About Us

Hello Everybody!!
We are Anindya & Pratyay, Japanese Language teachers and translators. Presently we are teaching at a Japanese Language Learning Centre in our hometown, Kolkata-India.

The most interesting part of language learning is experiencing another culture. For, Language does not exist apart from culture, that is, the socially inherited assemblage of practices and beliefs that determines the texture of our life. The study of Japanese language offers unique insights into Japan’s fascinating national culture, which boasts a rich heritage in the fields of native craftsmanship, performance art, visual art, music, film and graphic design. Anyone who can see and feel the beauty of the Japanese Language and culture can improve her/his cultural understanding and international awareness. It also helps one to gain an enhanced perspective of one’s own language and culture.

Through this Blog we would like to offer and share our knowledge and exchange our views & ideas with you all on Japanese language and culture. Let’s expand our possibilities both professionally and personally by learning Japanese.

If you have any query regarding translation or interpretation from Japanese to English or vice versa,
please feel free to contact us.....
letter2anindya@gmail.com or pratyajayaditya@gmail.com

Monday, March 29, 2010

Japanese Sliding Doors: Shouji & Fusuma


Sunday, March 7, 2010

JLPT N1,N2 N3.... Old wine in a new bottle?

Goodbye JLPT 1Q, 2Q, 3Q & 4Q. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is undergoing a significant change. Not only could an examinee appear this examination twice a year, but, the mode of these tests is also undergoing a change.

Following are certain aspects of the New Test which makes it different from the older one:

Total five Levels: In contrast to the previous tests, 5 levels have been designed.

  • N1 Approximately the same level as the current Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities.
  • N2 Approximately the same level as the current Level 2 test.
  • N3 Positioned at a level bridging the current Level 2 and Level 3 tests.( newly established)
  • N4 Approximately the same level as the current Level 3 test.
  • N5 Approximately the same level as the current Level 4 test.
(“N” stands for both“Nihongo” and “New”)

In India this year, N1, N2 N3 tests will be conducted twice a year, one in the month of July, and the other in the month of December. N4 & N5 will be conducted once a year, in the month of December only.

More emphasis has been given on the listening part:
  • The Guidebook for the New JLPT has rightly pointed out that more emphasis has been given both on practical Japanese communicative competence and on knowledge of the Japanese language, in almost all the levels the time allotted for the listening part has enhanced.
  • The marks ratio has too changed, the listening part comprises of 60 marks out of total 180 marks, whereas, in the previous test it was 100 out of 400.
The division of the test too under goes a change:
  • N1& N2 have 2 divisions, a vocabulary, grammar and comprehension paper comprising of 110 minutes for N1 and 105 minutes for N2 and listening paper of 60 minutes for N1 and 50 minutes for N2. There will be 3 papers in the other 3 levels N3, N4 and N5.
  • Criteria for passing in the exam have too changed. The requirements for passing have changed so that examinees must now exceed the minimum acceptable score for both the total as well as each scoring section. Failure to exceed the minimum acceptable score in any scoring sections will result in a fail for the entire test, even if you’re total score is above the minimum acceptable score.
For Further Information:

Sakura Academy and the New JLPT Examination:

The Sakura Academy, a Japanese language school located at Barasat was established in the year 2005, and since then, it has been promoting Japanese language courses in the eastern India. At present Sakura Academy is running three branches located at Santoshpur, in South Kolkata, at Barasat in 24-Parganas(North), and at Rabindra Okakura Bhavan in Salt Lake in collaboration with Bangla Akademy. Admission for regular Japanese classes is going in full swing. Keeping in view of the requirements of the Japanese language students, Sakura Academy have introduced specific orientation classes for the respective levels of the New JLPT examination.

Those interested to take admission may contact at 9830737935 or at 9903528232 .