to learn Japanese by myself. Finally, I studied analytical Chemistry and postponed my Japanese.

After I graduated from college, I joined a simple Japanese course for 2 months. I wanted to know how to write Hiragana – ひらがな, Katakana – かたかな and basic Kanji – 漢字. I also wanted to know how to write simple sentences. After that, all I need to do is taught myself…just like what I did with English. But, learning autodidact   Japanese was much more difficult than English.

いまから、あたし の 先生たち は 本-先生 と ドラマ-先生 とアニメ- 先生 と 映画-先生 です (So far, my Japanese sensei are Hon-sensei, Dorama-Sensei, Anime-sensei, Ongaku-sensei and Eiga-sensei.)

Translation: 本 – hon: book; ドラマ – Dorama : Drama Series; 映画 – Eiga: Movie.

Struggling through Japanese Proficiency Test (日本語能力試験)

I honestly do not have any use for Japanese Proficiency Test , but…just like TOEFL, I want to know my own ability.

I have done 4 Japanese Proficiency Tests.

In 2004, there were 4 levels, level 4 was the easiest one and level 1wasthe hardest. I took level 3 and passed without difficulty…but my score wasn’t good. I took level 3 again in 2006, I passed with a much better score. In 2008,I dared myself to do level 2…but I failed 😦

In 2010, the test became 5 levels, level 5 being the easiest. I took N3 (the level of difficulty is in between previous level 2 and level 3)…and the result was: NOT PASSED

でも ね。。。いつまでも あきらめない です!!!!  一生懸命 頑張ります. (But…I will never give up, I will do my best.)

Here are the books I am using to prepare myself for this year’s test…wish me luck, minna-san 🙂

My Favorite Kanji

If you paid closer attention to several of  my posts, I often used this nickname: 虹子, it reads NIJIKO,which means The Child of Rainbow. I love L’Arc~en Ciel’s song  called 虹 (Niji – rainbow) so much and ended up using that nick name for years,tillI decided to use my real name, NovRoz (stand for Novia Rozet)

Written in this order:

My other favorite is, of course, 亀,it reads Kame,which means  Turtle. The same word I am using for my baby turtle, KameChan.

Written in this order:

Looking forward to read other participant’s post for this month’s challenge 🙂

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31 comments on “Let’s learn Japanese – 日本語を勉強しましょう

  1. Custard
    April 13, 2011

    I would love to learn Japanese. But, like so many English I have just let the whole world learn my native tongue. Very lazy.

    I also like French, such a seductive sounding language.

    OK I will try and learn some this month. I will learn to say ‘My name is Scott, How are you?’

    Where do I start?

    C

    • Novroz
      April 13, 2011

      French has beautiful sound but I don”t think I want to learn it, it’s too difficult.

      Here’s the line for that sentence is Japanese: Watashi no namae wa Scott desu, Anata wa ogenki desuka? 🙂

      • Custard
        April 13, 2011

        woohoo, I now speak japanese. Well I can make the noise of the words you spelt, I am not sure on the sounds though.

        Maybe I should do a course online

        Thanks Nov

        • Novroz
          April 13, 2011

          Just watch a lot of Japanese movies, you’ll master Japanese easier 😉

  2. Caroline
    April 13, 2011

    Interesting. I love the Japanese signs. I think it must be very difficult to learn on your own. Like Chinese. I wanted to take Chinese courses but don’t have enough time. Chinese feels somehow closer to me. I also have been in China.

    • Novroz
      April 13, 2011

      Chinese is much more difficult than Japanese…they have different sign for different words, Japanese still has alphabetic sign, Hiragana and Katakana…It’s not a necessary to remember kanji, unlike Hanse (Chinese character).

      What were you doing in China?

      • Caroline
        April 13, 2011

        It was a business trip. I was only in Hong Kong but I loved it. And it was interesting to see that they don’t not really speak English anymore. They was also a very nice person from Indonesia on the same meeting.

        • Novroz
          April 13, 2011

          Most country in east Asia don’t speak English. They are really proud with their language.
          Yeaaa…happy to hear that 🙂 I hope all Indonesians you meet are nice, it’ll make our country proud. But, you probably will meet the bad apples somewhere around.

  3. Sara
    April 13, 2011

    I just wrote a topic about my learning to speak Japanese just a few days ago on my other blog. Your better at it than me because I dont practice enough or write kanji. I set a goal for 1 hour of Japanese a day to learn. But I dont always keep my goal. I think its the most beautiful sounding language I have ever heard. Good luck and keep at it.

    • Novroz
      April 13, 2011

      Me too! I don’t follow my study goal. My plan for this year is also 1 hour a day…but I couldn’t keep it up 😦
      Good luck in your study too \(^^)/

      • Sara
        April 26, 2011

        Im very lazy about learning. But it is my goal someday to leave you a comment written entirely in Japanese. Someday I will.

        • Novroz
          April 26, 2011

          それ は 約束 です ね!だから、あの コメン を 待ってる よ!:)

          • lifewith4cats
            April 27, 2011

            hey teacher, Are you assigning me homework? Thats not fair. heheheh. Gimmi a day or two, and Ill decifer that and write a reply.

          • Novroz
            April 27, 2011

            Good luck with your ‘homework’ 😉

  4. mee
    April 13, 2011

    Oooh I can’t believe you failed the tests, I thought you might be on level 2 :). I passed level 3 in 2008 but have not kept up with more studying since then :(. I really should. I just recently found out about the new level N3 in recent months and am so glad about it. I always thought level 2 was too hard to get and there was such a huge gap between level 3 and 2 (confirmed by other people) that I had sort of given up. This way there’s a more achievable level to aim myself toward. Well, ganbatte ne!

    • Novroz
      April 13, 2011

      If I passed…that would be miracle as I didn’t study and at the night before the exam, I watched a music concert till 3am.
      N3 is as difficult as level 2 for me 😦 But I will try my best this year.
      Will you take the exam this year?

  5. Tony
    April 15, 2011

    A long, long time ago, I took the old Level 3 test (of 4) and passed easily. A friend who was virtually fluent took Level 2 and only just passed. Therefore, I think the new test is a very good idea 😉

    • Novroz
      April 15, 2011

      Hi Tony, yup…it’s a good idea. It’s more practical now

  6. Uniflame
    April 25, 2011

    You Japanese is much more advanced than mine. I can’t even do Hiragana or Katakana yet XD

    • Novroz
      April 26, 2011

      gambare Uniflame 🙂

      unfortunately, I am still passive, I want to be more active in speaking Japanese.

  7. Gnoe
    May 1, 2011

    Hey, I know I’ve read this post before but seem to have skipped on commenting (was probably reading on my phone). I think you are amazing! I’d love to learn Japanese but couldn’t handle it right now (my brain is a mess). Still, I can count to ten and am trying to improve my skills!

    • Novroz
      May 1, 2011

      I often did the same, I read it in my mobile and promised myself to leave comment when I turned on my PC, but sometimes I forgot to do so 😦

      Thank you Gnoe, I still need to improve myself. I really wish one day I can read my favorite Japanese novels in Japanese.
      Gambare Gnoe-san, I know that one day you can do more than numbers 😉

  8. Aleetha
    May 3, 2011

    Awesome!. You are so high motivated! I wish I could have that kind of spirits(?) 😀
    I have learnt Japanese since I was in high school.But I never move. I always go back to first chapter.
    I have no friend to talk to. 😦
    I have many books of Japanese grammar. But it seems useless. 😦

    • Novroz
      May 3, 2011

      I have high ambition…I guess that what keep me motivated.
      One if these days,i want to be able to read Japanese Novel in Japanese…not only manga or children book. that’s my ambition.

      You need to set your ambition first if you want to have the spirit 😉

  9. Leeswammes
    May 4, 2011

    What a great story, Novroz! I think you did right, chemistry is not something you can learn at home, and I bet it’s easier to find a job with that diploma, too.

    I hope you will manage to pass another proficiency test, although of course, it’s just for fun. I think you’re doing really well, learning all by yourself!

    • Novroz
      May 4, 2011

      That’s right, science diploma has more field of work…tho my interest is only in teaching.

      thanks Judith…I hope so too, tho I need more time to study.

  10. tanabata
    May 6, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with learning Japanese. It’s a really difficult language, says the most unmotivated worst student ever! 😉

    Good luck on this year’s test! Back when I was actively studying, I took the old (1-4) JLPT, first Level 4 (which was a breeze) then Level 3 which I also did quite well on, except for some of the kanji which are my weak point. I’d heard from many of my friends too that the gap between Level 3 and 2 was so big. I had an idea to try to study for it but then we moved to England and even when we came back to Japan I’ve never really got back into the Japanese studying groove. I keep thinking one of these days…

    BTW, I often do the same thing as you and Gnoe, that is read blog posts on my phone but never get back to comment on them. Sigh.

    • Novroz
      May 6, 2011

      you have the best place to study Japanese, Nat 😉
      do make your study groove going.
      My Japanese is getting better since I work with a Japanese (tho I hate her)

      My habit of forgeting to comment only happen with blogger, blogs from blogger are a bit difficult for my mobilephone.

      This month’s challenge is mystery, right? can I write my own story set in Japan?

      • tanabata
        May 12, 2011

        I know. I know. I really should be taking advantage of being here to improve my Japanese. But knowing and doing are 2 different things. LOL.

        I don’t know if you saw my tweet in reply to your question, but sure! Your own mystery story set in Japan is such a fun way to complete this month’s challenge!! I’m looking forward to reading it. 🙂

        • Novroz
          May 12, 2011

          lol it’s true…hope you can start doing it instead of thinking ht 😉

          I have seen the twit and I thought I have replied it….or maybe I haven’t. Will try to write it tho I am not sure if I can come out with something good as I haven’t written mystery before, only thriller.

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