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
101 hageshii

はげしい

Adjective, い-adjectiveviolent; extreme; intense
102 hahaoya

ははおや

Nounmother
103 hakubutsukan

はくぶつかん

Nounmuseum
104 hanbai

はんばい

Noun, Verb, Suru verbsales; selling; marketing
105 hatsumei

はつめい

Noun, Adjective, な-adjective, Verb, Suru verbinvention
106 hazusu

はずす

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

ひん

Nounelegance, article
108 hitokoto

ひとこと

Noun, Verb, Suru verbsingle word; a few words; brief comment
109 hitorihitori

ひとりひとり

Noun, Suffixone by one; each; one at a time
110 honmono

ほんもの

Noungenuine article; real thing; real deal​
111 honnin

ほんにん

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

ほんとう

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivetruth; reality; actuality; fact
113 icchi

いっち

Noun, Verb, Suru verbagreement; union; match​; coincidence
114 ichiban

いちばん

Noun, Adverbnumber one; first; 1st, first place​; best; most​
115 ichiji

いちじ

Nounone o'clock
116 igai

いがい

Adjective, な-adjective, Adverbunexpected; surprising
117 ikka

いっか

Nouna family; a household; a home; one's family; whole family
118 imani

いまに

Adverbbefore long; even now
119 imanimo

いまにも

Adverbat any moment; at any minute; on the verge of
120 ippan

いっぱん

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivegeneral; universal; ordinary; average; common
121 ippou

いっぽう

Nounone (esp. of two); one way; the other direction; although
122 isshou

いっしょう

Nounwhole life; a lifetime; a generation
123 isshu

いっしゅ

Noun, Adverbspecies; kind; variety
124 isshun

いっしゅん

Nouninstant; moment; for an instant
125 issou

いっそう

Noun, Adverbmuch more; still more; all the more; single layer; sooner; preferably​
126 ittai

いったい

Noun, Adverb(what) the heck; (why) in the world
127 kagaku

かがく

Nounchemistry
128 kai

かい

Noun, Suffixmeeting; assembly; party; association; club
129 kai'in

かいいん

Nounmember
130 kaigai

かいがい

Noun, Adjective, の-adjectiveforeign; abroad; overseas
131 kaigou

かいごう

Noun, Verb, Suru verbmeeting; assembly; gathering; association
132 kaikei

かいけい

Nounfinance; account; treasurer; bill
133 kaishi

かいし

Noun, Verb, Suru verbstart; commencement; beginning; initiation​
134 kamoku

かもく

Noun(school) subject; curriculum; course
135 kenri

けんり

Nounright; privilege
136 kihon

きほん

Nounbasics; fundamentals; basis; foundation
137 kiji

きじ

Nounarticle; news story; report; account
138 kimi

きみ

Nounsensation; feeling​; tendency
139 kinen

きねん

Noun, Verb, Suru verbcommemoration; celebration; honoring the memory of something
140 kiniiru

きにいる

Verb, Godan verb, Expressionto like; to take a liking to

JLPT N3 vocab List total: (185)

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*NOTE* This is not a complete list of every JLPT vocab yet.

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