Auditing Japanese

A Perfect Score!

I finally got a perfect score in my chapter test! As you can see in the pic (and maybe from my previous stories), in the previous three chapters, I always got my scores reduced. But this time, in Chapter 4 Test, it was perfect! I am so happy 😁

My grades from Chapter 1 to Chapter 4 Tests

Well, actually I wasn’t really expecting this. There was this question on the listening section the answer to which I wasn’t sure. It was about color, I was confused between black and yellow, because in Japanese they are kinda similar. Black is “kuro(i)” while yellow is “kiiro(i)”. It was at the beginning of the recording and it was quite fast. At first I answered black but then I wasn’t sure. I tried to confirm on the second play but I didn’t hear more clearly, so I thought I’d confirm it on the third play. Alas, the teacher played the audio only twice πŸ™ˆπŸ€— But I am glad that I didn’t change my answer into yellow, otherwise I’d had it wrong 😁✌ So I guess I was lucky πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—β€πŸ˜βœŒ

And, we’ve learned more Kanji now, but I found them hard to memorize πŸ˜”πŸ˜­ It was easier to write the characters in meaningful words for me, so now I’m trying to put them together and list the words in Kanji. It’s still hard but I hope it becomes easier to memorize 😊 And you know what? I thought that Kanji would represent a word or more than a syllable or more than one hiragana character such as 川 (kawa: one Kanji) that represents かわ (kawa: two hiragana characters) or ε±± (yama: one Kanji) that substitutes やま (yama: two hiragana characters). That way I felt that learning Kanji was okay or even great since it means less characters. But guess what? I found that that’s simply not the case. So there are Kanji characters that represent or substitute exactly the same sound in hiragana. For instance η”°. It is read ta or da. The problem is we already have ta/da in hiragana and katakana. So now, to remember how ta is written, I have to remember three characters! Ta: た (in hiragana), γ‚Ώ (in katakana), and η”° (in kanji). See my ordeal now? πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…

My list of words in Kanji.

Anyhow, this week is kinda “loose” for my Japanese class. We don’t really have quizzes or assignments. There is only one-minute reading sheet and one-page homework. Today we even watched movie, without reading the one-minute reading sheet first. Wow.

So we watched this Japanese movie entitled Key of Life. Buy of course we couldn’t watch it till the end. It is a 2-hourish movie, and our class is only 50 minutes, plus, we still had to have some time to discuss the movie and such. We watched only the first 40ish minutes of the movie. But before that, we were given a sheet consisting two questions that we had to answer based on the movie. We were also asked to list the words/phrases that we heard in addition to something unique to Japanese cultures that we noticed in the movie. I knew some words, of course, consodering how many Japanese dramas and movies I have watched and the fact that I watch One Piece 😁 but I am not sure if I wrote them correctly in hiragana πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…

But anyway, the teacher said the movie was in Amazon. Well, actually the movie wasn’t that great. I am curious why they chose this movie instead of the others. But, well, maybe we have different “tastes” or preferences of good movies. Hhe But anyway, I was curious about how the stories go and end. So I somehow tried to see in my Amazon Prime Video app, and guess what? It was free or included with my student prime membership! πŸ™ˆπŸ˜…πŸ˜ And so I watched the movie till the end. It’s quite funny though there weren’t too many life lessons that I could take. I guess that’s because I’ve watched more Japanese movies with “deeper” meaning or more life lessons 😊 But I still love it. I’m glad that we got to watch it in the class.

I guess that’s it. Now I have to meet my friends. We have an appointment to do this group project for one of our classes 😊

Edited:

PS: Sensei A got her hair cut! She looks so beautiful and much younger!!! Not sure if it is okay to say this, but it’s a compliment, and of course before her haircut, she’s beautiful too 😊 (Gosh, now I really have to say it like this just because some people can get so sensitive and interpret my words in a different but negative way πŸ˜”)

PPS: My current partner, that I thought would be excellent. She’s excellent, but now I come to think that maybe I’m too slow for her. She’s just fast so maybe I’m kinda boring now πŸ˜”

PPPS: I just remember that I forgot to write this. As usual, we were given a study guide before the chapter test just so we had some ideas about how the test would look like. For instance, in the study guide we would be asked to change positive to negative form of an adjective and the teacher would tell us that in the real test, we would do the same but with different adjectives. But guess what? The third and fourth parts of the test were exactly, precisely, like the ones given in the study guide! Gosh, I think I am happy and lucky that I did and practiced (a lot) with the study guide. So maybe that’s why I got the perfect score 😁😍❀️😊

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