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Introductory Japanese I

This guide is suggested for students of JPN 1111 or those interested in learning Japanese.

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Keeping current of Japan's news and events is one way to immerse yourself within the culture.

Ashahi Newspapers (English)
The Japan News(English)   
The Japan Times (English)   
Mainichi Newspapers (English)    
MIT Japanese Language News and Magazines
The Sekai Nippo (Japanese)
Study Japanese Language through News (Japanese)


Enhance your writing skills by selecting from one of these many language sites for Hiragana and katakana.

Hiragana Help

Japanese Writing Tutor : Hiragana
Real Kana:  Hiragana
Ayumilove Japanese Hiragana (YouTube)

Comparison between hiragana and katakana
From Hiragana and Katakana to Romaji
From Romaji to Hiragana and Katakana
Gahoh:  Penmanship of Japanese Language Movies
Genki Movie L1-L23 (Japan Times)
Japanese Greetings
Japanese Common Words & Phrases
Hiragana: The Lessons
Hiragana Chart
Hiragana Timer

 Katakana Help

Japanese Writing Tutor : Katakana
Foreign Languages for Travelers
GenkiEnglish: Talking Katakana Hiragana Chart
GenkiEnglish: Katakana Game
Katakana Timer
Language Guide: Katakana
Linda's Kana Flash Screens


Jim Breen's Japanese-English Online Dictionary
Japanese Language Learning Tools on Web
Language Guide: Japanese Vocabulary Guide
CosCom Japanese Language Service: Learn Japanese on the Web

Fun Stuff

Japanese Online Word and Phrasebook with Audio
GenkiEnglish: Cool Phrases in Japanese
Writing Names in Japanese
Learn Japanese by Singing
Nihongo Japanese Jeopardy
Quizlet: Japanese

Television & Radio

Challenge yourself both visually and aurally by selecting a site to follow Japan's news.

1179 AM Web Radio
NNN News on Demand 
RadioStationWorld -Japan - Radio & Television
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Yomiuri News LIVE


Learn more about Japan.

Learn Japanese Calendar (CosCom)
AJALT Almanac

House of Councillors
Japan Echo (Interactive Journal)
Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period

Japanese in Anime & Manga

Hands-on Experience
Hiragana Timer

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Last Modified: Monday, August 31st, 2015