Level chart

Level Target to be attained Number of Chinese characters to learn Number of words to learn (= vocabulary) Standard JLPT level at the end of learning CEFR Comprehensive textbook
Level 1
Basic 1
You will be able to perform general salutations and introduce yourself to others. It will also be possible to understand elementary expressions that are frequently used in daily life. You will be able to make short and simple sentences to communicate by using those expressions. It will be possible to read and comprehend short conversations and phrases of about four hundred words. You will be able to write an essay of about two hundred words about familiar topics like your own life. about 70 characters about 500 words A1 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Basic level I
Lessons 1-13
Level 2
Basic 2
You will be able to ask questions, make requests, and understand directions and explanations. You'll be able to communicate with friends and with other people in public situations like stations, shops and hospitals. It will be possible to understand sentences of four or five hundred words regarding specific topics. You will be able to write an essay of up to two hundred and fifty words about familiar topics. about 150 characters up to 1.000 words N5 A1 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Basic level I
Lessons 14-25
Level 3
Pre-Intermediate 1
You will be able to understand, to a certain degree, spoken subject matter in normal daily life, news, etc. You'll be able to request explanations from others, explain your own situation and feelings and thus you'll be able to exchange information. You will be able to understand written pieces of five or six hundred words about specific topics and you'll be able to express opinions on about two hundred and thirty character impressions. You'll be able to write about topics you are interested in, hobbies, etc. about 230 characters up to 1.500 words N5 A2 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Basic level II
Lessons 26-37
Level 4
Pre-Intermediate 2
You'll be able to understand speech of a more rapid and natural style and respond appropriately. You'll be able to understand texts and express opinions on topics of about six to eight hundred words. During conversation, you'll be able to use formal and casual styles properly, adapting to the situation and the person you're speaking with. You'll be able to write about matters you are interested in, past experiences, future plans together with purposes, reasons and opinions. about 300 characters up to 2.000 words N4 A2 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Basic level II
Lessons 38-50
Level 5
Intermediate 1
In usual scenarios such as job places, schools or streets, you'll be able to understand essential points and communicate effectively with a partner that speaks using a standard Japanese speech style. It will be possible to make conversation based on basic grammar, e.g. using elementary honorific expressions depending upon situations. You'll be able to fully express your opinions and impressions both orally and in writing on the matters that interest you. about 440 characters up to 2.500 words N4 B1 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Intermediate level I
Lessons 1-4
Level 6
Intermediate 2
With regard to uncomplicated themes you'll be able to understand well, ask questions and come up with responses to normal Japanese speakers. It will be possible to summarize, present and discuss the results of surveys and interviews. You'll be able to understand the contents of texts of some length. In addition, you'll be able to choose necessary information from such materials such as advertisements, manuals and pamphlets. Thus you'll be able to perform your own tasks and customize your learning process. You'll be able to write sentences made up of consistent and coherent phrases. about 580 characters up to 3.000 words N3 B1 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Intermediate level I
Lessons 5-8
Level 7
Intermediate 3
You'll be able to take part in conversations on familiar topics without any prior preparation. You will be able to deal with most matters that can occur when you live or make a trip in Japan. You'll be able to read texts about social problems and can understand viewpoints and opinions of authors. Furthermore, you'll be able to express orally or in writing your own ideas, whether agreeing or disagreeing, referring to grounds which support your ideas. about 720 characters up to 3.500 words N3 B1 Minna no Nihongo (Japanese for everyone)
Intermediate level I
Lessons 9-12
Level 8
Upper-Intermediate 1
You can keep on talking without any long pause, although you look for appropriate words and expressions occasionally. It is possible to make a discussion with a partner of a different opinion, referring to reasonable and clear reasons. It is possible, as to specialty and social themes, to understand not only concrete sentences but also the texts that are a bit complicated and abstract. You can write phrases of consistent assertions by summarizing various information and discussions about miscellaneous topics. about 860 characters up to 4.500 words N2 B2 Let's learn upper-intermediate level
Lessons 1-4
Level 9
Upper-Intermediate 2
up to 1.000 characters up to 5.500 words N2 B2 Let's learn upper-intermediate level
Lessons 5-8
Level 10
Advanced
You can speak so fluently and naturally that the conversation with ordinary Japanese does not cause any mutual tension. It is possible to express clearly and minutely complicate contents about diverse topics. Without support you can read and understand texts of relatively extensive themes, guessing words that you have not learned yet. about 1.300 characters up to 7.000 words N2 B2 Let's learn upper-intermediate level
Lessons 9-10
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