Language Learning Resources

Below are links to useful sites the Japan Foundation has created for learning Japanese.


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NIHONGO eな Portal for Learning Japanese

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These days, anyone studying a language knows that using the internet is a vital strategy for success. But the internet is full of so many sources—how can you be sure which ones are worth your time? Nihongo-e-na is here to make it easy, compiling handy links to dozens of useful Japanese-language websites and online tools. Whether you’re looking to enhance your vocabulary, practice those kanji, or look up a word in a dictionary, you’ll find it here, along with lots of other helpful resources. Links are divided into intuitive categories, so you can get started in no time.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


“Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese!”

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Aimed at Japanese-language beginners, this innovative site is fast-paced, colourful, and incredibly interactive. Featuring more than 200 video clips and over 2,100 questions to test your skills, the site also tracks your progress as you choose an avatar and make your way through a manga-style role-playing game. The episodic video content originally aired on NHK in Japan, and on TV stations in 12 different countries, but now you can follow the story at your own pace, while supplementing it with several types of quizzes and drills.


Japanese in Anime & Manga

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Lately, one of the most popular reasons for learning Japanese—especially among young people—is enthusiasm for Japan’s incredible selection of manga and anime. But as any fan knows, the language spoken by Monkey D. Luffy or Himura Kenshin doesn’t exactly sound like textbook Japanese. With this site, you’ll be able to move beyond Tokyo Standard dialect by practicing the expressions of eight different “character types”, including Samurai, Scrapper, and even Osakan, using fun quizzes and games. Get ready to power-up your Japanese!


MARUGOTO+

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MARUGOTO+ (MARUGOTO Plus) is a website where users can learn about Japanese language and culture based on the contents of the “MARUGOTO: Japanese Language and Culture”, the official coursebook of the Japan Foundation, which complies to the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education.


JF Japanese e-Learning Minato 🌟

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Minato‘ – learn Japanese and interact with fellow students around the world online. At Minato our constant goal is to always develop the most inspiring Japanese courses. Let Minato be the place you start your Japanese language and cultural exchange journey.


Hirogaru: Get more of Japan and Japanese 🌟

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“Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese” is a site for learning different things about Japan and the Japanese language through your own interests. It is designed for learners but is also a great resource for teachers, with a variety of videos and articles on popular topics.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


Listen Together: The Songs of Japan 🌟

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“Listen Together: The Songs of Japan” is a site where you can search for and listen to Japanese songs that suit your interests and the level of your Japanese language ability. It is designed for learners but is also a great resource for teachers who want to include karaoke in their classrooms.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


iPhone & Android App

HIRAGANA Memory Hint

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HIRAGANA Memory Hint is an app that allows you to learn hiragana in a fun way using mnemonic pictures. It includes plenty of quizzes for you to test your understanding.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


iPhone & Android App

KATAKANA Memory Hint

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KATAKANA Memory Hint is an app that allows you to learn katakana in a fun way using mnemonic pictures. It includes plenty of quizzes for you to test your understanding.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


iPhone & Android App

KANJI Memory Hint 1 🌟

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KANJI Memory Hint 1 is an app that lets you check whether you have learned a kanji in a game after you have studied it using associative drawings. The kanji included in this app are all based on the textbook developed by the Japan Foundation, Marugoto: Japanese Language and Culture, Starter (A1).

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones


Sushi Test

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Anyone, anytime, can have fun testing his or her Japanese language ability at their leisure and for free. (Learners taking the test will have to register as members at first.) This test is directed mainly at junior and senior high school learners of Japanese who still find Level 4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test a little difficult.


Nihongo de Care-navi

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Nihongo de Care-navi is a Japanese language-learning tool designed primarily to support people working in the fields of nursing and care-work.

📱 Designed to work on mobile phones