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I Passed My JLPT Language Exam Using Only These Online Resources

I Passed My JLPT Language Exam Using Only These Online Resources

I got my JLPT(Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N5 exam results recently and passed with a 96.8 percentile rank.

I was really happy because I was never a top student in any class ever.

I was never a hardworking student and HATE sitting in front of a desk with textbooks studying for hours.

So, If you are a beginner like me and don’t want to splurge a lot of money on expensive language courses and hate boring textbooks, I am here to help!

If you are an intermediate or advanced Japanese learner, you probably already know this or more! Please feel free to share your tips and experiencewith us!

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Learn Japanese Staying Warm And Cozy In Your Bed

Learn Japanese Staying Warm And Cozy In Your Bed

What do you do waking up first thing in the morning? Brew coffee? Do morning yoga? For me, I just stay in bed and scroll on my phone until I have enough energy to leave my bed.

Instead of forcing myself to leave my bed and get up studying, I utilize my time in bed to study.

Here are 6 apps that I used to learn basic Japanese while I am staying in bed:

  1. Lingodeer
  2. Duolingo
  3. テレ朝News
  4. Easy Japanese News やさしい日本語ニュース
  5. Instagram
  6. YouTube

These are all FREE apps but some of them have a premium plan you can join to skip ads while learning Japanese. I don't mind watching ads and thus did not join any premium plans.

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Learn Japanese: The Pros & Cons Of Language Learning Apps

Learn Japanese: The Pros & Cons Of Language Learning Apps

There is no perfect app that will help you to master the language, each of them is good and bad in its own way.

For example, Duolingo and Lingodeer are perfect if you are a beginner and want

  • To improve your vocabulary
  • To understand basic grammar rules
  • A well-structured course to follow

Each lesson usually takes 5-10minutes to finish, making it easier to commit to a routine.

However, they both are not ideal if you are trying to improve your oral skills.

Both apps have oral practice exercises yet the voice recording function is a little bit buggy and could be frustrating when practicing.

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Learn Japanese: The Pros And Cons Of Japanese News App

Learn Japanese: The Pros And Cons Of Japanese News App

テレ朝ニュース & Easy Japanese Newsやさしい日本語ニュース(ESJ) are perfect for strengthening your listening, reading and oral skills.

Both apps are Japanese News apps but

テレ朝:

  • News is read by REAL Japanese News Anchor
  • NO English or other translation is available
  • Perfect for shadowing

ESJ:

  • News is NOT read by real people but artificial voice assistants
  • English and other language translations are available
  • News articles are modified into an easier version for beginners to read
  • Free JLPT mock exams are available

No matter which app you choose, reading the News is always one of the best ways to learn a language!

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Learn Japanese: The Pros And Cons Of Social Media

Learn Japanese: The Pros And Cons Of Social Media

One of the best things about learning on Social media is there’re A TON of interesting and new resources.

Since I check on my newsfeed on Instagram and watch Youtube for leisure every day anyway, reading Instagram mangas, watching Japanese reels and videos are very entertaining, it didn't feel like I am studying at all.

However, some contents might contain inaccurate information that will hinder your learning.

Being able to select the right learning materials on social media is crucial yet can be an overwhelming process.

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A Road Map For Absolute Beginners

A Road Map For Absolute Beginners

The first step is to master 50音 & pick ONE language learning app to start with.

Hoarding apps at the beginning is a bad way of learning because information overloading can make you give up easily.

Slowly add in more apps/materials after you have a grasp of the basics.

After that, create an immersive learning environment for yourself such as

  • Changing the language setting on your social media to Japanese
  • Watch Japanese Shows on Netflix
  • Find good pages to follow on social media

A good beginning is half the battle, everything gets easier & easier after you have a learning routine!

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More Learning Resources

More Learning Resources

Looking for more resources? Don't worry, I got you!

Useful links:

  • まるごとのことばhttps://words.marugotoweb.jp/top.php
  • SK Home Online Language School https://youtube.com/c/SKHOMEyoutubeJapaneseschool
  • NHK やさしい日本語https://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/learn/list/

Shows for Japanese learners:

  • Terrace house series (Reality TV)
  • Shirokuma Cafe (Anime)
  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Anime)

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Who said learning a language needs to be boring and tiring? Is it possible to study while staying in bed, feeling comfy and cozy? The answer is YES!

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