Learn Real Japanese

Here are our lessons, guides, and resources to help you learn useful and natural Japanese. Our Japanese lessons are written by people who have lived or are still living in Japan and know the language well. We also have a team of native Japanese speakers who check and edit every article to provide you with the best materials for learning Japanese.

Learning Japanese Resources

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

Best Books for Learning Japanese

Absolute BeginnersBeginners
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Learn Japanese: Step-by-Step Guides

Learn Japanese Part I: Absolute BeginnersLearn Japanese Part II:  Beginners (prerequisite: can read hiragana)
How to Count in Japanese – Numbers You’ll Actually UseColors in Japanese: A Complete Guide
The Most Useful Japanese Counters You Need to KnowHow to Learn Kanji: The Best Method
How to Tell Time in Japanese: A Step-by-Step GuideJapanese Honorific Titles: San, Sama, Chan, Kun, & More
Understanding Japanese Keigo: The Honorific Language of Japan

Japanese Grammar Lessons

Japanese Verb Conjugation for Beginner’sMastering Japanese Past Tense Verbs
All About Transitive & Intransitive Verbs in JapaneseJapanese Adjectives & Conjugations
How to Use ある (Aru) and いる (Iru)Expressing Desire in Japanese:  The Tai Form
The Japanese Potential FormThe Causative Form in Japanese: A Detailed Guide
How to Use the ~Tari Form: Listing Actions & QualitiesThe ばかり (Bakari) Form in Japanese: A Complete Guide

How to Say ~ in Japanese?

How to Say I Love You in JapaneseHow to Say Hello 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 Yes 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 You in Natural JapaneseHow to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese
How to Say “I” in JapaneseHow to Say No in Japanese
How to Say Boy in JapaneseHow to Say Shut Up in Japanese
How to Say the Four Seasons in JapaneseHow to Say “Only” in Japanese

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

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 Fast10 Useful Japanese Proverbs to Sound Like a Pro

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

JLPT – Japanese Language Proficiency Test

How to Pass the JLPT N2 on Your First TryWhich Level of the JLPT Should I Take?
Best JLPT N2 Books

Cool Japanese Words

21 Cool Japanese Words That Are Hauntingly Beautiful


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