Duo Japanese course vs JLPT grammar: requirements checklist
I've noticed that many people in the forums asked about the level of Duolingo Japanese course according to JLPT. I made a checklist of the grammar needed for JLPT N5 and N4 that I want to share with everyone who loves learning Japanese and wants to take the JLPT test in the future :D
Sources of JLPT grammar requirements:
If you spot any mistakes (a grammar structure that was taught but I didn't notice it, or one that wasn't taught but I listed it etc.) please let me know so I can make this list more accurate. This will be a long post, so brace yourselves...
TAUGHT BY DUO:
NOT TAUGHT BY DUO:
|だけ (dake): only, just|
|だろう (darou): probably|
|でしょう (deshou): I think, probably|
|が (ga) – 2: but, however|
|か (ka) 1: or (A or B, choice between 2 objects)|
|けれども (keredomo): but, although|
|～なくちゃいけない (~nakucha ikenai)|
TAUGHT BY DUO:
NOT TAUGHT BY DUO:
Transitive and intransitive verbs:
- basic explanation
- another explanation
- comprehensive list
- more beginner-friendly version of the site above
(AN !!!) Japanese words and grammar presented in the comments about the course sentences are not listed here. It's worth checking out, though! You can learn a lot of kanji there and get more knowledge of the language and Japan's culture!
You can find the explanation of the grammar structures on the websites mentioned above, along with example sentences.
I'm working on making the checklists for vocabulary and kanji for N5 and N4, hopefully I will get them together soon.
Finished! Vocabulary checklists
EDIT, 16 December 2017: added slight corrections and explanations to some structures. Added links to grammar structures not taught.
EDIT, 25 December 2017: further corrections, linked up most of the structures, formatted the text into tables.
Wow, and I thought my attempt to find all the kanji in the course was crazy! :D
They've added a significant amount of kanji to the accepted answers since I made those kanji lists, and I think they may even add new sentences to the course occasionally. But if you're counting only the kanji used within the course's own sentences, then my list of 101 kanji might still be accurate.
Good luck with vocab though. I considered trying that too, but I gave up on it as I couldn't decide precise enough rules for what should count as a unique word. Different spellings of kanji/kana, plain/polite, etc. and whether auxiliaries and particles are separate or joined... Lots of annoying decisions stuff like that. ^^;
Btw, for your grammar list, I'm pretty sure there are a few in your "not taught" sections which are actually taught. I get a bit mixed up since I do the reverse tree too and recognise just about every single one from there. However, I'm 99.999% certain about the following ones at least:
I'm not sure about the たり～たり structure. I remember there was a sentence: "I want/buy all sorts of things." using いろいろ (all sorts of). I honestly don't know if たり～たり appeared somewhere, too... I also do the reverse tree so I try not to mix up things too much, especially the kanji, since its running free in the Jap-Eng tree ;D
I was beginning to wonder myself, so I typed "行ったり" (quotes are necessary) in the Discussion's search box. I remembered it was about going on holiday to various places, so I knew it was for 行く. This search found it straightaway. ^^