私の趣味はかなり難しい or Challenge Your Hobbies

Comparisons are fun, especially when you relate the Japanese language to fairways, bunkers, and greens.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Exam is the US Open of tests.

Golfers often say, or perhaps it is just Tiger Woods who often says, “you cannot fake your way around this golf course” when it comes Open time, and I believe that holds true for the JLPT.

You either know/got it or you don’t. Guessing will get you nowhere. There are, like at the US Open, no bail out zones — you have to land the ball in the fairway, and then on the green, and even then it sometimes spins relentlessly off the back, down the slope and into the graduated rough, leaving you a 25-yard A-wedge to a back right pin location where a lighting fast 5-footer for PAR awaits you, and should you miss that, a 10-foot come-back-up-the-slope-right-edger for BOGEY has the potential to haunt you all week.

The challenge is all part of the fun, and well, if it came too easy, it wouldn’t be worth all the time that it took. Thanks for that reminder, Mr. Davey B.

48 hours to test time.

頑張ろう!!!

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梅雨になると or Let the Rain Fall Down!

日本は梅雨に入りました。天気予報によると今週末はずっと雨が降りそうです。ひどい雨のせいで、今週末、アパートから出ないつもりです。だけど、昨日の夜、雨の中、下松スポーツ公園で5キロ走りました。すごくぬれたけど、いい運動だと思っています。

でもさ、雨のおかげで、今週間は日本語能力試験のために、雨や色々な音楽を聞きながら、勉強しています。日本語能力試験は後二週間ちょうど行われます。昨日、受験票が届いて、今回も、山口大学の吉田キャンパスで行われて、良かった。頑張ります。

梅雨は嫌いなわけではないが、車を持ってないので、出かけるのは、ちょっと苦しくなります。カッパを着ても、傘を持っていても、出たら、ぬれる。

梅雨の間、みんなは何をするつもりだろう。

Rainy season has begun here in Japan. According to the weather forecast, it is supposed to rain all weekend. Due to the heavy rains, I do not think I will be going out this weekend. But, I did make it out for a nice 5km run in the rain last night, and even though I got soaked, it was good to exercise.

On the other hand, thanks to the rain, I will be able to spend most of the weekend studying for the upcoming Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which will be held in exactly two weeks. I received the test voucher yesterday and the test will again be held at the Yamaguchi University’s Yoshida Campus.

You know, it is not that I hate rainy season, but since I do not own a car, it makes it a little trying to go out. Even if you wear a rain suit, and carry an umbrella, there is no avoiding getting soaked.

What do you do during rainy season?