The “Test Your Japanese Might” series here has been a fun way for you to test your current level and progress in studying Japanese. It was created 4.5 years ago, and people are still using it today to find where they stand. I had always planned for the day when I would expand on it to test your other skills. Well today is that day. It’s time to test your Japanese listening might.
The test works similarly to the original series, but with audio in its place.
The test is separated into level blocks. Start at level 1, regardless of what level you think you may be.
Five Short Audio Clips
Your goal is to be able to comprehend what is being said in the each clip. Each group of clips is taken from one specific popular anime. Why anime? Because… it’s anime. Later levels will mix in other more difficult audio like news.
Passing a Level Block
Learning experience and materials you’ve used are varied. Your easy Edo history conversation is not my easy legal conversation. To make this fair, to move onto the next level block you only need to understand 3 out of 5 clips.
What Does Understand Mean?
By understanding 3 of 5 clips, you must be able to:
Listen to the sentence(s) and “comprehend” 85% of what you’ve just heard with the ability to respond to the sentence(s) as if you heard them in a conversation. It does not mean you can translate it into English. This is irrelevant. Ask yourself this. Could you continue this conversation with the other person? Not sure if you can? Try saying something in response.
*You can listen to each clip as many times as you want. This doesn’t change your comprehension percentage.
Failing a level block. Where do you stand?
You passed the level 10 block and failed the level 20. So what level are you actually? Take the level block you failed and see how much you knew.
● Understood two clips fully, and some of another clip: you are closer to level 17-19.
● Understood one clip completely, but none of the others: closer to 14-17.
● Understood some of one clip, but nothing of the rest? Closer to 11-13.
Or more simply, take what percentage you understood of the 5 combined clips and add that to the previously passed level:
80% understood: level 18
40% understood: level 14
10% understood: level 11
For the super beginners out there: if you fail level 1, you are level 1. We’ve all been there.
Level 1: Newbie
Level 5: Beginner
Level 10: Elementary
Level 20: Intermediate
Made it to intermediate? Congratulations. You are going to have to wait till the next stage to see how high you can climb. Didn’t fare so well? Don’t worry. You will soon.
To all those taking the test, I would love it if in the comments section you could list your:
1. Test results level
2. How long you’ve been studying Japanese for
3. What materials/method(s) you are using
This will help those who have taken the test have something to compare their results to. If you pass all levels tested in Stage 1, continue onto Stage 2 (coming in the near future).