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JLPT in 2012

It is currently December of 2011 and I have been studying Japanese in one form or another for the past five and half years. Thinking about it in those terms make it feel so much longer ago than I can imagine, but time seems to move quite quick.

Today the 2011 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) or the Nihongo noryoku shiken (日本語能力試験) was held at sites all over the world. While the website can provide more details (http://www.jlpt.jp/e/) this test represents the bar for most foriengers studying Japanese to gauge their level of comprehension. Passing the highest level, currently N1, provides bragging rights and a nice line on your resume for any respective company of your language level. Like many my goal is to one take and pass this exam. Even with a minimum pass of around 60% it still proves exceedingly challenging for a variety of test-taker.

I have registered once for the test, but did not take it. This was part out of scheduling, but mostly out of fear. I have always fared extremely poorly on standardized tests (hello STA and GRE guh). However, my early New Years resolution is to make a dedicated effort over the course of the coming year to prepare for, register and take the JLPT exam in 2012. The test is now offered bi-annually in July and December. Realistically the December test date will provide a greater amount of time to prepare, but potentially the July test date will leave me less encumbered by fall term course work.

Regardless I feel it is time to set a goal for myself and language study again. While a good portion of what I study for will be relatively inconsequential to most of my language use, the attempt will undoubtedly provide benefits I cannot see now.

It is a large goal, but seeing that the only way to accomplish these activities to plan early and often I will be giving it the old PhD try.

Until next time, cheers!

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Film, Media, Life

2011/09/19 1 comment

Well the past few months since my last post have been a real shakeup

I moved back from Japan, jumped into Oregon, wrote my Master’s thesis and graduated from the University of Oregon.

Since then I taught my first course as an adjunct instructor, packed up all my stuff, drove to the middle of the US and began work as a PhD student in the Film and Media Studies Department of the University of Kansas (KU).

I never saw or envisioned a time when I would live in the midwest, but when I think about what the coming years have in store (readings/writing/pulling out my hair) this is the best place to do it I feel.

I have been in Lawrence for just over a month now and am slowly getting adjusted to the pace of life, being back in course work and developing relationships with the people in my department..

It will be a transition for a period of time, I still feel like I am unpacking and I still have so much to do. Also, by switching departments from Asian studies and specifically Japan to Film and Media there is so much ground work to cover. I do not feel so behind from the other first years in the department, but I do know that more and better work is needed from me to feel like I am doing my best.

Over the past month I have started watching an abundant amount of films and just by being in the department I will at minimum be watching two or three films each week. Added to that any theater going experiences or nights with Netflix or the abundant amount of material on my hard drive. Since writing is very quickly becoming a more comprehensive component of my life I hope this blog can return to its original function of allowing me to write the cliche, hyperbole, and pure rough edges writing that wants to leap out of me with every first draft of a paper (Yes, since the beginning of time people have been watching films). That said I do hope to share my experiences as a PhD in the humanities which continues to have a ‘sky is falling’ proclamation of doom levied at it daily. At least in my little world the sky seems pretty blue for now, which I will try to ride out as long as possible.

Until next time, cheers!

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