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JLPT 3- done and dusted

JAPAN | Thursday, 7 December 2006 | Views [2490] | Comments [8]

Leaving party- note the only gaijin!

Leaving party- note the only gaijin!

(New pictures in Apartment...)First of all, many thanks for the birthday wishes (and presents) from everyone- even though today marks my 27th year on the planet, I am not too sad! Thanks for the parcel from the folks at home, the CDs are great and of course the clothing- in Japan thanks Yuki for the Aftershave, Anders for the Cake and so on so on- thanks a million!

So, I wrote the test for the JPLT 3 on Sunday 3rd. It was held in Tokyo University, which is one of the most prestigious in the land. We were up at 6am to get ready and then to travel to Shibuya to meet some other friends. From there we headed to the Uni. I couldn't believe how many people took the test! There must have been at least 2,000 people, and I had thought at one time that the platform for the station would not be able to cope with the volume-but as it was, we managed it ok and got to the site.

The test was set up well and it ran perfectly- even though there were proctors in the room, they didn't say a word- the test was delievered to us through a speaker- the crisp, clear Japanese voice gave us instructions such as "begin writing", "5 minutes left" and so on- the test itself went fine and I am optimistic of a result- I actually began to enjoy making my way through the exam after my initial nerves settled down. Even my weak point, the listening portion went quite well, even though I know I messed up a few questions- I've just got to wait 2 months now for my result! After the test there were beers in Shibuya- take a look at the pictures.

So Anders will leave for Sweden to spend Christmas with his folks, and as it is also my birthday, we have decided to have a party at the house followed by a few beers afterwards- the parties are certainly stacking up, as is usual this time of year. Last week we had a leaving party in Jiu-Jitsu for a guy called Aki, who is a univeristy lecturer- he has been selected to work in Scotland for the next few years- we went to a local restaurant which was really great for no other reason than I was the only foreigner- an excellent chance to practice my Japanese- Good luck Aki!

Tags: Party time

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Good luck with the result of the test! From what you wrote it seems as though you probably did very well.
I didn't know you lived with a Swedish guy. Has he taught you any Swedish? ;)

Happy Birthday!

/Emelie

  Emelie Dec 8, 2006 1:30 AM

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Hi Emelie, Ohisashiburi! Thanks for your post- how are you and what are you up to now? It seems that many people from the Kaiwa class (practically a year ago now) are coming back- Stefan was here last week and David will return to continue studying after 9 months away....My Swedish is poor, but I must admit I do now have a good knowledge of all curse words through daily exposure to them.....Dan x

  dan_in_japan Dec 8, 2006 7:09 PM

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Hi! I have no idea what Ohisashiburi means. My Japanese isn't that good anymore :) Did you get my email that I send you? I send an email maybe one month ago. Anyway, I am great at the moment. I have moved to Gothenburg and right now I am studying English. I have my last exam on Monday! After New years I will start to study at university for 4 years... International business program. Since it's an international I will have the opportunity to study abroad and I am hoping that I will be able to go to Japan! Actually I am planning on going to Japan in August. Maybe for 2 weeks. So I hope you will still be in Japan at that time. It would be fun to meet someone I have meet before since I am going alone. How long is David staying? Well, if you only know curse words it might be hard to communicate with Swedish people :) I have a kind of journal like you have, but it is in Swedish so it would be a little hard for you to understand. Especially since I don't use curse words that often :)

/Emelie

  Emelie Dec 8, 2006 10:27 PM

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Hi Emelie, Ohisashiburi, 'means long time no see' or something like that- I'm sorry but I didn't get your email, but that is probably because I changed from Yahoo to Google....I will check my old address...!Congratulations on finishing the tests and starting 4 years of Uni(!) The course sounds great, expecially since you get the opportunity to do meaningful travel- will I be here in August- well, I did plan to leave Japan around the middle of 2007 to go back to the UK, and my passport expires in early August, so the chances aren't too good- but with me you never know!I took a look at your blog- pretty good even though I didn't understand the Swedish- more pictures please! xx

  Daniel Tinsley Dec 13, 2006 11:25 AM

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Hi Emelie, Ohisashiburi, 'means long time no see' or something like that- I'm sorry but I didn't get your email, but that is probably because I changed from Yahoo to Google....I will check my old address...!Congratulations on finishing the tests and starting 4 years of Uni(!) The course sounds great, expecially since you get the opportunity to do meaningful travel- will I be here in August- well, I did plan to leave Japan around the middle of 2007 to go back to the UK, and my passport expires in early August, so the chances aren't too good- but with me you never know!I took a look at your blog- pretty good even though I didn't understand the Swedish- more pictures please! xx

  Daniel Tinsley Dec 13, 2006 11:25 AM

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Hi! I am sorry to hear that you might not be in Tokyo in August. I was looking forward to seeing a familiar face. However, you never know, I might go earlier so maybe you will still be there when I come. I am probably staying at a ryokan in Ikebukuro. That's not far from where you live isn't it? Actually I am surprised to hear that you are planning on leaving Tokyo. From reading your journal, it sounds as though you are going to stay for a long time. Go and look at my blog. You will find a surprise =) I will try to put in more pictures however you can only add one photo without making it look strange. Did you see the picture of me as a child? It's on November 22. I love that picture. It's the best one! I used to be a natural blond, but for some reason it disappeared when I got older. Me and my ex boyfriend had a blog when we went to Tokyo. There are a lot pictures on that one. Mostly awful pictures of me but also some good ones. It's emelie-mathias.picsfolio.com. So what is your new mail? /Emelie

  Emelie Dec 18, 2006 4:45 AM

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How are you? Thank you for the blog entry in English-finally I can understand a part of it.....!You did look very fetching in your white gown with blonde hair, and as you have the blue eyes as well, I suppose you were the perfect choice to play that particular part!

Well, you never know, I might be in Japan in August- my life is really satisfying here, I have a good job, nice apartment, great friends, past times etc, but I turned 27 (so old!) two weeks ago so I know that sooner or later I must return to Europe to find a career- but on the other hand, now that I have (I hope) passed level 3, I want to work towards level 2- well at least, I have bought the textbooks!

I will return to the UK in January for 10 days to see my parents and to relax, but I am sure to be back.....

Dan x
I tried to email you but it bounced back-my email is [email protected]

  dan_in_japan Dec 19, 2006 5:21 PM

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I have send you an e-mail now. Let me know if you have'nt got it.

/emelie

  Emelie Dec 20, 2006 11:12 PM

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