I apologise in advance for the post being so long.
Now hold your horses and let me explain. Last year I did my thesis in Japan (Gifu University) and got along well with my japanese colleagues and professor there. Despite some troubles, I really enjoyed it! The duration was three months and it ended in October. My Japanese professor used to work for Shimizu Corp. and still keeps in contact with the company now and then and so fast forward a few months I asked him if there were any possibilities for foreigners like me to work at the company. He sent an email back saying it’s unlikely but that they’re asking for JLPT N2 and he’ll let me know soon.
So I’ve found myself in a position where I may be able to get a job in japan, it’s only a slither of hope though but I still think it’s worth a try. However it requires JLPT N2 and seeing as the next test is in July I thought I’d set that as my goal, giving me just over four months. I’ve never taken a JLPT test before but I’d like to think I’m N4 as I did both Genki I and II and perhaps a quarter of An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese while at uni.
I understand the prospect of getting to N2 from N4 in such a short time may sound a bit absurd but putting that aside and focusing on what should be done to achieve this, I decided to ask you guys for help on what I should do!
The first problem I realised is that I won’t even be level 30 wanikani by the time the test rolls around, and so I’m really scared on what I should do for kanji. Kanji has always been my bane but thanks to wanikani I’ve really been enjoying it so far. However, it’s clear it’s not going to be enough so how should I supplement this?
Particularly, I’ve heard good things about Shin Kanzen Master and Sou Matome for jlpt N2 and besides kanji, they cover reading comprehension, listening, grammar, and vocab. I’m thinking of picking up at least the kanji and grammar books of one of the series, the question is which? And would I really need all 5 books? Is it a good idea to go for these books and which series would you guys recommend? And if you don’t recommend this then what would you recommend? I read somewhere that the kanji and vocab books are largely unnecessary as you would naturally pick up the kanji and vocab through the grammar book and reading exercises.
Sou Matome seems to be able to be completed in 6-8 weeks, I’m not sure about Shin Kanzen Master. Besides books I’ve found this website called Japanesetest4you which seems like a treasure trove of content for N2 as they have all five areas of vocab, kanji, grammar, listening, and reading! Perhaps this website would make the books unnecessary? I’ve been thinking of picking up Bunpro again for srsing grammar that I learn as I can just add any new points in, I got halfway through N4 before my trial ended lol but at $3 a month that seems like a steal. I’ve just stuck with Torii, houhou, and wanikani and even recently installed bunpo to use on my phone. I use houhou along with Torii as I can’t add any new lessons beyond the 50 it’s restricted to a day, so if I want to add new vocab from a reading exercise for example I have to use houhou. I looked at memrise but their SRS intervals are longer than wanikani’s so I’ve just been using Torii’s N5-N2 + kana + wanikani deck and it has about 4000 items in total. Before I was only doing about 20 a day but I’ll see how I go with 50.
My plan right now is probably to go with whichever books you guys recommend from Shin Kanzen Master or Sou Matome or just use that jtest website, and complement it with 50 vocab a day in Torii, add anything else to houhou, stick with wanikani, and add grammar I learn into Bunpro. Does this seem valid? I eagerly await your thoughts!