Prior preparation before going to Japan?
- Not sure or cannot compare
How long is your adaptation time?
- Failed and gave up
- Can speak the instant I step in Japan.
- < 1 week
- 1 week - 1 month
- 1 - 6 months
- 6 months - 1 year
- Many years and successful
- Many years and still adapting
- Adaptation pending
As for me, about N5 when I went to Japan; but failed to adapt (only 1 month duration at that time). I can somehow survived using a smartphone dictionary, though.
I also have an experience with English.
When I was 10 years old, I was thrown to a homestay in New Zealand, with no my mother tongue to speak with – 1 week of adaptation, and then when I come back to my home country; I still do worse than my friends who have never stayed abroad.