Woohoo!! I passed N3!!! I really really didn’t think I was going to pass, I only just passed by the skin of my teeth, but a pass is a pass, woop woop!! For those of you who don’t know the JLPT stands for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and N3 is the intermediate level exam! My goal is to pass N2 and so far I’m on the right track!
The N2 advanced level exam has a bit more of a focus on reading, than the tests that precede it, and as my ability has improved I find that naturally I want to read more and more!!
Both Maruzen in Hakata Station and Junkudo in Tenjin have a good selection of English Language books and Japanese study materials. I find Junkudo has a bigger selection and that is where I found the “ask” Japanese Graded Readers. They are packs of short stories containing 5 books and an audio CD, where all of the language used is at a certain level. I find these have really helped me to increase my reading speed and also learn more about Japanese culture, the books being abridged versions of famous Japanese folk tales, stories and also some non-fiction. These packs of books can also be bought off the white rabbit website – shop.whiterabbitjapan.com
Also I have just bought a book called, “New Penguin Parallel Text Short Stories in Japanese” , which contains short stories by Japanese authors, with the English translation on the left hand page and the Japanese translation on the right. So far it’s very interesting and I’m looking forward to reading more when I have more time.
But first . . . I gotta finish reading “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami! I don’t know why I never picked it up before, but I’m halfway through and it’s brilliant!!! But this one I’m reading in English! If you have any suggestions for other books by Japanese authors or extra study materials, please let me know in the comments.