JLPT N4 Vocabulary List

complete JLPT N4 vocabulary List

This is a list of the vocabulary that you need to know in order to pass the JLPT N4. In total, you will need to have a vocabulary of about 1,500 words.

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

See our full study guide for how to pass the JLPT N4.

#VocabularyTypeMeaning
1 aji

あじ

Nounflavor; taste​; uniqueness; attractiveness; experience
2 akanbou

あかんぼう

Nounbaby; infant
3 atsumaru

あつまる

Verb, Godan verb, Intransitive verbto gather; to collect; to assemble
4 atsumeru

あつめる

Verb, Ichidan verb, Transitive verbto collect; to assemble; to gather
5 bijutsukan

びじゅつかん

Nounart gallery; art museum
6 buchou

ぶちょう

Nounmanager; head (chief, director) of a section or department
7 bungaku

ぶんがく

Nounliterature
8 chikara

ちから

Nounenergy; force; strength; might; power
9 chiri

ちり

Noungeography
10 chuugakkou

ちゅうがっこう

Nounjunior high school; middle school
11 daibu

だいぶ

Adverbconsiderably; greatly; a lot​
12 daigakusei

だいがくせい

Noununiversity student; college student
13 dansei

だんせい

Nounman; male
14 fukushuu

ふくしゅう

Noun, Verb, Suru verbreview (of learned material); revision
15 hanami

はなみ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbcherry blossom viewing; flower viewing
16 hiraku

ひらく

Verb, Godan verb, Intransitive verb, Transitive verbto open; to undo; to unseal; to unpack
17 hiruma

ひるま

Noundaytime; during the day
18 hiruyasumi

ひるやすみ

Nounlunch break; noon recess; noon rest period
19 ichido

いちど

Nounonce; one time; on one occasion
20 igai

いがい

Nounwith the exception of; excepting
21 iken

いけん

Noun, Verb, Suru verbopinion; view; comment
22 isogu

いそぐ

Verb, Godan verb, Intransitive verbto hurry; to rush; to hasten; to make something happen sooner
23 isshoukenmei

いっしょうけんめい

Noun, Adjective, な-adjectivevery hard; with utmost effort
24 jinja

じんじゃ

NounShinto shrine
25 jinkou

じんこう

Nounpopulation
26 jishin

じしん

Nounearthquake
27 juubun

じゅうぶん

Noun, Adjective, な-adjective, Adverbenough; sufficient; plenty; adequate; satisfactory
28 kachou

かちょう

Nounsection manager; section chief
29 kagaku

かがく

Nounscience
30 kaigi

かいぎ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbmeeting; conference; session; assembly
31 kaigishitsu

かいぎしつ

Nounconference room; conference hall; council room
32 kaijou

かいじょう

Nounassembly hall; meeting place; venue; grounds
33 kaiwa

かいわ

Noun, Verb, Suru verbconversation
34 kanai

かない

Noun(my) wife; inside the home; one's family
35 kibun

きぶん

Nounfeeling; mood
36 kikai

きかい

Nounchance; opportunity
37 kikoeru

きこえる

Verb, Ichidan verb, Intransitive verbto be heard; to be audible; to be said
38 kokusai

こくさい

Noun, Adjective, の-adjectiveinternational
39 kondo

こんど

Nounthis time; next time
40 konya

こんや

Noun this evening; tonigh

JLPT N4 vocab List total: (91)

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