101 Languages

Top Resources for Learning Japanese

Learn Japanese with these useful resources from around the web.

There’s never been a better time to learn a language. No matter your age or experience, a plethora of tools and resources are available to get you started or help you improve your language skills.

Best of all, many of these resources are completely free.

Check out the links below to jump-start your Japanese.



Omniglot - Basic overview of Japanese with alphabet and useful links
Wikipedia - Overview of the Japanese language

Free Courses

Foreign Service Institute (via Live Lingua) - Japanese Headstart course

Amazon - Japanese language learning materials
Japanese Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
Pimsleur - Comprehensive Japanese course based on the Pimseleur method
Rocket Languages - Premium Japanese language course
Udemy - Online Japanese courses from experts


Defense Language Institute - Japanese language survival kit basic guide
Loecsen - Basic Japanese phrases for travel with audio and illustrations
Wikivoyage - Japanese travel phrases (no audio)

Dictionaries and Translation

Bab.la - Japanese-English online dictionary
Bab.la - English-Japanese online dictionary
Google Translate - Translate to and from Japanese

Grammar and Vocabulary

Antosch & Lin - Japanese audio flashcard system
Forvo - Collection of Japanese words pronounced by native speakers
Wikipedia - Japanese grammar
Memrise - Spaced repetition site and app for learning Japanese vocabulary
Verbix - Japanese verb conjugation tool


Easy Languages - Learn Japanese from authentic street interviews
Japanese Pod 101 - Modern learning suite with audio and video lessons
TED - Watch TED talks with Japanese subtitles and transcripts
YouTube - Search videos for learning Japanese

Radio and Podcasts

Social Media

Meetup - List of Japanese language meetups worldwide
Reddit - /r/LearnJapanese subreddit for learning Japanese
Reddit - /r/LearnKanji subreddit for learning Kanji


Children's Books Forever - Free children's books in Japanese
Children's Library - Children's books in Japanese
Project Gutenberg - Download or read Japanese language books online for free
Wikivoyage - Japanese travel phrases (no audio)


Other Resources

FluentU - Japanese Language and Culture Blog

Articles and Opinion

This list is updated as more resources become available. You may want to bookmark this page so you can easily refer to it again later.

Do you know of a quality resource that should be on this list? If so, please let me know about it or share it in the comments below!