Prepare for JLPT N2

Prove you can understand standard Japanese

The JLPT N2 is the most common goal of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This official exam proves that you have the ability to understand normal conversations in Japanese. It's often referred to as "Business Level Japanese"


Below are some of our recommended books to help you prepare for the JLPT N2 test and develop your Japanese language skills to a Business Level.

Popular JLPT N2 book series

Several collections of Japanese textbooks allow you to learn the essentials to pass the JLPT N2. New Kanzen Master and Nihongo So-Matome are series that are split into 5 books each that focus on Grammar, Reading, Listening, Vocabulary and Kanji. Minna no Nihongo Chukyu Volume 2 is a large traditional textbook that contains everything in one textbook and has two supplementary workbooks.

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What is in the JLPT N2

As with all other JLPT levels, the N2 exam tests the student's skills in five different areas: grammar, vocabulary, kanji, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. In this part, you will learn more about what you will need to learn to pass this exam. We will also recommend several books that will help you reach the level necessary in all these fields to have your JLPT N2.


Grammar rules

Students must know about 250 grammar points to pass the JLPT N2 exam. These grammatical rules form the advance rules of the Japanese language.


Use one of our grammar textbooks to be sure you do not miss any of the rules necessary to defeat the JLPT N2.

Books to learn JLPT N2 grammar


Vocabulary words

Those wishing to obtain the JLPT N2 must know about 6,000 vocabulary words. Thus, you will have to learn the most advanced Japanese verbs, adjectives expressing colors, states or feelings. A several names are also included in this list, such as numbers, items and places of daily life or days of the week. All the interrogative words are also present in the vocabulary list to know to pass the N2.

Books to learn JLPT N2 Vocabulary


Kanji characters

You must know around a 1000 kanji to pass the JLPT N2 exam. These are the simplest characters. They represent numbers, body parts, directions or even sizes.


White Rabbit Press has created a set of flashcards that will allow you to learn all the required characters for the N2 exam as well as the following N1 level.


You can also find many workbooks and textbooks that will give you the opportunity to practice your kanji.

Books to learn and practice JLPT N2 Kanji

Reading Practice

Students wanting to pass the JLPT N2 level shouldn't have much difficulty reading books or other types of texts written in Japanese. That's why we offer a selection of books (including novels) that are not necessarily designed to practice your skills in Japanese before the JLPT exam.

Reading practice books for the JLPT N2

Listening Practice

The student must be able to easily understand the most advanced conversations about a wide range of topics.


Practice listening to the JLPT N2 with textbooks and CDs. We offer the best textbooks to improve your listening comprehension even at an advanced level.

Listening practice books for the JLPT N2

Practice to get the JLPT N2

Several books can help you practice the JLPT N2 with mock tests. The best way to train is to do tests in the exact conditions of the official exam. So, you will not be surprised by the format of the JLPT N5 and you will already know the types of questions that you can find there.

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What students say...

“This book was a fantastic resource for me to quickly learn all of the vocabulary I needed to know for the N2 exam.”

James about Quick Mastery of Vocabulary - In Preparation for JLPT N2

“I used this for review after finishing Genki I, and it was a great book to go through quickly before starting Genki II. The feel is completely different, so it made things more interesting. There is also a mock N5 exam in the back.”

Marie about Try! Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5

“I really enjoy these cards. They're really sturdy, and the information is incredibly useful. Stroke order, readings, and context are all great help. Since they're relatively pocket sized, they're also great for studying on the go. You should be ready to N5 and N4 in no time!”

Firegirl about Japanese Kanji Flashcards, Series 3 Volume 1

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