What are the best resources to learn japanese?

  • #1
    BT
    Written on January 5, 2017
    Barny Thomas
    "I have always wanted to visit Japan but have been reluctant, as I can only speak English. Japanese language lessons is somewhat out of the question for me, until I discovered these twenty four lessons. Now I can learn the Japanese language at my on pace and on my designated schedule. I am sure I won't be fluent in the Japanese Language after studying these lessons but I am certain that I will be able to break the communication barrier. Thus, my past desire to visit Japan has rekindled."
  • #2
    LO
    Written on February 6, 2017
    Lillian O'brien
    "After trying to pick up Japanese by using nothing but books, it was so much more helpful to hear the language spoken. Trying to understand how pitch and accents play a part in forming different words makes so much more sense when actually hearing someone say it aloud and explain the difference. I would definitely recommend this Youtube channel!"
  • #3
    AM
    Written on February 15, 2017
    Andrew Mccoy
    "I really enjoyed using Tofugu.com. Everything was organized and the website was layed out step by step for learning Japanese. It taught me why I was learning certain things."
  • #4
    WN
    Written on March 9, 2017
    Warren Newman
    "This is a great way to learn the Japanese language. I am able to learn at my own pace as the lessons never expire. The only thing I don't like is the price. I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives, probably even free alternatives."
  • #5
    DR
    Written on January 15, 2017
    Diana Richardson
    "Learning a language is difficult for most and especially me. I would love to learn Chinese and I stumbled across "Learn It Now Chinese & Japanese Premier." This book which can be downloaded on multiple computers says that you can learn Chinese and Japanese (Mandarin) in as little as 30 days. It seems like a great concept but, I am a skeptic only because of my previous difficulties of learning a foreign language. However, the price is low enough that I may consider it since it is downloadable and I can have it forever to use and learn."
  • #6
    MW
    Written on February 25, 2017
    Melanie Webb
    "The perfect introduction the Japanese language, culture, and social customs. I used this prior to a trip to Japan, having no background whatsoever in either the language or the culture. I found the CD especially helpful to use alongside the book. Seeing the words, hearing them spoken, I was able to pick up many basics to help me navigate my way successfully throughout my trip. And learning good Japanese social graces helped me not to inadvertently offend anyone along the way!"
  • #7
    PF
    Written on January 31, 2017
    Penny Figueres
    "Cool hosts, contemporary forums with people farther along and PDF study materials, all on line and mobile too. The cultural material ranges from traditional to near unhinged. The japanese can bring it, Kitty cafes?"
  • #8
    RY
    Written on February 2, 2017
    Rumiko Yamaguchi
    "I have been curious about the Japanese language for so long. I really think Japanese are cool, and have such deep culture and traditions that I want to try, but it seems like the book is just for students and probably not geared towards adults. The anime book cover further proves my point. I rather have Rosetta Stone or any other translation service."
  • #9
    busuu
    Apps

    Android , iOS

    Free - with in-app purchases

    AD
    Written on January 11, 2017
    Annette Davidson
    "In my opinion, Busuu is the best resource to learn Japanese online. In a series of real-time event experiences, I could interact with native speakers! And with the help of "Busuu Converse" I responded to their questions with meaningful sentences. The feedback on my performance as given in real-time as well. Arigato busuu!"
  • #10
    JG
    Written on March 27, 2017
    Joe Garza
    "I have been wanting to learn Japanese for a long time now. I found this book very helpful. The author is very experienced not just in language but also in teaching. I wanted to learn the basics right so I can build on it. This book gives you information without overloading it and also has a great guide for how to use this book."
  • #11
    RD
    Written on April 2, 2017
    Rita Daniels
    "As hard as learning a new language is especially one like Japanese that is completely different from English. Nihongo Shark's The Best Sites for Learning Japanese is really comprehensive and has focus on courses that are effective without being boring which is, as anyone whose ever tried to learn a language for fun like I have, really important.."
  • #12
    SM
    Written on February 24, 2017
    Sheila McCalister
    "My Japanese Lessons playlist on YouTube is an ideal way to learn Japanese. I can play the videos on my phone during my commute, which makes me feel like I'm using the time effectively. I can replay the videos if I don't understand something at first. I can learn Japanese at my own pace."
  • #13
    EF
    Written on February 18, 2017
    Evelyn Fuller
    "Certainly part of learning Japanese is using the character sets that are native to the language. It's not like European languages, where you just add a few accent symbols to our Roman alphabet, and there you go. The Kana app, for Google Play, teaches both Hiragana & Katakana, in a highly-rated GUI interface. Quizzes and flashcards are included, with options to buy extra content for up to several dollars."
  • #14
    Human Japanese
    Software

    Windows , Mac

    $19.9 - varies by plan

    BC
    Written on January 18, 2017
    Bobby Curry
    "Japanse is a really tricky language to learn, but this program makes it really easy. It will work on pretty much any platform from Android to PC to IOS. It focuses on learning Japanese in a more natural way, like in conversations, instead of just trying to memorize words and syntax rules. As you get better or more knowledgeable you can move up a level to Intermediate and keep your learning going. The Satori reader is nice feature to have is well, with some nice articles to read over."
  • #15
    JR
    Written on January 10, 2017
    Jimmy Roe
    "This is such a fun way to learn Japanese. I really love all of the different tools that are used to help me understand the language more fully. The variety of games helps me learn to write and read Japanese, but also makes studying less of a chore."
  • #16
    BH
    Written on November 28, 2017
    Bruce Henderson
    "I've been trying to learn Japanese recently and I struggled to find something good. That is until I found this! It's great and I highly recommend it!"

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Summary

Best resources to learn japanese
Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
1 JapanSocietyNYC Videos 189 Free
2 Learn Japanese - The Complete Video Series Videos 153 Free
3 Tofugu.com Websites 146 Paid
4 Rosetta Stone Apps 139 Paid
5 Learn It Now™ Chinese & Japanese Premier Software 130 Paid
6 Japanese For Dummies E-books 127 Paid
7 Japanesepod101.com Websites 121 Paid
8 Japanese From Zero! 1: Proven Techniques to Learn Japanese for Students and Professionals E-books 95 Paid
9 busuu Apps 87 Free
10 Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System E-books 74 Paid