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2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Kailene » Thu 09.10.2009 10:16 pm

今年は初めてJLPT受けてみようと思って、先生に相談して、2級を受けるのが一番いいって言われたんです。でも、どうやって勉強すればいいっか全然分からないので、みんなに聞こうと思いました。w

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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby spin13 » Sat 09.12.2009 4:20 am

A common complaint for first time takers of 2級 is not having enough time, particularly on the 読解・文法 section. The best way to get faster at reading is, not surprisingly, reading. At this level in your studies, regardless of time limits and considerations, you should be reading as much as possible anyway.

For 文字・語彙, I recommend Unicom's 漢字単語ドリル2級 book. It sorts the kanji by those that share phonetic elements, single character words with the same pronunciation but different meaning, and the same for 熟語. Each character is explained through the vocabulary that uses it and each word has at least one example sentence with full, but coverable, furigana.

For 文法, ALC's どんな時どう使う表現文型500 contains all the grammar points covered on both 2級 and 1級 in one book. Although the test will be changing after this December, if you plan on continuing your studies regardless of the JLPT, this book might be helpful. Another common recommendation is 完全マスター, which is half the price but includes only one level per book, making it a less useful general resource.
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Stormy32 » Sat 09.12.2009 4:46 pm

I definately agree about the reading, it is one thing I seriously underestimated when I took the test. You do need to read, read and read more. You can have a huge passage on the test, it will take you a while to read and u may not fully understand it, then when the questions come, 9/10 time you will have to re-read some of the passage to find the answer. It is so time consuming. I would suggest reading magazines, newpaper articles, short stories etc. The faster you get the better.
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby katafei » Sun 09.13.2009 5:25 am

I agree with the above posters that reading, anything, as long as it's diverse, is probably the best way to prepare for JLPT2. Plenty of stuff available on the net!
It's a pretty ambigious** level and if you've never taken JLPT before, I strongly recommend trying your hand at some previous or preparation tests, just so you know what you're in for. Timewise as well!
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where will you be taking the test?

I'll PM you as I've commited 1 or 2 reading exercises and question to virtual paper.
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Kailene » Sun 09.13.2009 6:11 pm

So focus on reading? Got it. Thanks for the tips, guys. I'm going to be taking it in Chicago (hopefully) 8)
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby katafei » Mon 09.14.2009 11:30 am

Kailene wrote: I'm going to be taking it in Chicago (hopefully) 8)

You haven't registered yet?
If you want to take it this year, you'll have to register asap.....
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Kailene » Mon 09.14.2009 3:19 pm

I know. Hopefully, I'm registering tonight after some discussion with my parents. I didn't even think it was an option for me to head ALL the way over to Chicago for it, but my dad suddenly asked me if I would like to take it about 4/5 days ago. Then I had to consult with my teacher on which level to take........
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Endo » Wed 09.23.2009 11:19 am

Yea I'd go with reading too, get comfortable with speed reading, there are lots of books focusing on 読解 and ofcourse a lot can be just found on Japanese sites. I like Japan's Yahoo Kids since they cover a lot of different material, good for vocab building too.
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby kgb4life » Thu 11.26.2009 2:35 pm

Hey I just want to tell you good luck! I am a Chicago native and I will be taking it on the sixth of December here as well.
It would be cool if we can actually meet!
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby phreadom » Fri 11.27.2009 12:17 am

I'll be in Chicago for the JLPT4 as well. :)
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby kurisuti » Sat 11.28.2009 9:21 pm

katafei>
I would love those reading exercises as well, if they're for 2kyuu ^^

I would say, DEFINITELY take some practice tests, find out how you score, and study where you're still low. I'm personally trying to cram as much complex grammar/random vocab into my head as possible, as my reading comp/listening are ok. But weaknesses differ by individual, so~ I would give you my study aids, but I kind of need them XD I'm using:

・合格できる:2級ー日本語能力試験(CD2枚付)
・JLPT2008 Level 1/2 Test & Answer Key

Also using a bunch of website exams/reviews. I can list those here if it'd be helpful ^^
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby katafei » Sun 11.29.2009 3:29 am

Hi, send you a PM (miss-spelled your name, though, sorry....)


As for the other questions....sorry, can't find them on my pc anymore....
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby Harisenbon » Sun 11.29.2009 6:43 am

kurisuti wrote:katafei>
・合格できる:2級ー日本語能力試験(CD2枚付)
・JLPT2008 Level 1/2 Test & Answer Key
Also using a bunch of website exams/reviews. I can list those here if it'd be helpful ^^


You might want to also check out the 完全マスター series. The grammar explanations in their books are really great.
You can also check out a lot of JLPT flashcards and practice tests at Ippatsu
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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby spin13 » Sun 11.29.2009 9:32 am

There is one week remaining before the test. It may be possible to cram for the 文字・語彙 and 文法 parts, but it takes more than just cramming for 読解 and 聴解.

Some tips for the first, longer reading passages in the 読解 section:

1) There are five basic types of passages: 説明文, 論説文, 随筆, 小説, and 対話. A quick look at the title and source, as well as an unusual format (such as heavy dialog), can help determine which it is. Reading the first sentence will often confirm the above.

2) Unlike English, the core idea of a passage is often presented at the end of a piece. Reading the last paragraph first will help you understand the general direction of the piece. This is especially true of opinion pieces.

In the case of shorter pieces, the same is true of the last sentence or two. If the question asks the overall nature of the piece (本文の内容とあっているもの一つ選びなさい, この文章で著者がXXについて言おうとしていることは何か), go straight to the end.

3) Don't be afraid to mark the passage up. Words that repeat, the appearance of new characters, who is speaking, and first person references are all good candidates.

Some tips for 聴解:

1) Use the time during the examples to flip through the actual questions. For more complicated pictures and graphs, mark the differences. For section two, filling in all the ただしくない bubbles ahead of time is easier for some than marking bubbles as they listen (bring a separate eraser if you plan to do this).

2) Take notes. Use whichever language comes to mind first. Writing kanji is often too time consuming so use shorthand or kana.

3) The questions often start with 男の人と女の人がXXで話しています. This can be ignored; the who of the actual question is much more important (男の人は女の人に、どうするように言っていますか, etc.).

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Re: 2級〜〜どうやって勉強すればいい?

Postby becki_kanou » Sun 11.29.2009 7:01 pm

Harisenbon wrote:You might want to also check out the 完全マスター series. The grammar explanations in their books are really great.


I second this recommendation. 完全マスター is what I used to study for the JLPT1 and I think it really helped. They cover a lot of grammar points that are necessary for the test but that you might not come across in your casual reading/listening, even with native materials.
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