JLPT N5 Vocabulary

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In this course, we will be walking through the core vocabulary needed to pass the N5 JLPT.  Each section will have a brief introduction and usage notes as well as some activities before finishing with a quick quiz.

Generally speaking, the vocabulary you see at this level will be pretty common stuff that you will see/hear on a daily basis if you are using Japanese. Things like common actions, family members, numbers, directions and common function words that are used very often. And although 700 words seems like a lot, it is still not as much as you need to have a comfortable conversation. It is a good start though.

Learning vocabulary at any level involves two things – SRS (Spaced Repetition System) and exposure. SRS is a system of learning vocabulary (and sometimes grammar) that involves spacing out the items you are learning so that you review them at regular intervals, read this for more details. Exposure involves reading, listening, and using language as much as you can periodically. Vocabulary is something that needs time to grow, the number of times you study is better than the amount of time you spend in each study session.

This course will introduce you to all the key words, but be sure to do regular review with either the Ultimate Deck on Ankiweb or the N5 course on Memrise so that you can lock all these words in for the test.