Japanese 日本語 Nihongo is an East Asian language spoken by about 125 million speakers, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. Japanese has no genetic relationship with Chinese, but it makes extensive use of Chinese characters.
One is able to understand complex writings on a variety of topics. They can follow and understand conversations coherently.
One is able to understand and communicate extensively everyday situations. Also, they can follow the essential points of certain topics.
One can understand specific contents regarding everyday situations by grasping the difficult writings or conversations to some extent.
One is able to read, understand and follow familiar topics concerning daily life situations. One understands basic Japanese.
One is able to understand familiar expressions and phrases. If spoken slowly, one can follow simple conversations.
JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is conducted by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services to evaluate the proficiency of non-native speakers. It is an international Japanese exam carried out on a large scale worldwide.
The Japan Foundation administers this test along with the local institutions of the respective countries other than Japan.
To maintain the relevancy of this international certification, the Japan Foundation updates the exam pattern from time to time. Formerly, this examination had four levels:- N1, N2, N3, N4.
A new level N5 was added in 2010 to make the distribution of syllabus more accurate and appropriate. The current level of N4 and N5 corresponds to the old level of 3 and 4 respectively. The current N3 level bridges the gap between the old 2 and 3 levels.