How to learn Japanese language JLPT N4

#Before studying N4

Hello everybody, I am AIRI – Japanese teacher. I will introduce to you how to study Japanese 『 How to reach N4 level in Japanese』for people who aiming at reaching N4 level in Japanese

For people who have not study N5 yet, you should start learning from N5 level❗️→You can study N5 level in here

Usually, it takes about 300 hours people who are at N5 level to pass N4 Japanese Language Proficiency test . Let’s go into specific steps !

Table of contents

Ⅰ.『Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2』

  ①Grammar(5~8h/lesson x 25 lessons)・・・200h

  ②Reading(1h/lesson x 25 lessons) ・・・25h

  ③Listening(1h/lesson x 25 lessons) ・・・25h

Ⅱ. Practice grammar・・・50h

Ⅲ. Practice exam’s questions・・・15h

Ⅰ.『Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2』(250h)

First of all、just like in N5と we will study 「Vocabulary・Kanji・Grammar」in 『Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2』.
At the same time we will practice
「Reading comprehension・Listening 」😌

When learning vocabulary, let’s also study Kanji.
It shall be difficult at first, but later you will get used to it

Besides, practicing reading comprehension・listening is also important.
It helps us to review vocabulary and grammar.
It also help us to prepare well for the test.

①Document for vocabulary and grammar
Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2

 You should use Version for foreigner.

In『Minna no Nihon go shokyuu 21』
we will study:

 ・Vocabulary・・・About 1,200 words
 ・Kanji・・・ About 200 Kanjis
 ・Grammar・・・About 110 structures 

②Book for reading comprehension
25 basic reading comprehension exercises 2

③Book for listening
25 basic listening exercises 2

Methods of studying through 『Minna no Nihonngo shokyuu 2』

I will show you how to study through『 Minna no Nihonngo shokyu 2』.Please study following the steps below !

①『Minna no Nihonngo shokyuu 2』

1.Please study vocabulary and kanji in the version for foreigner.

2.Study grammars through my grammars’s teaching clips.

3.After that, you should read Minna no Nihongo shokyu 2 ( Version for foreigners ) to understand more, understand thoroughly about grammar structures

4.Practice following order 
Exercise A→ Exercise B→ Exercise C .

5.Read out loud examples in the book.

6.Do exercises in this book.
  You can download your exercises in this link

7.Listen to the conversations in this book.
  You can download your exercises in this link

② How to use『25 basic Japanese reading comprehension exercises 2』

「Lesson 26」in this book corresponds with 「Lesson 26」 in『Minna no Nihonngo shokyuu 2』.

After learning「Lesson 26」 in『Minna no Nihonngo shokyuu 2』please answer 「Lesson 26」’s questions in
『25 basic Japanese reading comprehension exercises 2』.

It is better to do the exercises in this book after studying grammar structure for about 2 or 3 days.
Because if you do so, you can also review the grammar and vocabulary. :))

③ How to use『25 basic listening exercises 2』

「Lesson 26」in this book also corresponds with 「Lesson 26」 in『Minna no Nihonngo book shokyuu 2』.

After learning「Lesson 26」 in『Minna no Nihonngo shokyuu 2』please do 「Lesson 26」’s exercises in
『25 basic listening exercises 2』.

Reaching being good at「practicing listening」 is really hard.
If you do not understand any parts of the exercises, you can read the script and listen to it repeatedly.

Reading the content out loud and shadowing words also help a lot !

N4 Grammar

Below here are the list of grammar structures in『Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2』from lesson 26 to lesson 50.

Click on each grammar sample to see my explanation video. Watch Video and learn grammar ☺️

Lesson 26

1①「(ふつう形)んですか」
2②「どうしたんですか」「(ふつう形)んです」
3③「どうして(ふつう形)んですか」「(ふつう形)んです」
4④「いいえ、~。(ふつう形)んです。」
5⑤「(ふつう形)んですが、~して頂けませんか」
6⑥「(ふつう形)んですが、~たらいいですか」

Lesson 27

7【かのう形】「~られます」
8②「見えます」「聞こえます」
9③「できます」
10④「~しか・・Vません」
11⑤くらべる「は」

Lesson 28

12①「Vます+ながら、〜」
13②習慣「Vています」
14③「(ふつう形)+だし、〜し、それに・・・」
15④「(ふつう形)+だし、〜し、・・・」

Lesson 29

16①「Vています」
17②「Vてしまいました」「Vてしまいます」
18③ざんねん「Vてしまいました」

Lesson 30

19①「(場所)に(N)が(V:他動詞)てあります。」
20②「(N)は(場所)に(V:他動詞)てあります。」
21③じゅんび「~の前に+Vておきます。」
22④あとで「~たら、Vておきます。」
23⑤そのまま「Vておきます」

Lesson 31

24【Vいこう形】「~(よ)う」
25①「(Vいこう形)+とおもっています」
26②「まだVていません」*まだVません
27③「Vじしょ形/Vない形+つもりです」
28④「Vじしょ形/Nの+予定です」

Lesson 32

29①「Vた形/ない形+ほうがいいです」
30②「Vふつう形/けいようし/N+でしょう
31③「Vふつう形+かもしれません」

Lesson 33

32【めいれい形】
33【きんし形】
34①「(ふつう形)」と書いてあります/読みます
35②(ふつう形)という意味です
36③(ふつう形)と言っていました
37④(ふつう形)と伝えて頂けませんか

Lesson 34

38①「(ふつう形)/Nの+とおりに・・」
39②「〜Vた/Nの+あとで、・・」
40③「Vて/Vないで、・・」
41④「~Vないで、・・」

Lesson 35

42【じょうけん形】「Vれば」
43①「Vれば、~」
44②「~すれば、・・・できますよ」
45③「Vなければ、・・・」
46④「(いA)ければ、・・・」
47⑤「(なA)なら、・・・」
48⑥「~れば、・・・がいいですよ」

Lesson 36

49①目的「Vじしょ形/Vない+ように、・・・」
50②能力の変化「Vじしょ形+ようになりました」
51③習慣「Vじしょ形/ない形+ようにしています」
52④注意「Vじしょ形/ない形+ようにしてください」

Lesson 37

53【受身形】「Vられます」
54①「私は+(人)に+Vられます」
55②迷惑「私は+(人)に(N)を+Vられます」
56③「もの/ことが~Vられます」

Lesson 38

57①「Vじしょ形+のは・・・」
58②「Vじしょ形+のが・・・」
59③「(ふつう形)+のを忘れました」
60④「(ふつう形)+のを知っていますか」
61⑤「(ふつう形)+のはNです。」

Lesson 39

62①きもち「Vて、・・・」
63②原因「Vない形+くて、・・・」
64③原因「(いA)くて、/(なA)で、・・・」
65④原因「Nで・・・」
66⑤理由「(Vふつう形)+ので、・・・」

Lesson 40

67①「(ぎもん)+か、・・・」
68②「Vじしょ形/Vない+かどうか、・・・」
69③「Vてみます」

Lesson 41

70①「わたしは(目上)にNを頂きました。」
71②「(目上)がわたしにNをくださいました。」
72③「わたしは(目下)にNをやりました。」
73④「(目上)に〜Vて頂きました。」
74⑤「(目上)が〜Vてくださいました。」
75⑥「(目下)に〜Vてやりました。」
76⑦「〜Vていただけませんか/くださいませんか。」

Lesson 42

77①「Vじしょ形/Nの+ために・・・」
78②「Vじしょ形の/N+につかいます/いいです・・・」
79③代金/期間「Vじしょ形の/N+に~かかります」

Lesson 43

80①「Vます+そうです」
81②「(いA/なA)+そうです」
82③「Vてきます」

Lesson 44

83①「Vます/(いA/なA)+すぎます」
84②むずかしさ「Vます+やすい/にくいです」
85③ひんど「Vます+やすい/にくいです」
86④「(いA)く/(なA)に/Nに+します」
87⑤決定「Nにします」

Lesson 45

88①「(ふつう形)/Nの場合は、・・Vてください」
89②「(ふつう形)のに、・・」

Lesson 46

90①「(ふつう形)+ところです」
91②「Vたばかりです」
92③「Vる/Vない/(Aい)い/(Aな)な/Nの+はずです」

Lesson 47

93①「(ふつう形)/Nだ+そうです」
94②「(ふつう形)/Nの/(なA)な+ようです」

Lesson 48

95【しえき形】「〜Vさせる」
96①「(目上)は、(目下)を〜Vさせる」
97「わたしは(目下)にNを〜Vさせる」
98「わたしは(目下)を/(目下)にNを〜Vさせる」
99「〜Vさせていただけませんか」

Lesson 49

100①尊敬語
101②「お+Vます+になりました」
102③いろいろな尊敬語
103④「お+Vます+ください」

Lesson 50

104①「わたしが~お/ご+Vます+します」
105②謙譲語

Ⅲ. Practicing grammar (50 Hours)

After finish studying 『Minna no Nihongo shokyuu 2』we will practice, review grammar

We will study from 『Shinkanzen Master N4 Grammar
This book also has Vietnamese version

This book put together all the grammars that have the same meaning.Try to remember the grammar which you have forgot and try to find the difference between it and other similar grammars

Besides, this book also has some test that help you prepare for the exam.Therefore, I suggest you read this book

Method of reading『Shinkanzen Master N4 Grammar』

Shinkanzen Master N4 Grammar』is separated in to 3 parts

1.Practicing forms in sentences・・・5h

2.Part 1・・・30h

3.Part 2・・・20h

1.Practicing forms in sentences(5h)

First of all, practicing forms in sentences.。
This part takes about 5 hours。(30mins x 9 lessons)

We will review different forms such as verbs from group I~III, て form, た form, normal form, potential form, ……

2.Part 1(30h)

In this part we shall practice grammar structures.
This will take about 30 hours。(1hour x 30 lessons)

This part will introduce grammar structures that has similar meaning.With difficult structures, try to remember it through examples.😊

3.Part 2(20h)

In part 2 we will study these particles(が/を/に…)and conjunctions like(から/が/でも…)and adverb.

Besides, in the last past of the book there will be some mock tests, after review all the grammar try to do the mock tests.

This part will take about 20 hours。(1hour x 18 lessons + mock tests)

Ⅲ. Practicing exam’s questions (15 Hours)

At the final step, you will practice doing some exams question !

You will try to take the exam with the same amount of time of a real test.

It is not about「You did it right !」or「You did it wrong…」
⭐️But「Doing exercises that you have not done right」is more important⭐️

①Practicing exams challenge!

You should do questions, exercises from Japanese Language Proficiency Test JLPT exams. (Click on the link above)
Those questions are shorter than the real question in the test, it is more like a fun conundrum.

②Collection of Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5

We have two type of this collection.
( Released in 2012 and released in 2018 )
Those mock tests are quite the same as real tests.

Please set the time as if you are taking the real test and try to do it.

③Collection of new Japanese language proficiency tests

If you have spare time, you can do more tests in this book.
Although mock tests in this book are old because it was released in 2009, but they have the same structure as recent tests.

*Caution*
Listening exercises in those tests are shorter than real tests’s listening exercises.

Japanese language proficiency test does not just include JPLT test but also NAT-TEST or J.TEST.

Collection of test samples, mock tests are sold a lot, if you are interested in practicing more tests you should buy more books, collection of tests.

#The end

I have introduce to you the method of studying Japanese 『 From N5 level to N4 level 』 !

You will learn a lot more about Japanese after finishing learning N4

After passing N4 level, let’s continue to study N3 level ❣️

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