にほんごチャレンジN4[ことば]

I think it’s time to write about another book from Nihongo Challenge series. Previously, I wrote two posts about にほんごチャレンジ N4・N5[かんじ]and 新にほんご500問 N4-N5. Now it’s time for ことば. 

As the authors of this book claim, the book itself is intended for people who plan to take the N4 level of JLPT, those who have started studying at the upper-beginner level and want to learn frequent expressions and words. I can totally back up the last point, the vocabulary I learned from this book.. I see it a lot!  

Looking at the introductory page, they promise that there are about 600 words inside the book, which is true. If you check out the memrise course, the total vocabulary word count is 1365. 1365 divided by two equals to 682.5. The course creator decided to create each chapter twice, one with kana and another one with kanji. Thus why 1365 words. So back to the book. In total there are 32 units with different topics ranging from ‘shopping at the supermarket’ to ‘a dream for the future’. 

As you can see from above pictures, that’s the layout of the book. Simple with cute illustrations. I usually learn vocabulary on memrise then read the provided text. Even though the new words are usually in bold already, I still like to take a highlighter and go over them. There’s also a もうちょっと section. Usually, it will be another short text (more like two lines) or a chart with vocabulary. The last thing that you will spot at the bottom of the page is exercises. To be honest with you, they are easy peasy because they don’t really make you think. The correct words will be just from this chapter. But…! 

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This is what will kinda make you use your brain. It combines new vocabulary learned from the past 4 chapters. So, every 4th chapter you will have a JLPT time of questions. Plus, when you finish all 32 units there are 4 more tests waiting for you at the back. 

At the very end of the book, you have the appendix where there will be some more various vocabulary, for example, prefecture names of Japan. I forgot to mention but this book has English and Portuguese translations which can be found at the back alongside with the answers to practice questions. 

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  • 単行本: 144 pages
  • Publisher: アスク (November 15, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 4872177584
  • ISBN-13: 978-4872177589
  • Release Date: November 15, 2010
  • Price: ¥ 1,296
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