Happy New Year from Fukuoka!

みんなさん、新年明けましておめでとうございます!

今年もどうぞよろしくお願いいたします。

2016 has been a good year in Wahaha, we wish all of you to have a fantastic year, and good luck with your Japanese!

Answers for the JLPT N1 (Language Knowledge part)

Following yesterday’s post, here is a list of answers for the first part of the JLPT! How well did you do?

Reading:
1. 人脈 (じんみゃく)
2. 賢い (かしこい)
3. 顕著 (けんちょ)
4. 多岐 (たき)
5. 廃れる (すたれる)
6. 相場 (そうば)

Fill in the words:
7. 基盤
8. すんなり
9. 見かけた
10. 関節
11. 染みる
12. 愛着
13. ノウハウ

Corresponding expression:
14. かねがね = 以前から
15. 故意に = わざと
16. おわびする = 謝る
17. 意気込み = 意欲
18. おびえる = 怖がる
19. 安堵 = ほっとした

Working sentence:
20. 閑静 (かんせい)
そのレストランは繁華街から外れた閑静な場所にある。

21. たやすい
この問題は想像以上に複雑で、たやすく解決できるものではなかった。

22. 察する (さっする)
鈴木さんは私が何も言わなくても、私の気持ちを察して慰めてくれた。

23. 内訳 (うちわけ)
前田の出張費の内訳を見たら、交通費の割合が予想外に高かった。

24. 食い違う (くいちがう)
この事件は、複数の目撃者の話がそれぞれ食い違っており、不明な点が多い。

25. 過密 (かみつ)
今日の出張は過密なスケジュールで、ゆっくり食事する時間もなさそうだ。

And another JLPT gone…

Hello everyone,

I hope you succeeded with the JLPT yesterday! Only two months before we get the results, it is going to be hard! The jury is still out on its difficulty, but it seems the N2 and N3 were  harder, whereas the N1 was easier than usual.

Maybe they are trying to balance all the levels with each other? Who knows!

But it is surprising to have 相場 as a question in N1 and 慰める in the N3!

Another 7 months before the next JLPT. Like always, we will do our best to prepare our students for it. More news soon!

Wahaha’s New Year Course

The New Year (お正月) is probably the most important period in Japan.

Before the Meiji restoration, it used to follow the Chinese Lunar Calendar and fall on the same day than the Chinese New Year, until 1873, when in their dash to modernity Meiji officials decided to follow the West’s example and had it celebrated on January 1.

There are so many things to write about the New Year I could just spend weeks on it, but we at Wahaha think it would be even better to make YOU experience it, and this is why we organize a New Year Course from December 18 to January 7.

More infos on our site!

Only one month left before the JLPT!

Hello, how are your JLPT preparations going?

The December JLPT is the hardest to prepare properly for, as it comes right after summer (or so it seems anyway), and there is so much to prepare for! Studying Japanese is like climbing hills, as soon as you reach the top of one you can see a bigger one right in front of you.

I have often met people who assume that having the N1 means that your Japanese is perfect, or at least as close as bilinguism as it can be. But… no. Far from it actually. Probably though, you can just get a glimpse as how big the mountain actually is.

This for me is actually the main point of the JLPT. Just like stations on the Fujisan climbing route, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and a goal that can be achieved in the short-medium term. But do not assume that you will reach the top because you reached the last station!

Right now, we have many students preparing for the JLPT, be it N4 or N1. みんな、頑張ってください!