JLPT N3 Vocabulary List

complete JLPT N3 vocabulary List

This is a list of the vocabulary that you need to know in order to pass the JLPT N3. In total, you will need to have a vocabulary of about 3,750 words.

This list includes lessons for the most common and important words for you to know, all listed in alphabetical order.

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#VocabularyTypeMeaning
1 akari

あかり

Nounlight; illumination; glow; gleam
2 akeru

あける

Verb, Ichidan verb, Transitive verbto dawn,to become daylight
3 akiraka

あきらか

Adjective, な-adjectiveclear; obvious
4 akuma

あくま

Noundevil; demon; fiend; Satan
5 anki

あんき

Noun, Verb, Suru verbmemorization; learning by heart
6 arata

あらた

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivenew; fresh; novel
7 atsumari

あつまり

Noungathering; meeting; assembly; collection; attendance
8 bubun

ぶぶん

Nounportion; section; part
9 bun

ぶん

Noun, Suffixpart; segment; share; ration
10 bunmei

ぶんめい

Nouncivilization; culture
11 bunseki

ぶんせき

Noun, Verb, Suru verbanalysis
12 bunya

ぶんや

Nounfield; sphere; realm; division; branch
13 chichioya

ちちおや

Nounfather
14 chiheisen

ちへいせん

Nounhorizon (related to land)​
15 chii

ちい

Noun(social) position; status
16 chouki

ちょうき

Nounlong-term
17 chuu

ちゅう

Noun, Prefix, Suffixduring; while; medium; middle
18 chuugaku

ちゅうがく

Nounjunior high school; middle school
19 chuushoku

ちゅうしょく

Nounlunch; midday meal
20 daibubun

だいぶぶん

Nounmost part; greater part; majority
21 danshi

だんし

Nounyouth; young man
22 deai

であい

Nounmeeting; rendezvous; encounter
23 deau

であう

Verbto meet (by chance); to come across; to run across; to encounter
24 dokusho

どくしょ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbreading
25 doryoku

どりょく

Noun, Verb, Suru verbeffort; exertion; endeavor; hard work; striving
26 en

えん

Nounyen; Japanese monetary unit; circle
27 furi

ふり

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivedisadvantage; handicap; unfavorable position
28 fusoku

ふそく

Noun, Adjective, な-adjective, Verb, Suru verbinsufficiency; shortage; deficiency; lack; dearth
29 futatabi

ふたたび

Adverbagain; once more; a second time
30 gaikou

がいこう

Noundiplomacy
31 gaishutsu

がいしゅつ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbgoing out; outing; leaving (one's home, office, etc.)
32 gakki

がっき

Nounschool term; semester
33 gaku

がく

Noun, Suffixlearning; education; study of
34 gakumon

がくもん

Noun, Verb, Suru verbscholarship; study; learning
35 gakusha

がくしゃ

Nounscholar
36 gakushuu

がくしゅう

Noun, Verb, Suru verbstudy; learning; tutorial
37 gichou

ぎちょう

Nounchairman; president; moderator
38 gikai

ぎかい

Nouncongress; parliament; diet; legislative assembly
39 gogaku

ごがく

Nounstudy of foreign languages; linguistics
40 hageshii

はげしい

Adjective, い-adjectiveviolent; extreme; intense

JLPT N3 vocab List total: (182)

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