Saturday was my Japanese Language Assessment Exam at MLC. I was both excited and scared at the same time because it was the first time I will get really tested on my Japanese Language Skill by a professional. Plus, the fact that I knew that I will get by only with my current stock knowledge kinda freaked me out.
I almost didn’t make it. Saturday was annoyingly busy. I had leftover work (the Senpai calling for some workrelated shiz that can’t wait), I was busy with chores and I simply was exhausted from the last week. (I’ve had this tired feeling for a while now). But I managed to get out and got there in the nick of time. よかった！
I sat down for the assessment. Ms. Okuda was kind and nice. She reminded me of my Sensei in college. I also spoke to her in Japanese. She was pleasantly surprised. I filled out the information sheet and we got to work on the LEVEL CHECK.
In the end, I was surprised with myself. I could understand most things already. I needed to review a few things (proper usage/ grammar and conjugation) but I was mostly there. Kanji of couse was more difficult, but I could understand a lot of the advanced ones already as well. (Thank you RTK). Ms. Okuda wanted me to start in the advance class – but looking at the material freaked me out (the amount of kanji in that was insane) and I knew that I wont be ready even if I cram all kanji into my head before July.
So I chose the intermediate class/ business japanese. It starts July. But before that, sensei advised that I cram kanji into my head.
The road to fluency is never easy. Just look at how much blood I lost trying to learn kanji. (Ok, I am kidding – I spilled ink all over my notes). But its a good image of how hard it is to study Japanese, but I do it anyway, because I am a masochist? NO. Because I LOVE IT.
I love Japanese. I love the language and how it sounds and even if it does take a great deal of effort to learn. I will definitely reach my goal of fluency within this year or the next.
I have been listening to FLUENT FOREVER. (Yes, Audiobooking) by Gabriel Wyner. It is a really good and helpful book for those who want to learn a language. His tips are solid and are based off experience – and as a frustrated learner of languages, I find his style and his method enlightening. Especially since I have done many of the things he has done and have failed dramatically.
He was right in saying that in Learning a Language, one must have the main key INTEREST. If you’re not interested, no matter what you do, nothing will happen if you are not interested. You have to have a personal connection to the language you are learning. You must LOVE the language or it will only be something that will only remain in your temporary memory. If you Love something it will be etched in you forever.
A language learning process that you love should not be so painful. It should be fun. It should be something you get excited about. It should be something you look forward to even if it is repetetive kanji writing, doing Anki, or creating word lists. I should love it even if GRAMMAR kicks me in the butt, or if I couldn’t do particles. One day, I will definitely wake up and all the effort that I did in drilling all that grammar in will pay off and I will speak natural Japanese.
I can read those books easily. I can read the Japanese newspaper. I can be almost Japanese. Until then, I will continue with the blood sweat and tears til I get there and enjoy every step of the way.
I went to Japan a month ago and it rekindled my spark to be fluent in Japanese. My friends in Japan were all taking the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) which rates the English level skill of the person taking it. They are taking it for work and I were asking me if I had any certification in Japanese Language.
Well… I honestly have to say that I haven’t been officially assessed yet. Aside from a few school assessments that I have gone through which both assessed me as an Intermediate Speaker (about N4-lower N3 level) I do not have the official papers to back up my Japanese Language skills. This made me think.
. I deal with Japanese people daily with the work I do. I can speak ok (in fact most Japanese are impressed by my level of understanding) , but I find that expressing ideas to them has become difficult lately with the language barriers especially once we are talking business. Well, of course we do use English and Japanese but there are things which I cannot clearly explain to them and that they cannot clearly understand. And the other way around.
This made me decide something. I have to get off my lazy ass and check one thing off my bucket list.
Hi! I’ve been on vacation and so I just managed to come here today at Easter to say HI! I also announced the winners of my contests (which I still have to finish their prizes sometime) and I really am grateful for all the support. I just feel thankful that I finally am getting somewhere with my art.
Anyway as you see with the picture on the left, I went out and painted at the beach. It was a good experience and I did fail a lot but i had a lot of fun and learned things that I needed to work on like perspective and a lot more. It was great also to paint on location, and have a different environment.
I should do that more often. Just get out there and paint.
For all intents and purposes, I didn’t die. Not yet at the very least and I am very much creatively alive. Perhaps too much as I have neglected this blog for a few months. Wait, I didn’t even have a new year update. Right.
Well just so you guys know, I finished the cat.Its my first attempt at anything furry and fluffy, which makes me very happy that it turned out this ok. Mochi is my friend’s cat — Brian Carrera Shaw , a great photographer. If you click his name, it takes you to his photography and believe me, some of the things he’s shown me has blown me away and inspired a lot of my current work.
He’s also a car enthusiast and has about a bajillion diecasts and is into fashion photography. Great photographer, great petowner, great guy all in all. Check out his work on the link up there and hit him up if you want pictures taken or have a project.
Setting that aside, I have moved. (So that was my excuse to not update at all) I have a completely new home, completely new place. and new studio which makes me so happy.
Look at all the pretty cabinets and green furniture! I still have a lot to improve but i have done some great work in that studio. It’s just a space for ME which I am grateful for. I believe that creative space is really needed for creatives. Their own workspace will work to facilitate thought processes unbarred by other opinions. Since that is their space its their world.
Anyway, seeking for a revamp of the studio, the blog and a lot of other things. Ive been alive, pretty much on my Facebook if you want to see more updated stuff.