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Introductory Japanese

This guide is suggested for students of JPN 1112 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)
Daily Yomiuri (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 katakana and kanji.

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

Kanji Help

Nihongo-Pro Kanji Explorer: JLPT N5
KanjiPal: Free Kanji Games
Real Kanji
Java Kanji Flashcards 500
MIT Japanese 1 Kanji Study Material



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
GenkiEnglish: Cool Phrases in Japanese
Writing Names in Japanese
On-line Learning and Teaching with The Japanese Writing System
Kanji Numbers(YouTube)
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 
National Radio Locator-Japan
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Yomiuri News LIVE


Learn more about Japan.

AJALT Almanac
House of Councillors
Japan Echo (English. Informative but dated)
Japanese Old Photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Period



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