Japanese resources

From what I've heard, it's hard to learn Japanese using just Duolingo. I was wondering of anybody has anything they recommend for learning Japanese.

Thank you, Shakeira.

December 8, 2018


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I've saved a few over the months and years... (disclaimer: I haven't used pretty much any of these, but they've come recommended by other duolingo users):
This seems likes a neat idea... a Japanese game where you can learn basic Japanese


The Game “Kana Warrior” helped a fellow duolingo'er learn Hiragana and Katakana:

Anime Chat is a site where you can learn Japanese by chatting with an anime character:

Japanese game:
made by melinapierro (duolingo)
SuperNative trains you to hear, read, and speak Japanese using over 10,000 bite-sized clips from TV and movies. Textbooks and flash cards ...

LingoDeer (app):
an app similar to Duolingo, but focused on Asian languages. Has superb grammar notes, engaging exercises, really useful vocabulary. The Japanese course on LingoDeer is very well put together and would be a great companion app to Duolingo to learn grammar somewhat more formally and to get extra vocabulary. EDIT: Sadly no longer free as per comments by others!

potential textbooks:

-The Genki I & II textbooks with the workbooks and the answer key are amazing. - The Essential Kanji books are also extremely helpful.

There's also the app Tangoristo Japanese reader which lets you read a variety of news articles in Japanese and you can tap a word to see the English. It is also completely free! is another useful resource.

Kids books in Japanese are super fun to learn from but can be difficult after you learn a lot of kanji and you are used to seeing the kanji instead of the hiragana. However, they are useful all the same and try getting different levels of books. Here you can buy all sorts of books in many different languages:

Memrise (Japanese slang, Japanese onomatopoeia, It's Over 9000 Words With Audio, Joyo Kanji by Grade, The Ultimate Kanji Course):

  • hirogaru (JP)
  • Mango Languages (I have used this for non-Japanese languages and would recommend it as a complement to Duolingo)
  • learnish:
  • Assimil:
    The Assimil Method, as you can probably tell by its name, focuses on assimilating you into your desired language, much in the same way babies are assimilated into learning their native tongues. This is accomplished through the style of conversation. What's great about this method is that it comes in two phases. Phase One is the Passive Phase, where your approach is just to listen, understand, and repeat, this is where most of your learning will take place. Phase Two is the Active Phase, in which, relying on the knowledge you acquired from Phase One, you will now be able to construct your own sentences as well as improve your translating skills. Each lesson comes with text, audio and fun exercises at the end, while every seventh lesson focuses on revision. Depending on the language you've chosen, lessons will vary between 90 to 115. As its approach is assimilation, the idea is to complete this method in your own time and at your own pace.

Italki: One of the main things which hinder a person's language learning goals is the lack of immersion he or she may be facing. Not everyone has the money available to simply travel overseas and spend three months at a language school or homestay. This is where Italki comes in, as it connects you with language exchange partners as well as professional tutors. With Italki, you also have the option of writing in an online diary in the language you're learning; your exchange partners and friends can correct you of any mistakes. There are other websites that follow the same format as Italki, and these similar websites are...

The Mixer:

Kawaii: good for visual learners, freemium based (see MissSpells' post below)

December 8, 2018

Thank you so much Thomas. This helps a lot.

December 8, 2018

You're welcome!

December 8, 2018


December 8, 2018

A very nice list! Just one detail, Lingodeer is not free it can cost from 20 to 70$.

December 9, 2018

LingoDeer was free a few months ago until it became a paid app unfortunately. But I truly recommend that app

December 9, 2018

ah, thank you! I shall update this...

December 9, 2018

That's too bad.

December 9, 2018

I am just starting out but I am mostly using a freemium app called Kawaii. The art and design is beautiful. The illustrations and games in the app really help me learn as a visual learner. I also like Lingodeer.

December 8, 2018

Thanks! I'll have to try these.

December 8, 2018

I'll add it to the list! Arigatoo gozaimasu!

December 8, 2018

Other than Duolingo, I use 2 resourses; LingoDeer, which I started after finishing the Duolingo course, it goes deeper in terms of grammar and I also use WaniKani for learning kanji. Even though WaniKani costs money, the 1st 3 levels are free.

December 11, 2018


December 11, 2018

Also, take a look at "Japanese from Zero" book series. What makes it excellent, is the fact, that the author did youtube lessons accompanying the book. So you can study with the textbook and then have a professional teacher explain the lesson more in depth. His other video series on youtube are also great. Hitokoto, Japanese in 5!, Ask a teacher, JTM, and so on, a great resource.

December 12, 2018

That's sounds great! Thanks!

December 12, 2018
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