Language Goals After The JLPT

     When I decided to start preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test this year, for the first time, I had a sense of direction while studying Japanese. I tried to come up with short-term goals on my own, but I struggled to set concrete, realistic expectations of myself. I often found myself racing to fluency, rather than being honest with myself about the work it takes to truly excel in a second language on my own. Continue reading “Language Goals After The JLPT”


My Experience Taking The JLPT

I did it! 8 days ago, I finally took the JLPT for the first time!

Where did I take the exam?

Where I live, there’s no nearby testing center to take the JLPT, so I decided to travel to Washington, D.C. to take it. The weather was very cold and damp, but I’m just grateful that there wasn’t any snow.

How long did I prepare for the exam? What did I study?

Leading up to taking the JLPT, I began studying Continue reading “My Experience Taking The JLPT”

Where’s the J-News?!?

Fun fact; I’ve been reading the news frequently, but I have not been translating them or summarizing them here. Why? Because I overthink everything and I started telling myself that it was pointless to translate news articles if they were “too easy” to read. lol.

I like the idea of posting here and my ultimate goal (for the blog and in general) is to start posting summaries/reactions in Japanese to them eventually. I can honestly say I’m not 100% sure of when I’ll post the next one because of my busy schedule. I may make J-News into a fun Christmas-break project instead. We’ll see. Til then, watch out for other content that I do post and my Japanese updates here and on Instagram.


J-News #2 Naomi Osaka’s Championship Win and A Recovered Pair of Stolen Ruby Shoes

K so I’m late to posting this… wait.. did I even set a day for when I’d post these?? Uhh.. I promise, I’m going to get it together at some point and step my consistency up. For now, let’s expect these every other Friday.


Anywho! So, I really enjoyed reading the news for last week. In fact, I actually learned something new related to America. So let’s get right into it.  Continue reading “J-News #2 Naomi Osaka’s Championship Win and A Recovered Pair of Stolen Ruby Shoes”