Thoughts on the JLPT N4 and N5 Simulation Exams

Someone in our Upper Beginners group is also in what we call a hardcore Spanish-Japanese group. Before going on to Minna 2, everyone has to pass the . He asked if I could help.

We had a little less than three weeks of N5 prep before both Upper Beginners decided to take the simulation of the N5 exam. They passed and I’m really proud of them.

Quiz Show Fundraiser Announcement

This coming December, Twin Cities Japanese Conversation will have a fundraiser to help defray the cost of our meetup listing. The total cost over the past year was $197.88.

The fundraiser will be in the style of a classic College Bowl quiz show format.

 - 20 mins Toss Up and Bonus Questions
 - 5 mins Lightning Round

Both Upper Beginners passed the N5 Simulation Exam - おめでとうございます!



Both Adan San and Andrew San passed the simulation of the JLPT N5 exam after three weeks or less of N5 preparation. Congratulations, Adan San and Andrew San!

Latest Roundup: May 16 2021


Most of our study groups have continued to steadily progress while one has been cancelled for lack of attendance. The Upper Beginners study group finished Lesson 10 in Genki I, the Saturday study group has finished Lesson 22 which means they're now on the last chapter of the Genki series, and the Marugoto N3 group on Mondays and Thursdays finished off their second textbook in the past year when they completed Marugoto B1-1 last month. おめでとうございます!


Hi, everyone!

Tomorrow marks our one year anniversary since we've been meeting online because of covid-19. In recognition of this event, I asked our members who join us in Discord three questions and told them that their responses would be anonymous.

  1. How do you study Japanese?
  2. What's your favorite way of studying?
  3. Are there any barriers to studying Japanese?

Here's the first set of responses.



Latest Roundup: Feb 7 2021

It's February 2021 and we've been meeting online in Discord for almost 11 months. While it can get trying at times, the important thing for us to remember is to keep leveling up our Japanese fluency.

The Intermediate Marugoto group on Mondays and Thursdays is working on Topic 8 of 9 in Marugoto B1-1. The Sat group just finished Lesson 21 in Genki II while the Upper Beginners group just finished Lesson 9 in Genki I. We've also been competing with each other using the quiz functionality of the Kotoba Discord bot as another way to reinforce the Japanese we've been learning.


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