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 chichioya

ちちおや

Nounfather
7 chouki

ちょうき

Noun, の-adjectivelong-term
8 chuu

ちゅう

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

ちゅうがく

Nounjunior high school; middle school
10 chuushoku

ちゅうしょく

Nounlunch; midday meal
11 danshi

だんし

Nounyouth; young man
12 dokusho

どくしょ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbreading
13 doryoku

どりょく

Noun, Verb, Suru verbeffort; exertion; endeavor; hard work; striving
14 furi

ふり

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivedisadvantage; handicap; unfavorable position
15 futatabi

ふたたび

Adverbagain; once more; a second time
16 gaikou

がいこう

Noundiplomacy
17 gaishutsu

がいしゅつ

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

がっき

Noun, の-adjectiveschool term; semester
19 gaku

がく

Noun, Suffixlearning; education; study of
20 gakumon

がくもん

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

がくしゃ

Noun, の-adjectivescholar
22 gakushuu

がくしゅう

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

ぎちょう

Nounchairman; president; moderator
24 gogaku

ごがく

Nounstudy of foreign languages; linguistics
25 hageshii

はげしい

Adjective, い-adjectiveviolent; extreme; intense
26 hahaoya

ははおや

Nounmother
27 hakubutsukan

はくぶつかん

Nounmuseum
28 hanbai

はんばい

Noun, Verb, Suru verbsales; selling; marketing
29 hazusu

はずす

Verb, Godan verb, Transitive verbto remove; to undo; to drop; to miss
30 hin

ひん

Nounelegance, article
31 honmono

ほんもの

Noun, の-adjectivegenuine article; real thing; real deal​
32 honnin

ほんにん

Nounthe person in question; the person themselves; said person
33 hontou

ほんとう

Noun, Adjective, な-adjective, の-adjectivetruth; reality; actuality; fact
34 igai

いがい

Adjective, な-adjective, Adverbunexpected; surprising
35 imani

いまに

Adverbbefore long; even now
36 imanimo

いまにも

Adverbat any moment; at any minute; on the verge of
37 kagaku

かがく

Noun, Adjective, の-adjectivechemistry
38 kaigai

かいがい

Noun, Adjective, の-adjectiveforeign; abroad; overseas
39 kamoku

かもく

Noun(school) subject; curriculum; course
40 kenri

けんり

Nounright; privilege

JLPT N3 vocab List total: (130)

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