Japanese Language Learning Resources


Japanese Pronunciation: A Detailed Guide (With Audio)

Cheat Sheets

Japanese Sentence Structure Cheat Sheet

Japanese Verb Tense Cheat Sheet

Giving and Receiving Cheat Sheet

Blog Highlights

Japanese Sentence Structure – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

The Difference Between the Particles “wa” and “ga”

Ni vs De: How to choose between these two location-defining particles

Japanese language articles I have written for other websites

7 Ways to Improve Your Japanese Skills

Eating Out: A Basic Guide to Restaurant Japanese

Getting Around: A Survival Guide to Transport Japanese

Basic Guide to Giving and Receiving Directions in Japanese

Meeting People: A Basic Guide to Introducing Yourself in Japanese

Language exchange websites

HelloTalk – Language exchange website and app that connects you with native speakers to chat for free.

italki –  A language learning social network that connects students and language teachers.

Interpals – An online community for meeting penpals, language partners, travel buddies or just plain old fashioned friends.

My Language Exchange – Language exchange learning via pen pals, text chat and voice chat using free lesson plans.


Google Translate – Effective tool for translating individual words, proper nouns and set phrases, with pronunciation audio. Not recommended for translating whole sentences.

JapanDict – Comprehensive two-way (JP-EN) dictionary and kanji resource providing translations in multiple languages, pronunciation audio, verb conjugations and example sentences, as well as kanji readings, stroke order and radicals.

ALC – Comprehensive two-way (JP-EN) dictionary with a large database of translated sentences that show words used in context.  Note that this requires Japanese reading/writing ability (which can be assisted using the Rikaikun or Rikaichan browser extensions below).

Rikaikun for Google Chrome – A web browser add-on for Google Chrome that displays the reading and meaning of Japanese characters when you hover over them with the mouse.

Rikaichan for Firefox – The Firefox equivalent of Rikaikun.

jisho.org – A powerful Japanese-English dictionary that lets you find words, kanji, example sentences and more quickly and easily.

RomajiDesu – A free online Japanese ⇆ English dictionary with several useful tools, including a bi-directional dictionary, Kanji dictionary, Japanese to English/Romaji translator, and Romaji to Kana Converter

IMIWA? – A free multilingual Japanese dictionary app for iOS.


Stickk – Enables users to form commitment contracts to help them achieve their personal goals

Books mentioned in 80/20 Japanese

Fluent in 3 Months – Benny Lewis

The 4-Hour Chef – Tim Ferriss

The First 20 Hours – Josh Kaufman

Did we miss something?

If you know any other great Japanese language learning resources not listed above, let us know!