Post 78272

@keita
@cgiffard anything new over there?
@cgiffard
@keita Hrm. Nothing exciting. Built a new old Mac Pro. Got a haircut. Easter holiday. Going to aim for JLPT1 by mid 2018.
@keita
@cgiffard good luck! Jealous of that Mac Pro. Why JLPT? Just for kicks or do you want to use it for something?
@cgiffard
@keita It's a good yardstick for measuring my ability, and a good motivator for achieving total Japanese fluency. I've been studying for 17 years already — I reckon I've got a good shot at it (with a lot of work.)
@keita
@cgiffard interesting! Study hard! Haha
@cgiffard
@keita Heh. My strategy is largely to read, write, and speak as much as I can every day, just during the course of my day. I'm also doubling my Japanese lesson to twice a week. Have you ever taken a proficiency test? How long'd it take you to get fluent?
@keita
@cgiffard never, neither Japanese nor English. I guess I'm pretty much fluent these days -- probably 5-6 years? I still feel like I have a way to go.
@keita
@cgiffard (that being said, my spoken English has gotten a lot worse. I'm going to have to use it more.)
@cgiffard
@keita It's really hard to know how fluent fluent is, haha. I'm also a comparatively articulate english speaker, so my bar is pretty high. I often feel pretty rubbish that I can't express myself eloquently in Japanese. More work required!

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