Special Interview: Why I study Japanese -Kevin Reynolds-

Kevin Reynolds, a Canadian figure skater, passed N2* of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) which is organized by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (previously Association of International Education, Japan).

Why do you study Japanese? What do you think is the role of JLPT? What is your goal to study Japanese? - Kevin answers those questions in words of his own.

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*N2 is the ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, also Japanese written clearly on a variety of topics, such as articles and commentaries in newspapers and magazines.

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Kevin Reynolds
Kevin Reynolds is a Canadian figure skater born in July 23, 1990. He is the 2013 Four Continents champion, and a member of Team Canada that won a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In 2017, he won a bronze medal at the Skate Canada International.

In December 2016, he passed N2 of Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) and is now studying for N1, the hardest level in JLPT.

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Marugoto”- the textbook that Kevin uses in the video

Marugoto”is the text book, the goal of which is to use Japanese to actually communicate. Can-dos are set as objectives that show what you will be able to do in what situations, and you study Japanese that can be used in real-life situations.
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Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)” – the test that Kevin took in 2016

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers which was first held in 1984 under joint organization of the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (previously Association of International Education, Japan). In 2016, about 760,000 people took JLPT and JLPT is the largest-scale test in the field of Japanese learning.
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The Japan Foundation develops and offers Japanese learning materials for the people who study Japanese/ teach Japanese!

This site lets Japanese-language learners study the language by reading articles on 12 topics, watching videos of people talking in Japanese, and exchanging comments with other users.

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JF Japanese e-Learning Minato is a Japanese language learning platform provided by the Japan Foundation. Users can take online courses to learn Japanese and interact with worldwide communities of like-minded people.

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This is an e-learning website for those who want to learn Japanese through anime and manga.

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A Japanese-Language learning site on which you can have fun while learning. (Japanese / English / Spanish / Portuguese / Chinese / Korean / French / Indonesian)

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