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03 December 2006 @ 09:43 pm
back from an exhausting weekend in Kobe. went in on saturday afternoon with barbara and after walking around a while found the hotel we were staying in. tiny but clean and very very affordable. took the time to scout our way to the testing center (konan university) and back to the hotel. then we did a little walking around and a little studying that night, but we were both sick so we went to bed early (10:30). neither of us slept very well thanks to our colds, getting up to blow our noses and i kept having the kind of dreams where you don't really feel like you're sleeping. next thing i knew, it was 6:30, and we had to be up by 7 to get to the university at 8:30 when the gates opened. we made it with no problems thankfully. of course, then it was time to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Exam! Whoo!

The test started at 9:45 and ended at 2:35 with two breaks, one long enough to include a light lunch. the first section was reading and vocabulary, and since this is normally my strongest area, i didn't study all that many kanji or anything. of course, that's why i think i fucked it up. should have looked over that stuff a little more carefully. oh well. listening went a little better, and it was really short compared to the other sections. i think i did okay except for a couple of questions that involved a person describing a graph and you had to choose which graph they were talking about. that stuff can be tricky for me in english, let alone japanese, so those were basically guessed at. thankfully, the entire test is multiple choice, so i at least have a chance of guessing correctly. the last part was the writing and the grammar, my weakest area, and therefore the one i'd studied hardest for. i really feel confident that i did well on that section. there were a couple where i was debating between two of the choices, but none that i had no clue about. i feel like the studying i did really paid off on that one, and being that it's the longest section, i'm really hoping it makes up for how bad i did on the first part. i have to wait til mid-february to find out, of course.

after the test, barbara and i went out into the city to get some good ol' fashioned x-mas shopping done, but we found we were so tired that we spent a less time than we'd planned buying presents. we got some tasty tasty burgers at Wendy's first though, and then headed back home with a brief stop to buy cheese in himeji. carrying all my stuff back has left my shoulders sore and tired, but i'm looking forward to a good nights sleep now. owarimashita.
Mood: tired out
JackOfHareschesircat on December 3rd, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Wow Wendys. It is wierd how people gauge a culture by what types of US fast food have embedded themselves. I tend to think of war of the worlds. Those things are there under the grounds. They just need the right asshole to raise them up and poison another culture into obesity, cardiac stints, and a double bypass by time you are 40. Of course this coming from the guy who should own stock in McDonalds as I eat there way too often when I am too tired to drive anywhere else late at work.
Mellenabsentmammoth on December 4th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Well, Kobe is the only place I have seen a Wendy's. It is therefore also the only place where I've been able to get something that even accurately resembles a hamburger. It was a treat for having gone and taken a nasty-ass test. McDonalds is a lot more prevalent, and there's one in my town, but I never go because it's just not even remotely close to the hamburgers I'm missing.
madbibliomancer: happymadbibliomancer on December 4th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
You probably did better on the test than you think. I can't wait 'till you come to visit!
Mellenabsentmammoth on December 4th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
I hope so! Looking forward to seeing you again too!! Only 18 days to go, and counting down!