Nihongo So Matome:
Prepare for your JLPT exam in 6 weeks

Nihongo So Matome is an essential series that provides you with all the knowledge required to pass the JLPT exams in record time. Each book requires between six and eight weeks, and each level includes between one and five books.

Nihongo So Matome Complete Set

SAVE BIG when buying the complete series! You can buy all 18 books that make up the Nihongo So-Matome collection, save 15%, and study to pass all the JLPT exams. This set includes one book for JLPT N5, two books for N4, and five readers for every level from JLPT N3 to N1. Moreover, buying all the books at the same time will save you money and shipping costs.


Nihongo So Matome: JLPT N5

The entire six-week program for JLPT N5 is compiled into just one Nihongo So Matome book. It will only take you only six weeks to get all the knowledge you need to pass your first JLPT exam. If you'd like to complete this book within six weeks, you'll have to learn two pages per day. The first two weeks focus on kanji and vocabulary. From the third to the fifth week, you'll learn all the grammar and reading skills required for the N5. Then, the last week will only contain listening exercises.

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JLPT Levels

The Nihongo So Matome series follows all of the different JLPT levels. Vocabulary, kanji, reading, listening, and grammar are organized according to their JLPT exams' appearance. This collection offers you a consistent method to not review things you have already learned, which saves you lots of time while studying.

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N4: Elementary Japanese

There are two Nihongo So Matome books to cover the JLPT N4. Once again, you will be able to practice all the N4 material in 6 weeks. The first book focuses on the 200 kanji characters and 300 words often used in JLPT N4 tests. The second book contains four weeks of grammar lessons, a week of reading exercises, and a week of listening training.

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N3: Intermediate Japanese

You will need five textbooks to learn all you have to know to pass the JLPT N3 test. Every book is divided into six weekly chapters of 7 daily lessons. With this method, you will only need to learn 3 to 4 sentence structures, eight kanji, and more than 20 words per day. The reading comprehension book also contains one daily text. The listening comprehension book offers audio exercises that will challenge your understanding skills.

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N2: Pre-Advanced Japanese

It takes eight weeks to master all the Japanese language skills required to pass the JLPT N2. This is a little longer than the 6 weeks usual six weeks for previous levels, but the program is much more in depth. In only two months, you will learn 400 kanji and 1400 words through the provision of short sentences and illustrations. The five N2 books are the perfect weapon to pass the JLPT N2 exam serenely.

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N1: Advanced Japanese

You can master the JLPT N1 program is only eight weeks with Nihongo So Matome. Again, the five books are each divided into eight weekly chapters. This method is one of the most popular choices for language learners who prepare for the JLPT N1. It groups similar grammar structures. With these books, you’ll learn 1300 new words and all the kanji you did not learn in the previous kanji books.

Book types

The JLPT N5 book is contained in a single textbook of Nihongo Sou Matome, while the JLPT N4 is divided into two books. But, there are not less than five books per level from JLPT N3. Each book focuses on a specific aspect of Japanese learning: grammar, vocabulary, listening comprehension, kanji, and reading.



The Nihongo So Matome Grammar books will let you learn three or four new grammatical rules every day. With these books, you'll study grammatical items that are similar in form and usage on the same day. This methodology will reduce the time you will spend to master all the grammatical rules you need to know to get each JLPT exam.



You will learn more than twenty words a day in an efficient way with the Nihongo So Matome Vocabulary books. Each lesson has pictures and includes common expressions using the new vocabulary terms. Exercises included in these lessons will allow you to learn sentence structures and to practice reading in Japanese. These books are perfect for strengthening your reading and kanji skills.



Kanji is the hardest part of Japanese language learning. International students need to be patient to master them. Yet, Nihongo So Matome Kanji books use a method that allows you to learn all joyo kanji required for JLPT N1 in just a few months. To help you learn quicker, these books group kanji and kanji combinations thematically. At the end of every chapter, you will review all the Japanese characters you have studied during the week.


Reading Comprehension

These books focus on reading. In each chapter, the student will have to read long texts and understand their meaning. These Japanese texts can be ads, essays, newspaper articles, or notices you can see in daily life. Key vocabulary words and expressions are translated into English.


Listening Comprehension

The first version of Nihongo So Matome focused solely on writing. That’s why ASK Publishing has added listening comprehension books to its most popular series. With these books, students will sharpen their listening abilities with the help of long conversations. As these textbooks are targeting JLPT students, a weekly “Comprehensive Review” simulates exam conditions.

What students say about Nihongo So-Matome

“I'm really bad at studying vocabulary but this book made it a lot easier for me!”


“It provides tens of typical modern everyday-Japanese expressions which help you brush-up your Japanese. Especially if you want to enrich your vocabulary.”

Liviu Titus Iacob

“A very good book series which prepares the learner step by step for the JLPT exam.”


Complementary series published by ASK

Even though Nihongo So Matome is the most successful series made by ASK, this publisher also produces other collections. These different series can be used in addition to Nihongo So Matome to learn the Japanese language even faster. With them, you can practice with more exercises that follow a similar program.

Nihongo Challenge

A collection of three books that provides even more in-depth exercises to prepare JLPT N4. One of the three books focusing on N4 and N5 kanji learning. In contrast, the two others offer new exercises to memorize the vocabulary and grammar of the N4.

Shin Nihongo 500 Mon

A collection of four books will help you boost your Japanese vocabulary, grammar, and kanji skills in a fun and easily digestible format you can practice every day. These books are structured into daily and weekly lessons.

Essential Vocabulary for the JLPT

This collection of five books is an essential vocabulary resource to prepare for every JLPT exam. You'll find the vocabulary commonly found on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and used in Japan's daily life.