JLPT N4 Grammar List

learn Japanese JLPT N4 grammar list

This is a complete list of the Japanese grammar rules needed to study for and pass the N4 Japanese Language Proficiency Test.

Although there is no official JLPT N4 grammar list, most grammar points that have been featured on previous tests are included in this list.

Each lesson is arranged in English romaji alphabetical order. In total, there are over 131 grammar lessons that you need to know in order to pass the N4.

Click on the lesson link for detailed notes about grammar structure, how-to-use, conjugations, example sentences, interactive aids, and more.

JLPT-N4-Grammar Master-ebook-文法マスター-preview-shot
JLPT N4 Grammar List Flashcards, Japanese 文法

Supporters on Patreon can download our full N4 Grammar Master Complete Study Guide e-book, a printable PDF N4 grammar list, grammar flashcard sets, and more!

#Grammar LessonGrammar Meaning
81 sou da [2] looks like; appears like
82 sou ni / sou na seems like; looks like
83 ta bakari just finished; something just occurred
84 ta tokoro just finished doing, was just doing
85 tadoushi & jidoushi Transitive & Intransitive Verbs
86 tagaru wants to do~ (third person)
87 tara if, after, when
88 tara dou why don't you
89 tara ii desu ka what should I do?; speaker seeking instructions from listener
90 te / de conjunctive particle; so; because of [A], [B]...
91 te ageru to do for; to do a favor
92 te hoshii I want you to; need you to~
93 te iku to start; to continue; to go on
94 te ita was doing something (past continuous)
95 te itadakemasen ka could you please
96 te kureru to do a favor; do something for someone
97 te kuru to do… and come back; to become; to continue; to start
98 te miru try doing
99 te morau to get somebody to do something
100 te oku to do something in advance
101 te shimau / chau to do something by accident, to finish completely
102 te sumimasen I’m sorry for
103 te yaru to do for; to do a favor (casual)
104 te yokatta I’m glad that..
105 teiru tokoro in the process of doing
106 temo even; even if; even though
107 to whenever [A] happens, [B] also happens
108 to ittemo ii you could say; one might say; I'd say
109 to iu called; named; that
110 to iu koto convert phrase into noun
111 to iwarete iru it is said that...
112 to kiita I heard...
113 to omou to think…; I think…; you think…
114 toka~toka among other things; such as; like
115 tokoro just about to; on the verge of doing something
116 tsuzukeru continue to; keen on
117 tte named; called
118 ukemi kei passive form; passive voice
119 wa~ga... wa [A] but [B]; however; comparison
120 yasui easy to; likely to; prone to; have a tendency to

JLPT N4 Grammar List total: (131)

Currently viewing page 3 of 4

Recommended JLPT N4 Books

Nihongo So-matome: JLPT N4 Grammar

This book covers all of the JLPT N4 Grammar in 6 weeks! (It also includes reading and listening practice)
See price on Amazon

GENKI II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese

This is the best all around book for beginners learning Japanese in English. I used this in my first year studying Japanese. I found it to be far better and easier to use than the many other books I was using. This is the second book in the series and should cover most of what you need to pass JLPT N4.
See price on Amazon

Kanzen Master Jlpt Grammar N4

This book covers all of the grammar that you need to know to pass the JLPT N4, and includes great practice excercises. One down side though, is it's mostly in Japanese, but that will help you in the long run.
See price on Amazon

Jlpt N4 Japanese Lauguage Proficiency Test Official Practice Test

This is the official practice test of the JLPT N4. I highly recommend doing at least 1 practice test before taking the real test.
See price on Amazon