So I had a quick question about some words in N5 vocab. For example, I learned 電子辞書 (electronic dictionary) about 180 words in… just curious as to how that is N5. Is it really used that much? Or do I have the wrong idea for how N5, N4, etc. works.
One is able to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and is able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.
As you see, the test at this level should be slanted towards the classroom situations. This makes sense: it would be nice to learn al the common words, but for that you need to first invest into some tools to be able to progress.
The reason why that word is n5 is because it is common but the more important part is that with this word you don’t need to understand the kanji component of it, you only need to be able to recognize it when it is used as hiragana. So at n5 it’s not 電子辞書, its でんしじしょ.