These also help read a web page. You just have to copy and paste the text into the form.
These are not aimed at JSL students, but if you understand Japanese fairly well, they are good.
For Intermediate to Advanced Students
- www.JapanesePod101.com - Daily
Perhaps a bit too much time-wasting laughing and joking around and non-study related chatting between presenters, but still very good. (See hints) If you can't easily locate the podcast feed on their website, just grab it here.
NEW RSS - http://www.japanesepod101.com/wp-feed-audio.php OLD RSS = http://www.japanesepod101.com/feed/rss/
- learn-japanese.podomatic.com - Some are video, so won't work on all MP3 players.
RSS = http://learn-japanese.podomatic.com/rss2.xml
- Yuriko Sakamoto's "I Hear Japanese" - This series, developed by Yuriko Sakamoto and David Boxer for eighth grade students at the Windward School, provides instruction in grammar, vocabulary, and bilingual texts.
RSS = http://homepage.mac.com/yurikosakamoto/rss.xml
- www.jedutainment.com/jedu/ (Ed Rooth)
Words spoken with a male voice (English) and a female voice (Japanese), along with background music.
For beginners. He uses native Japanese speakers for the sample dialogues, etc.
- Nakama Vocabulary Video Podcast (Satoru Shinagawa)
See the English, then hear the Japanese.
Even for those without a "pod" capable of playing video .mp4 files, these are useful if viewed online
- Talk Sushi - Learn Japanese (Nick Kemp)
He has a native Japanese speaker on each show. Somewhat commercial, promoting services he sells.
RSS = http://talksushi.libsyn.com/rss
- voiceblog.jp/amane あまね☆ごえ
Female Voice: Not aimed at JSL students, but she has a beautiful voice and these are high quality short recordings. Good for repeated listenings.
- Nippon VoiceBlog
Apparently aimed at non-Japanese. Tanscriptions of the show are on the web site. (Not recently updated.)
- voiceblog.jp/reiki 櫻 怜祈（サクラ レイキ）
Female Voice: Not aimed at JSL students, but high quality recordings without background music, so good for language study. Sort of an audio diary. (Last updated on December 14, 2006)
- voiceblog.jp/taa 題名未定キャスト
Male Voice: Not aimed at JSL students, but includes a transcription. (Last updated: July 16, 2006, 7:00 pm)
- Japanese Classical Literature at Bedtime
RSS = http://jclab.wordpress.com/feed/
A list of directories with podcasts in Japanese
Perhaps good to find conversational listening practice.
Things to Listen to with Scripts
These could be considered part of the above section as well. Streaming RealVideo News with the exact script of what the announcer says.
Things to Read with "Help"
Things to Read
You could use some of the Tools to Help Read Japanese Web Pages listed above to help you read some of these pages.
Grammar Reference & Lessons
Quite a few lessons in Hiragana and Romaji, for beginners (or review for others).
- www.japanese-nihongo.com - ËÌÅèÀéÄá»Ò¤ÎÆüËÜ¸ì¶µ¼¼
In HTML, Word Doc or PDF (RealAudio sound files, too.)
- AJALT's Survival Japanese
- Fundamential Japanese Lessons (Charlotte Meyer)
There are 12 lessons which will take approximately 5 hours each.
- Cornell University's Japanese Learning Materials (Yuka Kawasaki)
Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji (Gahoh Data), Listening, Reading, ...
- Nihongo Center - One Point Lessons (www.alc.co.jp)
Conversational skills, etc. Bilingual pages.
- Nihongo Shoho (Elementary Japanese Language) (Bernhard Garz)
34 lessons with MP3 files and vocabulary training.
- Sakura - Japanese On-line - Monash University
Exercises, Web Tasks & Links
- Pera-pera Penguin's 5-Minutes Japanese Class (Hitomi Hirayama)
Downloadable PDF files. (from the Daily Yomiuri).
- Maktos: Japanese is Possible (Jimmy Seal)
32 lessons in Romaji (2001) Also hosted on James Dunn's learnjapanese.elanguageschool.net
- Module 1: Japanese Home Stay (University of Alabama)
A "free" sample lesson
- Kana Quick and Dirty Guide to Japanese
By Tad Perry (1992), HTML by (John Teehan (1998), Kana by Andy Searls (2000)
- www.Japanese-online.com's Lessons
Introductory level. Sound files included.
- Info-Japan.com's Lessons
Introductory level. Grammar, proverbs, ...
- JinJapan.org's KidsWeb Language Lab
Basic; Hiragana Chart, Katakana Chart, Quick Kanji, 8 Lessons, Flash movies
- Japanese123 - Intermediate Japanese
There is other stuff on this website, too, but perhaps this is the best entry point for the website.
Dialogs can be listened to without logging in. (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Study Kana (Hiragana & Katakana)
- Learn Those Kana (Larry Battle)
- Wai Wai Nihongo (Ryutaro Toyoda)
HIragana games in Flash, plus more. (Voice recordings by Kaori Mizumoto)
- Moshi Moshi Student Activities - Requires the Shockwave plugin
The Hiragana Song
- Another Hiragana Song (nekopy.com)
- The Fox's Ear: One character at a time explained to help you remember them all.
- Japanese Kana Quizzes (Charles Kelly)
Multiple-choice quizzes & flashcards: Hiragana and Katakana. Requires Flash 6.
- Zompist's Hiragana Flashcards
- www.kanacards.com (Jonathan Stiles)
Flashcards and multiple-choice quizzes using the Flash plugin.
- KanaFlash (Tobias Gärder)
See the character, type in the Romaji (Hepburn?), then see if you got it right.
- Writing Hiragana & Katakana (a-chi.jp)
Flash movies of stroke order.
- ChipChat Japanese Training (Marty Cawthon)
Hiragana Drill and Katakana Drill. Requires Java.
- Benjamin Barrett's Japanese Lesson Pages
Step by step through hiragana with appropriate vocabulary and a little kanji thrown in along the way.
- Okayama University - Hiragana and Katakana Practice
Some are multiple-choice with sound files, some are fill-in-the-blanks.
- Hiragana Challenge [Instructions] (Kazumi Hatasa)
Requires Shockwave. Remove all the Hiragana letters from the screen by clicking them in gojuuon order.
- Katakana Challenge [Instructions] (Kazumi Hatasa)
Requires Shockwave. Remove all the Katakana letters from the screen by clicking them in gojuuon order.
- Simple Hiragana (Taiji Hotta, Reiko Sato and Tomoko Watanabe)
Hiragana chart with WAV files, exercises on hiragana and vocabulary. Works even without a Japanese font installed.
- Hiragana Chart (with a man's voice) (www.tokyowithkids.com)
Click the hiragana to hear the pronunciation. Works even without a Japanese font installed.
- Normal Table of Japanese Hiragana with Speech (Rhonda Christensen)
man's voice using .au files. There is also a Katakana page, too.
- Hiragana Practice (with a woman's voice) (Kimi Furuta)
Click the hiragana to hear the pronunciation. Works even without a Japanese font installed. Includes non-repeating animated GIFs of stroke order.
- AIUEO Aoi (Yuko Horii Takekawa)
Hiragana practice with kids' voices. Looks similar to the "hiragana blocks" I had as a kid.
- Hiragana & Katakana Stroke Order (Satoru Shinagawa)
Uses Gahoh's QuickTime movies
- Hiragana & Katakana Project (Yasuhiro Omoto)
Click to see stroke order.
- Teach Yourself Japanese (Shinji Takasugi)
Writing kana, also grammar and more. Try the Java Hiragana Flashcards.
- Java Game of Hiragana and Katakana (Shinji Takasugi)
Click the pair of hiragana and katakana which share pronunciation
- Image Version for Japanese Hiragana Characters with Speech (Jouji Miwa)
Click the character and hear a man's voice reading it to you.
- Kana Flashcards
Randomly shows hiragana images. Works even without a Japanese font installed.
- Hiragana & Katakana Concentration Games (Shunko Muroya)
- Kana Helper (jeffmk [at] myrealbox.com)
A random character is chosen, then you click its reading on the kana chart. (Also reverse mode is available.)
- www.KanaChart.com (Casey Giles)
You can see images of katakana and hiragana.
Self study materials for the "Genki" textbook.
- Kana Game (Cathy DeMillion)
Requires Flash. See the English, click the kana for the word. (dangerous, red, bright, sweet, ...)
- Hiragana Barabara Game
See a hiragana character broken into pieces and try to guess which one it is. This is more difficult than you might expect.
Help with Writing Japanese
Free Software - Various Platforms (Windows, Mac, ...)
Free Software - Windows
- Windows Learning Tool and Kanji Lookup
- Kanji Gold Flashcards (Denton Hewgill)
- JFC - Japanese Flash Cards (Glenn Rosenthal)
- Kanji Trainer Penpen (Alex Schonfeld)
A Tetris like (ie. things move and you can't stop them) matching game. Basically, you have to match: kanji character + phonetic reading + English meaning.
- Vashon's Kana Study Aide (Kirkman Vashon)
A flashcard and multiple-choice quiz program. Requires Windows 95/98/2000/NT.
- DreamKana (James Brown)
Hiragana and katakana flash card application that does not require any special fonts or language packs.
Free Software - Macintosh
Things for Teachers
Read about the backgrounds of words and where they came from (in Japanese).
Pages about Japanese
Things to Read for Motivation & Hints
Please remember that machine translation is not very accurate.
- Powered by Amikai
- Powered by Systran
Not really language study, but studying culture is related.
Text-to-Speech (TTS) - Voice Synthesizers
http://kanji.koohii.com/account/create (Remember the Kanji)
http://www.japanese-flashcards.com/ - fairly easy to use once you get used to all the popping up stuff.
The following are commercial websites
Previously Featured Links
Visit These First
Previous on "What's New"
Perhaps these are also listed elsewhere on the page above. (2012-09-13)
v2p.jp - Watch Japanese TV or Listen to Radio in Real Time
The framerate is a bit slow, but watchable.
After downloading and installing the software (free, Mac, Windows, Linux), you'll see a selection of stations.
テレビ朝日 / テレビ東京 / NHK / bayfm78 / etc.
- Basic Japanese Lessons (by Koh Kia Leng of Singapore)
I haven't really checked this site out yet.
- I noticed on June 30, 2011 that coscom.co.jp now has slowly spoken news with text.
- Tagini Jisho (a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux)
It's been around a while, but I noticed it wasn't listed here, so I added it June 30, 2011.
- MightyVerse's Japanese Sentences
Videos of People Saying (1,856) Japanese Sentences - Requires Flash
You have to register to "study," but you can browse the lists without registering. (User submitted data.)
User submitted flashcard data, so possibly not proofread by a native speaker.
- TRY THIS: Go to one of the sets of Tatoeba.org Sentences, click the speaker icon and listen to how good the text-to-speech voices are.
- AIJ FlashCard Program (Free)
Mac or Windows
It's been around since 2007, but it's newly-listed here.
- Douglas P Perkins's Free Printable Kanji Flashcards
Kanji on one side, reading, and high frequency words on the other.
A dictionary, vocabulary lists, flashcards, etc. You don't need to become a member to use the site.
japanese.nciku.com's Popular Vocabulary Lists
You can try the dictionary from here.
- Minna no Nihongo 1 and 2 Vocabulary Quizzes (Larry Battle)
- KanjiDamage.com (Henri Servomaa)
Jump to Kanji Facts.
Or jump to Start with the First Kanji.