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    The JLPT Thread

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    The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers.

    The JLPT has five levels: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1.
    N1 difficult ←→ easy N5

    N4 and N5 measure the level of understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in class. N1and N2 measure the level of understanding of Japanese used in a broad range of scenes in actual everyday life. N3 is a bridging level between N1/N2 and N4/N5.

    Linguistic competence required for the JLPT is expressed in terms of language activities, such as Reading and Listening, as shown in the table below. While not noted in the table, Language Knowledge, such as Vocabulary and Grammar, is also required for successful execution of these activities.

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    This thread is for everything about the JLPT test - questions, tips, experiences...
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    JLPT test

    Hello,
    I'm going to do the japanese proficency test level N4 the 5 of december. Someone in this forum knows a site where I can download materials for the exams?(past test, mp3 files ecc).
    Someone already did the test? Does he have any tips to share?

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    Re: JLPT test

    JLPT N4 is the old JLPT 3. So you just need to google materials for that one. Example: http://www.jlptstudy.com/N4/index.html
    Good luck.

    update 07-July-2012

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    Re: The JLPT Thread

    Is anyone intending to take the test this year? Did anyone take the new "syllabus" (N_) last year? What was it like and was it what you expected?

    The last time I took a JLPT was 2-kyuu in 2009 ("old" syllabus). I think I've gotten pretty rusty as I don't get to use a lot of the 2-kyuu words very much in "daily life" and manga translating I'm considering taking the N2 this year to see just how rusty I've gotten JLPT-wise.

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    Re: The JLPT Thread

    I can help people who want to do the N5...I did 4 kyuu the last year the old system was still running...so if anybody needs any help with that I can deliver...

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    Re: The JLPT Thread

    Any sites to help learn about the kanjis up to at least N3 level? I may be pushing my luck in trying to be a J-E translator.


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    Re: The JLPT Thread

    Just buy a dictionary and read, so you can search the kanji you find on the way. or search by rankings of frecuency.

    I always recommend Kodansha Kanji Learners Dictionary. There you have 2200 kanjis to learn, and that book is just awesome and extremely fast to search, the only thing that beats it is a densi jisho.

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    Re: The JLPT Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ominae View Post
    Any sites to help learn about the kanjis up to at least N3 level? I may be pushing my luck in trying to be a J-E translator.
    You can find JLPT study lists (including kanji lists) here: http://www.jlptstudy.net/

    However, I recommend against memorizing kanji by rote. You can do it only when forced to do so at school. It's hard to imagine a normal adult willingly forcing himself to copy each kanji 100 times or so...

    The method that worked for me was the book "Remembering the Kanji Vol 1" by James Heisig TOGETHER with this site: http://kanji.koohii.com/

    The basic gist of the method is:
    1) Memorize kanji radicals, not kanji as a whole
    2) Memorize each kanji as a collection radicals, not strokes
    3) Use mnemonic devices to remember which radicals a kanji consists of and how they're arranged relative to each other
    4) Memorize kanji in the order that helps memorization, not frequency of use or grade/JLPT level
    5) Do not waste time memorizing kanji readings at first (personally, I would recommend that you never memorize kanji readings at all... you can incidentally memorize them when you learn vocab)

    In retrospect, these points make a lot of sense. Since I don't know any other method that uses a similar system, I'll just recommend Heisig. Or try to learn by rote like everyone naively does at first, get frustrated, give up, then try Heisig.

    As a final general note, when memorizing anything, not just kanji, do use SRS. It makes a lot of difference.
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