Wednesday, August 24, 2016

July 2016 JLPT Results Release!

Are you excited to learn your JLPT results?



GOOD NEWS: For those who applied via the Internet, the test result for the first JLPT in 2016 (July) is available on MyJLPT from August 24 (Wed). In addition, it becomes possible to apply the Certificate or Result and Scores for the first JLPT in 2016 from August 25 (Thu). (The application of the JLPT certificate before the second JLPT in 2011 cannot be made via the Internet.) The test result is planned to be sent out on September 2 (Fri).

From the JLPT website, these are the links to check your results (when they become available):
Japan or other countries (For examinees who applied via the Internet)
China
Hong Kong
Korea
Malaysia
Taiwan
United States

Other countries: 

Test results are available on the Internet. Please select the location where you took the test.
(Time of information availability and content vary by location.)
The result of 2016 July test will be available from August 25 (JAPAN time).

Friday, July 29, 2016

JLPT on December 4 2016. Philippine Application Schedule


            The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (New JLPT since 2010 – N1, N2, N3, N4, & N5) – the world’s largest-scale Japanese-Language test,  will be held on Sunday – December 4, 2016; it will commence simultaneously at 1:00 p.m. in three (3) different test sites – at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Taft Ave., Manila , Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), Angliongto Ave., Lanang, Davao City and at theUniversity of San Carlos (Talamban Campus), Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City. The JLPT is administered worldwide, by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with other cultural exchange/educational institutions, in order to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.

Key Points of the JLPT (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 since 2010)

The test places importance on a learner’s knowledge of the Japanese language including vocabulary and grammar; and, in the competence in using the knowledge in practical communication.
The test measures 1) through a section called “Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)” and 2) through two sections called “Reading” and “Listening.” The combination of these sections comprehensively measures Japanese communicative competence.
The test has five (5) levels – N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5; the N3 level that was created in 2010 is a bridging level – comparable to a level between Level 2 and Level 3 (until 2009). The increase in the number of levels allows examinees to select a suitable test level.  Examinees should be careful in choosing the level which best corresponds to their Japanese-language proficiency/ability and classroom training.

N1 – The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances. Approximately the same level as the old Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities.
N2– The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree. Approximately the same level as the old Level 2 test.
N3 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.  Positioned at a level bridging the old Level 2 and Level 3 tests.
N4– The ability to understand basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 3 test.
N5– The ability to understand some basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 4 test.

            For further information on the “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook”, “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary (Japanese/English version)”, and “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Sample Questions”, please access: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html;http://www.jlpt.jp/e/reference/materials.htmlhttp://www.jlpt.jp/e/samples/sample12.html


Application Procedure

            Application forms will be available from July 27(Wednesday)at the
following offices :

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)

23/F Pacific Star Bldg.
Sen. Gil Puyat Ave.(Buendia Ext.) cor. Makati Ave.
Tel. # 811-61-55 to 58     Fax # 811-61-53

MindanaoKokusai Daigaku (MKD)
Angliongto Ave.(Mamay Road),  Lanang, Davao City
Tel. #  (082) 233-0013 / 0081

Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI)
                        5/F Clotilde Commercial Center
                        M. L. Quezon St., Casuntingan, Mandaue City
Tel. # (032) 343-8066 / Fax # (032) 343-7663

 

Examination Fees in full are to be paid upon submission of duly accomplished formswith two (2) prescribed photos, as scheduled below and in the duly designated localities:

                 
     10 August – 9 September  (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon / 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)       
                                                   Monday thru Friday                    

                     The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM, Makati City)
                     Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku  (MKD, Davao City)
                     Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI, Mandaue City)

                                   N1 – P 1,100.00               N2 – P 1,100.00
                    
                      N3 – P 1,000..00        N4 – P 1,000.00        N5 – P 1,000.00

                            (company checks honored – for 10 or more employees)

                                          IMPORTANT  NOTICE
             
                     The JLPT Test Voucher and Valid ID Card are required
             to be presented on the TEST Day (Sunday, 4 December 2016)
          
   Successful examineeswill be issued Certificates of Japanese-   
                       LanguageProficiency by March 2017.
                               All examinees will receive aScore Report.
                 Results will be available on JLPT Worldwide Official Website by
                                         late January 2017 / early February 2017.

    **********  MAILING ADDRESS with CONTACT NUMBERS  of examinee      
                        MUST be indicated  Properly -  COMPLETELY and CLEARLY
                                             on the JLPT Application Form **********

Friday, July 15, 2016

Get FREE 500 points for Japanese lessons with a Real Teacher on Cafetalk Online

In the past 4 months, I've discovered the missing link in Nihongo studies,
and that is: conversation with a native speaker. Since I live outside Japan,
it's sometimes difficult to practice.

The solution is online conversation practice.
There are free and paid sites, and I've looked at some of them,
and in the end settled with CAFETALK.

The platform is very student-friendly and easy to use.
Plus, there's lots of certified Nihongo teachers who will really try to help you,
and will always be there. They can help track your progress.

Plus, there are also JLPT lessons - ask anything you don't understand and get instant replies. 





The convenience cannot be beaten, you can have lessons before sleeping or once you wake up.

Give it a try, registration is free,
and if you use the link below to sign-up, you'll get free
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TRY IT HERE, get free points you can use immediately: http://bit.ly/1SeuN4J

Happy lessons! Ganbatte kudasai!



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Best Mock Test Review Books for JLPT N4 and N5

BOOKS FOR EXAM REVIEW. 
JLPT N5 - N4 EXAM PREPARATION (TEST PRACTICE AND STRATEGIES)



If you want a more focused study for the exam itself, after you've learned your Japanese, you can try the sample questions in the official JLPT trial exam books or here if you're in JAPAN.


If you prefer sample questions with explanations included in the answers, you can try one of the exam preparation books which have lots of drills and tips. Do you need an exam prep book? Maybe not, but it'd surely make things easier (at least for me, it was a big help).

You get very good practice from these books, getting you to a better prepared, more confident state.
  

      


  • Go ahead and prepare yourself for the exam! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Recommended Books for JLPT N5 & N4 Study Preparation

To make your Japanese / JLPT study more efficient,
I recommend using books for this purpose.

You learn faster; less study time, but still get better results.

The list below has been carefully picked from my personal experience -
these are books that helped me pass the exam, plus a few others having very good recommendations.

BOOKS FOR STUDY. 
LEARNING JAPANESE, APPLICABLE FOR N5 and N4:
(For EXAM REVIEW BOOKS, SCROLL DOWN)
  • A Dictionary of Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Japanese Grammar (3 books) - covers all grammar from JLPT N5 to N1. For N5 to N4 level, just use the 1st book (basic). This series has the highest ratings of all grammar books on Amazon, as explanations are very clear and useful. Based on reviews, people who previously couldn't talk straight Japanese were able to apply the grammar points in the book successfully... Published by the Japan Times newspaper company which also provides the good Genki textbooks. 



  

  • MINNA NO NIHONGO Bk 1 - For JLPT N5 and N4. Somewhat controversial, a lot of people prefer the Genki book over this. But I did use this book and it helped me pass the exam, as its coverage is really complete and you really have no choice but do dig into Japanese from page 1. There are no English explanations, you'd need the companion teacher's guide for that, probably the reason why Genki is preferred. For JLPT N5, you need to go until around the middle chapter. For N4, you can use this plus the Minna no Nihongo II. 
  • MINNA NO NIHONGO Bk 1 - TRANSLATION BOOK - This is the partner book containing the English translation and grammatical notes, otherwise you could get lost in the Book 1, especially without a teacher.
   
  • MINNA NO NIHONGO Book 2 - For JLPT N4. You'd need to read until about the middle chapter to learn the exam coverage. I also used this and it was very helpful in passing the exam. I still have to find the English translation, but you may or may not need that by this time. 



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

JLPT JULY 3 2016 Philippines Application

JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST ON JULY 3 (SUNDAY)
Manila, Davao City & Cebu City


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (New JLPT since 2010 – N1, N2, N3, N4, & N5) – the world’s largest-scale Japanese-Language test, will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016; it will commence simultaneously at 1:00 p.m. in three (3) different test sites – at the De La Salle University (DLSU) Taft Ave., Manila , Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), Angliongto Ave., Lanang, Davao City and at the University of San Carlos (Talamban Campus), Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City. The JLPT is administered worldwide, by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with other cultural exchange/educational institutions, in order to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.

Key Points of the JLPT (N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 since 2010)

The test places importance on a learner’s knowledge of the Japanese language including vocabulary and grammar; and, in thecompetence in using the knowledge in practical communication.
The test measures 1) through a section called “Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)” and 2) through two sections called “Reading” and “Listening.” The combination of these sections comprehensively measures Japanese communicative competence.
The test has five (5) levels – N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5; the N3 level that was created in 2010 is a bridging level – comparable to a level between Level 2 and Level 3 (until 2009). The increase in the number of levels allows examinees to select a suitable test level.Examinees should be careful in choosing the level which best corresponds to their Japanese-language proficiency/ability and classroom training.

N1 – The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances. Approximately the same level as the old Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities.
N2 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree. Approximately the same level as the old Level 2 test.
N3 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.  Positioned at a level bridging the old Level 2 and Level 3 tests.
N4 – The ability to understand basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 3 test.
N5 – The ability to understand some basic Japanese. Approximately the same level as the old Level 4 test.

              For further information on the “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook”, “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary (Japanese/English version)”, and “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Sample Questions”, please access:  http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html;


Application Procedure

Application forms will be available from March 1 (Tuesday) at the following offices :

The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM)

23/F Pacific Star Bldg.
Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. (Buendia Ext.) cor. Makati Ave.
Tel. # 811-61-55 to 58     Fax # 811-61-53

Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD)
Angliongto Ave. (Mamay Road),  Lanang, Davao City
Tel. #  (082) 233-0013 / 0081

Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI)
            5/F Clotilde Commercial Center
            M. L. Quezon St., Casuntingan, Mandaue City
Tel. # (032) 343-8066 / Fax # (032) 343-7663

 

Examination Fees in full are to be paid upon submission of duly accomplished forms with two (2) prescribed photos, as scheduled below and in the duly designated localities :

                   
          9  March  to  8 April   (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon / 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Monday thru Friday                    

                     The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM, Makati City)
                     Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD, Davao City)
                     Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. (JACI, Mandaue City)

N1 – P 1,100.00
N2 – P 1,100.00
N3 – P 1,000.00
N4 – P 1,000.00
N5 – P 1,000.00

                            (company checks honored – for 10 or more employees)

                                          IMPORTANT NOTICE
             
The JLPT Test Voucher and Valid ID Card are required to be presented on the TEST Day (Sunday, 3 July 2016)
          
Successful examinees will be issued Certificates of Japanese-Language Proficiency by October 2016 .
All examinees will receive a Score Report.
Results will be available on JLPT Worldwide Official Website by late August / early September 2016

**********  MAILING ADDRESS with CONTACT NUMBERS of examinee
MUST be indicated properly - COMPLETELY and CLEARLY
on the JLPT Application Form **********

*For more information, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website (www.jfmo.org.ph)

Friday, February 12, 2016

Exam Schedule JLPT 2016

JLPT 2016 is coming up!

July 3, 2016 is the 1st test
December 4, 2016 is the 2nd test

Application deadline is usually 2-3 months before the test.

Check out the resources in this blog to help your studies be more effective,
save time and get maximum results!





Most countries have both tests now, but some only have the December test.
Countries with the "o" mark below for both July and December have both tests.

East Asia

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

December 2015 JLPT Exam Results Available from January 27

EDIT: FOR JULY 2016 results, click here:
http://jlptdekiru.blogspot.com/2016/08/july-2016-jlpt-results-release.html

GOOD NEWS: The result of 2015 Dec test will be available from the afternoon of January27 (Japan Time) to 5pm on November 30(JST).

The Examinee's Registration Number and the PASSWORD are required to be able to access the test result online. Should an examinee fail to view the test result online, - The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) is to disseminate the score report / certificate (printed /hard copy) by the middle of September 2015. - See more at: http://www.jfmo.org.ph/jlpt/view/617/newsid/1021/2015-july-5-sunday--japanese-language-proficiency-test-result-jlpt-online-score-display.html#sthash.TusEtImj.dpuf

From the JLPT website, these are the links to check your results (when they become available):
Japan (For examinees who applied via the Internet)
China
Hong Kong
Korea
Malaysia
Taiwan
United States

Other countries: 

Test results are available on the Internet. Please select the location where you took the test.
(Time of information availability and content vary by location.)
The result of 2015 Dec test will be available from the afternoon of January 27 
- See more at: http://jlptdekiru.blogspot.com/2015/07/2015-jlpt-exam-results-release.html#sthash.dQvYJrmf.dpuf
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