DELF/JLPT and self-studying! Help!

Hi everyone, So I have three questions regarding French, Japanese and self-studying.

French: I've done A-level french which means I'm not at A1/A2 level (or perhaps even B1). I, however, still want to make sure that I have nailed the basics, yet I also want to study more advanced things in B2.

The problem is I don't know where to start. Are there any official textbooks which I can use? Are there vocabulary lists from which I can memorise? Do I also need a tutor to help me? Are there websites where I can have my french essays checked?

Regarding JLPT, I also very much want to achieve the top level. Fortunately, my mum is Japanese so I can write plenty of essays and speak to her without charge. However, I still want to work from N5 to the top in order to have a secure understanding of Japanese grammar, kanji etc. Therefore, what kind of books are recommended for N5?

The final question ( and to me the most important): I want to self-study over the holiday, but the amount of things I could do makes me feel overwhelmed. How do you set up an efficient system to learn a language and how do you measure your progress? I also want to have a "perfect" method of doing something, yet I've been wasting time trying to brainstorm/craft one.

Thank you so much for your help!


July 4, 2017


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Hi Orla! (: You can study French and Japanese here, on and... uhm... books I suggest you "Assimil" . Start with alphabet and useful expressions, then the method comes! :) Good luck! I also love japanese! バイバイ ^-^

July 4, 2017

Regarding the JLPT, there is always the 日本語総まとめ book series that covers N5 and all the way up to N1, and you should be able to find them online easily, especially if you live in Japan.

July 4, 2017

There are tons of resources! I could write a long list here, but I find it a bit pointless on this forum, where threads get lost under new ones all the time and such questions appear quite often.

I have experience with the French exams. There are tons of coursebooks, supplements, native material to use, and so on. It is not so hard to succeed, you just need a good plan and stick to it, invest your times and efforts, and you will get there :-)

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July 5, 2017
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