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?
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Next JLPT test is coming up : Sunday, July 6th, 2014 in Japan. Is anyone taking a test?
(In the US, next test will be held on Sunday, December 7th.)
I took it last year for the first time was pretty exhausting but alright... It was the first time I had a test like this, duration of 3 hours + break? (forgot the schedule but something like that ) but everyone around me was like, easy easy but they also talked about university or work and stuff... I don't want to go to universityyyyy. but back to the thing about the JLPT, I thought I didn't pass for the 3 months of waiting (I even forgot it until the date the results were available on internet... °.°' ) but when I saw that I passed it was really like woooooohoooo my older sister thinks of taking the N1 now, too (6 years older = 23 years). I gave her my nearly untouched learning books (I just looked at the pages with pictures and read the articles in it) but I wished I had learned a little bit more... it's really good for me that they don't write the points you achieved on the certificate
just to share my experiences of my first and last JLPT N1 experience, hope you will learn more than me and good luck for all who take the test this year.
Big, big congrats to you, noname00! That's such a great achievement.
Hope your sister will do well on the test as well.
For those who are thinking about taking a test...
JLPT website: link
Test Date: December 7th, 2014
Reg: Dates may vary. Please check your local website.
USA: For those who take JLPT in the U.S.
Online resistration for 2014 test: starting Sept 1, 2014
Reg. via mail: Packets are available beginning Aug. 20, 2014