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[Review] N2 文のルール(and comparison with Kanzen Master)

Besides the Kanzen Master Series, this set of JLPT prep books are my absolute favourite. They should be familiar names to those who have been learning the language for quite some time. Fondly recalled how I discovered the N3 Grammar book in my university library back in 2012 or so and diligently worked through it. #throwback to more studious days hahaha

Good books are hard to review at times. Cos I just wanna say.


Basically I find it a very good grammar resource and I’ve used the N3 and N2 series and I bought the N1 too! Please trust my recommendation haha.

I think the bigger question is….

How does it compare with Kanzen Master Series?

职业病 (occupation hazard) has me compiling an TABLE OF COMPARISON. Tada. I have never ever done that in my 12 years of blogging. hahaha. congrats to me.

Kanzen Master文のルールComments
StructurePresents 4-6 similar grammar points together in a chapterEach grammar point is presented in isolation No clear winner.
Kanzen Master can sometimes feel more a chore to work through cos the content is quite dry and sometimes rather daunting (study fatigue) when faced with 5 very similar grammar points at one go. But can’t deny it’s helpful. 文 is easier to work through!
Explanations Japanese onlyJP, EN, CNNo clear winner.
Both have quite short explanations, but are quite clear.
Sample Sentences 2-3 sentencesDialogues文のルール.
I like how 文 use dialogues as example sentences. Somehow makes it easier to work through and remember how to use the grammar structure. Each grammar point is also introduced by a simple MCQ to test your knowledge and the answer is right on the next page. +1 for ease of use.
Exercises MCQ MCQNo clear winner.
Really is 各有千秋 (each has its strengths). Kanzen exercises are after each chapter and it really helps you learn how to use the similar grammar points introduced. Whereas for 文 the exercises are after each section (around 30 grammar points) and it can cover any of the grammar points introduced earlier. The plus point is that it has a couple question types.

Let me know what you think of the table format mmm.

In any case, the point is that both set of books are good and you should just get both la (Singlish is coming out).

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  • Reply
    13 May, 2020 at 9:46 PM

    I really like that you made this table! I’ve only studied through Kanzen Master though, and I like it a lot. But I got really interested about the 文のルール in the part that its examples is by means of dialogues. Rather than chosing one over the another I think they may be better complemeting each other. Kanzen is very good for studying for JLPT, but I never seem to be able to put what I’ve learned to use. I guess that reading some examples in dialogue form maybe easier to understand it.

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      14 May, 2020 at 12:21 PM

      hi Suna! Yes indeed you are right, would see them as complementing each other 🙂 The dialogues in 文のルール are short, but at least you get to see how they are used in conversations.

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