Tsui ni ついに – Finally

I just found out that the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is finally going to undergo some much needed changes.  Everybody has been saying for years that they need to do more than one test per year, and that there needs to be a new level between 2kyu and 3kyu, and finally they are going to put these changes in place.

These are the new levels to replace current levels 1-4.  Note the addition of the N3 level:

  • N1: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 1 test, but designed to enable slightly more advanced abilities to be measured as well.
  • N2: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 2 test.
  • N3: Positioned at a level bridging existing Level 2 and  Level 3 tests.
  • N4: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 3 test.
  • N5: Approximately the same passing level as the existing Level 4 test.

They will also offer ‘multiple test dates’ though it seems this will not happen until Dec 2010.

Full official details of the announcement can be found here.

The donkey finally gets the carrot

The donkey finally gets the carrot

So “finally” they got their bums in gear to make these much needed and called for changes.  I have been familiar with the translations of “yatto” and “iyoiyo” for “finally”, however when looking it up on ALC I noticed it can also be translated as “tsui ni”.  “Tsui ni” is one of those words I had heard a lot and often wondered what it meant, now I know. 🙂

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