I am a native speaker of English, and a fluent reader, writer and speaker of Japanese. I passed the highest level on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in 2003. I spend most of my working days translating Japanese documents, but I don’t know everything, so I still study.
My study mainly consists of materials for exams I am planning to take in my specialist translation fields. This year I’m going to take a skincare exam, a cosmetics exam, two mental health in the workplace exams, and a business psychology exam. These are some of the books I am using.
I also read fiction and non-fiction. My favourite fiction writer is Matsumoto Seicho. Here are some of his books. They are mystery and suspense novels written in the 1950s/60s.
And for non-fiction, I enjoy reading books by Nakamura Tempu. Kind of no-nonsense self-help books.
Languages from 2020 – 2023
I am taking the 3rd grade of the HSK Chinese proficiency test in April 2020. I aim to pass the highest level (6th grade) in May 2023.
These are the books I am using. Some of them are in English, and some are in Japanese. Learning another language through Japanese helps improve my Japanese at the same time.
I aim to pass level 1 (the highest level) on the Diplome d’Aptitude Pratique au Francais, which is a test for Japanese speakers, in June 2022. Here are some of the books I am using. I am studying French through English and Japanese, depending on the textbook.
***UPDATE 9th September 2020*** I started doing 15 minutes of Spanish on Duolingo daily, just for the fun of it! I’ll be well prepared by the time I start studying it seriously in 2025!
Languages from 2023 – 2025
I aim to pass the highest grade on the Korean TOPIK exam, and the highest grade on the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language.
Languages from 2025 – 2027
I completed my Master’s degree in Bulgaria, and while I was there, thought the language sounded fascinating. I don’t know of any tests to take though. I aim to pass the highest grade on the Spanish proficiency test conducted in Japan.
Languages from 2027 – 2030
I studied German at school for five years, so I have a head start (well, not really, as I don’t remember anything). I aim to pass the German and Italian proficiency tests conducted in Japan.
Languages after 2030
Arabic, Farsi, Cantonese and…. I haven’t decided yet!