Planning for the JLPT? Learn about the new JLPT test levels N1, N2, N3, N4, and N5. The JLPT is a goal for many students of the Japanese language - whether for university entrance, a job in Japan, or just personal motivation.
In December 2002 (yes that long ago), I took the old level 3 test and passed. I lived in Japan for some time after that but didn't progress as I was studying TESOL at Temple University, Japan and I spent all the hours I had working and studying. Ironically, now that I am living outside Japan, I have time and thanks to Japanesepod101, the opportunity to study.
I will take the N3 in Edinburgh this year (2014). I would be grateful to hear of anyone who wants to be a cyber-study buddy with me and share some tips and ideas. I would also be glad if anyone could recommend any readings or literature to help me.
At the moment, I am reviewing the N4 course as I am a bit rusty. Then from next month, I will really go for the N3 test. That will give me five months to study. My wife is Japanese, but I don't want to stress her with questions on grammar etc. I wonder if it is a good idea to upgrade so to premium plus and get a tutor who can help me.
There are some forum threads where people are looking for study buddies, so you might want to check those out. Hope you can find someone to study with for N3 this year.
It's very nice of you to try not to stress your wife out. You're always welcome to ask us grammar questions here or any lesson pages! There are many people doing that, and other J-Pod listeners are very helpful and kind enough to answer to you questions with a very good explanation in English! We appreciate your consideration of subscribing Premium+ membership I think you can try studying with you current membership, and then if you think the current membership is not enough, you can upgrade it to Premium+. Hopefully, someone with Premium+ membership will drop by and post a comment about it too!
Hi there, I'm also taking N3 (in London this July). The interesting bit is I've only been studying Japanese since January. Know about 2k vocab and all the jouyou kanji. It's just a vocab and grammar grind for me at this stage. Going to be an experience for sure!
For reading resources, NHK Easy every day is a good start. Just spend as much time online as you can reading as many different things as you can, really. Tutor wouldn't be a bad idea! Also sign up for lang-8 and start practicing writing ASAP
I'm using a combination of Evernote, Anki, and Memrise to keep hold of everything.
Thanks for your feedback! I'll bring it back to my team. For now, please have a look at vocabulary search, or key vocabulary list on each Audio Lesson. Most of the vocabulary have their sample sentences in Japanese and English (translation).