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Mitsuwa Market Area Japanese Language and Culture MeetUp Message Board › Japanese Study Links

Japanese Study Links

Rj (.
user 3523669
Wheaton, IL
Post #: 1
These are some of the study links I use: - http://www.japanese.a...­
^this is a good general site about the language. It is a good place to start. It has lessons and audio files.

Beginners site with flash games - http://www.genkiengli...­
^this site has some cute little flash vocabulary games on it. It also has audio.

Tad Perry's quick and dirty guide to japanese - http://www.csse.monas...­
^ this is available in many places on the web. There might even be a more updated version. You could just search for it in google if you like. This is a bare bones, simple guide to japanese. The explainations are very clear. I recommend printing it out (it is about 12 pages).

Tae Kim's guide to Japanese grammar - http://www.guidetojap...­
^ I'm sure some of you know this one. This is a great place to look for sentence structure and syntax. It also has the ability to be printed. 's flashcard program -­
^this site is really great. I recommend doing the 'Japanese Core 2000' lists for vocabulary, but there are way too many lists to mention. The core 2000 list has audio and sentences. I could talk for forever about how great this site is but I recommend you check it out for yourself. *It has lists for everything under the sun, really (from history to languages to cars). You can also make your own lists.

Asahi Shinbun's 'Drill the kanji' - http://japanese-kanji...­
^this is a good flashcard program. You can choose the level of the kanji that is being tested and also whether the kanji is arragend in JLPT order or the order used by Japanese students. It tests the meaning of the kanji in English and also the on and kun readings.

reading practice - http://readthekanji.c...­
^This is both a kanji flashcard program and reading practice. Each kanji is given with a sentence. Also you can adjust the settings (whether the english meaning is showing or not, etc). Despite the name, you can also test the kana (hiragana and katakana).

NHK's audio lessons -­
^These are short beginner audio lessons. They have a printable book as well. A bonus is if english is not your first language, you can choose the language the lessons are given in.

Online phrasebook (with audio) - http://japanese-phras...­
^this site has a large amount of phrase covering a lot of topics. Could be good for listening practice.

Good dictionary -­
^ a very good japanese dictionary. It will automaticly convert romaji into kana. It is a very good resource for kanji as well.

for firefox users there is an add-on that is really nice: Rikai-kun (gives pop-up kanji readings)
^look for this in the tools tab under add-ons

An even longer list of links - http://www.csse.monas...­
^ this is run by Prof. Jim Breen. It is huge but alot of the links are sites that are no longer updated. None the less, if you look through it, there is some great stuff there.

I also use youtube a lot. If you like comedy skits I recommend searching for Jinnai Tomonori (an example would be:­, or gaki no tsukai, which is a comedy show w/ a lot of batsu games [literally, punishment games, you'll get it if you watch] (example:­) , anjasshu, a comedy duo (example:­) and if you like video games there is Game center cx, a comedy/video game show [you'll know what i mean if you watch it] (example:­)

all of the video links I gave are subbed in english and if you search for these on youtube you'll find that all have some english subbed videos.

This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many many good places to find information on the internet.
user 6173059
Naperville, IL
Post #: 19
A couple of my favorites for meeting people to talk with in Japanese:­­
Peoria, IL
Post #: 6
I just joined them. Thank you for sharing the internet sites~! (^_^)
A former member
Post #: 46
I used the livemocha site this evening. It worked very fine with me. I talked with a person through a microphone and a web camera. It was like a language exchange meetup on the Internet. I would recommend it for any foreign language learners. You can find any native speakers without restriction of your schedule.

A couple of my favorites for meeting people to talk with in Japanese:­­

Jim L.
user 6258809
Group Organizer
Mundelein, IL
Post #: 13
I also like listening to this podcast when I'm driving around.
It's very casual and entertaining while also being very educational.
These are also up on iTunes if you use that.
A former member
Post #: 51
I found an interesting website about cross-cultural matters between America and Japan. Although this program is a radio program for Japanese people who are learning English, this would be beneficial to you learning Japanese. In the program, many cross-cultural issues are discussed, and you can listen to some Japanese conversations. Enjoy.

Jim L.
user 6258809
Group Organizer
Mundelein, IL
Post #: 16
For those learning Kanji, here is a website that has the basic radicals that Kanji are built from.

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