I was reading something online and there was a commenter who said that he/she ONLY studied Japanese from free online materials.  Now this is not for me.  I use these four main ways to study for JLPT N2:  Somatome textbook (about 1200 yen each), Japanesepod101.com (price fluctuates), real life copy of Kodomo Shinbun (500 yen a month approximately) and Japanese lesson (free).

However, I realize that some people want to study for free. So here are some of the links I know of to free online Japanese learning.  Like I said, I am not a big freebie online learner, so I am not exactly an expert……but here goes!

http://www.japanesepod101.com/  The complete site is NOT free, but if you sign up they have special deals where you can try materials.  Throwback Thursday and so forth.  Be warned that they aggressively deluge your inbox with e-mails!  Very annoying of them!    Also, I liked the site a lot so I became a member.  I did it on Black Friday (the day after American Thanksgiving) when the price was heavily discounted.

http://www.erin.ne.jp/en  Erin’s Challenge.  Really nice site. *

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kodomo/?from=ycnav2  Children’s online newspaper.  Does not always give the furigana.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson Japanese lessons from NHK, the Japanese broadcasting company.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/news/easy  News from NHK.  If I did not have the real life kids’ newspaper, I’d probably get news from this site.  It looks great.

https://soundcloud.com/#jla-japanese-listening/japanese-listening-advanced-6  Advanced Japanese conversation for study.  They have scripts, um, somewhere.

http://lang-8.com/  Japanese people will correct your Japanese and you correct others in your native language. *

http://www.memrise.com  Flashcards, really nice. *

http://www.nihongo-e-na.com   This site has links to lots of great stuff!

* I first learned about these from Japanese BootCamp blog.

(I figured out the problem with links. Later this week I’ll go back and fix the links to kids’ English fun sites.)


I’d like to learn how to say, “Rat sushi, please.”

Nezumi sushi onegaishimasu.

“Wow, Japanese is really useful, fun and easy!”