Top 10 Websites to Learn Japanese Online for Free

When you have a free online Japanese dictionary, you can learn some Japanese yourself.

In order to learn some more Japanese, especially some basic Japanese knowledge, you can check out below 10 websites, which offer many resources and will let you learn Japanese online for free.

1. CosCom

On the CosCom website, you can listen to Japanese words, phrases, and conversations, you can learn how to write hiragana, katakana or kanji, and you can also listen to the Intermediate Japanese posts and take some tests.

Go to CosCom

2. Guidetojapanese.org

With Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese on the Guidetojapanese.org website, you can learn Japanese according to a complete guide or a grammar guide, the complete guide will show you pronunciations, writings, vocabulary, etc., and the grammar guide will show you grammar tips with many detailed explanations and examples.

Go to Guidetojapanese.org

3. NHK World

NHK World is for you to listen Japanese lessons. You can select your native language, choose a lesson from different stories or topics, then you can read and hear the lesson with the explanations in your native language. You can also download the lessons in MP3 format.

Go to NHK World

4. Study Japanese

On the Study Japanese website, you can learn Japanese words and phrases by flash cards, you can learn some basic Japanese lessons for pronunciations, vocabulary, writing, etc., and you can also learn Japanese grammar according to the language reference.

Go to Study Japanese

5. Genki Japan

Genki Japan lets you learn Japanese katakana, hiragana, words and phrases in a funny way, you will hear the pronunciations when you put the cursor over them. You can also listen to some Japanese songs, play some funny games, or play the O-Koto instrument.

Go to Genki Japan

6. Manythings.org

On Manythings.org website, Charles Kelly’s Online Japanese Language Study Materials is for you to take some tests, such as Quiz on Words Usually Written in Kana, Japanese Kana Quizzes, English-Japanese Vocabulary Quizzes, etc., and you can choose English questions and select Japanese answers, or you can choose Japanese questions and select English answers.

Go to Manythings.org

7. Lang-8

Lang-8 focuses on writing in a foreign language. After registration, you can write in the language (such as Japanese) that you are learning, then native speakers will correct your writing, and you can also help others learn your native language by correcting their writing.

Go to Lang-8

8. Japanese Phrases for Travelers

On the website Japanese Phrases for Travelers, there are more than 100 topics with many travel related words, phrases and sentences for you the learn. The webpage of every topic will show you pronunciations, English meaning and kanji translations, you can download the MP3 files of the pronunciations.

Go to Japanese Phrases for Travelers

9. Learn Japanese

Learn Japanese is a website for you to learn Japanese in a system, from vocabulary, to grammar, to writing and to some other Japanese knowledge. There are 29 topics for vocabulary, 21 lessons for grammar, 19 lessons for grammar reviews, and some lessons for other topics.

Go to Learn Japanese

10. About.com

On About.com website, there are many resources on Japanese Languages sub-site for you to learn the basics of Japanese, such as grammar, expressions, useful phrases, and so on. You can learn some funny Japanese by flash cards, quizzes or games.

Go to About.com

Among the above 10 websites, some (such as NHK World) focus on listening, some (such as Lang-8) focus on writing, some (such as Manythings.org) focus on quizzes, and some focus on other Japanese skills or knowledge, you can check them out and choose your favorite.

If you have any other websites to learn Japanese online for free, welcome to share with us by adding a comment.

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2 Comments

  1. agaerlan
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    We’re a new website dedicated to learning Japanese online.  We’ve got a growing community, an achievement and point system to help keep people engaged, and we’re adding new things practically every day.  We’d love if you checked us out! http://nihongomaster.com

  2. unr2007
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    You may want to add this to your list. It is a great resource for intermediate to advanced learners for improving listening and reading skills.
    http://newsinslowjapanese.com/
    The popup definitions make it so easy!