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Is Japanese a Difficult Language to Learn?

Not only do Japanese writing and grammar differ from English—even spoken Japanese differs significantly from what you'll learn in a textbook. Yet the answer to this question is quite elusive because “difficult” is a relative term.

Use Penmanship to Help You Stand Out in Japan

Bestselling books and apps prove that handwriting is still a vital skill in the digital age.

The 4 Keys to Japanese Greetings

A few common greetings will help break the ice with your Japanese counterparts.

5 Reasons Taking the JLPT is a Good Idea

Anybody out there taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test in December? If so, this guy is rooting for you!

I’m Bad at Learning Japanese (And That’s Okay)

Truth is, there are a lot of ways to learn a foreign language. In class is a really great way—but if it’s not working for you, don’t be afraid to try other methods too.

47 Reasons Why Japanese Makes No Sense

Canadian rakugo comedian Katsura Sunshine riffs on some of the more ridiculous points of the Japanese language—including, in particular, the 47 ways he knows how to say "Thank you."

No Wonder You Speak Japanese So Well!

When you have a Japanese husband, people assume you can learn the language through osmosis.

Learn Japanese with a Five-Armed Octoped

Struggling to start with Japanese? Let Tako lend you a hand—or five. Wait, five?

Survival Japanese at the Ramen Shop!

Pick up the key vocabulary and phrases that will get you by in almost any ramen spot!

Downloadable Hiragana & Katakana Workbook

Improve your hiragana and katakana writing skills with the "Hiragana + Katakana Print Yourself" workbook—available online for less than $2!

7 Reasons to Love WaniKani for Kanji

Wanikani (literally “alligator-crab”) is a web application that uses mnemonics and space repetition software (SRS) to help users memorize approximately 2,000 kanji and radicals, plus over 6,000 Japanese words in two years or less!

Brett Mayer, Kanji Master

Meet the American man who became the only non-Asian to pass the top level of the Japan Kanji Aptitude Test.

Attack on Kansai-ben

Learn the Kansai dialect of Japanese with the Attack on Titan manga!

Download these Kanji Worksheets Free!

To help everyone looking to start learning Japanese, the Nihon Ichiban team has created a beginners' kanji ebook that you can view and download totally free!

7 Ways to Learn Japanese Like a Ninja

A short list of tips and tricks for boosting your Japanese language ability and making studying less of a chore.

How Do You Study Japanese?

Find out how The Japan Guy lifted himself from zero to the plateau of effective Japanese communication.

You Can Learn Japanese with Minecraft?!

What better way to use your language skills than making friends all over the world while avoiding being crushed to death by spiked ceilings or knocked into a bottomless pit?

White Rabbit's JLPT Kanji Flashcards

Spending hours writing lines of kanji doesn't work for you? Then why don't you try playing with them and learning the ones that look alike, allowing you to learn twice as fast!

The Most Inspirational Japanese Teacher

One of the first JOCV volunteers was a Japanese language teacher who used her skills to teach Japanese to people in Laos and other developing countries beginning in the 1960s.

8 Ways to Learn Japanese for (Almost) Free!

Learning Japanese can be easy, fun, and nearly free if you're ready to take on the challenge of getting more locally immersed!

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