Free Japanese Lessons for Beginners

Whether you know a little bit of Japanese or none at all, these beginner Japanese lessons are for you. I’ll also list the best resources you can use to help you improve your Japanese. When you master these lessons, be sure to check out our intermediate level and advanced lessons too! Or you can check our all of our lessons/resources.

If you are just starting to learn Japanese, go though our absolute beginner’s guide below. You’ll learn the fundamentals of Japanese that is essential for becoming good at the language.

New to Japanese? Get Started Here:

The Step-By-Step Guide to Learning Japanese for Absolute Beginners

Best Resource for Learning Natural Japanese

JapanesePod101 Review: An Awesome Way to Learn Japanese Fast

How to Read and Write Japanese: Hiragana & Katakana

The Complete Guide to Reading and Writing Hiragana (With Video)The Complete Guide to Reading and Writing Katakana (With Video)

Beginner Japanese Lessons

Learn Japanese Part II:  Beginners (prerequisite: can read hiragana)How to Count in Japanese – Numbers You’ll Actually Use Every Day
How To Use Desu , Da, & Deshō in JapaneseHow to Use ある (Aru) and いる (Iru)
Colors in Japanese: A Complete GuideHow to Tell Time in Japanese: A Step-by-Step Guide
The Days of the Week in JapaneseDays of the Month in Japanese
Japanese Verb Conjugation for Beginner’sMastering Japanese Past Tense Verbs
Japanese Adjectives & Conjugations

Best Japanese Books for Beginners

Absolute BeginnersBeginners

How to Say ~ in Japanese

How to Say Hello in JapaneseHow to Say Goodbye in Japanese
How to Say Thank You in Japanese: Expressing Gratitude How to Say You’re Welcome in Japanese
How to Say Beautiful in Japanese How to Say I Love You in Japanese
How to Say Yes in Japanese How to Say No in Japanese
How to Say Mother in JapaneseHow to Say Wife in Japanese
How to Say Father in JapaneseHow to Say Husband in Japanese
How to Say Brother in JapaneseHow to Say Sister in Japanese
How to Say Friend in JapaneseHow to Say Please in Japanese
How to Say “I” in Japanese How to Say “You” in Natural Japanese
How to Say Congratulations in Japanese How to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese
How to Say Boy in JapaneseHow to Girl in Japanese
How to Say Shut Up in JapaneseHow to Say “Only” in Japanese
How to Say the Four Seasons in Japanese How To Say Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Japanese
How to Say Wear in Japanese: 6 Different Ways to Put Things On

Learning Japanese Tips & Tricks

The Best Way to Learn Japanese: Tips and TricksTop 5 Mistakes Everyone Makes Learning Japanese
How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese?The 5 Best Things I Did to Learn Japanese
How to Practice Speaking Japanese by YourselfHow to Speak in Japanese if You’re Shy
How to Learn Japanese Fast

Learn to Speak Natural Japanese: Useful Words

13 Amazingly Useful Japanese Words20 Cool Japanese Slang Words Being Used Right Now
Daijoubu in Japanese:  The Most Useful Word EverSugoi in Japanese: Amazing! Awesome! Wow! 
Itadakimasu and Gochisousama Deshita: Eating in JapanComing & Going: Ittekimasu, Itterasshai, Tadaima & Okaerinasai
Naruhodo: I See, I Got It, and More!The Most Useful Kanji for Tourists Traveling in Japan
Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu in JapaneseWhat Does Chotto Matte Mean?
What Does Mendokusai Mean?Shitsurei Shimasu: Essential Japanese Etiquette
How to Use Sumimasen Naturally Ganbaru & Ganbatte in Japanese

Living in Japanese: Useful Japanese

How to Order Food in Any Restaurant in Japan like a ProUseful Phrases for Meeting People in Japan
Going to the Doctor in Japan: A Quick GuideJapanese Phrases for the Doctor’s Office

Cool Japanese Words

21 Cool Japanese Words That Are Hauntingly Beautiful10 Useful Japanese Proverbs to Sound Like a Pro
10 Japanese Tongue Twisters That Will Challenge You

Resources for Learning Japanese

JapanesePod101 Review: The Easiest Way to Learn Japanese?Rosetta Stone Japanese Review: Does it Really Work?
Pimsleur Japanese Review: Is It Worth It?iKnow Japanese Review: Is It Worth Paying For?
Best Resources for Learning JapaneseThe Best Apps for Learning Japanese
Free Websites to Learn Japanese: Reading, Writing, & Speaking

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