Does anyone have first hand experience passing the N4 with Genki 1 and 2? I finished Genki 1 and began taking N5 practice tests to find that the vocabulary I learned from Genki 1 left some to be desired. Is that made up for in Genki 2 or will I need to find an additional vocabulary book to compensate? I am self studying so hearing about other people’s experience would be super beneficial.
The way books like Genki and other books done by the The Japan Times, is basically done through the usefulness of what you should know to get by in Japan, but not necessarily geared for the JLPT. So there will always be certain stuff missing, but through Genki 1 and 2 you should be more than capable for the N4 Exam.
I see, thank you!
I failed N4 twice after finishing Genki II. HOWEVER, I absolutely think that from a grammar point of view, Genki II sets you up for N4. For me, I didn’t put nearly enough effort into non-kanji vocab, or into listening practice, and that’s the reason I failed both times. So make sure you supplement those
Oh, good to know!! I’ve been pushing myself on listening lately because it is definitely my weak point. Thank you!
You should be 80% of the way there but will need to supplement with N4 specific resources such as sou matome. But it shouldn’t be too much of a leap from genki II to N4.
I definitely recommend reading the stories in Genki along with the audio if you want listening practice. I’d say that it was a stepping stone for my listening ability for sure.
Genki 1 & 2 CAN be enough to pass N4, however you should supplement from other sources to further increases your chances of succeeding. Genki just doesn’t have enough vocab/kanji for N4
Get a special N4 study book to add on to the textbooks. They arent designed for passing the JLPT so there will be some key stuff missing.
For kanji just focus on WK, its better than any book or kanji guide you can buy.
If I remember rightly, genki has little to not listening exercises. Which could be a problem!
Edit: A book like this may help: I think it might be N4 level /low N3. Or any Listening book for the N4 test
Genki has some listening comprehension but only in the workbook and it is a lot more difficult IMO than the rest of the lesson. Part of this is probably related to my actual listening skills, but even when looking at the scripts it seems like the sentence structure is a lot more “advanced” than the written questions that came before.
Glad I’m not the only one who thinks that, I just figured I sucked lol