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Learn to Speak Japanese

Learn to Speak Japanese
By Namiko Abe Updated September 16, 2015. So you want to learn how to speak Japanese, but don't know where to start? This page will direct you to where you should begin. Below you will find lessons for beginners, writing lessons, information on pronunciation and comprehension, where to find dictionaries and translation services, information for travelers to Japan, audio lessons, culture lessons and articles about the culture of Japan. Take your time and review all the material available. It is also very important to work on your listening practice. continue reading below our video Therefore I recommend familiarizing yourself with the sounds and rhythms of the language. I think a great way to start your journey is with some basic Japanese phrases. Try not to be overwhelmed by all the material available on my site. So, with all that in mind, let's begin to learn the language. Introduction to Japanese - Are you new to Japanese? How to contact

Japanese Phrases Basic conversational phrases are listed in the table below. I believe these are very useful when you have a conversation with a Japanese speaker or when you visit Japan. I'll regularly add new expressions in the list, so please come visit this page often. The Japanese translation of each English phrase or expression is written in two or three ways: 1) romaji, 2) hiragana (and/or katakana), and 3) kanji, if applicable. I strongly recommend you learn how to pronounce hiragana at least.

Kanji Date | Vocabulary | How to describe Date in Japanese Day of the Week 曜日 [yōbi] The last syllable [bi] is sometimes omitted in daily conversation. Day of the Month 日 [hi] See Numbers page to learn how to read numbers. Add 日 [nichi] after numbers. In general, Arabic number is used more often than the kanji numbers. Month 月 [tsuki] Add 月 [gatsu] after numbers. Year 年 [nen] Add 年 [nen] after numbers. Western calendar is called 西暦 [seireki]. There is a Japanese system of counting era. Year 2010 is the 22nd year of Heisei. Both western and the Japanese one are used in daily life. Examples Duration 期間 [kikan] For days, add 間 after the day of the month. For weeks, add 週間 [shūkan] after the numbers. For months, add ヶ月間 [kagetsukan] after the numbers. For years, add 年間 [nenkan] after the numbers. 間 [Kan] can be omitted in daily conversation (except for weeks). Past, Present, Future 過去・現在・未来 Day Words in parentheses are used at the formal situations. Week Month Year Every... Special Days Related Phrases

Learning Languages - Learning Japanese This brings a list of online resources for learning Japanese, including grammar lessons, Kanji, vocabulary, useful expressions, listening practice, and video lessons to teach how to speak Japanese. And it also includes some links to the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), which can help learners test their Japanese proficiency. It is designed to help learners easily find these resources to learn Japanese in one place. Online Dictionary Denshi Jisho provides an ease-to-use online Japanese-English dictionary that allows users to find words, kanji and example sentences by searching in many ways. provides free online Japanese-English dictionary service with over 25,000 Japanese words, each of which is accompanied by the English translation and the pronunciation (Romanization) of the Japanese word. RomajiDesu is a free online bi-directional Japanese-English dictionary, a Kanji dictionary, and Romaji to Hiragana/Katakana Converters for Japanese learners. JLPT Exam

Beginner’s Japanese – Chapter 0 – Prologue - Ramblings of DarkMirage Instead of preparing for the finals of the speech contest tomorrow, I have decided to start a series of lessons to introduce some aspects of Japanese grammar to the those who are interested in learning about this curious language we all know as “moonspeak”. This is not intended as a lesson to teach Japanese to any point of fluency, but rather it’s just a brief introduction to various Japanese grammar forms and whatever else I think of when I am typing them. I intend to make this a semi-regular section, but I might run out of things or feel lazy along the way, so we’ll see how many chapters I can last. First, we need to go through some basic terms… just in case. Writing System Japanese has three sets of written characters, hiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ) and kanji (漢字). Hiragana There are 48 characters in hiragana (two of which are obsolete except in names) and it is considered the most basic writing system. Hiragana works phonetically. Katakana Kanji ro-maji Sentence structure Particles

Vocabulary This is the list of the 103 kanji you need to know to pass the JLPT N5 test. Click on the kanji and watch the video with the stroke order on how to write it and learn from example vocabulary. When you click the “Share” button on top of the page you can also select to print in a printer friendly view (in total 31 A4 pages). Quick-How-To Japanese Adjective Conjugation This is a companion page to the Quick-How-To for Japanese verb conjugation. This is a compilation of information from many places. Hope it helps.... good luck Japanese Adjective Conjugation Go here for the Quick Japanese Verb how-to There are two types of adjectives in Japanese: i-adjectives and na-adjectives. Although Japanese adjectives have functions to modify nouns like English adjectives, they also function as verbs when used as predicates. Here are lists of common i-adjectives and na-adjectives. Common I-Adjectives Common Na-Adjectives Modifying Nouns When used as modifiers of nouns, both i-adjectives and na-adjectives take the basic form, and precede nouns just like in English. I-Adjectives as Predicates Adjectives can function like verbs and conjugate just like verbs. Example- conjugation of takai Exception The adjactive "ii" (means good) is only one exception to the rule of i-adjectives. Na-Adjectives as Predicates General Rules

Lesson 2 | Japanese Lessons at NHK WORLD Cuong's supervisor, Miss Yamada, gives him some essential items he will need for his work. What are they? Play audio opening a new window Ko-so-a-do kotoba consist of words with the initial letters of the demonstrative pronouns kore, sore and are, and the interrogative pronoun dore, which means "which". Japanese language learning games Japanese games for language learning on Digital Dialects All Japanese games are free to use, do not require registration, and are suitable for kids and students of all ages. Games for learning Japanese language in HTML5 (work on current browsers) include Japanese phrases, Japanese numbers, animals quiz, basic vocabulary quiz, days and months in Japanese and a colors quiz. We also make Japanese games for moblies and tablets. Good luck in your language learning endeavours! © 2018 Digital Dialects

Learn Japanese Learn Japanese online. With our podcast, learning Japanese is easy. | Vocabulary Skip to site navigation Skip to section navigation Skip to content トップページ:日本語 (Japanese) Search site with Google Share this page Facebook Twitter Rate and suggest improvements: Feedback (optional): Found a bug? JLPT N1 Vocabulary Level Checker Japanese word -> English word Click it if you know the English meaning. 食品 有する 彼方此方 交ざる 治める 例えば 努める 大凡 覚悟 夜具 恐ろしい 位 柵 短所 共産 混合 車庫 針金 一見 化する 碗 建前 触れる お喋り 引き分け 文化 保管 交易 萎びる 露 品種 婉曲 彼此 音色 独特 克服 地下 赴く 壷 堪える 錯誤 限界 各 好き 根拠 雅致 割る 振る 浴室 中間 閉める 押し入れ 一斉 矢鱈に 散らかる 検査 僧 秘密 消費 婿 辛い 平均 推理 人差指 動かす 本質 封筒 私有 生まれる 粉末 靴 学士 孝行 家来 咳 国籍 予定 手当て 境 大陸 取り締まり 幾分 湯飲み 神秘 残金 長官 一人一人 恥じる 疲労 主権 寝坊 午前 洗剤 地下水 真理 為替 岩 妹 洋風 駄目 Japanese word -> Japanese pronunciation Click it if you know the Japanese pronunciation. 大いに 登山 性別 象徴 酌む 予備 賑わう 藍褸 箇条書き 他意 教科書 全滅 引っ掛ける 投資 宅 失恋 驚かす 成果 戸籍 選手 潮 忠実 憲法 近寄る 名産 例外 容器 手元 無能 屋上 所得 斜め 行方 尉 何卒 やっ付ける 待合室 愚痴 差し上げる 整備 慕う 空気 寄り掛かる 協定 破棄 不運 強いて 邪魔 体制 有能 契機 側面 成績 暴露 好意 国語 恨み 掘る 津波 お祖母さん 偏 君 豪華 お手上げ 地下水 技能 和やか 取り引き 永遠 伝説 蕎麦 街角 列 貨幣 願う 駄作 境 百 優 景色 針金 大通り 腹 影 侍 気を付ける 遊牧 製品 観察 真っ二つ ご座います 辞書 あざ笑う 若し 進化 奇妙 応接 仕掛け 柔軟 展示 English word -> Japanese pronunciation event;festivities;function;social gathering;auspices;opening;holding (a meeting) industry;diligence so;really;seeming

Real Japanese | Resources Here you can find the best resources for how to learn Japanese! This is a specially compiled page of links with an emphasis on unique learning materials, websites and applications, the majority of which are entirely free. Use them together with Gakuu’s material to enhance your learning experience. Have suggestions or notice any broken links? .:: Contents ::. Icon Level Guide: Green = Beginner. Amber = Intermediate. Red = Advanced. Dictionaries – A cleaner version of Jim Breen’s JDIC. Jim Breen’s JDIC – Great for text glossing large chunks of information. Yamasa Kanji Dictionary – Search for kanji online. Yahoo Dictionary – Can search Daijisen and Daijirin dictionaries (requires Yahoo! RNN News Current Events Dictionary – Useful expressions from hot topics in the news. Onomatopoeic/Mimetic Word Dictionary – Lookup difficult onomatopoeic expressions. ‘Mihongo’ Visual Dictionary – Search for tricky words and learn their meaning by pictures! Kotowaza – Search for proverbs and sayings. Grammar

Hiragana Course Outline Free online study program produced by an experienced native Japanese language teacher. Suitable for the very first step of learning the Japanese language. Goal This course will assist you to gain the following abilities; Also, more than 500 commonly used words and phrases are introduced through the course. Structure The course consists of 10 lessons. Lesson Contents Each lesson consists of three sections - Reading, Writing and Typing. Reading Correct shape and sound are introduced through video contents. Full of voice recordings narrated by Japanese voice actors. Writing Detailed handwriting instructions. Specially developed original font is used to show the standard shape of letters. Printable writing practice sheets (PDF) are provided. Typing Detailed instructions on how to input Hiragana letters on personal computers. Printable keystrokes chart (PDF) is provided. Different styles of commonly used fonts are introduced. Quiz Click the thumbnail to watch sample videos. How to Study Preparation