How to study JLPT Kanji

How to study JLPT Kanji post image

There a variety of strategies to learning kanji. It seems like everyone has a different method they employ, and that they swear by. You might have even heard a few heated debates in your time over what is the best way to study kanji. You could say that there seem to be just as many [...]


JLPT N5 Vocabulary – People

JLPT N5 Vocabulary – People post image

Do you think you know this already?  Take the Quiz In addition to the words for your immediate family, the N5 also includes the more basic vocabulary you need to refer to people, starting with how to refer to a man and a woman: 男おとこの人ひと otokonohito man 女おんなの人ひと onnanohito woman And you can talk about [...]

I real love for Japan.

Recently an article caught my eye “How a love of Japan, led me to stop dating its women.” It details the trials and tribulations of a man trying to not get too deep into Japanese culture by not dating ‘its women’. Or at least that’s what I think it was about. From the start it [...]

N5 Vocabulary, Japanese family vocabulary

Most of the words for your immediate family are covered in the N5. As you may have learned before, in Japanese, there are different words that refer to your in-group (e.g. your family) and members of an out-group (e.g. someone else’s family). You might have heard of these referred to as humble, for in-group, and [...]


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JLPT Summer 2017 Results

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For the first 7 months of this year, I was spending most of waking hours working on a study book for the N5. It have been learning a lot, not only about Japanese but also all the ins and outs of publishing a book with a major publisher. I realized about halfway through that I [...]


JLPT Summer 2017 First Reactions

JLPT Summer 2017 First Reactions post image

The JLPT is conducted twice a year in most of Asia, and today was the day of the summer JLPT. It also happens to be the middle of rainy season, so there was a huge thunderstorm in the middle of the test that kept us inside, making for a very interesting test taking experience. Sorry [...]

N5 Practice Test Grammar Explanations post image

JLPT organizers have made practice tests available online ever since they changed the format back in 2010.  These ‘tests’ aren’t actually complete.  A lot of the sections only have 2 questions whereas the real test may have 5 or more for each.  I have added some comments to the practice tests that you can pick [...]


JLPT December 2016 Results

JLPT December 2016 Results post image

getIf you registered for the JLPT in Japan online, you should now be able to check your results online at the official JEES site.  If you mailed your application in the old fashion way, the results will be mailed out starting February 3rd.  Online results for several other countries should be available now, too.  And [...]

Review of Try! Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 post image

Your typical study book for the test includes drills and more drills.  The Shin Kanzen Master series for N4 and above are masters of this formula.  So-Matome also has a very good series of books that really focus on drilling the grammar points you need to know in order to pass the test.  And in [...]


Becoming the … N5? Master

Becoming the … N5? Master post image

So, a long time ago I passed the N2. It has actually been awhile since I’ve taken the JLPT because to be honest, I had reached the level I need to be at in order to do what I need to do. At the N2 level, you can understand most reading materials and the majority [...]


The JLPT organizers have made practice tests available for free online ever since they changed the format in 2010. These practice tests are more like a bundle of sample questions though considering they only have 2 questions of each type. They were great in the early days after the revision when it was difficult to [...]

N4 Grammar: Using tebakari and youda post image

This week, I’m continuing on with N4 grammar points by talking about how to use verbs with particles and other phrases. This month, I’m going over tebakari and youda. You can use bakari to talk about only doing one thing. Do you know when to use youda in conversation. How do you use bakari? Watch [...]