Japanese language level N5

laptop, online, internet-5612763.jpg

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT, is a standardized exam that measures a person’s proficiency in the Japanese language. There are five levels of the test, with N5 being the lowest level. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what it means to have a Japanese language level of N5 and what it takes to achieve it.

What is JLPT N5?

JLPT N5 is an introductory level of the exam, and it measures a person’s ability to understand basic Japanese in everyday situations. This level is intended for those who have little to no knowledge of Japanese and it is generally considered to be equivalent to a level of fluency that would be useful for tourists or those who are just starting to learn the language.

What are the requirements for JLPT N5?

To pass JLPT N5, a candidate must have a basic understanding of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and kanji. They must also be able to read and understand simple written materials and have basic listening comprehension skills.

How to pass JLPT N5:

JLPT N5 exam is total of 180 marks, it is a MCQ type exam containing 3 sections, first section is of vocabulary plus kanji, second section is of grammar and passage (dokkai)and third section is of listening. every section is of 60 marks weightage you need to pass in every section for passing the exam. The passing criteria for every section are to get minimum 19 marks out of 60 marks and for passing overall your addition of marks should be more than 80 then you will pass the exam.

Some examples of the skills required for JLPT N5 include:

  • Understanding basic sentence structures and being able to use them in writing and speaking.
  • Having a basic vocabulary and being able to read and understand simple written materials, such as signs and short messages.
  • Being able to read and understand some basic kanji, including commonly used characters.
  • Having basic listening comprehension skills, including being able to understand simple greetings and expressions.

How can you achieve JLPT N5?

Achieving JLPT N5 requires a lot of study and practice. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the exam:

  • Learn hiragana and katakana: These are the two basic writing systems used in Japanese, and they are essential for reading and writing the language.
  • Build your vocabulary: Learn common words and phrases used in everyday conversations and written materials. I will say if learning hiragana and katakana is your first stage in learning Japanese, building vocabulary is the second and crucial stage in learning Japanese, there are around 800 vocabulary words for JLPT. You must try to remember all of them by practicing them.
  • Remember kanjis: There re around 110-125 kanjis in JLPT N5 level each kanji form around 2-3 kanjis, so there are around 300 kanji words for n5 level, if you remember them all you will secure around 40 marks for jlpt.
  • Study grammar: Focus on mastering basic sentence structures, such as verb conjugation and particles.
  • Books you can prefer are Minna no Nihongo, Nihongo Satoume, Kanzen Master , I do prefer to teach through Minna no Nihongo , you might find all the vocab essential there in it. Read the kaiwa of it,try to solve the renshyu b through it with the help of rei, if you want to understand the grammar patterns you can refer the book of “minna no nihongo grammar and English translation” which is designed for the Minna no Nihongo book.
  • Practice reading: Read a variety of simple materials, including signs, menus, and short messages. Focus on understanding the main ideas and key details.
  • Practice listening: Listen to Japanese music, watch Japanese television shows and movies, and practice listening to everyday conversations.
  • Watch Anime: Find the anime which are having day today life conversation, easy to understand, here I will suggest some anime which are fun to watch at JLPT N5 level, you can watch Chibi maruko chyan, Karakau Jyozu no Takagi san. Both are having situational comedy that keeps you hooked.
  • Take practice exams: Practice exams are an excellent way to assess your progress and identify areas where you need to improve. Take as many practice exams as possible to get used to the format and timing of the exam. On internet it’s not easy to find actual JLPT question papers as of now so you can solve question papers from some apps available like Todai Japanese, JLPT test, the premium membership for lifetime is quite cheap as well.


JLPT N5 is an introductory level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and it requires a basic understanding of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, and kanji. Achieving N5 requires effort and dedication, but with the right approach, it is possible. By learning hiragana and katakana, studying grammar, building your vocabulary, practicing reading and listening, and taking practice exams, you can improve your Japanese language skills and work towards achieving N5