Study & Culture Books

Study & Culture Books

  • Nihongo Somatome N5 - Kanji, Vocabulary, Grammar, Reading, Listening
    Here's a great book to help anyone planning on taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken, JLPT), a textbook that will guide you through all the grammar, kanji, vocabulary, reading and everything else you will need, including listening skills, thanks to the included CD that the book comes with. This is for the N5 level, the easiest two levels in the test. Outstanding content, with over 100 pages of material to learn and revise on. Comes with both English and Vietnamese translation for native speakers to learn.
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    $23.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N5
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N5 test.
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    $8.50
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N1 -- Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N1
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N1 test.
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    $8.50
  • Gude Neko -- Lazy Cat Collection
    You would be surprised at how cute these cats are, captured on film while doing what cats do best sleeping or lazing off. Enjoy adorable cat pictures with different types of breeds while sleeping or laying around with their smug faces. 80 pages of nothing but kawaii Japanese cats for you look at. The Japanese title consists of gude, meaning "lazy" and neko meaning "cat." Recommended for cat lovers.
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    $12.85
  • The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials, and now here's a new one: The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English. The book is specifically geared towards self-study, with lessons in English which explain the Japanese grammar in English, which is good for keeping up with the lessons. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD, too, right inside the book.
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    $36.00
  • Hiragana Times Nov 2017 No. 373
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #373 is a great one, with bilingual articles about the charm of Japanese calligraphy writing, samurai plays that are accessible to foreigners, exploring the beautiful city of Matsuyama and its old castles, plus actual Japanese lessons for beginner learners. It's great!
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    $6.50
  • Basic Kanji Drill New -- 1st Grade
    For students of Japanese who want another way to increase their kanji skills, or for those who just want a good way to practice, here is a kanji workbook to get you up to speed starting from the Japanese first grade school level. This workbook takes you through step-by-step exercises that give you writing practice for the basic kanji characters learned by lower level Japanese elementary school students, with basic-use words that are probably familiar to second or third level Japanese language learners who can already read Hiragana. Includes writing exercises and quizzes with an answer key. 64 pages. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $2.85
  • Ippo Nihongo Sanpo - Japanese Lessons for Daily Life Beginner 1
    One of the things that we get asked most in J-list is how to learn the Japanese language. Although a complex task, it is not impossible to learn on your own. This book aims to help beginners to reach their goals with a focus on common and practical phrases for daily life. The text is written in kana / kanji and romanized letters with visual aids to help you better learn the language in a fun and informative way. Comes with a free CD. Also great for those who are planning to visit Japan. 198 pages. This is volume 1.
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    $32.00
  • Ippo Nihongo Sanpo - Japanese Lessons for Daily Life Beginner 2
    One of the things that we get asked most in J-list is how to learn the Japanese language. Although a complex task, it is not impossible to learn on your own. This book aims to help beginners to reach their goals with a focus on common and practical phrases for daily life. The text is written in kana / kanji and romanized letters with visual aids to help you better learn the language in a fun and informative way. Comes with a free CD. Also great for those who are planning to visit Japan. 198 pages. This is volume 2.
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    $32.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Four character idiom
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for). A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Idiom Derived From Historical Events
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for) taken from historical events. A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Japanese Common Sense
    Another interesting Japanese study calendar, great desktop presents useful Japanese phrases that are meant to increase your vocabulary and make your spoken and written Japanese more interesting. Plus it's just fun to learn these off the wall words. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • Moekana 2nd Edition   Learn Hiragana with Mirai-chan
    The Goodsmile Company teams up with Danny Choo and Culture Japan to bring you this series of moe moe flash cards to help you memorize your hiragana alphabet. Each of the cards features a hiragana character, a simple vocab word to help you remember it, and a kawaii illustration starring one or more of Culture Japan's adorable mascot characters - Mirai Suenaga, Haruka Suenaga, and Kanata Hoshikawa. What a great way to study Japanese! cat1a
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    $14.00
  • Ghost in the Shell 2 - Man Machine Interface Bilingual Manga
    A new edition and new translation of the sequel to the classic Ghost in the Shell manga, this is Man Machine Interface as you've never seen it before. Read along with the original Masamune Shirow text and brilliant action-packed manga imagery as he explores the ramifications of the cyberpunk genre first raised in the original GitS -- now with Japanese and English side by side so you can tackle some of the most challenging passages with ease. Presented in a sleek complete volume at B6 size and translated by Frederick Schodt, this is an essential addition to the complete collection of any Ghost in the Shell fan.
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    $30.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Textbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This book is textbook I (Second Edition), starting from no knowledge to knowing hiragana, katakana and the first 145 kanji. Romanization of Japanese is used in the first two lessons to help students unfamiliar with hiragana and katakana, but soon tries to ween the student off romanization. Has Lessons 1 - 12 and follows the structure as written above. Indexes are in the back as well as tables for numbers, counters, hiragana/katakana chart, map of Japan and verb conjugations. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 382 pages, perfect bound. A CD teaching guide in MP3 format (not available in the previous edition) is included and also features updated expressions used in Japan's modern society, easier to follow grammar explanations and new columns on Japanese culture and life .The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $45.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N4   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N4
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N4 test.
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    $9.00
  • 88 Basic Patterns for Japanese Conversation
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 88 Basic Patterns for Japanese Conversation. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used sentence patterns to master speaking Japanese like a native, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • Japanese Conversation Conveying Feelings 180 Basic Expressions
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 180 Basic Expressions to convey feelings. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used expressions to convey your feelings, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N2
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N2 test.
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    $9.50
  • Nihongo Koredake! 2   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 2 expects that you've mastered basic reading, and foregoes the romaji (Romanized Japanese), which is actually better for your pronunciation and reading comprehension. The book is organized into logical chapters, with sample conversations, situations to study and more. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • Nihongo Koredake! 1   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 1 in Japanese, and features romaji (Romanized Japanese) for people who can't yet read the hiragana, katakana and kanji. Parts of the books also explain in Korean and Chinese, but not all. The book is organized into logical chapters, like around town, parts of the body, relationships, and the pictures make everything fun and easy to learn. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • New Complete Master   Grammar (Bunpo) JLPT N3
    Here's a great book for anyone wanting to seriously study Japanese, and take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This new series from S.A. Network is full updated to the most modern test, including the new N5 through N1 leveling system. This book focuses on the N3 Level (Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your bunpo (grammar), with specific grammar issues that will be on the test. It's organized into two sections, general reading and understanding, plus actual sample test questions. 270 pages total.
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    $16.50
  • New Complete Master   Kanji JLPT N1
    Here's a great book for anyone wanting to seriously study Japanese, and take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This new series from S.A. Network is full updated to the most modern test, including the new N5 through N1 leveling system. This book focuses on the N1 Level (advanced level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your kanji, with specific characters that will be on the test. It's organized into two sections, general reading and understanding, plus actual sample test questions. 270 pages total.
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    $16.50
  • New Complete Master   Vocabulary (Goi) JLPT N2
    As of 2010, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) has been changed creating 5 different levels of proficiency. Now designated as N5 (beginning) - N1 (fluent) test levels, students everywhere work to take advantage of this new accommodation. For those taking the test here's another text book study guide to add to your library in your efforts for Japanese fluency. This book focuses on the N2 Level (Upper-Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your vocabulary. The basic exercise include sentences with missing words that you are required to fill up. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT, so all information is relevant to the modern test. This being an N2 level book, furigana pronunciation guides are printed over the more difficult kanji to help improve your recognition and make it easier for you to understand. 190+ pages.
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    $18.00
  • 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanese Speakers in Regular Conversation
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanse. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used expressions, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • Genki Answer Key (Second Edition)   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese   Answer Key (for both Genki I and Genki II)
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition answer key, which provides clear, concise answers to all the questions and quizzes in the textbook and workbook. 75 pages.
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    $12.00
  • New Complete Master   Grammar JLPT N2
    As of 2010, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) has been changed creating 5 different levels of proficiency. Now designated as N5 (beginning) - N1 (fluent) test levels, students everywhere work to take advantage of this new accommodation. For those taking the test here's another text book study guide to add to your library in your efforts for Japanese fluency. This book focuses on the N2 Level (Upper-Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you master N2 level grammar. The basic exercise include sentences with missing words that you are required to fill up. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT, so all information is relevant to the modern test. This being an N2 level book, furigana pronunciation guides are printed over the more difficult kanji to help improve your recognition and make it easier for you to understand. 190+ pages.
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    $18.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N4-N5
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N4-N5 test (the easiest levels), and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N1
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N1 test (the hardest level), and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $24.00
  • Reading Aloud in Japanese! - Nihongo Ondoku Training
    Here's a new Japanese textbook you get a toehold in learning the language: Reading Allowed in Japanese!. The bok, which is fully bilingual between English and Japanese (both languages are presented in each section) focuses on reading aloud, actually verbalizing Japanese, as a way to learn it. There are four parts, Talking to people Reading about Japan in short essays, Presentations and interviews, and Essays on nature cultural history etc. you learn about Japanese Proverbs, Japanese tongue twisters, some animal sounds, and other fun things. You also get some classical Japanese stories like, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The book also includes a CD. In Japanese and English, with translations in Chinese and Vietnamese available on the website.
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    $28.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N2
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N2 test, and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Textbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Textbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition textbook, a complete approach to learning Japanese. Divided into ten chapters that continue where the last book left off, you get everything with this series: sample conversations, vocabulary, kanji, easy to understand explanation of grammar that's really outstanding. It comes with all the audio for the listening practice sections on an included MP3 CD-ROM. 380 pages.
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    $45.00
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Workbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition workbook, which accompanies the textbook and provides practice lessons for each chapter. Lessons include answering questions in Japanese, translating sentences and words used in that chapter, practicing kanji multiple times to get them down, practicing writing of polite (exalting and humble) Japanese and more. Comes with an MP3 CD of additional listening exercises for you to try too. 130 pages.
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    $20.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $20.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N3
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N3 test, and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00