Does anyone know a really good informational and possibly interactive japanese language learning website?I was hoping for something that may contain learning activities both for listening and...

Does anyone know a really good informational and possibly interactive japanese language learning website?

I was hoping for something that may contain learning activities both for listening and writing and podcasts and stuff . thankyou.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator (BYKI) is a very dependable, flexible, reliable and efficient online, interactive learning program which can be adapted to specializations or used per program. Japanese is one of the languages they offer. And the best part: BYKI is free!! Additionally, BYKI caters to the needs of teachers with special suggestions on how to adapt the free program (there is also a more-bells-and-whistles purchased version, but I've always used the free program) to teaching needs. Give it a look--it might suit your needs. [Click blue links.]

ms-einstein eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm assuming you've tried Google searches. Most sites charge money, although you can get some lessons for free. Youtube has lessons. However, as a learner, you are not in a position to evaluate whether they are accurate or not.

I'd suggest trying your local library first. If you have a library card, the library may have access to online databases or programs that help you learn a language. The library also may have books and CDs to help you. Some libraries have access to audiobooks so you can download MP3 files.

If you can afford lessons, Rosetta Stone offers an award-winning program. Berlitz also is an industry leader in language acquisition.

Good luck.

Moshe. Moshe.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best I know of that would fit your needs at a level that would help you is a site called  The site is only partially free, but I believe that the free portions would be of help to you.

The centerpiece of their service is their podcasts.  They typically do a dialogue a number of times.  After doing it in Japanese (slowly, for the basic level) they will do it in Japanese and then add an English translation after every line or so.  There are also written transcripts of the dialogues, though I believe that you have to pay to get access to those.

I learned to write kana before the internet existed, so I'm afraid I can't help you with that...

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Rosetta Stone recently added a fully online component to their language training programs that give you both the work at home CD and allow you to work and practice with others on the web as well.  The programs are a little spendy, but their prices recently came down and they really do work.  I learned introductory Arabic using their program, which is a very difficult language, but the vocabulary and pronunciation came much more easily with them.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have never used this website, but another one that looks pretty good is "Learn Japanese," which offers a basic introduction to the language and is dedicated to English speakers who want to learn the basics of this complex language:

Otherwise you might want to do a google search and see what comes up. Hope this helps and sayonara!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Sometimes your best bet is kids games. Here are some examples I found. Kids games will help students learn the language and they are often cute and fun.
ik9744 | Student

You can easily search it on Google and get apps on your phone. There is an app called Learning Japanese on your Andriod or Apple phone or tablet.

eli468 | Student

There are websites you can go to and apps to download that can really be helpful such as Quizlet and Memrise. I put a couple links below to courses/learning helpers.

Quizlet is essentially flash cards and games where you match words to definitions. People have uploaded these themselves from textbooks and use it to study for tests normally, but they are extremely helpful and have a large range of different things to learn. Some are as simple as Japanese vocabulary, or more specific such as just a flash card/game set of colors in Japanese.

Memrise is kind of similar in that you learn through a flash card like manner of reading the word and then it will ask a question later that you must remember the translation for.

Both of these audibly tell you pronunciations of each word/phrase as well typically. Great simple learning devices that I have used to help me study foreign languages and Memrise has an app that can be downloaded onto a phone, tablet, etc.

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