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15 Minute Japanese
A quick overview of the Japanese language, a smattering of Japanese grammar, and twenty or so very useful words and phrases. More...
Basic Beginning Japanese Phrases Basic Beginning Japanese Phrases with sound.
Basic Colors in Japanese
Basic Japanese Greetings Learn common Japanese greetings with soundA Flash file with sound: Learn 15 very common Japanese greetings. Simply click on the word to hear it instantly spoken.
Beginner Japanese Greetings Video
A short video with seven super useful and common Japanese greetings. More...
Can Anybody Learn To Speak Japanese?

You don’t have to be born in Japan to learn how to speak Japanese. The truth is anybody can learn to speak this intricate, beautiful language. You may never rid yourself totally of your accent, but anyone who puts in the time and effort can become fluent.

Can You Really Learn Japanese Online?

Occasionally, you may hear of books, websites, or snake oil salesman claiming you can learn Japanese online painlessly and in a short time. But is it true? Can you really learn Japanese online?

The answer is, yes and no.

Feelings and Emotions Feelings and Emotions with audio.
Hiragana Lessons
Learn Hiragana for free at TheJapanesePage.com Hiragana Lessons: Newly Updated (and better quality) Sounds added with MP3 player; many broken links patched-- Hiragana Lessons 2.0!
How to Tell Time in Japanese
How to tell time in Japanese
Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 1
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何か食べたいです。 nanika tabetai desu. I’d like something to eat.
何か飲みたいです。 nanika nomitai desu. I’d like something to drink.
Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 2
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何か飲みたいです。 I want something to drink. nanika nomitai desu.
何か飲みたいですか? Would you like something to drink nanika nomitai desu ka?
Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 3
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何か飲みたいですか? nanika nomitai desu ka? Would you like something to drink?
はい、何か飲みたいです。 hai, nanika nomitai desu. Yes, I would you like something to drink.
Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 4
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ピザが食べたいです。 piza ga tabetai desu. I want to eat pizza.
スパゲッティー が食べたいです。 supagetti- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat spaghetti.
ハンバーガーが食べたいです。 hanba-ga- ga tabetai desu. I want to eat a hamburger.
Japanese Beginner Phrases Podcast 5
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I like pizza. ピザが好きです。 piza ga suki desu.
I like hamburgers. ハンバーガーが好きです。 hanba-ga- ga suki desu.
I like spaghetti. スパゲッティーが好きです。 supagetti- ga suki desu.
Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Feelings with a 'shii'
Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Feelings with a 'shii'
Four very common beginner level Japanese words to describe feelings.
Japanese Beginner's Conversation - Say Again?
もっとゆっくり話してください。
motto yukkuri hanashite kudasai
Please speak a little slower.

もう一回話してください。
mou ikkai hanashite kudasai
Please say that again.

分かりません。
wakarimasen.
I don't understand.

Japanese Dialogues: Directions to the Library directions

JAPANESE DIALOGUES: Directions

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Japanese Online Word and Phrasebook with Audio beginner Japanese vocabulary
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi with MP3s by Clay & Yumi Boutwell
Kana Sounds An MP3 file with all the sounds in hiragana. Learning correctly the sounds of Japanese early on will help train your ears and improve pronunciation.
Katakana Lessons
Katakana Lessons: Learn Katakana quickly in twelve easy lessons with sound and quizzes. Master katakana for free here in two-three weeks by studying a little bit every day. Now with a FREE flashcard and writing pad PDF
Learn Kana
Learn Hiragana for free at TheJapanesePage.com Hiragana Lessons: Learn Hiragana quickly in twelve easy lessons with sound and quizzes. Master hiragana for free here in two-three weeks by studying a little bit every day.
New to Japanese Advice Some basic advice for beginners just starting out with Japanese
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Oishii Delicious
One minute lesson on how to say something is delicious in Japanese
Pronunciation of the R's How to pronounce the R sounds
Study Tips Part I by Kinch

Study Tips Part I by Kinch

Study Tips Part II by Kinch

Study Tips Part II by Kinch

The Year The Seasons and Month names in