はじめての日本語能力試験 N5単語1000 Hajimete no Nihongo Nouryoku shiken N5 Tango 1000(English/Vietnamese Edition) (はじめての日本語能力試験 単語) 単行本（ソフトカバー） – 2017/2/17
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A study-by-theme vocabulary book!
❶Simple and easy-to-learn example sentences
❷Includes audio files for vocabulary and example sentences
❸Test yourself with a downloadable practice test
Vocabulary words often used on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test are divided into various themes organized into chapters and sections for ease of study.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test practice test is available at our website for pdf download or use online.
I have purchased this book and proceeded to convert into an Anki electronic flashcard format along with the audio. In the process, I concur this is a great resource that provides what Tae Kim and Core 2k does without their weaknesses. Unlike Core 2k, the example sentences do not use grammar or vocabulary not already introduced. Unlike Tae Kim, there's no sentence with 3 or more new words introduced and each new grammar concept has multiple sentences demonstrating it. By the way, grammar is taught through the context of the sentences which means you learn it intuitively as you learn vocabulary.
My recommendation for anyone using this book to ask persons who have the Anki deck for it share (with modest proof of ownership of the book). Then, set up your cards to test Audio to Comprehension. In addition, use the merged audio files of the sentences to add in your Japanese audio immersion loop if you do such techniques to increase your listening fluency.
Some words do not have corresponding kanji, which is not conducive to future learning. In addition, there is no corresponding Chinese translation, only with English translation to better understand the meaning.
For example “はじめまして” is a phrase used to greet someone for the first time, and more or less means “how do you do?” However this books marks this meaning as “hello” without even mentioning its first time use.
Later I learn the verb “いる” which means to have. It’s example sentence reads “いぬ が [い]ます” which means I have a dog. It is important to note the example only highlights “い” because as a beginner I have no idea why a verb would drop its ending. Turns out “います” is a more poliet version of the verb, but the book doesn’t even highlight them as the same word, or teach the verb form they use as example.
During the family section there is a page with 7 vocabulary words missing any translations. These are all words for referring to someone else’s family and are very similar to the past few vocabulary you learn for your own family. However it the book does not tell you they are similar or what they mean - you just have to look it up again.
Lastly this book teaches some kanji vocabulary, but not all that would be N5 level such as teaching 父 / ちち for father but just いぬ for dog. Which is only a minor complaint, but annoying nonetheless.
I’ve only read a small portion of this book (50, of the 1000 words) but I’ve needed to cross reference and ask questions far too many times. I understand that there is a grammar book in this series as well as online support / audio (please note I have not tried these) but as a stand alone resource it isn’t always trustworthy or useable.
I would not recommend this book unless you are only use it to review after working on the JLPT N5 for some time.
I will say I only bought the book for basic vocabulary, not for the N5 test, so I cannot commentate if the book does help with the N5 test.
The only con that I would list is that nothing is in kanji, so words like "私" are spelled out "わたし", "にほん" instead of "日本" etc. I personally would like to have the kanji also listed just to understand that certain words/phrases are written in kanji rather than hiragana, but that's just me.
Overall, very nice and a wonderful book!