Unicom Preparatory Course For JLPT3
実力アップ!日本語能力試験3級 文法編 実力アップ! (Unicom Inc)
A challenging book. This is a Japanese Grammar written in Japanese. There are two pages of an English preface but after that you’re on your own. There is an English translation available separately but Part of what interested me was trying to cover the grammar in an immersive manner. It’s a bit slower than using an English book but it might pay off in the long run.
Of particular interest are Section 2 40 Important Points (重要語４０のポイント）, and Section 3 Confusing Words（まちがいやすい言葉）One dealing with difficult words that have a high probability of appearing on the test and the other with expressions using similar words but having different meanings.
There are also 2 CDs with this book. These are recordings of the sample sentences, each indexed to a page in the book. These can help with providing extra listening practice and possibly allowing some study on the move with an iPod. Although listening to all of them one after another is just a bit too intense. Maybe making your own translation recordings and adding some extra notes and headings and you’d have a useful recision tool. Lots of work though.