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Anybody know of any good FREE tools/programs/sites for learning Japanese?

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For various flashcard decks:




Tagaini Jisho is a free, open-source Japanese dictionary and kanji lookup tool that is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux and aims at becoming your Japanese study assistant.



Kiten is another Japanese Reference Tool








Learning Resources:


Grade 1 Vocabulary:












A collection of Japanese emoticons




I think that's all I've got. Now I just need to make time to learn this. :P


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Thank you, Faolan!

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Awesome new thread!

Definitely agree with Anki!

http://www.memrise.com/ is also another good one :3

Love those resources he named!


Just wanted to add that my japanese improved greatly once i started using it everyday and i learned the hard way that immersion is extremely important to couple with your studying so i always try to spread the word! You really need both to become fluent, immersion and studying. We know we can study anywhere in the world but luckily you also dont have to be in japan to immerse yourself in the language. If you like try to find a hobby thats uses japanese, you already have gaming so thats awesome for practicing your reading once you learn more kanji but also try to find one where you can listen to natural japanese a lot. Also of course as much as you have time for, practice speaking,writing, with a native or even a fellow learner.


Heres a couple generic but good starts to immersion

http://www.fluentu.com/japanese/ (perfect!)


http://lang-8.com/(is this still a thing? not sure.)


Also itunes podcast but i would learn the basics first


And... i can't remember anymore right now >.<

Might add more later but you can never go wrong with grammar~!




Also keep in mind that practicing speaking and listening will simultaneously improve your reading and writing (for gaming purposes) but not your kanji reading at all, so once you learn kana (hiragana and katakana) focus on kanji as soon as you can.

Edited by melonpan

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Here's where I'm going to sound like a YouTube shill, but I've been using Duolingo tonight and just in a couple hours I'm already starting to learn hiragana. Katakana was really easy for me to learn, but I've been struggling with hiragana for years. Duolingo's hiragana lessons include some vocabulary to help put meaning to the characters, as well as pictures for said vocabulary, as well as audio recordings of people saying/pronouncing the character(s). And it's FREE.



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