Monday, September 8, 2008


I'm moving this Saturday, up to a share house in Shinjuku. I won't be living alone anymore, but Shinjuku is a much more convenient location, and my rent will go down as well. I'll have a room in a house with three other Japanese roommates. I'm hoping to get some good Japanese practice in, having Japanese roommates.
Speaking of Japanese, I signed up to take the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test). I signed up for level 2, which is above my current level, but I'm hoping that by December when the test is held I will have brought myself up to a point where I may have a shot at passing it... It tests only kanji, vocab, reading, grammar, and listening comprehension - no speaking - so hopefully it will be okay. If I can get a level 2 qualification that will open up so many more job opportunities here. Starting next year, the test will be held twice a year instead of only once, so I'll have another opportunity in July... but by that point I'm not sure how useful it would be, since I'm not really planning on staying another year after this one.


Anonymous said...

It's nice to see a new blog. Hope the move goes smoothly. We are still waiting for pictures of the beach trip though. Love, Mom

tom and sandy said...

Sarah, I think you will really enjoy living with Japanese friends and needing to speak the language all the time. Wonderful practice! Plus it'll be nice to have the proficiency test accomplished for your resume(wherever you go.) I say "go for it!" Take care, Aunt Sam