Japanese Language Resources

Great Japanese textbooks & courses for all levels

This is a wonderful collection of interesting stories in Japanese, with vocabulary lists and comprehension questions.

A trustworthy resource for Japanese grammar lessons and activities. The book is full of examples and is really a treasure to have as a Japanese learner.

Assimil is a French company that creates small, portable coursebooks with bilingual dialogues, clear grammar explanations, and audio files completely in the target language.

With over 400 pages, Japanese For Dummies is for those readers looking for a comprehensive guide to help them immerse themselves in the Japanese language.

During the course, you will join Michel Thomas and two students in a live lesson, learning from both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course.

As an auditory learner, I’m a huge fan of the Pimsleur method, I’ve used it to learn Portuguese, and now to learn German.

Websites and Apps For Learning Japanese

italki – $10 credits after your first lesson booking if you sign up here
Japanese lessons 1 on 1 with a tutor of your choice, time and price range.

Memrise – a powerful app that’s been around for a while. Memory-based learning at its best (I mean, it was created by a memory master guy!) They recently added videos and better audio, too!

JapanesePod101 – This site is part of the “Innovative Languages” group of membership sites. Each language-specific site is a massive collection of audio and video lessons that cover all levels of language skill, though exactly what you get depends on your membership tier. The lessons come with extensive grammar explanations and cultural notes. The resources are fully downloadable, however you can also access them via browser or mobile device/app.

News in Slow Japanese – A subscription service that primarily offers streaming news stories at a level and speed that is level-appropriate for language learners. Covers a wide variety of topics and content types.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese – Comprehensive resource for grammar, great for beginner to intermediate learners.

YouTube Channels To Learn Japanese With

JapanesePod101 – This is a great start to learn Japanese, the channel contains a massive collection of videos about different topics, and it provide some fantastic tutorials to learn Kana.

Easy Japanese – The Easy Languages series offers real, spoken Japanese, with live interviews done with random people on the street. The videos touch upon a huge variety of dialogues and come with dual-language subtitles (in English and Japanese). Great for intermediate-advanced learners.

Nihongo No Mori Free Japanese lessons.

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The Complete Guide to Japanese Kanji: (JLPT All Levels) Remembering and Understanding the 2,136 Standard Characters.

Introduction To Japanese Kanji (YouTube).

Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: A Workbook for Self-Study.

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