Three inevitable things to crack JLPT exams

I am not a Japanese teacher for now, but I would like to be one in the near future. So this is not an expert advice but based on my experiences and learning methods.

Not only Japanese language but for learning anything new, the three inevitable things are:

  1. Passion: You should develop a passion for the thing that you want to learn. The speed and success of your learning rest there. Being a language with a lot of characters(Kanji), it needs a strong desire to learn Japanese language. If you want to learn some interesting books, documents, magazines or your favorite Manga in Japanese, it should be a very strong desire. Your goal must be to achieve it at the earliest.
  2. Time utilization: You might be an employee, student or a housekeeper. It might be difficult to find time for you to practice your lessons. But the strength of your desire will create you some spare time to go through your books or an audio lesson. It might be during your leisure time, commuting time, or during your walks. You should set a goal for every week.
  3. Practice: Learning from the books or audio lessons will not make you perfect. Being a language, Japanese learning also requires a good exposure to it. Try making Japanese friends, talk with people whom you meet at your workplace or neighbourhood. There are so many people who love to talk with you. Don’t hesitate to use the things you have learned while in your workplace, a shop, a clinic reception or in a group.

Learn Grammar and Kanji, Read paragraphs, Listen to conversations:

Using books, you can cover the grammar(Bunpoー文法) portions for every JLPT levels effectively. But for Kanji and Vocabulary, there is not a set list. So what we can do is learn the Kanji(漢字) using the books you are having, along with which you will be able to learn some words. Just read the vocabulary(Goi-語彙) lessons again and again. No need to by-heart every single word. When you repeat it for some days, most of the words will be automatically registered in your brain. After some days of vocabulary reading, jump to the reading practice books(Dokkaiー読解) which help you remember your vocabulary and learn new vocabulary and Kanji. I found this list of Kanji very helpful for JLPT studies.

Along with all these, find some time for listening to the audio lessons. When you almost complete all these, go for practice workbooks or previous JLPT questions. Note and learn the questions you are unable to answer during your first attempt. Then repeat the same question papers or practice questions and make sure that you have completely learned it.

Don’t lose trust in you hearing other’s failure stories.

I have also heard many people talking about their JLPT failure stories, especially during the N2 exam. What I can tell you for sure is that the failure experience with others should not hunt your mind while learning something. If you are doing your best, you will be paid for it. In the case of JLPT, you should be aware of the abilities being tested in every level of JLPT exams, which will help you set your target and schedule your studies.

Hard work will bring scores in your JLPT

Like anything, JLPT will also reflect your hard works. The time you spend for JLPT studies, the effort you have taken for it, and the way you practiced every lesson will be rewarded during your exam. It is not my advice, but my experience.

Good LUCK to all JLPT aspirants!