JLPT Target 2000. N2. Vocabulary
To get started, complete the following quiz. "What's that?" she answered. I told her, "I'm learning Japanese to take a language test in three years. I am trying to be able to speak as much Japanese as I can by then." "Oh, so you have that long to practice," she said. I looked at her in surprise, but then realized she meant to tell me that I had the entire rest of my life. "Wow, that's kind of a long time to be learning a language." I said. "Don't worry. You'll be a pro in no time!" She answered and laughed. She was being very enthusiastic and encouraging about my learning Japanese. It was very nice to be able to chat in Japanese with her. However, after a few minutes of talking, I couldn't think of anything to say. I don't know why I was so nervous, but I wasn't used to having people talk to me in Japanese! So what was I supposed to say? I've learned lots of different things about Japanese so far, but what should I say in conversation? I had no idea! I have learned a lot of words, but I didn't have any idea how to use them in conversations. I didn't know what to say, so I just stood there, clueless. The exact same thing had happened to me when I first learned Japanese on my own. I would watch Japanese TV shows or movies and I would see a word that I didn't know the meaning of and I would just stand there, wondering what I should say. I'd think about what I had learned and try to remember the verb, but I couldn't recall anything. I wasn't even sure whether I should talk or not. I really didn't know what to do when someone asked me a question in Japanese. Even if I had learned some basic conversation topics, I still didn't know which topic to choose. Thankfully, this situation isn't unique to me. I'm sure that it's very common for people who are learning a language for the first time. I remember thinking the same thing.