Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Today's been an interesting but fairly laid back day. I went to bed last night at 8:30 and woke up this morning at 7:30. For some reason, I've been needing a lot of sleep lately. Yesterday I woke up before 6 and had most of my housework done before 9! Today I was still eating breakfast at that time.

I had an awesome banana/strawberry/spinach smoothie for breakfast. Then I completed all of my housework. After that, I spent over an hour studying Japanese. Then I took a nap. haha. For some reason, despite my 11 hours of sleep last night, I needed an hour and a half long nap. Bummer. There went my afternoon!

Hubby is working tonight. He's doing something server related for a company, which means he has to work during that company's off hours. He's scheduled to work from 10 to 6:30 tomorrow morning, but thankfully, he's working from home. I thought about staying up all night to keep him company but hubby said he'd rather I got a good night of sleep tonight and was available and cheery for him tomorrow. I get a bit grumpy when I haven't had enough sleep...

So that was my day. Productive in the morning and not so productive in the afternoon. I really wanted to quilt today but it just didn't happen. I need to set aside some time for it like I do with my Bible study and my Japanese studies.

My Bible study still continues with the topic of death and what happens after death. I thought I was coming to the end of my texts, but one text today gave me six more to study! I just follow all the cross references and now I have pages of texts. I still have two pages of texts to look up but who knows how many more texts that will provide. I had no idea that the Bible said so much about death.

My Japanese studies are going really well also. I'm planning on taking the JLPT N5 this December, which is the easiest proficiency exam. Theoretically, I could push myself to take N4 but I'm not sure I'll be ready. I want to pass so that I have motivation to study next year. For me, failing is unmotivational. I've learned a bunch of vocabulary plus the following sentence structures:

it is...
it was...
it is not...
it was not...
I am...

I still don't feel like I could carry any sort of conversation in Japanese but I'm starting to understand sentence structure and some of the vocab in Japanese movies. Maybe next year I'll be able to watch something without the subtitles!


Lynsye Louise said...

What program are you using to study? Passing any exam, no matter how low the level, is impressive having taught yourself!

Cassandra said...

Lynsye - We've been really lucky on Japanese programs. We've paid for two programs and were lucky enough to get deep discounts on both. They would have been worth full price (imo, at least) but I love discounts!

TextFugu.com - an online Japanese textbook.

Japanesepod101.com - They upload almost daily podcasts. I'm working through the archived newbie lessons.

Free resources:
Smart.fm - Great vocab lists.
Anki - Same type of learning style as Smart.fm, but not internet based.
Anime - Jeff downloads subbed anime from Japan (legal), though it can't be relied on for learning the language. I've been told using anime to learn will make you sound like a little girl. :)
Japanese dramas - can also be downloaded for free (also legal), all subbed in english. We've watched some really good television shows in Japanese!

Exam registration starts Aug. 2nd. I'll register right away to guarantee a seat and then start taking practice exams probably around the beginning of October. That way I can see where my weak spots are and patch those up before Dec. 5.

This is probably more information than you were asking for, but I'm really excited about the studying! It's a fun language.