Prepare for JLPT N5

Prove you can understand basic Japanese

The JLPT N5 is the lowest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This official exam demonstrates that you can follow some basic Japanese language.


On this page, you will find information about the things you must learn before taking this exam. We will also share with you a list of books that will help you reach the level required to face the JLPT N5 serenely.

Popular JLPT N5 book series

Several collections of Japanese textbooks allow you to learn the basics of this language. Genki and Minna no Nihongo series are not specifically designed for the JLPT, but they will help you acquire all the knowledge required to pass the N5 level. As for the Nihongo So-Matome JLPT N5 textbook, we recommend it if you have already started to learn Japanese with another method beforehand. The explanations are less clear than in the two previous collections, but the book covers all of what may appear in an official JLPT N5 exam.

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What is in the JLPT N5

As with all other JLPT levels, the N5 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 N5.


Grammar rules

Students must know about 40 grammar points to pass the JLPT N5 exam. These grammatical rules form the basis of the Japanese language. They include particles, aru and iru verbs and progressive time.


Use one of our grammar textbooks to be sure you do not miss any of the rules necessary to defeat the JLPT N5.

Books to learn JLPT N5 grammar


Vocabulary words

Those wishing to obtain the JLPT N5 must know about 700 vocabulary words. Thus, you will have to learn the most common Japanese verbs, adjectives expressing colors, states or feelings. 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 N5.

Books to learn JLPT N5 vocabulary


Kanji characters

You must know around a hundred kanji to pass the JLPT N5 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 N5 exam as well as the following two levels.


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

Books to learn and practice JLPT N5 kanji list

Reading Practice

Even if you are not expected to know many Kanji, the JLPT N5 exam tests your reading skills. The texts will be mainly written with hiragana and katakana and the few characters of Chinese origin that you must know.


We sell many manuals that will help you acquire the basics of written comprehension in Japanese. You will also find books with stories suitable for beginners in Japanese who want to practice reading.

Reading practice books for the JLPT N5

Listening Practice

The student must be able to understand conversations about daily topics or classroom situations to pass the JLPT N5 exam. At this level, the student must be able to extract valuable information from the slowly spoken sentences.


Practice listening to the JLPT N5 with textbooks and CDs. We offer the best textbooks to improve your listening comprehension when you are a beginner.

Listening practice books for the JLPT N5

Practice to get the JLPT N5

Several books can help you practice the JLPT N5 with mock tests. The best way to train is to do experiments 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.

JLPT N5 Official Practice Workbook Cover

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Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5 - Complete Mock Exams - White Rabbit Japan Shop - 1

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JLPT N5 Mock Test [Revised Edition] - White Rabbit Japan Shop - 1

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What students say...

“Even though the book says it's for the JLPT, this book is great for anyone who wants a knowledge of basic Japanese vocabulary..”

Michael about Quick Mastery of Vocabulary - In Preparation for JLPT N4 & N5

“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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