About levels

level 0
level 1
level 2
level 3
level 4
level 5
Upper-Intermediate or above
Summary Starter level. Printed from left to right for starting beginners instead of top to bottom. Look carefully at the pictures and illustrations and the story will become self evident. Level 5 of Japanese Language Proficiency Test(JLPT). Same vocabulary and grammar as in Level 0 but stories are longer. The lines are perpendicular in levels 1 to 5. Level 4 of JLPT. Grammar less controlled than Level 1. Level 3 of JLPT. Grammar less controlled than Level 2. Contents are more varied with fewer picture. Levels 3 and 2 of JLPT. Grammar even less controlled than Level 3. Katakana have no reading printed next to them. Stories are longer with even fewer pictures. Levels 2 and 1 of JLPT. More abstract vocabulary and idiomatic expressions and longer stories than Level 4. No reading hints for Kanji that Year 2 Japanese children should have learned.
Vocabulary range 350 350 500 800 1,300 2,000
Word count/book 0~400 400~1,500 1,500~3,000 2,500~6,000 5,000~15,000 8,000~25,000
New grammer elements present form, past form, interrogative, ~たい, etc.
※です and ます endings in the main.
present form, past form, interrogative, ~たい, etc.
※です and ます endings.
dictionary form, て-form, ない-form, nominal modification, ~と(conditional), ~から(cause), ~なる, ~のだ, etc. potential form, imperative form, ~とき, ~たら・ば・なら, ~そう(appearance), ~よう(conjecture, metaphor), compound verb, etc. causative form, causative passive form, ~そう(information), ~らしい, ~はず, ~もの, ~ようにする/なる, ~ことにする/なる, etc. Function words, compound words, idiomatic expressions, honorific expressions such as ~わけにはいかない/~につれて/切り開く/召し上がる/伺う。
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