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One of those frustrating questions

Postby katafei » Fri 11.23.2007 8:06 am

One of those jlpt questions that get me totally frustrated:

びよういんに 行きました
1. えを 見に 行きました
2. 車を かりに 行きました
3. くすりを とりに 行きました
4. けを きりに 行きました

[spoiler]The right answer is 4, since びよういん means beauty parlor. A very useful word, indeed
Now I did know:
床屋 【とこや】 (n) barber
美術館 【びじゅつかん】 (n) art gallery; art museum
病院(びょういん hospital
But not:
美容院 【びよういん】 (n) beauty parlour; beauty parlor; hairdressing salon
So I choose answer 3 as an 'it sounds a bit weird, but it's the best I can think of' sort of answer.
Am I the only one who hasn't got びよういん on the vocab list????[/spoiler]

A bit of text taken from a Gaijin-in-Japan website:
(if the mods don't consider it appropriate, feel free to delete it. Personally, I thought it was hilarious. Helps me through these frustrating moments ^_^)

A sample 4-kyuu question might go something like this...

Gaijin: Hey, what's that in the sky?
Japanese: Ah, you mean this tori?
Gaijin: Tori?
Japanese: Yes, this thing flying in the sky, with wings and feathers.
Gaijin: Oh, you mean this bird.
Japanese: Yes, this tori.
Question: What is bird in Japanese?

Whereas 3-kyuu is...

(All in Japanese)
Man: Hey, let's do something today.
Woman: What will we do?
Man: How about baseball?
Woman: I don't like sports.
Man: Okay. How about shopping?
Woman: Ordinarily I'd love to, but today I have no money.
Man: Well then, I guess we could just have empty, meaningless sex.
Woman: Sure, why not.
Question: What will the man and woman do?

Then 2-kyuu becomes...

(All in Japanese)
Woman 1: So I had to break up with Taro.
Woman 2: What? Why?
Woman 1: He was cheating on me. But it's okay, I'm dating his best friend Shinichi now.
Woman 2: Oh? I dated him before. He was nice, but always seemed to forget important occasions.
Woman 1: I know what you mean! We had a date last Saturday, and he totally forgot! I called him up, and he was at home playing Nintendo DS!
Woman 2: That sounds just like Shinichi. Say, what would you like to do today?
Woman 1: How about we go re-calculate the GNP at a cafe somewhere, just for shits and giggles?
Woman 2: Sounds great, let's go!
Question: Which one of these women is pregnant?

And then a sample 1-kyuu question is...

(All in Japanese)
Woman 1: How is your project coming along?
Woman 2: Just terrible. I can't accelerate my tachyon particles any faster than 17 on the Cochran Scale.
Woman 3: Have you remembered to apply the quantum bias?
Woman 2: Ah, I totally forgot! That also explains why my neutrinos were all out of wack.
Woman 4: Good evening ladies.
Woman 1: Oh, hello Junko! How are you today?
Woman 4: Doing okay. I finally won the Nobel Price for my work in molecular bioengineering, but I'd only just gotten the grant when all of my bio-peptides fell apart! How embarrassing!
Woman 2: I know exactly how you feel. I can't tell you how many times my bio-peptides have failed me during a crucial moment.
Question: Which one of these women is pregnant?
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RE: One of those frustrating questions

Postby Yudan Taiteki » Fri 11.23.2007 10:44 am

The funny thing about that is that the JLPT 1 listening section is by far the easiest section of the test; it's not much more advanced than the JLPT 2. It's certainly nothing as hard as even a news broadcast.
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RE: One of those frustrating questions

Postby hungryhotei » Fri 11.23.2007 12:34 pm

Yudan Taiteki wrote:
The funny thing about that is that the JLPT 1 listening section is by far the easiest section of the test; it's not much more advanced than the JLPT 2.


Of course this differs from person to person though. I scored much lower on the listening than the other sections. Although maybe that just says more about my listening skills than the level of the test, I do still agree that it wasn't much more advanced that LJPT2, and certainly could (and should) have been a lot harder.
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RE: One of those frustrating questions

Postby tanuki » Fri 11.23.2007 12:49 pm

I liked the 3-kyuu one. :D
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RE: One of those frustrating questions

Postby Harisenbon » Fri 11.23.2007 10:23 pm

hungryhotei wrote:

Of course this differs from person to person though. I scored much lower on the listening than the other sections. Although maybe that just says more about my listening skills than the level of the test, I do still agree that it wasn't much more advanced that LJPT2, and certainly could (and should) have been a lot harder.


If you compare the grammar and words used in the listening section of 1kyu compared to the rest of the test, I think you'll find that the listening is much much simpler than the rest of the test. However, not having any visual clues makes it very difficult for people who aren't used to listening to Japanese everyday.

I mean, two years ago the 1kyu listening had a question about the weather in it.
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