Learning Japanese? Here’s a great collection of Japanese language learning resources to help you get fluent in Japanese! Start learning Japanese today.
- Alison – Japanese – offers several free courses.
- Ba Ba Dum – interactive flashcards available for several languages.
- BBC Languages – Japanese – although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
- Easy Languages – Japanese – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
- italki – perfect for a more personalized language learning experience. They also have an app and you can pay per lesson!
- Linguanaut: Learn Japanese – another free language resource with other languages available.
- NHK World – news outlet, but they also have a channel so check your local listings. Check out their YouTube channel, too! Japanology is one of my favorite culture shows. The other is Somewhere Street, which is like a walkthrough tour of many cities around the world.
- Pimsleur – language immersion course. A bit pricey, but well worth it!
- SquidTV – listings of Japanese television channels and radio stations.
- Tofugu – Japanese culture and language blog. One of my absolute favorites!
- Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks – free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
- Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
- Mango Languages – subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in-between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
- Polly Lingual – free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Daijoubu and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors. Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
- Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps – free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.
- 13 Secrets for Speaking Fluent Japanese by Giles Murray
- A Frequency Dictionary of Japanese by Yukio Tono (Routledge)
- Basic Japanese: Learn to Speak Everyday Japanese in 10 Carefully Structured Lessons: Includes Downloadable Audio by Samuel E. Martin and Eriko Sato (Tuttle Publishing)
- Beginning Japanese Kanji Language Practice Pad by Richard S. Keirstead (Tuttle Publishing)
- Beginning Japanese Phrases Language Practice Pad by Richard S. Keirstead (Tuttle Publishing)
- Conversational Japanese by Anne Kaneko (Tuttle Publishing)
- Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku, and Japanese Culture Past and Present by Sumiko Kajiyama
- Dirty Japanese: Everyday Slang by Matt Fargo
- Hugo in Three Months: Japanese
- In-Flight Japanese by Living Language
- Instant Japanese: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! (A Japanese Language Phrasebook & Dictionary) by Boye Lafayette De Mente
- Japanese At A Glance by Barron’s
- Japanese for Beginners: Learning Conversational Japanese (includes downloadable audio) by Sachiko Toyozato
- Japanese Hiragana and Katakana Language Practice Pad by Richard S. Keirstead (Tuttle Publishing)
- Japanese In Plain English by Boye Lafayette De Mente
- Learn Japanese: Ultimate Guide to Speaking Business Japanese by Innovative Language
- Making Out in Japanese by Todd Geers
- More Making Out in Japanese by Todd Geers
- Pimsleur: Quick and Simple Japanese
- Teach Yourself: Japanese Conversation
- The Everything Conversational Japanese Book by Molly Hakes
Use Your New Language As Often As Possible!
Learning Japanese (日本語) and other tonal languages has been a slow process, BUT I love Japanese culture so much that I’m willing to do what it takes to communicate with people in their language. I started by ordering my food at the local sushi spot. A young lady there corrects my pronunciation and even gives me cultural anecdotes. It was scary at first of course, but I’m learning to SPEAK.
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