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.

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#VocabularyTypeMeaning
101 kouchou

こうちょう

Nounprincipal; headmaster
102 kougai

こうがい

Nounsuburb; residential area on the outskirt of a city
103 koukou

こうこう

Nounsenior high school; high school​
104 koukousei

こうこうせい

Nounhigh school student
105 koutougakkou

こうとうがっこう

Nounhigh school
106 kyoukai

きょうかい

Nounchurch; congregation; Christian church
107 kyoumi

きょうみ

Nouninterest (in something); curiosity (about something); zest (for)
108 kyuu

きゅう

Adjective, な-adjectivesudden; abrupt; unexpected
109 kyuukou

きゅうこう

Noun, Verb, の-adjective, Suru verbhurrying (to somewhere); rushing; hastening
110 mieru

みえる

Verb, Ichidan verb, Intransitive verbto be seen; to be in sight; to look; to seem
111 miso

みそ

Nounfermented condiment made from soybeans
112 mitsukaru

みつかる

Verb, Godan verb, Intransitive verbto be found; to be discovered
113 mitsukeru

みつける

Verb, Ichidan verb, Transitive verbto discover; to find; to come across; to detect; to spot
114 momen

もめん

Nouncotton (material)
115 nebou

ねぼう

Noun, Verb, Suru verbsleeping in late; oversleeping
116 nyuugaku

にゅうがく

Noun, Verb, Suru verbentry to school or university; enrollment
117 nyuuin

にゅういん

Noun, Verb, Suru verbhospitalization
118 oshiire

おしいれ

Nouncloset
119 riyou

りよう

Noun, Verb, Suru verbuse; utilization; application
120 ryokan

りょかん

Nountraditional inn; Japanese-style lodging
121 sakuya

さくや

Noun, Adverb, Adverbial noun, Temporal nounlast night
122 saraigetsu

さらいげつ

Noun, Adverb, Adverbial noun, Temporal nounmonth after next
123 saraishuu

さらいしゅう

Noun, Adverb, Adverbial noun, Temporal nounweek after next
124 seiyou

せいよう

Nounthe west; Western countries
125 setsumei

せつめい

Noun, Verb, Suru verbexplanation
126 shachou

しゃちょう

Nouncompany president; manager; director
127 shakai

しゃかい

Nounsociety; public; community; the world
128 shinamono

しなもの

Noungoods; article; thing
129 shinbunsha

しんぶんしゃ

Nounnewspaper company
130 shokuryouhin

しょくりょうひん

Nounfood; groceries
131 shougakkou

しょうがっこう

Nounelementary school
132 shumi

しゅみ

Nounhobby; pastime; preference
133 shuukan

しゅうかん

Nounhabit; custom; cultural practice.
134 sobo

そぼ

Noungrandmother
135 sofu

そふ

Noungrandfather
136 suugaku

すうがく

Nounmathematics; arithmetic
137 tai'in

たいいん

Noun, Verb, Suru verbleaving hospital; discharge from hospital
138 tariru

たりる

Verb, Ichidan verb, Intransitive verbto be sufficient; to be enough
139 tasu

たす

Verb, Godan verb, Transitive verbto add (numbers / something)
140 ten'in

てんいん

Nounemployee (of a store); shop assistant; clerk

JLPT N4 vocab List total: (91)

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

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