Did you know that Japanese is the 9th most spoken language in the world (by native Japanese people)?

Japanese is only spoken in Japan.

So if you have always been fascinated by the land of the rising sun, its culture, its language, its ancestral traditions; if you are a fan of Japanese manga and would like to be able to read them in their original version; if you plan to go to Japan for your next vacation or go to work in Japan soon...learn the language!

Easier said than done--that's for sure!

Fortunately, Superprof is here to help you learn the Japanese language, its pronunciation, and vocabulary!

Follow this guide and you will know what tools you need in order to learn the art of Japanese conversation!

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I'd Like to Start Learning Japanese For Free

The first difficulty you will face is that the Japanese do not use the same alphabet as ours. You will have to learn its writing and pronunciation.

Japanese-Online

The Ici Japon website offers free beginner classes. As soon as you enter the site, you will learn to pronounce the different sounds and recognize the four forms of writing:

  • Hiragana (ひ ら が な)
  • Katakana (カ タ カ ナ)
  • Kanji (漢字) = Chinese characters
  • Roumaji (romaji)

The courses themselves are composed of:

  • vocabulary
  • translation of a text (discover the best English-Japanese translation tools)
  • grammar
  • Japanese reading comprehension

As you progress with the lessons, you will find less and less English and more and more Japanese, so make sure that you start studying right from the beginning!

Even if at first learning this language seems complicated, after the free lessons, you will already have a solid foundation in the Japanese language.

 

Japanese-Lesson

Japanese-Lesson is another free website.

On the Japanese-Lesson website, you can access online courses written by Japanese teachers.

You will learn to say "yes" and "no" along with all other nuances of these words. This seems like easy enough words to us in the West, but for example, in Chinese there is no straight "no."

There are also classes to learn the polite phrases: "hello," "goodbye," "thank you," or "goodnight." Again, depending on the situation, there are many possible variants.

 

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How cool would it be to brag to your friends that you know what Yoshi is saying in Japanese?

To progress and express yourself easily, be careful to learn Japanese words (verb, proverbs, complements, adjectives...).

With Japanese-Lesson, you can even find a way to learn bad words and insults in Japanese if you really want!

When you learn a language, it is important to also learn something of the culture of the country. On this site you will encounter advice for travelers, life tips, a little history of Japan, and a bit on customs like the "matsuri"--traditional folk festivals.

easyjapanese

Easyjapanese site offers online courses in PDF format, which can be useful if you are traveling to Japan and want to study on the plane.

The other advantage of this site is its collaborative aspect. The English-Japanese dictionary can be enriched by all users of the site and if you want to share any knowledge about a life experience, you can do it through the forum. An all-around more lively way to learn Japanese!

The site insists on Japanese grammar, which is totally different from ours but obviously essential if you want to one day build a correct sentence and make yourself understood by a native speaker!

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The Tofugu site gives you a chance to learn the Japanese alphabet. 

You will also find an "art and history" tab to learn more about Japanese culture.

Did you know, for example, that a geisha is a refined lady and that the art of being one is an ancestral art? It is quite far from its role of prostitute in Western movies!

If you are a fan of gourmet meals, you will also learn all about what makes up Japanese cuisine (sushi, sashimi, yakitori, maki, sake...), as well as the origin of these dishes, how to cook them, and where to eat them!

I Would Like to Pay for my Japanese Classes

Do you want to go further in your Japanese language learning? Opt for classes at a fee!

Learning Japanese Online Thanks to Superprof

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Believe us when we say that Japanese calligraphy is truly an artform and takes a lot of practice!

We obviously recommend that you learn Japanese with us by finding a teacher on Superprof.us!

Our search engine allows you to type in the course you are looking for ("Japanese language online") and enter your address in order to find a teacher near you!

The average price of a Japanese class is between 25 USD and 30 USD per hour depending on your location.

The advantage is that you can choose your tutor and he or she will come to your home (or give you Japanese lessons via webcam). Using our platform is free and ensures the quality of the tutors!

You can even learn the art of calligraphy if it floats your boat!

 

I Would Like to Enrich my Vocabulary

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You've been dying to go to Japan but don't feel like you have a good enough handle on the language? Get going with Superprof!

If you have already acquired the basics of the Japanese language, then it might be time to enrich your  vocabulary in order to better communicate with Animé or Manga!

The site will allow you to learn vocabulary using the expressions used by manga characters, lexical fields (love, school, samurai. or ninja), and then invite you to test your knowledge via a quiz for each category.

Theis game is a good way to permanently have vocabulary enter your mind, and if you are a fan of manga, you will be even more receptive to this form of learning!

To learn more vocabulary, don't bypass purchasing a good English-Japanese dictionary. You can set your goal at learning three words a day and trying to string a sentence together as you begin to know more words by heart. You will see that your progress will be remarkable!

Another way to learn vocabulary is to read in Japanese or watch movies in the original version! Many animation films are Japanese. There are of course Miyazaki's masterpieces! This way of learning vocabulary will mean that you are also learning about Japanese culture.

Do you know which apps to use in order to learn Japanese?

I Want to Discover Japanese Civilization

If you are looking to travel to Japan, it is essential to know some of the basics of the Japanese language but it may be wise to learn the habits and customs of the country as well as its geography.

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Sakura means "cherry" in Japanese. They are in bloom from December (in the south) to May (in the north). Come participate in Hanami (or the Cherry Festival) during this period!

A country like Japan is has a very rich historyand culture and can mean you will have a very interesting cultural perspective on things:

  • What is the most popular religion in Japan?
  • When can one see the cherry blossoms?
  • What is the name of the current Emperor?
  • Which temple and what sanctuary are the best places to visit?
  • What is the history of the kimono?
  • How did the country recover from the Second World War and the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?
  • What does the future hold for Japan since the Fukushima nuclear disaster?

are all questions that can be asked before going to discover Japan.

And maybe you're interested in something more modern, like Japanese cell phone culture. It is more socially important than in most Western countries.

In Japan cell phones are called keitai denwa (携帯電話), literally “portable telephones,” and are often known simply as keitai. As in Western countries the majority of the Japanese population now own a cell phone (keitai).

When visiting Japan there are some particular cultural difference you should you look out for. Japanese people have excellent phone manners in public. In Japan, chatting on the phone on the train is considered extremely rude and generally isn’t tolerated. On the Shinkansen and some other inter city trains it is acceptable to talk on the phone at the end of the carriage if there are doors between the seats and the end of the carriage.

There are normally signs on the train reminding people to switch their phones to “manner mode”, meaning silent ring mode. People are also generally careful about when and where they speak on the phone, since causing inconvenience to others and drawing attention to oneself in public is something a lot of Japanese people would rather avoid.

Most Japanese have a privacy film on the front of their phone screen that blocks the phone from being viewed except for directly in front of the screen. When people are packed tightly on a peak time train they still want some privacy.

The Kanpai site answers some of these questions and invites you to discover the four main islands (Shikoku, Hokkaido, Honshu, Kiushu), the Okinawa archipelago, Mount Fuji, and the use of its famous high speed train, Shinkansen.

In addition to being a tour guide, you can learn Japanese through the conversation guides available on the Kampai website from 10 USD.

If you are passionate about cinema and animated films, we advise you to read the analyses of works such as The Castle in Cielou and Princess Mononoke.

Why not also study Japanese with the help of books?

In short:

  • If you want to learn the Japanese language, start by knowing the alphabet first. Most people are able to master it in a few weeks, so you should be alright! Once this step is over, things will become a lot easier for you!
  • Learning Japanese can be done online if you are rigorous and studious. If not, you should learn with a private tutor.
  • When learning a language - especially the Japanese language - it is important to immerse oneself in the culture and history of the country. This will allow you to better understand the country and the use of certain words rather than not have a clue!
  • Are you looking for a private Japanese tutor?

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