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My recorder is the cutest recorder

The standard windshield for my portable recorder wasn't cutting the mustard, so I went and bought a deadkitten for it.  I'm not kidding, that's what it's really called.  A Rode Dead Kitten.  (The bigger ones are, ostensibly, called Dead Cats.)



NOW IT'S KIND OF ADORABLE.  I sort of want to give it a face.

Planning on taking the JLPT test this year - remembered about it the day the applications opened instead of the day they closed for once. I swear, filling in the forms is like applying for a passport.  Trying to decide between taking the Level 5 or the Level 4, since I've never taken the test before.  Anybody on the flist who has taken it before have much idea of the difference between the two levels?  

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thesundaywriter
Aug. 1st, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
If it follows the old levels, the listening in N4 would be more roudabout and tricky whereas N5 should be more direct (tricky in the sense you eliminate and deduce the remaining answer; they'll like have diagrams of a seating plan, calendar dates, or what does tanaka-san's friend look like). Also old 3 introduced Keigo where 4 did not =3 If you've learned and are fairy alright with verb conjugation, for imperatives, passives, potential form, casual->plain->casual,causatives, well, then you should be alright for N4, for me it's the various forms that were hard.

Edited at 2011-08-01 01:57 pm (UTC)
thesundaywriter
Aug. 1st, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
On my part, I am trying to aim for N3 next mid-year, despite the reduction, the jump is still a fair bit, and lots more keigo and casual speech, kinda like the two extremes @.@
sinnatious
Aug. 1st, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! Hmm, I'm okay with most of those, it's only really transitive/intransitive verbs that gives me trouble, but I'm also quite out of practice. Based on your answer and the bit of reading I've been doing tonight, I could probably pass level 4, but I'm wondering if it might be worth taking Level 5 just so I have a chance to get used to the test format before wandering into more dangerous waters. :S Once I get flustered, everything I know flies right out of my head. Decisions! x_x

Awesome, N3! How far do you think you'll go with it? Level 1 and 2 sound prohibitively hard, though I'm mostly basing that on this post from Gaijin Smash: http://www.outpostnine.com/gaijin_smash/2007/06/1-kyuu.html
thesundaywriter
Aug. 1st, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I've no idea really, from here I'm just taking it slow and steady haha, although my friend studying for N1 says that it's actually not as bad as going from 3 to 2 because the grounding would be there by then and you can just study by reading lots and lots of articles and other popular sources for increasing your vocabulary. Though she's a really studious person too~ I guess it's a good thing there's no oral component as well, though it's strange I think since nearly every other language exam has spoken and written sections, like wouldn't those two be really practical lol

Haha, I heard last year or the previous's 1 kyuu listening sounded like something out of evangelion.

Currently using the Nihongo So-matome series, it's pretty good for self learning.
sinnatious
Aug. 1st, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I get the impression that you're pretty much fluent if you pass N2 and going for N1 is a bit like studying your native language at university.

I know! I can understand not having the oral component - that would be fairly difficult and rather time-consuming to run - but surely written~! I'm not complaining, though, I'm much better at comprehension than I am at stringing together sentences on the fly. XD

Cheers for the rec. I've got some good textbooks (I've been using the Mirai series - http://www.miraijapanese.com/) but a dedicated study guide sounds like a good idea.
tenshinoakuma
Aug. 1st, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
wat

sinnatious
Aug. 1st, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
HIGH-FIVE! XD Ahahahah, you are made of win. It's like a Miyazaki beard!
sinnatious
Aug. 4th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
fyi, I am totally stealing this to make it my soundcloud profile picture.
tenshinoakuma
Aug. 4th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
asdf;lkjasdfl;kj hahaha best profile.
azdvmc
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Wahhh the fluffiness! Roadkill on a recorder makes everything better =D! I love how literal Rode are with the naming of their models!
azdvmc
Aug. 1st, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
or should I say Rode-kill XD! *is shot*
cosmic_kath
Aug. 2nd, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Hahaha! It reminds me of an artichoke thistle that has gone to seed XD
agentlerain
Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
It reminds me of a mad scientist! AND ALSO, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I WISH I WAS ON CHAT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT, THE JLPT. I'm thinking of just going for 5, because I'm still at basic levels. And when is the exam again?
sinnatious
Aug. 2nd, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
;__; You still don't have net back? That must have been some storm!

Exam is 4th of December! Don't fret, applications are open till sometime in September. Urgh, the fee is $80 though...
agentlerain
Aug. 3rd, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Just got the net back last night! *_* Not really storming too badly (not like that year with the crazy hailstones) but just a lot of rain? And we called on a weekend, so silly Optus can't assure anyone until Tuesday. :| But they managed to fix it so all's well!

*winces* I will do it if I get a job by the end of the month, I think. How are you holding up? Started job hunting or is work churning up new projects?
sinnatious
Aug. 3rd, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
\o/ WELCOME BACK TO THE INTERNET.

Maybe you can get your folks to front for it? After all, it's for a qualification... We can study together! :D

I'm ok, no crazy storms knocking ME off the net for days and days. ;) Still pretty busy, but not doing so much overtime any more. Yeah, I've been job hunting, though there's not a lot going in my speciality these days. Thinking about doing some more studying or trying to make a career change.
agentlerain
Aug. 3rd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
Doubtful. They don't even like Japanese people, lol. Still have that country resentment for Japan invading Malaysia. Also, they've started to wean me off, paying for food and letting me stay at home, while everything else I pay. :)

Good thing for less overtime! Unless you really want the money. :( But career change! *__* What will you do?
demon_vampirate
Aug. 3rd, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
Pfft, that is kind of adorable.

And I'm jealous that you can even think of taking the JLPT. I barely know parlor Japanese, but it's such a beautiful language! (I'm taking a class this semester, but it's only "Basic Spoken"...)
sinnatious
Aug. 3rd, 2011 09:28 am (UTC)
Hey, everybody has to start somewhere! JLPT N5 isn't that hardcore anyway.

I am torn between laughing and crying at your new avatar, by the way. ;__;
demon_vampirate
Aug. 3rd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
[here, laugh at Batty!]
Well, true, but the class I wanted to take was "Elementary Japanese", but I couldn't find it. This is like, the basic of the basic, and I don't know if it's even going to focus on us writing it at all properly, because it says nothing of it in the course description. Elementary also says you're focusing on grammar rules, whereas Basic Spoken says nothing of the sort; it says "correct pronunciation and basic vocabulary for practical use in everyday conversational situations and travel dialogues. Students with no previous study of the language are prepared to use and understand it within a limited context and basic structure." That sounds less basic and more "Idiot's Guide" to me.

And oh god it's a three hour lecture. I hope this guy isn't boring DX

I didn't make this one, actually, and I had the same reaction when I found it...
So laugh at Batty. He's quite silly. (Love Fern Gully, by the way.)
argentum_luna
Aug. 4th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
...that looks kinda freaky actually XD

I don't know anything about JLPTs but...good luck!
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