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    Yeah, it's hilarious. For example, if you go to McDonalds and say "チーズバーガーを二個(にこ)ください" or something along those lines, they will always confirm with something like "はい、チーズーバーガーを二つ(ふたつ)ですね!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandilex
    Narnia, do you really speak 6 languages?
    In SA, most people speak 2 languages, and many speak 3 or 4. I know Narni studied German in uni. Don't know where the Portuguese comes from.

    Because we can speak Afrikaans, though, we can also fairly easily converse in Dutch - I had a full convo in Dutch with a Japanese guy I was out with the other night. :P

    So, yeh, it's not difficult to rack up the numbers when you think of it like that. :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandilex
    Narnia, do you really speak 6 languages?
    It does not say I speak six languages fluently :P . I speak English, and Afrikaans fluently. Same for Dutch, though I am really out of practice. German I studied for 4 years. I have not spoken it since high school, but I can read , write and generally understand what people are saying. Portuguese has also gone down, but I can understand enough to watch a film. Again, not spoken any for a long time. Japanese is about at 3kyuu level. There again, everything except speaking is reasonably good.
    I should really do some Portuguese studying so that I don't feel like a fake
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    If you get a good handle on Portuguese, it wouldn't be a big leap to add Spanish to your collection either.

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    Yes, this is true, but I studied Portuguese. While I think I can get the gist of Spanish and I did Spanish dancing for many years, that may be a lie
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    How big of a jump is going from 3q to 2q? I need to stop being lazy and just get a hold of some 2q material and try a practice test, but there's a long list of things I ought to be doing, so I haven't hit that particular item yet.

    I'm just trying to decide whether I should hunker down and study my ass off for 2q, or accept defeat early, study whatever random crap I want, and worry about other things.

    I'd really like to get 2q under my hat though, it would make me feel like I've actually accomplished something instead of just learning how to read hentai manga and the odd passage from the JET handbook (the essay on "The Single Jet" is kind of funny, and surprisingly I could grasp some of it on the Japanese side too).

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    I'm not at that level, so all this is based on second hand info, but I've heard the jump from 3 to 2 is massive.
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    these are the numbers:

    4q = 800 vocab and 100 kanji
    3q = 1500 vocab and 300 kanji
    2q = 6000 vocab and 1000 kanji
    1q = 10000 vocab and 2000 kanji

    these numbers are not so correct, you might find it is closer to 5000 word vocab in reality for 2q but still it is a big step up from 3q. i'm not expecting to pass this year but i'll give it a shot even if i pass i think i would sit it again the following year to get a better score. if passing it i would only be scraping through this year for me.

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    I don't know if you guys have heard yet, but starting next year the 1&2 tests will be given twice a year, in July and then in December. The 3&4 tests will still be annual, only given in December.

    I think this is great news for all of us who fear that we have not a bat's chance in hell of surviving 2-kyuu this December.

    Instead of having to wait a whole nother year for another chance, we'll get two chances a year!

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    now that is great.. take the test in december, get a feeling for the test while probably failing, learn which areas you havea real weakness with and hit it again mid-year. awesome!

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    Its definitely about time they did this!

    I wonder if the test centre will be air conidtioned too or if you'll be tested on your gaman skills and sweating on the page.
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    I'm going for 2-kyuu this year too. =)

    Did 3-kyuu last year and it was as easy as I expected but realise I'm going to have to work my butt off to pass 2-kyuu, especially the kanji/reading section.

    Wait... and maybe the grammar section. The only part I have confidence in is the listening. Bugger.

    I've been taking Japanese classes once a week but it's just not enough. I'm going to ship some textbooks to Japan I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    Its definitely about time they did this!

    I wonder if the test centre will be air conidtioned too or if you'll be tested on your gaman skills and sweating on the page.
    I think they give you extra points for marked areas that have been smudged out due to sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsudon
    I don't know if you guys have heard yet, but starting next year the 1&2 tests will be given twice a year, in July and then in December. The 3&4 tests will still be annual, only given in December.

    I think this is great news for all of us who fear that we have not a bat's chance in hell of surviving 2-kyuu this December.

    Instead of having to wait a whole nother year for another chance, we'll get two chances a year!
    Oh man that is fantastic! I can so get 2kyuu come mid-year.
    So 3kyuu December again ops: I must get my arse into gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Putaro
    I'm going to ship some textbooks to Japan I think.
    Good lord, don't do that. Prep. books for the JLPT are all over the place. If you're going to BF inaka, hit up the Kinokuniya in Shinjuku (well, there are two, so take your pick) during orientation and then post them to your school/apartment from Tokyo.
    Cheaper and probably better.
    The unicom books are great. My reading one is all in Japanese, so it takes me a while to sweat through the grammar explanations, but it's worth it.
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    Yea unless you're in the really really hardcore inaka you can probably pick tem up in a nearby city.

    You can get them in okayama or Fukuyama and they're a lot smaller than Shinjuku.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wicket
    Quote Originally Posted by Putaro
    I'm going to ship some textbooks to Japan I think.
    Good lord, don't do that. Prep. books for the JLPT are all over the place. If you're going to BF inaka, hit up the Kinokuniya in Shinjuku (well, there are two, so take your pick) during orientation and then post them to your school/apartment from Tokyo.
    Cheaper and probably better.
    Nono... you don't understand how many textbooks I've bought here in Sydney from Kinokuniya and from various bookstores while I lived in Japan last year. I've got it all: JLPT past papers, grammar books and grammar dictionaries etc. I would cry if I had to buy them all again.

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    You mean the bookshop in the Galleries Victoria?

    Can you get JLPT stuff there?

    Awesome. I'm going home next year and I think i'm going to try to take on the JLPT again out at UNSW (I think they do it?).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dombay
    You mean the bookshop in the Galleries Victoria?

    Can you get JLPT stuff there?

    Awesome. I'm going home next year and I think i'm going to try to take on the JLPT again out at UNSW (I think they do it?).
    That's right. They have a pretty extensive JLPT preparation section, but the books are expensive. You should get a loyalty card, which entitles you to 10% discounts straight away ($15 for new memberships and $5 to renew each year) as you'll get back what you spent straight away if you buy an expensive textbook. Hehe.

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    JLPT books are 15 noguchis in Sydney?!
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