I’ve registered to take the JLPT N3 exam in December. I’ve found the following resources to be useful:
- JLPT Study – let’s you test your knowledge of Kanji or Vocabulary, sorted by level, N5 all the way to N1. I’ve ignored the Kanji, and am just going for the Vocabulary.
- Quizlet – let’s you create your own flash cards for Kanji / words you don’t know. I’ve created two sets: one for words I don’t know in the various JLPT N3 books, and one for other words I come across that I don’t know – could be any level.
- Google translate – let’s me enter Japanese text by typing or writing the Kanji. the translation is often not so accurate, but good enough.
- aNote (awesome note) – let’s me copy and paste or enter Japanese words, but in a large font size for readability. Any app where you can specify the font size should do. If I also highlight the text it gives me the option to ‘lookup’ the word in the iPhone built-in Japanese dictionaries which is quicker than using Google Translate.
- news.tbs.co.jp – excellent resource – short news clips, complete with corresponding transcriptions. You can either watch the video, or try and read the transcription, or do both!
- jisho.org – I use this for looking up Kanji. In the search field enter #kanji followed by the Kanji you want to look up
I started with reading:
N3 読む 文章の文法。読解 published by UNICOM Inc. ISBN978-4-89689-471-4
This book was pretty good for reading practise. I then decided to try a practise test to see where I needed to focus on. Seems that the only official practise papers are published by 凡人社 – 公式問題集N3. My weak point was grammar.
After checking reviews I then bought TRY!文法から伸ばす日本語 published by ASK. ISBN978-4-87217-902-6.
I’m only on Section 2 out of 11, but the book seems well organised. Even better it has English explanations for the grammar points. This book will definitely help me prepare for the grammar questions.