Did you get the result of last JLPT exam? You may started thinking to take next JLPT exam.We interviewed a Japanese learner who passed JLPT N5 last year, and asked how he studied for that. We hope his learning tips would help your next JLPT challenge.
Name : Kelvin
Nationality : American
Current Location : California, USA
Reason you are learning Japanese:I would like to be able to converse with my friends living in Japan and discuss work related matters in Japanese.
I took the JLPT N5 in 2018 and passed. I received an A in all sections (vocabulary, reading, and grammar). I felt I didn’t miss that many questions, so I was surprised to see that my raw score was rather low.
I went through the Genki series and used the official JLPT N5 Japanese Language Proficiency Test book to prepare for the exam. My daily routine consisted of listening, vocabulary, grammar, and/or reading practice based on time available. Additionally, I did grammar, speaking and listening practice with Kanako-san.
I recommend picking up the Genki series and the JLPT practice workbook:
The Genki series provided a good foundation for the main concepts encountered in the JLPT. I liked having the workbooks for the times I felt I needed additional practice.
Messages From Kelvin
I felt that the JLPT was a good checkpoint for measuring parts of my ability. While the Genki I series is supposed to line up roughly with the N5, I chose to complete both Genki I and II before taking the N5 because it made the test more comfortable for me. Regardless of the speed at which you take the tests, I think it’s important to remember to have fun while learning. 頑張りましょう！