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N1 Grammar Study

It’s been a long time (> 6 months) since I last touched my N1 grammar books. While I love learning grammar at the intermediate level, somehow I hate it at the advanced level. This happened to me for Korean too. I developed somewhat of a mental block to them and it took me really long to commit those to memory (no memorisation). Perhaps it’s because those grammar points introduced at the advanced level are lesser used in daily life so I find it harder to remember.

I also can’t seem to find good Japanese textbooks at the advanced level (those with dialogues/passages, grammar, vocab, cultural notes etc) and the materials at the advanced level seem to be very specific and geared towards preparation of the JLPT exam. I’ve been learning grammar from the New Kanzen Master series and the 文のルール series. They are great but I get grammar fatigue very easily after seeing 5 similar grammar points at one go. hahaha. So for the Kanzen Master N1 grammar book, I can only do one chapter in a day.

Just finished Chapter 2 (hahahaha) and yep, many more to go!

Sharing a photo of my notes cos it’s been so long since it’s so colourful! I put in more colours when doing grammar notes, and prefer to use pencil only for vocab notes.

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    16 June, 2021 at 4:40 PM

    I’ve heard the same from friends who took N1. They said studying for it wasn’t as easy or that enjoyable, since it’s such high level stuff that you don’t come across too often or things Japanese people don’t even know, supposedly.
    Have you heard of Nihongo So-Matome? I guess they’re similar to Kanzan Master, but cuter. They’re also divided up into separate books for grammar, vocab., kanji, etc. though…

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      18 June, 2021 at 8:46 AM

      Hi Anna! oooh yes I’ve seen those before but haven’t used any yet!

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        18 June, 2021 at 4:52 PM

        I used them for N3 and like them. Friends of mine use them too (N3, N2, N1). I can’t compare with Kanzen Master though, as I’ve never tried that series.

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