Over the last two days I’ve finished a series of bug fixes for J-Ben, addressing the multibyte search issue, a previously unknown infinite loop bug, and some other minor issues. I’m getting ready for a new release, which I think will be out within the next few days. However, I think there’s one more feature Read more about J-Ben 1.1.1: details[…]
It is done, at last. Yesterday I finished taking the Level 2 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Did I pass? I’d say maybe I have a 25% chance. I’ve been studying like mad over the past week, and I think my strongest area may have been my kanji and vocabulary (thanks to using J-Ben as a study tool). Reading and grammar Read more about Finished taking 日本語能力試験[…]
I haven’t been posting here lately, but I’ve been keeping myself quite busy in real life. The biggest thing is the upcoming Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Right now I’m taking a short break from studying like a fiend for the level 2 test. It’s probably going to be a close one: most areas for me are around 60%, my listening being above a bit, and my grammar being below a bit more. I’ve been boning up on my grammar lately and have been continuing to study kanji so I can actually read the grammar questions, so we’ll see if it pays off.
By the way, I am totally eating my own dog food; J-Ben is almost constantly loaded on my computer as of late, be it my Linux laptop at work or my WinXP/Linux box at home. Together with the Kanjidic portion of Gjiten for looking up characters by stroke/radical, it’s been working really well for grinding through the kanji I need for this test. (Windows users: JWPce is a great program if you need to look up kanji by radical/stroke count, by the way…)
J-Ben work has been pretty well static. I’ve been making a few minor changes and have prepared a git repository for the source, but I’m deliberately not working on it much right now. I know if I do, I’ll start spending too much time on the software and not enough studying for the test which is now a mere 2 days away.
Anyway, that’s mainly my current situation. But I do want to mention a few things about J-Ben before wrapping up this entry. (Warning: going into techie details!)
I haven’t written anything in awhile, so I figured I’d do so. I did say I may be busy with my Japanese studies, and I expect this to be moreso the case in the future, so this blog may grow a little stagnant until after the Japanese Language Proficiency Test on December 2nd. However, I Read more about Upcoming Major Update: J-Ben 1.1.0[…]
J-Ben 1.0.1 is now officially released. Please check it out, and leave any questions/comments here. – Paul