Benkyou Shimashou!

"Let's study!" A blog dedicated to study materials for students of the Japanese language.

Here’s a cool and fun way of keeping you motivated to practice writing your kanji. This practice book features back to back grid pattern squares, to help make your characters written clean and even. 

Here’s a new idea for you — studying while soaking in the bath tub, using these specially coated water-friendly blank study cards. Just write the vocabulary words you’re trying to memorize (or whatever) using an oil-based permanent pen and you’ll never have to worry about the cards becoming wet and falling apart in the bath.

Measures approximately 3.5 x 6.5 inches and contains 40 sheets. Ideal for studying a foreign language on the go. Line sizes are extra-large (almost 0.5 inches) to allow easy visibility. The left side page is dedicated for foreign words and the right side for Japanese (or any other language). For more information, visit JetPens.

Lang-8 is a social networking site for language exchange and international communication. At Lang-8, you can write in the language you are learning, have them corrected by users whose native language is the one you are studying, and then help other people that are learning your native language.

JRPG is a kanji learning game styled after the classic SNES RPG games (like Final Fantasy 6, or Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past). The game tries to help you learn how to read and understand kanji in context, and in doing that it also helps you improve your Japanese vocabulary. You can also use it to refresh your kana.

Online flashcards; printable if you have a full membership.

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Most of the material on this page is in PDF format while the rest is in FLASH. If you prefer web-only content, this probably isn’t the place to go. These study materials go best with the Japanese For Busy People series.

You’ll find hiragana and katakana cheat cards and work sheets, useful daily expressions, shopping words, medical vocabulary and phrases, short dialogues, quizzes, verbs, particles, verb conjugation, and keigo, among others.

Eavesdropping is the listening exercises in the textbook series “Japanese: The Spoken Language" by Eleanor Harz Jordan, hosted on Cornell’s site. Simply change the URL’s "japan101" to "japan201" if needed and "jsl01c" to "jslxxc" with the xx being the next chapter. 

This is a listening practice site for anyone who is looking for extra listening practice in beginning Japanese. Each lesson here closely follows the grammar and vocabulary introduced in the textbook, Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Volume 1 published by The Japan Times. With an easy two-step process, you can practice your listening comprehension at your own pace.

Most lessons consist of two listening exercises, followed by comprehension check questions. You can listen to the exercises as many times as needed. There are two speeds for each exercise: Natural Speed and Slow Speed.