Japanese Language Learning Resources


Japanese Pronunciation: A Detailed Guide (With Audio)

Japanese language articles I have written

The Surprisingly Simple Logic Behind Japanese Sentence Structure

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

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.

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.


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

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