The Ultimate Study Guide for the JLPT show

The Ultimate Study Guide for the JLPT

Summary: The JLPT Boot Camp podcast covers tips and tricks for the JLPT or Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Every week I go over a different aspect of how to study and what to do for the test. I cover all the tests, N5, N4, N3, N2, and N1.


 JLPT BC 167 | Learning to take Breaks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:25

This last month has been pretty rough on me to be honest. There was a lot of last minute planning for my vacation. And of course, right when you want to go on vacation, everything seems to need extra attention. More work to do at work. More fires to put out. I haven’t had as […]

 JLPT BC 166 | What a Rat Experiment might Tell us about Japan’s Population Problem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:44

When I first moved to Japan loved the city. It was nice and compact and everything is in one place. As long as you are a decent walk away from a train station you can get anywhere pretty easily without the use of a car. If you needed to buy anything that can’t be found […]

 JLPT BC 165 | Speaking Practice with FluentU | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:37

I’ve always found summer to be a more active time. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity we have here in Japan, I still think the increased sunlight and ability to walk around the house in a lot less clothes just makes me do something more than keeping my nose in a book. People always ask […]

 JLPT BC 164 | You’ll always be an Outsider in Japan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:59

I grew up in white bread America where the corn grows high and hills don’t. I spent most of my time in a city of a mere 10,000 where everybody knew each other (and who was doing what to who). It was not uncommon to go downtown to run some errands and run into a […]

 JLPT BC 163 | Chatting it Up | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:03

It’s a story you’ve heard several times – we don’t talk to each other like we used to. Because ya know, back in the good ole days we used to chat it up with our neighbors and everybody knew everybody right? It was always better back then. But these days, we tend to ignore each […]

 JLPT BC 162 | 5 Things to Know to Become an Ukiyo-e master | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:30

Ukiyo-e, if you are not familiar,  is a Japanese art form that was popular from 17th century  to 19th century Japan.  It basically consists of woodblocks used for mass production of pictures.  Ukiyo means floating world, and e means picture, so they were literally “pictures of the floating world.”  They generally depicted daily life, landscapes, […]

 JLPT BC 161 | Doing it the Hard Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 17:06

In school, I always had a hard time paying attention in class.  The teacher would lecture away and we were suppose to be taking notes, but to be honest I could never proper filter out what was important and what wasn’t.  Half the time I left the class knowing that I had listened to something […]

 JLPT BC 160 | BSing in Japan, Honne vs. Tatemae | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:06

A few years back, I was working at a school and we were trying to arrange a farewell party for one of our fellow teachers.  One teacher found a great Indian restaurant that wasn’t too far away from the school.  It seemed like a great place.  It had a big room to accommodate everyone and […]

 JLPT BC 159 | Analog vs. Digital | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:40

I’ve been taking it pretty easy with my studies recently due to some re-prioritizing of my time. I’m chugging away on Hirugao and Harry Potter but I’m giving myself a little more time to digest things. I felt a bit rushed of late trying to get through study sessions and I’m finding that is not […]

 JLPT BC 158 | Divorce in Japan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:31

I should start off by saying that I’m not getting divorced.  I’m still happily married and probably will be for the foreseeable future.  Some of my fellow expatriates and Japanese friends haven’t been so lucky though. Which, to my naive self, seems a little surprising.  Don’t get me wrong, I come from a divorced family […]

 JLPT BC 157 | Back to jDramas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 16:38

I’ve been spending (or wasting depending on how you look at) with keeping my streaks up on Memrise. I think it is great to have that daily goal, but I have busy days and not so busy days and it can make it hard to keep up with keeping a good streak going. This has […]

 JLPT BC 156 | The Realities of Living in a Foreign Country | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:30

There seems to be a small subsection of the expat population in Japan, that likes to shower the world with negativity and tell you about how horrible it is to live in Japan.  Some of them came over seeking the easy profits and seemingly easy lifestyle of teaching the language that they grew up natively […]

 JLPT BC 155 | Intensive Reading and Memrise Update | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:38

I’ve been trying to keep my studying pretty steady over the last couple of months and not really piling on and changing anything. This has a lot to do with me just having way too much going on for me to focus on going in a different direction. I’m also not entirely sure where to […]

 JLPT BC 154 | Big Hero 6 vs. Baymax | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:07

A couple of weeks back I had some free time to take my family to Baymax (US title: Big Hero 6).  It is a cute little movie about a boy, named Hiro, who befriends his brother’s robot and ultimately goes on to fight the bad guy and save the day with his trusty team of […]

 JLPT BC 153 | The Inevitable Catch Up Phase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:14

December in Japan is always unbelievably busy. There is the Christmas/Bonenkai party season. Then, you have New Year’s cards to design and write. And finally, the big cleaning where you throw out as much of the old as you can to make way for the new. Then after New Year’s, you have your first visit […]


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