新にほんご500問 N4-N5

Here comes a mini review of a Japanese book called 新にほんご500問 N4-N5 from the 新にほんご500問 series. Apparently, they are the new and improved versions of the にほんご500問 series. I didn’t know that when I bought that book! I learned that literally just now as I was writing this post. 

A pretty small and portable book which you can carry around whenever and wherever you want. Comes with English and Vietnamese translations, same as the N3 book. If you are N2 or N1 then those books have Chinese, English and Korean translations, pretty convenient?

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This book is aimed at people who plan to take the JLPT N4 or N5. If you use the book diligently it promises to help improve language skills in areas such as writing, vocabulary, and grammar. 

The way they recommend to use this book is to do questions in the numeric order. They suggest doing 15 questions a day for 6 days and on the seventh day complete another slightly different set of exercises. With the way, they recommend to study this book should be completed within four weeks. 

When you open the book you can see the guide on how to use it. What I did was I mostly did kanji exercises, since I like them the most. (bad way to study- I know;;) 

Now I will show you how the layout of the exercises looks like. 

The seventh day has a bit different layout than the previous days. Also at the end of the book, you can find Kanji, Vocabulary, and Grammar patterns list. 

The book is published by the same company which printed にほんごチャレンジ and can be used along with those textbooks or on its own. The 新にほんご500問 N3, N2, and N1 are part of the 日本語総まとめ series. I personally like these book series published by アスク.

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  • 単行本(ソフトカバー): 292 pages
  • Publisher: アスク (May 29, 2015)
  • Language: 日本語、英語、ベトナム語
  • ISBN-10: 4872179404
  • ISBN-13: 978-4872179408
  • Release Date: May 29, 2015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Price: ¥ 1,200
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12 thoughts on “新にほんご500問 N4-N5

  1. anugerahf says:

    Hey, thank you for your writing. I’m not a total beginner in Japanese. I’ve studied grammar from book such as Minna no Nihon go and 中級へ行こう, but never tried to study kanji. If I want to study specifically for N4, which one of those 4 books you mentioned I need to buy?

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    • roksana09 says:

      Hello! Hmm.. as I have never studied from either of these textbooks that you have mentioned, I don’t know to what extent they have you covered for JLPT.

      Although I would assume that Minna no Nihongo and 中級へ行こう have covered most if not all grammar from にほんごチャレンジN4[文法と読む練習]. This website http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/jlpt4/grammar/ has grammar points which appear in N4 so if your textbooks have covered them you probably have no need for 文法と読む練習.

      にほんごチャレンジ N4・N5 [かんじ]in my opinion is actually quite useful. At the end of every chapter, they provide with 10 questions to strengthen your knowledge. Plus they do a JLPT type of questions at the end of every 4th chapter. Maybe you will find this book useful for learning kanji. にほんごチャレンジN4[ことば]aims to improve your reading skills. They have short reading, vocabulary lists, and questions. And the book I have reviewed above tests you on grammar, vocabulary, and writing.

      There are free JLPT sample exams on official JLPT website (http://www.jlpt.jp/e/samples/forlearners.html). In the end, I would probably recommend kanji and vocabulary book. Amazon JP has a preview of these books so if you want to you can check it out to see more info/ details. 🙂

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  2. アリ says:

    I’m so glad to have found this post! I loved the にほんごチャレンジ series, and recently I was looking for something to use as a review of the basics before my next trip to Japan. I’ll be ordering soon ❤

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