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Jessi:Hi everyone, welcome to the New JLPT N3 Prep Course Lesson 11. I'm Jessi and I'm here in the studio joined by...
Naomi:こんにちは、みなさん。直美です。Hi everyone, Naomi here.
前回は 聴解のもんだい2を勉強しましたね。
Jessi:In the last lesson, we covered Question 2 of the Listening comprehension section.
Jessi:And in this Lesson, we'll cover Question 3 of the Listening comprehension section.
Now, this Question 3 is one that ONLY appears on levels N3 and above, right?
Naomi:そうです。問題3は 会話全体の意味を聞き取る問題です。
Jessi: In Question 3, you answer questions that ask for a summary of the listening question. To answer these questions, you should have a good idea of the situation presented in the audio.
Jessi: Okay, so let's take a look at the instructions. Naomi-sensei, お願いします。
Naomi: 問題3では問題用紙に何も印刷されていません。
Jessi: In question 3, nothing is printed in the question booklet.
Naomi: まず、話を聞いてください。それから、質問を聞いて、正しい答えを1から4の中から一つ選んでください。
Jessi: First, please listen to the conversation or speech. Then listen to the question and four answer choices. Choose the best answer from 1 to 4.
Hmm, so the important thing to note here is that the question is only presented once - and that's AFTER the conversation.
Naomi: That's right. You need to focus on getting the general idea of the conversation or speech.
Jessi: You don't know what's going to be asked, so you must listen closely to everything.
Naomi: この人は何をしたいのかな~。とか この人は何を言おうとしているのかな~ とか を必ず考えて、聞いてください。
Jessi: (translation)
Naomi: I think that's what usually do when you have a conversation with people everyday.
Jessi: Okay, now it's time to practice for 問題3. Since nothing is printed in the actual test booklet for these questions, you won't need your Lesson Notes to do these practice questions. You may want to keep them on hand, though, since they have the transcripts for the questions that you can refer to afterward. Okay, let's begin! Here's the first one.
練習問題 ③
1. はれ
2. あめ
3. ゆき
4. くもり
Jessi: Okay Naomi-sensei, first, can we hear the question itself one more time?
Naomi: Sure. 今、どんな天気ですか?What is the weather like right now?
Jessi: So the question is asking about the weather. And the answer choices are - 1. はれ (sunny) 2. あめ (rainy) 3. ゆき (snowy) 4. くもり (cloudy)
Before we give you the answer, let's go through the question together.
Naomi: Okay. The first hint to the answer is when the wife says あら、ふりはじめたの?
Jessi: The verb ふる is used for both rain and snow, but since there's no subject, we don't actually know which one she's talking about. So this could mean, has it started raining? Or, has it started snowing?
Naomi:If you're not careful enough, you might go ahead and choose あめ rainy here.
Jessi:Right. The most important key phrase is?
Jessi:"Is it piling up already?"
Naomi:And the husband's answer 「うん。そとは真っ白だよ。」
Jessi: "Yes, it's pure white outside."
Ah! I think we know the answer now...
Naomi: Yes, the answer is number 3 - 雪. Snow.
Jess: Yes, it's snowy. Those last two lines are the major clues.
Naomi: そうですね。 「つもる」 is a verb that means to pile up, and it is used to describe the way snow piles up.
Jessi: And the last line - 外は真っ白. It's pure white outside! We now know that the answer is 雪.
Naomi: Did you get the right answer?
Jessi: Okay, let's do one more practice question.
1. しんぶんをよみたい思っている。
2. ゲームを買ってもらいたいと思っている。
3. おとうさんはくだらない人だと思っている。
4. おとうさんにあそんでほしいと思っている。
Jessi: Okay Naomi-sensei, first, can we hear the question itself one more time?
Naomi: Sure. 男の子はどう思っていますか。
Jessi: What is the boy thinking? Let's review the conversation. Basically, to sum it up, he's asking his dad to do lots of different things.
Naomi:Right. そうですね。The boy said...公園に行きたいなぁ。連れて行ってよ。
Jessi:I wanna go to the park. Can you take me?
Naomi:And he said 一緒にコンピューターゲームしようよ。
Jessi:Let's play this computer game together!
Naomi:He also said 本を買ってよ。本屋さんに行こうよ。
Jessi: Could you buy me a book? Let's go to the bookstore.
Naomi:He uses "let's" a lot, doesn't he? That means he wants to do something with his father. Anything is fine with him.
Jessi: Ah, so with that in mind, I think we have a good idea of what he's thinking. Let's review the answer choices.
Naomi: 1. しんぶんをよみたい思っている。 He wants to read the newspaper.
Jessi: The father said he's going to read the newspaper, and the boy was interested in reading a book. So this is incorrect. Next one?
Naomi: 2.ゲームを買ってもらいたいと思っている。 He wants his dad to buy him a computer game.
Jessi: He actually said 本を買って "Buy me a book".. so this is incorrect. Next one?
Naomi: おとうさんはくだらない人だと思っている。He thinks his father is silly.
Jessi: くだらない... there's a lot of ways to translate this in English, and when describing a person, it might be like ridiculous, or absurd. This is a bit different from what he's thinking, though.
Naomi:Right. The boy said つまらないの "I'm bored." or "It's not fun", in this case he's describing the situation, but not his father.
Jessi: So choice 3 is not correct.
Jessi:The correct answer is Choice 4.
Naomi: おとうさんにあそんでほしいと思っている。He wants his father to play with him.
Jessi: He asks his father multiple times to play with him, so this is the correct answer.
Naomi: みなさん、練習問題はどうでしたか? How did you do on the practice questions?
Jessi: You can find the full transcripts for the questions in the PDF, and there are even more practice questions in the bonus audio track, so don't miss them!
Naomi: ボーナストラックも聞いてくださいね!
Jessi: Until next time, everyone.

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November 10th, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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Listeners, do you have any good strategies for dealing with this type of listening question? Let us know in a comment! :)

November 25th, 2010 at 01:41 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks for the comments!!

I made the practice questions based on the questions appeared in JLPT of last 5 years. Of course I didn't copied the storyline or setting, but tried to use tricky vocab and grammar appeared in JLPT before. So this questions might be a little challenging. In the actual test, you'll find easier questions, so don't worry even if you made mistakes.:wink:

Regarding the words くだらない or つまらない, we rarely use this word toward people. (well... we do, but it sounds pretty offensive. I don't think you'll use this to describe your own parents:wink:) We often used this word to describe the joke, system, situation and so on.

And the boy did say 「つまらない」, but he is not talking about his father. He's talking about the situation. So maybe "I'm bored" or "It's boring" would be a good translation. He is not saying "Dad, you're boring.":lol:

November 13th, 2010 at 01:31 AM
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I understood everything in question 2 but still missed it. I thought that since the father didn't want to do anything with the boy the boy would think the father was くだらない "good for nothing, worthless" :) But I guess the question wanted to know what the boy was thinking before not after. tricky.

November 11th, 2010 at 05:52 AM
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I find this to be the most difficult of the listening questions, I sometimes try to take notes (as we are sometimes recommended to do). However, when I do, I often lose track of what is being said so my advice is to instead take in the information and hold all of the essential pieces in your memory for the duration of the conversation. As it goes on, and you get the general gist, you can decide which bits to discard, leaving you with the bare bones of the conversation, just what you need to answer the question at the end.

November 11th, 2010 at 12:36 AM
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I don't know about any strategies, but one definitely has to know all the words that are used in the audio.  くだらないとつもるのは知らなかったので、質問に間違いました。Great practice lesson~