Free Japanese Lessons & Resources for Intermediate Level Students

If you already mastered the basics of Japanese, these intermediate level lessons are for you. These lessons can help you master the difficult, but useful grammar and vocabulary you will encounter at this level. When you finish all of these lessons, be sure to check out our advanced material or feel free to browse through all of our lessons and resources.

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Intermediate Japanese Lessons

Honorific Titles: San, Sama, Chan, Kun, and MoreAll About Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in Japanese
The Japanese Potential FormThe Causative Form in Japanese: A Detailed Guide
Expressing Desire in Japanese:  The Tai FormHow to Use the ~Tari Form: Listing Actions & Qualities
The Tsumori Form in Japanese: I Intend To ~ / I’m Going To ~Using べき (Beki) in Japanese: Saying What You Should/Should Not Do
Sou Desu in Japanese: A Ultra Useful WordUsing the Sou Form: It Looks Like ~ / I Hear That ~
How to Use と思います(To Omoimasu) in JapaneseTe Iku & Te Kuru: More Than Just Coming and Going
The ばかり (Bakari) Form in Japanese: A Complete GuideThe Volitional Form in Japanese
The Japanese Conditional Form たら (Tara)The Ba Form in Japanese
The と (To) Conditional in Japanese Kamoshiremasen: How to Say Maybe in Japanese
Using 欲しい (Hoshii) in Japanese: A Way to Express DesireUsing もう (Mō) and まだ (Mada) in Japanese: An In-Depth Guide
What Is なければならない (Nakereba Naranai) In Japanese?What is 方がいい (Hou Ga Ii) in Japanese?
The Many Meanings of ところ (Tokoro) in Japanese: A Complete Guide8 Ways to Make Your Japanese Sound More Natural

Japanese Particles

An Introduction to Japanese Particles: (は, が, に, へ, で, を) Japanese Particles Wa vs Ga: What’s the Difference?
How to Use the さ (Sa) Particle in Japanese

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How to Say ~ in Japanese

These lessons may seem basic, but many of them cover advanced level Japanese concepts, facts, and insights.

How to Say Hello in Japanese How 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 OnHow to Say Family in Japanese (And Names of Family Members)
How to Say Sorry in Japanese: 7 Different Ways How to Say Cat in Japanese: A Complete Guide
How to Say “I’m Hungry” in Japanese How to Say Snow in Japanese and More: A Guide to Winter in Japan
“Are You Okay?” in Japanese How To Say “Stop” in Japanese
How to Say Rice in Japanese How to Say Because in Japanese: 5 Ways
How to Say “No Problem” in Japanese: 7 Different Ways How to Say Flower in Japanese: Words and Expressions
How to Say Moon in Japanese: Words and Related ExpressionsHow to Say Poop in Japanese: 7 Ways to Be An Expert in Excrement!
How to Say Sun in Japanese: Words and Related Expressions8 Ways to Say “What’s Up” in Japanese
How to Say I Miss You in Japanese: 3 Natural WaysHow to Say Good Luck in Japanese: 4 Different Ways
How to Say Hot and Cold in Japanese7 Ways to Say Happy in Japanese
11 Natural Ways to Say “Come Here” in JapaneseHow to Say Good in Japanese Naturally: いい (Ii) Vs. 良い (Yoi)
6 Natural Ways to Say “I Don’t Know” in Japanese10 Ways to Say “Okay” in Natural Japanese
15 Natural Ways to Say Laugh in Japanese9 Ways to Say “I’m Tired” in Japanese
How to Say “Dream” in Japanese and MoreHow to Say Happy New Year in Japanese and Other Important Greetings
How to Say “How Old Are You?” in JapaneseHow To Say “What Are You Doing?” In Japanese
13 Ways to Say Ugly in Japanese

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Learn to Speak Natural Japanese: Useful Words

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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
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What Does Mendokusai Mean?Shitsurei Shimasu: Essential Japanese Etiquette
How to Use Sumimasen Naturally Ganbaru & Ganbatte in Japanese
Kakkoii in Japanese: What it Really Means Urusai: Does It Really Mean “Shut Up?”
Dame! An Essential Word to Know in Japanese Yabai! in Japanese: A Useful Word with Many Meanings
Super Useful Japanese: What Does Kimochi Mean? What Does Oishii Really Mean?
100 Essential Japanese Phrases and Words You WILL Use40 Useful Japanese Anime Phrases
What Does Moshi Moshi Mean in Japanese? Does It Really Mean “Hello?”What Does 助けて (Tasukete) Mean in Japanese?
What Does Doki Doki in Japanese Mean?What Does しょうがない (Shōganai) Mean?  A Guide to Shōganai and Shikata Ga Nai
What Does お久しぶり (Ohisashiburi) in Japanese Mean?What Does どうも (Dōmo) in Japanese Mean? 7 Ways to Use it Naturally
Award-Winning Japanese Words You Should KnowWhat Is “さすが (Sasuga)” in Japanese? How Do You Use It?
40 Body Parts in JapaneseWhat Is ばか (Baka) in Japanese? How Is It Used?
What Does 断る (Kotowaru) Mean?What is よかった (Yokatta) In Japanese?
What is やめてください (Yamete Kudasai)?あなた (Anata) In Japanese: Why You Should NEVER Use It
Using まじ (Maji) and まじで (Maji De) Naturally in Japaneseうまい (Umai): A Super Useful Japanese Word
How to Use 大変 (Taihen) in Japanese NaturallyWhat is お元気ですか (Ogenki Desu Ka)? And Why Native Speakers Don’t Use It
What Does やった (Yatta) Mean in Japanese?

Living in Japan: 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
How to Introduce Yourself in Japanese: The Complete Guide to Jikoshōkai

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Dallen Nakamura

Dallen was born and raised in Hawaii and never had a passport until he was 24. His first trip outside of the US was to Japan. He loved it so much that when he got back home, he immediately quit his job and moved to Japan without a plan. While he loves the people and culture of Japan, his true love is food. He is convinced that Japan has the best food in the world and is slowly eating his way around the world to prove it.

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