Learning Japanese? Here are some useful resources

One of my friends is planning to learn Japanese, so I thought I’d put together some tips for him and for other people.

If you’re planning to learn Japanese, I have some Japanese-related bookmarks on del.icio.us that you might find useful. =) You might also want to check out what other people have bookmarked for japanese+language.

I particularly recommend this quick and dirty guide to Japanese, Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC and the example sentence search. You can download the examples file from the FTP server for totally awesome local lookup. I wrote some code in Emacs to make this easier (and to insert random taglines into my blog posts =) ).

Good luck and have fun!

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  • Pierre

    Hi Sacha,

    Have you ever tried LRNJ? http://lrnj.com/

    (Available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux!)


  • http://hellowojo.blogspot.com Wojciech

    Hi Sacha, thanks so much for posting this! Your links are definitely useful, and I’ll keep you updated as I progress.

    Pierre — thanks for the link, playing video games *and* learning Japanese? I love it.


  • http://www.keyboardphilosopher.com Cameron D


    September 10th, 2003:

    She’s one step ahead of you ;-)

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  • http://starlitgrove.livejournal.com Tala

    Sacha, thank you for these links! I’m also just starting to learn and these will surely come in handy.

  • arina

    arigatou gozaimasu..
    ur links r very useful…
    I’ll often to open it,lol…

  • http://divita.eu/ Philip Seyfi

    I recently finished my new Japanese educational game and reviewing tool NihongoUp. It can improve one’s kana typing speed as well as help one review the kanji, vocab and particles.

    Feel free to try it out at http://nihongoup.com/ :)

  • http://japanese.lingualift.com/ Philip Seyfi

    Hi again!

    Just a heads up that NihongoUp has become http://japanese.lingualift.com/ – a much more ambitious project for Japanese learners.

    I’ve also launched a free kana email course at http://kana101.com/

    Hope you’ll take a minute to check them out…


    • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

      Great, thanks for the update!