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 PhrasesBasic 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.
KanjiDate | Vocabulary | japanese-lesson.comHow 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 JapaneseThis 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. JapaneseDictionary.org 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
Splendid SpeakingBeginner’s Japanese – Chapter 0 – Prologue - Ramblings of DarkMirageInstead 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
VocabularyThis 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 ConjugationThis 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 WORLDCuong'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".LiveMocha: Learn a New Language With Native Speakers - AppScoutIt's difficult to overstate the usefulness of knowing more than one language. But what's the best way to learn a new one? You could buy an audiobook and listen to it on the car ride to the office, talking to yourself and trying to lose your American accent; or you could try to fit a class into your already-crazy schedule. Or you could try LiveMocha, one of several Web apps that can help you learn a new language with online courses, interactive lessons, and native speakers willing to help. LiveMocha is a free service for anyone interested in learning a new language. As soon as you sign up for LiveMocha, you're invited to customize your profile, add any additional languages you'd like to learn, and network with native speakers of the languages you're interested in. After you customize your profile, you select classes in which to enroll. The language courses at LiveMocha focus on the basics: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Not all the practice lessons are speaking lessons.
Learn JapaneseLearn Japanese online. With our podcast, learning Japanese is easy. | JapanesePod101.com20+ Ways to Learn a Language Online - ReadWriteWebEarlier today we mentioned a plugin for AIM that would translate what you type on the fly into another language. That's an exceptionally useful tool, but the far more fluid and accurate way to speak to people in another language, is to actually learn the language. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of ways to learn languages online, many of them available for free. Below is a list of more than 20 ways you can go from knowing how to say "Hello" to fluency. Language Lessons Now that you've learned the basics, you need to practice. Practice Speaking SharedTalk: A language exchange covering 113 languages from the makers of the popular RosettaStone language learning software.xLingo: A language exchange that lets users create and share flashcards with each other.Palabea: Reviews of language learning software in addition to an online language exchange.iTalki: A language exchange with a Yahoo!