NIHONGO SO-MATOME N3 GRAMMAR
The Nihongo So-Matome series, from esteemed Japanese-language-teaching publishers, Ask, are some of the most popular study guides for students preparing for the JLPT. This N3-level grammar textbook, one part of a 5-book set (sold separately), is designed to be used as a six-week study guide. The book is structured in 6 chapters, each containing 7 lessons, with the goal to complete one lesson with 3 or 4 grammatical structures found on the JLPT every day. Each grammatical item has its own example sentences, and the examples and explanations are all translated into English, Chinese, and Korean. There are practice questions to test your understanding, and answers are written at the end of the following day’s lesson.
If you follow the study regime presented in the book, from Day 1 to Day 6 every week, you will study grammatical items that are similar in form and usage, hoping to accustom you to the subtle differences in meanings. On Day 7, you will check to see if you have learned them by doing the “Jissen Mondai” (practice example) that is in the JLPT format.
There is very little N3+ vocabulary in this book, which means you can simply focus on studying and improving your grammar. The book also helps the reader with commonly confused sentence patterns and conjunctive expressions and focuses on not just the test, but also on helping you with your Japanese for daily life. There’s a good reason that these books are so popular, and if you are studying for the N3, we can’t recommend this book enough.