初級から中級への日本語ドリル・語彙 / Nihongo Drills for Intermediate Learners・Vocabulary

I’ve had this book lurking around for a while. I originally got it when I was going through my, ‘I need to learn all the basics in Japanese’ phase. It does have phrases that I don’t know, so I am happy with it. Top tip, if you haven’t realised by now, you cannot just learn words in Japanese and string them together, you have to learn phrases. I wish I had been told that when I first started learning.

How I use the book

I started off by going through the 覚えましょう section. I would either use their example sentence, ...

memories and july wish list

2021 so far memories

Is staying in the apartment and living each day like the last one considered a memory? I suppose it is, just not a great one? I am being slightly harsh here because I actually really like lurking around the apartment all day normally anyway, so life didn’t change too much for me in that sense. However, we did do a few things. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency off and on but it hasn’t been anywhere near as strict as other countries.

We spent Christmas and New Year here. We went for a cycle ...

日本語能力試験直前対策N2 文字・語彙・文法

I appreciate this post isn’t really going to appeal to that many people but I’ve completed the book and I think it is really good for JLPT prep.

I have taken N2 and passed (just!) already and I did use this book whilst I was studying for it. I found it very hard at the time. A lot of the vocab and some of the grammar comes up in N1 stuff, so I hadn’t seen a lot of it before. I am trying to work my way through my mountain of study books at the moment, with my focus on ...

how I start the day: walking in Tokyo

My husband and I went for a walk this morning. I woke up at 6:45 and and the weather was beautiful – blue skies and big, white, fluffy clouds. We got ready and decided to head down to the river.

We stayed out for about 45 minutes and saw maybe 5 other people trotting about.

The river was calm but high and we had good visibility looking out onto Tokyo. I’d like to say that I start my mornings this way every day, but I don’t.

Of course, not everything is perfect and we saw this dumped on the steps. ...

memories and a july wish list

Time really does go quickly, doesn’t it? This year it seems to have stood still but then when you look at the date, you realise it’s still moving, perhaps even more so than normal.

Like most people, I am assuming, we haven’t done much. My days have been spent trying to learn how to bake bread, studying Japanese, cooking new things, crafting and navigating the apartment now my husband is working from home (this is still an ongoing learning opportunity).

I’ve also been back and forth to the hospital with thyroid issues, specifically a toxic nodule goitre, causing me to ...