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    Hey everybody,

    What do you think is the best book for passing the JLPT? I own Genki I and II from my university days (my professor helped write it). But is there a better one for passing the JLPT (3kyuu in particular)? Someone suggested "Mina no Nihongo." Has anyone had experience with that series?

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    No.

    You want the Kanzen Master Series book for 3-kyuu.
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    3q?

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    We had minna no nihongo as our University textbooks........I wouldn't say it's designed for the JLPT. For reference, you can buy the books of previous exams, they're really useful. And if you have an iTouch/iPhone, get the app KanjiFlip for kanji study.
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    Minna no Nihongo won't cover everything on the JLPT 3 syllabus, but it's a very good textbook and you can get CDs that accompany it. I would recommend going through Minna no Nihongo and then the Kanzen Master series JLPT 3 grammar textbook to mop up anything that it doesn't cover (or if you're very ambitious, just the Kanzen Master - it basically lists all the grammar, point by point, with a tonne of sample sentences and practice questions). I'm pretty sure that should do the trick.

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    Where can you buy the old jlpt test books?
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    Maybe Bookoff?
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    I found last year's at some store that had the master series. I got it right after the test results were out though. There's a website that has a lot of the text parts available but I don't have the link since I'm on my phone. If someone PMs me I'll try to find the bookmark once I get home so I can post it here.

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    My local Bookoff is rubbish as far as Nihongo-learning materials go, but you can certainly get them on Amazon (eg. here), and you can get them in one of the big bookstores near Shinjuku station - the one that's in one of the department store buildings, over two floors.

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    I went by the bookstore here yesterday (Iwase), and they had tests from 2007 and 2008.

    Also, 日本語能力試験 JLPT - オンライン試験システム-Examination-1991-問題用紙-1

    Just replace the year and level number with whatever you need. It won't have the listening section, but it might help anyway.

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    I found the JLPT study books from Unicom pretty good. I'm sure Amazon has them and I don't know about smaller bookstores but any major one should.

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    I ordered the JLPT books directly from unicom and they gave me a trial period to use them before I paid or sent them back.
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    I found a JLPT3 practise/old exams book in a book-off, but it seemed rare to find any useful Japanese learning material in most of them, and it was always difficult to find which education section they were kept in.

    Amazon has lots if you search for JLPT too

    edit: I like this website too
    http://www.jlptstudy.com/
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    This one:

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    just copy/paste that into Kinokuniya/Sanseido/Amazon.co.jp to get it, depending on which is convenient for you
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    The Kanzen Master books is purely a grammar reference for JLPT with practice questions. It's very boring, but I used it once I had finished Minna no Nihongo to reinforce the grammar. Did the problems, and researched the grammar points I had problems with.

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    I studied using all of the books of tests from previous years. I after doing each one, I had a tutor explain the items I didnt understand and retook them again and again. I took 3kyuu this year and I thought that it prepared me pretty well.

    I was also using KanjiFlip to study, but one problem that I had with it is that the "block" font they use in the program is very different from the font on the test. I had trouble recognizing some of the kanji in textbook/test form that I had already memorized on my iPod! If possible I would reccommend that you study kanji in the basic font. They are really radically different.
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    will studying from the old books work with the new test though?

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    Yes
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    Well depends on the level really.
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    Already been said, but I'll second the vote for the Unicom books. Also, do as many past papers as you can and then use the Unicom books to go over the questions you get wrong.
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