I left Uni with the equivalent of Level 2 (according to them anyway!) and while I have added reams of new vocabulary in the pregnancy, birth, childhood development and illnesses, and agriculture areas, I feel like I have gone backwards in regards to grammar and I know I've lost a lot of kanji because I used to hand write all my tests and essays and now the only handwritten Japanese I do is Meg's kinder notebook- and I struggle with that most days and resort to using hiragana.
So while I don't do, and probably will never do, a job where the qualification would be necessary, I would like to do the JLPT for the discipline. I need a goal to work towards or I am likely to fall off the rails very quickly. You know, sharpen all my pencils, set up my desk... and then go and see if there's not any grouting that needs cleaning with a toothbrush, somewhere. :(
I was talking about this with a Japanese friend and she asked me how hard it was and was it as hard as EIKEN Level 1. Well, never having taken EIKEN I can't say, but I found these practice questions for the JLPT and had fun watching my friend get 80% and then later DH get 75%. Almost worth doing it just to be able to have bragging rights over DH!! ;P
Good to know though that if I ever do go for it I should get some respect for my efforts, hey?
And if you want to test your knowledge of pernickety grammar and seldom used vocabulary (or that of someone else) here's the link.
This completely un-Autumn related post is to take my mind off the fact that snow is being forecast for this week- NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!