Does anyone here have any idea how lingq correlates to success in HSK and JLPT tests?
For what it's worth, in the past I've played around with comparing LingQ levels with CEFR comprehension tests for European languages, and in the case of Spanish and German, the LingQ levels seemed to have lined up pretty good with the minimum level of comprehension you'd need to pass a B2 or C2 test.
Here is the post I wrote about it at the time:
Very interesting and gave me great context for setting my goals. I never thought about comparing LingQ levels to the CEFR levels but that makes perfects sense!
It was also a pleasure to read your other posts around goal setting and the ratios between known and read words.
Great! Glad to hear it helped!
I don't think it's very useful to correlate lingq with JLPT levels since everybody has their own standards with when to make a word known and what to consider a "word" in the first place.
That being said I passed N1 around 5 years ago, at which time I think I was either advanced 1 or 2. Lingq will help you most with the reading/listening comprehension section in my experience. You have to make sure to study vocab/grammar/kanji lists separately. Taking multiple practice tests is also very helpful. I know a lot of people who made the mistake of not studying the content of the test specifically and ended up failing, wasting a lot of time and money in the process. If you can maintain a consistent lingq regimen, along with memorizing all the relevant vocab/grammar/kanji, N1 will be no problem for you.
Thank you for your comment!
I took a look at a practice test and the reading parts didn't seem too challenging. The grammar and word choice however did since they seemed to be about stuff that I at least haven't needed in normal conversations, watching dramas and variety shows, online chatting, etc. Reading also is clearly my weak spot while I am strong on listening and spoken communication. So literary vocabulary and grammar structures that are usually only used in written form are probably going to be what I need to focus on. I'll also have to make it a point to sit down and do and score the practice test in the near future to get a better idea of my weak points.
Having taken the test, and read two and half million words on LingQ (whoa! Way to go!), do you have any suggestions on what kind of reading material would be the most helpful to use on LingQ? News, political commentary, or something like that?
Thanks for the kind words ^^ I didn't realize how much I'd read haha
Since it seems like most of your exposure has been to the "everyday Japanese" you often hear in conversation/variety shows, I'd recommend trying to find some stuff with more sophisticated vocabulary that interests you. I imported a lot of news/political commentary material when I was studying for the test. I found the following sites to be helpful:
(nice aggregator site with interesting comments)
(long form articles)
One thing that can be fun is comparing the editorials of Japan's big newspapers: Asahi (liberal/left-wing), Mainichi (centrist), Yomiuri (conservative), and Sankei (farther right). All have English versions of their editorials too (of varying quality).
"Japan Forward" (Sankei Shimbun's English site)
and of course, "yahoo news" is always great. Probably the most popular Japanese news site.
I've had little luck with literature on lingq. E-books aren't really a thing in Japan so very few books are available digitally. The only stuff I was able to find were older novels that have entered the public domain. I would recommend anything by Osamu Dazai (太宰治) if that interests you. 人間失格 is my favorite ^^
Whoa! An awesome list of resources! Thank you!