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Old 14-08-2017, 06:58 PM   #9331
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How did you land yourself in intermediate? Did they interview you or? I was doing intermediate 1 term 2 alr and I quit a year ago. Now I'm told that I've to go for some kinda assessment, if i cannot make it, i have to redo elementary again. I thought that was kinda stupid la :/ i can read hiragana and katakana, converse wise, almost cannot make it.
I took a placement test back then. Foundation is very important so if it is not strong, they have to reinforced it.
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Old 23-08-2017, 11:38 AM   #9332
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All my students passed JLPT. =)

N1: Top scorer (144/180)
N2: 2/2 passed
N3: 2/2 passed
N4: 4/4 passed
N5: 8/8 passed

Congrats to all who passed.
For those that didnt make it. work harder next time.
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Old 28-08-2017, 01:32 PM   #9333
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Hi Guise,

I've never learn any Japanese Language at all, but can understand some basic since I used to watch a lot anime when I was young, and currently am working in a Japanese company, I thought learning some would be good, I wanted to understand what my boss were saying to me (I am now guessing most of the time xD) and speaking and some reading if possible. Do you all have any recommendation school for me? Some advice would be much appreciated.

Currently I have in my mind is Hougang Japanese Language School. My school fees will be paid by company though $600 annually.

Please advice.
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Old 28-08-2017, 01:58 PM   #9334
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do u have time to revise at least 3-5hrs a week apart from taking lessons?

what do u work as btw?
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Old 29-08-2017, 04:54 PM   #9335
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Well, my job are quite free (a lot of free time and flexible).. i'm a admin officer, but most of the time I am not busy with my work.. so yeah.. apart from classes I will have hours to revise at my workplace.. Any advice?
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Old 03-10-2017, 04:07 AM   #9336
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How to practice listening and speaking?

I can clear N4 without issues, and probably N3. But my listening and speaking is worse than a first-grader. Which constantly reminds me of the below picture.



Thinking of going to language school, but questioning the effectiveness of just 10-20 lessons. What next, watch Anime for kids?
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Old 03-10-2017, 10:48 AM   #9337
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How to practice listening and speaking?

I can clear N4 without issues, and probably N3. But my listening and speaking is worse than a first-grader. Which constantly reminds me of the below picture.



Thinking of going to language school, but questioning the effectiveness of just 10-20 lessons. What next, watch Anime for kids?

Since you mentioned that you are weak in Listening and Speaking, then work towards that.

For listening, you just have to find more Japanese media, be it drama, variety show, podcast or anime. Keep listening and try to grasp their conversations. Since you mentioned that you can probably clear N3, then you should have already understood most of the basic grammar that will appear in these conversations. You can try repeat the practice if you find certain sentences that you don't understand.

For speaking, are you referring to having a conversation or doing a speech? Having a conversation needs you to first be able to understand the speaker and then react to it and form your own sentences in response to the speaker. If your listening is weak, then it will affect your conversation skill as you will not be able to understand the speaker's sentence. If you listening is okay, then you have think fast and reply, putting together the best possible sentence with the vocab and grammar that you can pull off your head. It comes with practice and the more you speak, the easier your brain can connect the dots and come up with the correct response.

As for classes. Why do you think 10-20 lessons can't do much and why are you limiting yourself to 10-20 lessons? Most Japanese learners have been taking classes for years and they understand that their Japanese are never perfect. Having classes is good for your to structure your progress and learn new things while reinforcing what you have learnt. You will have a Sensei who can answer most of your Japanese related questions and you will have classmates whom you can practice speaking Japanese with.
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:31 PM   #9338
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Happen to pass by this thread... well..

Failed my JLPT N4 by a few marks back dec 2016... I was like damn it.. what???

Now i dont even know when to retake the test lol....

i studied most of the time by myself back then...
But i guess even if i passed N4, no body will accept me a job in SG...
So i decided to study longer to take N3 instead...

Hahaha... but my friends took N3 and above and passed.. jelly...

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Old 04-10-2017, 10:10 AM   #9339
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Happen to pass by this thread... well..

Failed my JLPT N4 by a few marks back dec 2016... I was like damn it.. what???

Now i dont even know when to retake the test lol....

i studied most of the time by myself back then...
But i guess even if i passed N4, no body will accept me a job in SG...
So i decided to study longer to take N3 instead...

Hahaha... but my friends took N3 and above and passed.. jelly...
If you pass N5 and N4 barely by a few marks, I would not recommend you to continue N3 and onwards until your foundation is rock solid.

Good Luck....
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Old 04-10-2017, 06:46 PM   #9340
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If you pass N5 and N4 barely by a few marks, I would not recommend you to continue N3 and onwards until your foundation is rock solid.

Good Luck....
Haha i knew it... when i open the books for N3, already can die, for now and redo brushing up N4 solid foundation and issues first...
Study until mind explode...
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Old 05-10-2017, 02:01 PM   #9341
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Haha i knew it... when i open the books for N3, already can die, for now and redo brushing up N4 solid foundation and issues first...
Study until mind explode...
practice makes perfect....

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Old 05-10-2017, 04:08 PM   #9342
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practice makes perfect....

That's true. But i also ask questions to whoever i know that passed their test or having extremely strong in that language. Especially when it comes to conversation and listening etc these are pretty essential ... During my trip to japan this year, i can barely make it over there haha...
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:47 PM   #9343
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That's true. But i also ask questions to whoever i know that passed their test or having extremely strong in that language. Especially when it comes to conversation and listening etc these are pretty essential ... During my trip to japan this year, i can barely make it over there haha...
Its ok....
Practice makes perfect...

It is one thing in theory (vocab, grammer, etc) and one thing in application (conversation, listening, etc).

In Japan, one fast way to learn is to visit bars, pubs and izakayas.
It will boost your listening, and guts, and conversations (and dialects).
Not recommended for wallets and females may want to with a partner.



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Old 05-10-2017, 09:23 PM   #9344
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Its ok....
Practice makes perfect...

It is one thing in theory (vocab, grammer, etc) and one thing in application (conversation, listening, etc).

In Japan, one fast way to learn is to visit bars, pubs and izakayas.
It will boost your listening, and guts, and conversations (and dialects).
Not recommended for wallets and females may want to with a partner.



Haha never been to a pub or bar in japan before except club. Such a tip that everyone needs to know
Wait till i return to japan next year then (Y)
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:52 AM   #9345
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has anyone taken classes at tomo language school? not sure if it is good.

i took N4 preparatory class at ikoma this may-jul, so wanna continue to N3..

i hope i can self study as im very tired after work and wanna rest during weekends, not sure if there are books which consolidate all N3 grammar and vocab?
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