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Jessi: Hello and welcome back to the JLPT Level 4 Last Minute Prep Course. I'm Jessi and I'm here joined by Naomi.
Jessi:We're at the fifth lesson of this series. In this lesson and in the next lesson, we'll be covering the listening section of JLPT level 4
Naomi:Listening is known as 聴解 in Japanese. 聴解は25分間です.
Jessi:The listening section lasts 25 minutes.
Jessi:There are 17 questions in the Listening section.
Jessi:In the Listening section there are two types of questions.もんだい1 and もんだい2.
Jessi:In this lesson, we'll be focusing on もんだい1Question1. Let's get started.
Jessi:In もんだい1, you have to listen to a short conversation or paragraph and answer the questions. The questions are not printed in the booklet, only the answer choices. OK, first of all, can you please read the instructions?
Naomi:問題用紙を見て、正しい答えを一つ選んでください。問題用紙 is question booklet. 正しい答え is correct answer or appropriate answer 一つ is one
Jessi: So this means "Look at your question booklet and choose the correct answer."
Naomi:In もんだい1 there are certain types of question that appear every year.
Jessi:What are they?
Naomi: Questions asking about location, asking about the appearance of something or someone and asking the date.
Jessi:To be able to answer the location questions correctly, you need to know vocabulary that indicates location such as
Naomi:うえ"on" した "under" and なか"in"
Jessi:And so on. We made a list in the lesson notes of lesson 1 of this JLPT series. You also need to know the names of basic items at home and at school.
Naomi:Right. Such as ... つくえ desk いす chair 本棚 bookshelf and so on.
Jessi:There's a vocab list in the lesson notes, so make sure to go over it.
Naomi:OK, now let's move on to the Practice question.
Jessi:(Tell where the picture and the choices are)
Audio:男の人と女の人が話しをしています。めがねは どこに ありますか。
Audio:めがねは どこに ありますか。
Jessi:Did you get the answer? Naomi-sensei, what's the answer?
Naomi:4. She put the glasses on the bookshelf. Because she said あ、あった。
Jessi:Here it is or I found them.
Jessi:I put them on the bookshelf.
Naomi:めがね means glasses.
Jessi:As in glasses that you wear. OK. On to the question asking about the appearance of something or someone.
In Japanese, there are several ways to say "to wear" or "to put on."
Naomi:Right. To wear a shirt is シャツを着る but to wear jeans is ジーンズをはく 
Jessi:Right. There are two different words here! きる means To wear on one's upper body, so you'd use it with something like a shirt or jacket. はく on the other hand means To wear on one's lower body, so you'd use it for pants or a skirt, etc.
Naomi-sensei what about the めがね glasses we've just introduced?
Jessi:And for cap or hat?
Naomi:We use the verb かぶる The word for cap or hat is ぼうし so...帽子をかぶる
Jessi:Make sure to memorize those verbs. This list is also in the lesson notes. OK. Let's listen to the next practice question.
女: すみません、たなかさん、ちょっといいですか。
男: ええ。何ですか?
女: 次のざっしに、どのしゃしんが良いと思います?
男: うーん。僕は、このかみがながい、ズボンをはいている女の子の写真がいいと思いますよ。
女: ああ、このぼうしをかぶっているのですか。
男: いや、めがねをかけている子。
女: そうですか。じゃ、このしゃしんを使いますね。
Jessi:Did you get the answer? Naomi-sensei, what's the answer?
Naomi:2. The key phrases are ...髪が長い
Jessi:Has long hair
Jessi:a girl wearing pants
Jessi:And there are two girls who have long hair and are wearing pants. ズボン means trousers or pants in Japanese.
Naomi:He also said めがねをかけている子
Jessi:A girl wearing glasses.So the answer should be choice2. ズボン was a bit tricky however most clothing names are from English, so once you get used to the Japanese way of pronouncing English words, it's not too bad. Can we hear the names of some clothes?
Jessi:coat...Hum not bad
Jessi:skirt (comment)
Naomi:And it's not the name of an article of clothing, but... ポケット.
Naomi:This word often shows up on the JLPT Level 4.
Jessi:OK. On to the question asking the date. As we mentioned in Lesson 1, we strongly recommend that you review how to say the month, date, and seven days of the week in Japanese. Especially the irregular ones. There are 3 (tricky) dates that frequently appear on JLPT Level 4.
Jessi:the fourth
Jessi:the eighth
Jessi:the twentieth. OK. Let's listen to the next practice question.
Jessi:Did you get the answer? Naomi-sensei, what's the answer?
Naomi:3. 八日です。
Jessi:Because the man said
Jessi:Well then...how about next week? The eighth or ninth? Then the woman said
Jessi:Well...the ninth is no good. So...the only choice left is the eighth.
Naomi:I think you also need to review relative time expressions such as this week and next week
Jessi:How do you say this week?
Jessi:What about the next week?
Jessi:All right, and that concludes this lesson. Make sure to join us next time for our last JLPT Level 4 lesson!
Jessi:Lesson notes, practice question
Jessi:See you in the next lesson.



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November 16th, 2009 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san, The test date is getting closer and closer! Please ask any questions you have here :D

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September 9th, 2019 at 09:01 AM
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Hi Yagami,

Thanks for your comment!

If you are asking about listening assignments, you can repeat it by clicking the "play audio" button.

Thank you for studying with us!


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Yagami Raito
August 14th, 2019 at 09:09 PM
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こんにちは! Are the questions in audio form repeatable? It's still a challenge for me to understand all words at first try. 😭

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November 3rd, 2018 at 02:07 AM
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Hi Nad,

Thank you for asking the questions!

Question, what does NA means there?


>> The な at the end often used by female to make a sentence sound softer. ね is also used for the same purpose.

Is this is really a question?


>> Yes, it is a question. For details, please check out this lesson:


In this lesson, they mention "You can use the negative form of a verb as a question (with rising intonation) to invite someone to do something."

I hope this helps.


Miki H

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June 3rd, 2018 at 05:36 PM
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about the last practice test...


I want to about the *Ikitai-NA...

Question, what does NA means there? and about ...


Is this is really a question? Is the lady asking on "How about going on the this Sunday, 2nd of the month?"

I want to get the right translation. Is this an information conversiontion.

November 24th, 2016 at 11:57 PM
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This site has been invaluable for learning Japanese, and for that I thank you. I'll be taking the N5 this December and I have really enjoyed this series, as well as the JLPT practice tests.

However, after going through the practice tests I couldn't help but notice how many kanji that were not N5 level that were in the N5 Vocab 10 through 18 tests. Especially test 18. There's also other grammar and kanji tests that are not N5 level as the jump in proficiency is pretty noticeable from one N5 practice test to another. Also, would there be any way to include any N5 reading practice tests like you have included on the N4?

Lastly, just to bring one more small thing to your attention, under the main links on the left side of the site like the Japanese Basics link, you have a Dictionary link with a Japanese Dictionary, and Kanji Dictionary link included. The main title "Dictionaries" is spelled "Dictonaries".

Again I have enjoyed this site tremendously and sorry if my message was long.


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January 11th, 2013 at 01:25 PM
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> jesus-san,

it's difficult to say exactly "when" you can definitely pass the exam,

but would you like to try our JLPT preparatory lesson? It might help you!:wink:

> Rainguy27-san,


Our lessons are "designed" for you to make your own curriculum, i.e. to make it "tailor made":smile: According to your understandings, you can either

repeat or skip the lessons of any level. Whenever you feel confortable,

please try the next level! Good luck!:wink:

> シンディーさん、

Good luck to you too!!:grin:

> Gabriel-san,

above: ue

under: shita

left: hidari

right: migi

Please note that we need to use particles after those according to the meanings:wink:


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January 10th, 2013 at 04:52 AM
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How do I say the positions in Japanese? Like above, under, left, right etc..

I only know that inside is NAKA.


November 21st, 2009 at 04:53 AM
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You make me envious and I also want to do the JLPT 4 next year too so lets do it and good luck everyone! :twisted: S_R_C

November 21st, 2009 at 03:23 AM
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Ohayo gozaimasu, ogenki desuka. We still do not understand the lack of continuity on lesson instruction. The skipping around between lesson numbers is very confusing....let us know why this is being done onegaishimasu.


November 21st, 2009 at 01:44 AM
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i'd like to know if i study all the beginner level... could i make it the jlpt 3??? arigatou gozaimazu!!!