Vocabulary Books for JLPT and NAT

Vocabulary development is critical for success in Japanese language proficiency tests such as the JLPT or NAT. Let’s look at some of the suggested vocabulary books for Japanese Language Proficiency examinations (JLPT) or NAT examinations to assist you in preparing for your exams. 

JLPT Vocabulary Books: 


  1. Shin Kanzen Master Vocabulary for JLPT N1.

This book is highly recommended because it covers the terminology required for JLPT tests extensively. It is accessible at all levels, from N5 (basic) to N1, the most sophisticated. Each level includes several sample sentences and practice questions to promote learning. 

  1. Nihongo Tango Speed Master.

Another excellent book provides extensive vocabulary lists for all JLPT levels, from N5 (basic) to N1 (the most advanced). It is intended to help you learn the Japanese language quickly and efficiently. 

  1. Don Don Yomeru, Iroiro Na Hanashi.

This book includes reading passages at different JLPT levels, allowing you to see terminology in context, which may be quite helpful for comprehension and recall.

  1. Vocabulary Dictionaries for Learning

Dictionaries like “Nihongo So-Matome” are mainly developed for all JLPT levels and may be pretty helpful for learning vocabulary. They include vocabulary lists, sample phrases, and tests.


NAT-TEST Vocabulary Books: “Kanzen Master Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken Taisaku”


While not explicitly designed for the NAT-TEST, this series is suitable for vocabulary and grammar since it corresponds closely with the JLPT, which has many parallels to the NAT-TEST.


NAT-TEST Vocabulary Books 

These official practice books comprise vocabulary sections and practice questions designed particularly for the NAT exam, resulting in realistic exam situations.

General Vocabulary Books:

“Minna no Nihongo Vocabulary List.”

A thorough vocabulary list from the famous “Minna no Nihongo” textbook series, which is often used in Japanese language classes.

This series provides a systematic approach to vocabulary acquisition, organized at the JLPT level, making it appropriate for both JLPT and NAT-TEST preparation.

Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui’s “A Dictionary of Basic and Intermediate Japanese Grammar”

While these books are mainly concerned with grammar, they also provide rich vocabulary and sample sentences that can help you better comprehend word use in context.


Tips For Effective Vocabulary Learning:

Consistent Practice: Review and practice vocabulary regularly to guarantee its retention.

Flashcards: Use flashcards like Anki or create your own to learn vocabulary. 

Contextual Learning: Try to acquire language in context by reading Japanese books, and watching Japanese TV programs.

Writing Practice: To enhance learning, write phrases or short paragraphs that use new terminology.

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