Japanese Language Learning Resources
Japanese language articles I have written for other websites
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. Not recommended for translating whole sentences.
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!