August 14, 2012, 1:59 pm
Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for this. I’ve just completed Minna Nihongo 2 along with the Workbook as well this week and didn’t really know what to do next. I’ve been using Busy People 2 and 3 along with Genki 2 but I just wasn’t sure if all of this was helping me to improve – was I simply filling in gaps or could I actually use and recognise such grammatical constructs outside of the textbook. I was struggling how to get to that level. Just because I can do it within the confines of the textbook doesn’t mean I actually ‘know’ it. Sometimes I even forget what grammatical structures I have actually learned! I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ though for these resources as already I’m gaining clarity as to how to make the most of my time and hopefully make my Japanese more, to use your word, automatic. Thanks again
August 14, 2012, 2:36 pm
If there is anything more you’d like to see in the kit, please let me know. I’ve got a few plans on what to add to it to expand and make it better, but it is always good to hear from readers what needs to be added to make it a great kit. I hope everything works out for you. I think it is time for you to get a good conversation partner to chat with. That has always been a great experience for me.
August 14, 2012, 8:30 pm
Thank you for your immediate information and support – all went well.
I hope you will get many members, so that your efforts over the last two years will be rewarded.
August 15, 2012, 3:57 am
Thanks Heike, I hope so too! Let me know if you need anything else.
August 14, 2012, 10:36 pm
Thanks. Yeah, you’re right. After going through your goals videos today I’ve thought about how a separate goal for running alongside the N2 ultimate goal (?!) is to have a conversation partner. As a teacher I thought I’d put my skills to the test and figure out a way of setting up a chat with someone even though my speaking skills aren’t great. Sort of conversational skills for people who can’t talk! So far so good but definitely working progress 🙂 Lastly I must thank you again for the kit as it has given me clarity and really inspired me to be smart with my studies. 🙂
August 26, 2012, 11:53 am
This is all so great! Thank you *so* much for all of this awesome information. I really appreciate all of your hard work and effort.
August 26, 2012, 1:48 pm
Thanks for the kind words Hilary! Hope you enjoy the kit!
June 22, 2013, 9:05 am
Figured I’d give it a look as it’s only $27 (as of 22/06/2013) which is hardly anything considering higher level text books cost far more than this, plus the kit content is pretty vast and constantly being updated.
Obviously it’s no replacement for real text books but it does contain a lot of useful info that no textbook will. Such as, a list of the vast majority of different resources you can use to help study (many free ones). You could waste a lot of time trying to track these down yourself whereas Mac has kindly listed them out and their pros and cons.
He also provides plenty of tips and advice on how to study and what will get you nowhere.
Other invaluable information is stuff like; test information and tips on how to plan out the different sections as a real killer for most is not necessarily not knowing the answers, but instead not being able to adequately allocate enough time to answer them all.
Two major good points are:
1. you pay a one off fee and get access to any and all future updates
2. possibly the most important, Mac is currently studying for N1 – so being a current learner means he’s much closer to the whole process than a teacher would be so can relate more and therefore give advice and insights that a teacher (especially a seasoned or native teacher) wouldn’t be able to.
Definitely give it a shot as there’s nothing to lose. You’re bound to find quite a bit of info you can use in there.
June 24, 2013, 2:30 pm
Thanks for the kind words Ryuu!
By all means, let me know if you have any questions about how to study. I always love to hear from other test-takers.
January 5, 2014, 4:13 pm
The 1.97 update link points to the 1.96 zip.
January 16, 2014, 3:08 pm
Sorry, fixed now, you can download version 2.00 above
January 31, 2015, 2:26 pm
Mac , thanks a lot for this study kit, it was really worthy signing up. It is great with a lot of information, guide to books to buy, very interesting sites and tools to help our study. As I posted on the 2014 december test results, I took the N3 for the first time and it went really great (164/180) with 44/60 in reading and vocabulary/kanji- A/A and 60/60 in reading and 60/60 in listening. I aldo took private classes but your study kit was always a reference to me to guide my studies: I used your commented version of the practice test and also took the mock test book that you suggested in the study guide kit. This book was an excellent hint because by doing the test I learned some kanjis that appeared on the real test!!
So as Ryuu very well said: it was a really good investment because Mac has gone further and tried many sites, tools and told us the pros and cons, helping us to avoid wasting our precious time.
Thanks a lot Mac. Now planning to take N2 this year and of course the JLPT Study Guide will be my companion again
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