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Month: May 2012

JLPT 日本語能力試験

JLPT 日本語能力試験

I hereby wish to announce my retirement from studying Japanese. Or perhaps ‘semi-retirement’ would be a better way of putting it: what I want to semi-retire from is the student-y part of studying, so from now on there will be no more weekday evenings at the Adult Learning Centre, no more Saturday mornings at the Centre For International Communication, and no more poring over endless photocopies of convoluted explanations of the incredibly subtle difference between equally obscure grammatical constructions. My…

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Sunday drive

Sunday drive

We have recently taken possession of a second-hand car, thanks to a very nice friend of onii-san’s who works at a Toyota dealership. After one careful gentleman owner, the Platz – or Pratz, as the Japanese pronunciation would have it – came with new tyres, a new battery, an MOT, less than 30,000km on the clock, and some kind of special coating for the windscreen that supposedly disperses rainwater to the extent that you don’t need to use the wipers….

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