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  1. Mike
    January 19, 2012

    Would you say N2 is enough to fully enjoy a trip to Japan on holidays?

    I’m planning on going during the summer and I don’t know if I’m better waiting till next year?

    • Mac
      January 22, 2012

      I would say N2 is more than enough. N4 with a good set of phrases and vocabulary will be good enough to enjoy Japan if you have some assistance (like an English guidebook to help explain some things). With N4, you should be able to ask questions and get around fairly easily if your speaking is up to it. If you are interested in being able to read brochures and pamphlets and have a general understanding of what a tour guide is saying you’ll need N2. You still won’t be able to understand everything of course, because they’ll be using some special vocabulary for different terms when they are talking about the history of a place for example. But, you should be able to get the general idea.

      The JLPT is useful in testing your ability to input the language, but not to output. So, doing some speaking exercises before you go, or just chatting it up with a native on a regular basis will make a big difference.

  2. saloni
    November 3, 2013

    Hi,
    I am preparing for JLPT N2, and i failed last tym by 7 marks. My weak areas were vocab and listening. So this time i found this book called “45日間で合格レベルへ! 日本語能力試験対策 N2 漢字、語彙。“
    Also for comprehension, 読解、完全マスター
    is the best one. Although it is far too tough, but will prepare you well enough for the exam.

    Please do let me also know which online material you guys are using apart from the above mentioned.

    • Clayton MacKnight
      November 4, 2013

      The 完全マスター聴解 is also pretty good for listening. N2 listening can be a little difficult because you have to do some note-taking and respond quickly during some sections. It’s difficult to stay focused.

  3. jamie
    August 8, 2014

    I used a vocabulary book titled JLPT 日本語能力試験 ターゲット2000. They also make a kanji book as well. I liked it because the vocubulary words are arranged in the order they are likely to appear on the test. Each word has an example sentence and you can download free tests and audiofiles. They make one for the N1 as well. I am using that currently. Depending on how you learn this may or may not be helpful. I made flash cards and have three piles. Daily which I reviewed daily, Weekly which you review once a week, and finallay monthly.

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