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I’m really proud and excited to announce Tofugu’s first annual “Top 10 Online Resources for Learning Japanese for Free” list, which includes an e-book that’s available for download at the end of the article. There’s also video down there for all you people who don’t like reading things!

Have you ever wondered what was out there in the tubes of the interwebs in terms of improving your Japanese? Honestly, a whole lot of junk. Some of that junk is mediocre, but most of it is pretty junky. I’ve sifted through all that and came up with a list of the best Japanese resources on the web. Granted, everything is just my opinion, but I think this is a really well rounded list that should have something (hopefully a few things) for everyone! If you’ve been a reader on Tofugu for a while now, you’ve probably seen some of these. Still there’s a lot of new stuff here, so please, dive in, and tell me what you think!

#10: Twitter

Twitter is a micro-blogging service that lets you input up to 140 characters to tell the world (and your friends) “what you are doing right now.” Although Twitter does what it does really well, you can totally use it in a way that gives you daily / regular Japanese practice as well. Twitter is becoming increasingly popular in Japan, which means there’s a lot of Japanese users. I usually suggest to people to follow Japanese tweeters that seem interesting (so that way it’s interesting to read their tweets), and to tweet themselves in Japanese. The great thing about Twitter is that you are only allowed up to 140 characters, which means you can’t type that much. Not only does this teach you to get to the point, but it also makes it so practice can be easy, regular and not overwhelming. Twitter is a lot of fun, and a great way to practice your Japanese! Go sign up now if you haven’t already, and follow me! Username: Tofugu

#9: Livestation

Livestation is a program you can download off the web that allows you to watch live television from anywhere in the world (which of course includes Japanese television). It’s a slick, lightweight program that works on Windows, Mac, and even Linux, so everyone can jump in. I’ve found around 10-15 Japanese channels, including the Japanese home shopping network, and no matter how bad your time zone is in comparison to Japan, you’ll always at least be able to enjoy the commercials! If you decide to use Livestation, make sure you don’t have any more work to do, because it’s super addictive! Right now, I’m watching late night old j-dorama repeats.

#8: Yamasa’s Japanese Dictionary (Kanji Stroke Order)

Yamasa’s Online Japanese Dictionary is a pretty good dictionary, however, there is one thing that I really like about it, and that is (of course) it’s kanji stroke order feature. Other dictionaries do this as well, but for some reason I like Yamasa’s better. It’s just prettier than the others, and they do a really good job organizing their information as well. This website is wonderful for people who have trouble figuring out the stroke order of things, though it won’t help much with people who are already kanji pros. Check out the link below for the kanji stroke order search box.…

#7: Podcasts on iTunes

Surprisingly, iTunes is a great way to find things to practice your Japanese listening (and maybe speaking too, depending on how you use it). Apple does an awesome job collecting podcasts and making it easy to download / subscribe them. Although you cannot download Japanese music without a Japanese credit card / Japanese iTunes gift certificate, you can download Japanese podcasts for free. All you need to do is switch your location to 日本, click on “podcasts,” and start navigating the menus. Menus will be in English (if you have an English version of iTunes), so it’s easy to jump around and find things. If you want more information, scroll down and download the e-book!

#6: Rikaichan

Rikaichan is an amazing add-on for Firefox (if you don’t have Firefox right now, go get it, because this website probably looks poop-face without it). After you install it, you’ll be able to activate it, and then everything Japanese you hover your mouse over will come up with a bigger version of the kanji (if there is one), the hiragana, and then the English translation for it. This is wonderful for people who want to go read some Japanese internets quickly, and it’s much better than relying on a translator of any kind. If you’re really smart, you’ll write down the words you don’t know, and practice them later!

Watch a video of #6-10

#5: (or, Denshi Jisho, as they call themselves), is a great online Japanese dictionary. What makes them so great, though? Now, there’s Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC, which is my favorite online Japanese dictionary. uses Jim Breen’s dictionary data and just makes it look lots nicer. It makes things easier to read, and is (in general) a big improvement on Jim Breen’s layout. It also has a really cool feature (that Jim Breen also has, but Jisho’s is better), that allows you to search for a kanji by radical. Not only that, but you can click on multiple radicals, and it will narrow down your kanji search based on the ones you choose. It’s so much better than using a physical kanji dictionary (it’s inconvenient when searching for a lot of kanji), and if you have a lot of kanji to look up that’s not copy and pastable, you need to check out this website.

#4: jGram

jGram is a database of Japanese grammar (that’s why jGram stands for “Japanese Grammar”) put together by the jGram community. So basically, normally people like you and me! Think of it like a wiki for Japanese grammar. This website is great for people studying for the JLPT, as they separate grammar by JLPT level for you, so you can study according to your level. I used this website a lot when studying for the JLPT, and it was really useful. Another thing they do is have a check system, that allows users to make sure things are reliable or not. Things that don’t have a high reliability rating are things you might want to look out for (or check yourself!). They also have a “useful phrases” section that is, surprisingly, really useful.

#3: iKnow!

iKnow revolutionizes how you learn vocabulary. Right now, you can use it to learn Japanese or English vocabulary, but I’m guessing the first one will be more useful to you. They have different ways for learning vocabulary, with the first being flashcards. What I like about their flashcards is that after they ask if you know a word or not, they don’t trust you (who would trust you?) and then ask you to pick it out of 5-10 multiple choice answers, further solidifying your knowledge (or discovering the lack thereof). My other favorite section is the “dictation section.” In this section, a voice actor reads out a sentence, and you have to fill in the blanks. Eventually, it gets to the point where you have to fill in the entire sentence after someone reads it to you. There are other features as well, you’ll just have to visit it to find out about it yourself!

#2: Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese

This is as close as you’ll get to finding a free online Japanese textbook, and a good one at that. Tae Kim has done an amazing job putting together a great list of Japanese guidance. It is very thorough, reliable, and you’ll always learn something new. There are plenty of examples, plenty of “extras,” and because of these things, I always come to Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese first, even before searching for something on Google. I know that I’m always going to find what I’m looking for (and more). Plus, fans of Tae Kim helped to translate this guide into approximately 10 different languages, which makes it even more useful for more people around the world! This is Japanese Language philanthropy at its best. Go check it out!

Tae Kim also has a great blog, which is right here.

#1: Lang-8

Lang-8 comes in at #1 on my list because it has a great community, responsive staff, and an incredible (revolutionary) service. This is web2.0 of language learning right here. Here’s the concept behinds this website: First, you write a journal entry in the language that you’re learning (it can be any language, not just Japanese), then someone who is a native speaker of the language you are writing in will correct that entry for you. Third, you (theoretically) will help someone else learning the language you are native in. It’s an incredibly social experience, and doesn’t feel like a Facebook / Myspace clone. Lang-8 is its own beast, and feels fresh and new. The reason I really like it for language learning (there are a couple other services that do similar things) is because the Japanese population on Lang-8 is huge, which means it’s easy to find people to work with you. Lang-8 also makes it easy to find pen-pals, as well as people to Skype with (to practice your speaking, if you want). I love this website, and have only had great experiences with it. If you are learning Japanese, or any language at all, you should definitely take a look at my #1 pick!

Watch a video of #1-5

Download the e-Book!

Want more information? I did a live lecture of my “Top Ten Resources for Learning Japanese” on eduFire a week ago, and put together a little e-book for those people to enjoy. I’d like to extend the ability to download it to all of you as well! It’s nothing much (after reading all of this), but it definitely has more information on each of the online Japanese resources, should you want to read more.

Top 10 Resources e-Book Download!

If you enjoyed this article / video / e-book, please send it to a friend who’s learning Japanese! I really think that this list will help people out, so the more people see it, the more these resources will help people :) Also, if more people see it, more people will suggest new things in the comments, which will help us all out! Please Digg, Stumble, and email this around! I’d really appreciate it!

Also, if you have anything you think should be on this list but isn’t, help us all out by sharing it with us in the comments. I’m sure I missed something, since there are so many resources out there, so please tell me what I missed, and I look forward to seeing how the list changes next year!

  • Captain_Ron

    Great resources! Thanks Koichi

  • ArkyLewis

    My LiveSation refuses to work for me, Technology can be so evil sometimes.
    I was really looking forward to looking at some Japanese women selling some bright pink spandex that I just have to have.

    Thanks again for the lesson, Looking forward to the cooking one tomorrow I even planeed out a sleeping schedule to fit in for the whole thing. Ciao~

  • QuinsY

    Hello everyone!,

    Koichiさん おげんきですか? this has got to be one of, if not “the” most Awesome article posted on ever! Thank you so much for your hard work in helping us – eager to learn - students here on and and now everywhere on the interzwebの! (‘^_^) 。

    Finally ! I've been waiting for ’so(’。_。) long to be able to Sshow people the e-book that you had let us ”edufire-class” attendees download way back when (こ。^) .

    ーQuinsY.  L( ’Have been using twitter now also thanks to Koichi-sensei)。

  • QK

    Really great list. I've seen a few of these before (mainly just Jim Breen, Lang-8, etc.) but most of the top 5 was new to me. I think this site could be pretty useful for those studying the language.
    Covers lots of different subjects related to language, and has some other general information on the culture.

  • Mrwindupbird

    Awesome Websites, but I have a question. On Lang8 what is stopping the corrector from just intentionally messing someone's sentence up that they wrote? Is it moderated well enough or does it have to go through an approval process before being posted?

  • Jomann

    Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese is REALLY good, it will help you become a native level pretty fast.

  • jara

    thank you!!!all this is very helpful,tofugu is great!!
    koichi!!the best!!hahaha


    P.S.I have a present waiting for you…

  • WOTDsctoo

    “first annual” ?? :O
    Another list next year?

    Anyway, awesome resources! Thanks! :D

  • Maciel

    i agree with ur decision in putting tae kims guide in the top 3 of the top 10 because it really is helpful
    and even though i havnt checked out all of these top 10 uhh things, im sure they will be a great help and i just want to say thanks for all of this (this being and all that u know ) and letting me be a part of ur comunity =P
    i dont know what im saying
    just thanks haha
    not i gotta go do history homework >_<

  • 8Dhi

    Beauty! Great videos/article! I'll can't wait to use Rikaichan and iKnow!


  • chieh

    thanks koichi, for giving us these helpful websites and tools.

  • kevinnwhat

    tae kim pwns all

  • Flaire

    Holy thank you.
    I think you just won the internet.

  • jj

    Hi dude –

    Excellent stuff!

    Let me suggest another free site:

    There's a free Japanese course there and it's pretty good. If you like you can upgrade to a subscription and get more sophisticated stuff, like the ability to download lessons to your iPod, etc. Check it out!

  • diojenisu

    Amazing post

  • Arky

    Well I'm *guessing* that there is some sort of report feature and I'm guessing it moderated fairly often considering how popular it is.

  • moshi_moshi

    awesome koichi! thanks for the post, well worth the wait for those who wern't at the edufire thing, thanks again x

  • Jeshii

    This is why you are the king. Amazing entry.

  • Sebby

    Priceless! … and not only priceless but also free.

    You rock!

  • Tami

    Great post Koichi! Let us know when you are offering free classes on edufire again! We love them

  • Catherine

    Thank you!! I'm sure this will be very useful : )

  • jj

    ANother resource I like is's page on the Japanese language, in particular the Word of the Day

    You can sign up to get through e-mail. It has word/sentence/sound.

  • Caitlin

    Livestation will become almost necessary soon. Thanks for the link! I had no idea about this service and was planning on getting a NHK subscription.

  • Tofugu_Erin

    NHK hasn't worked for me in a long time, though :{

  • alicia

    Thank you so much! I'd never heard of four (all pretty high up), so I'm checking those out now. I'm so addicted to Livestation, it's not funny. Animax is really good, and so are the little kids' programs on the major stations (it's morning tv). QVC was fascinating initially, but the anime is more to my level right now (and it has a story).
    I second, but also suggest JapanesePod101. I'm taking classes, but lately I've been searching for the grammar points in the textbook on that site, and they're pretty good for reinforcement, if not pure learning on its own. They have several different levels, so it's not just for beginners (they even have “newbie” lessons) or more advanced learners either. Of course, if you pay you'll get pdf files of the lessons and some other stuff (broken-down kaiwa line-by-line mp3s), and the pdfs are good (free trial for a week or two gets you everything, so you can try it out), but you don't have to pay for the podcasts themselves.

  • Sam watashi wa

    awsome good way to get started or get freshen up
    great post :p

  • bokuwaChauserdesu

    Koichi-san (Or should I say “Koichi-sensei”?)

    Arigato gozaimasu. I now have all of the sites from both videos bookmarked!

  • Russ (iKnow!)

    Great post. We're glad you're getting words into your head with iKnow!

    That journal correction feature on Lang8 is very cool. At iKnow!, we'll be doing something along similar lines in the future so learners of Japanese can benefit from our large Japanese user base (currently around 300,000 users). But if you journal on iKnow! now and make some friends, I think you'll find Japanese speakers will enjoy commenting on your post and giving friendly advice.

    I would also add to that list. They offer premium services, but the bulk of the content (the podcasts) is free and it covers a lot of timely and practical expressions that you would never pick up from a class or book.

  • Romina

    I'm just want to thank you for share all these with other people who are interested in learning japanese. Actually you open a door for me.

    Mil gracias ^^

  • koichi

    I'm glad :)

  • koichi

    Glad they were helpful!

  • koichi

    Pretty soon ;)

  • エミ★

    Thanks for putting these up! I use a few of them already so that's a start :)

    btw I found a download for Japanese emotes (ex: (;゚Д゚), ヽ(・∀・ )ノ)for Windows computers a while back but never saved the link. Do you know of any?


  • kurisu

    Koichi-san, thanks a bunch for compiling this list! i'm a part of a forum that has a tiny section discussing our personal adventures in studying Japanese, so i plugged this entry in there :D
    hmm, i recall seeing your plug for Lang-8 quite a while ago.
    i mulled over it for a few months…
    i just joined yesterday…
    and already…

    this site is effing amazing.

    thank you so much for recommending it. i'm trying to get a few friends on board too ^-^

    oh, and happy belated birthday!

  • jtiger87

    Thanks for posting all these great online Japanese resourses.
    I've been on lang-8 for a long time now, after you recomended it on youtube.
    I have invited you as friend, but you didn't accept. :/ :(

    Btw, happy birthday! (a couple days too late :P)

  • Chris_paros

    Ok, this might be just a teensie few days late but: WOW!! Lang-8 is absolutely fricking amazing!!! I don't know how I got along without it!! I've had it for two days and already I've learned expressions for things I didn't know in Japanese and even a compliment!! It's just soooo easy to write whatever you like and almost immediately you get a message with the correction from another user!! Thank you in the billions Koichi!!!! P.S: this has to be the longest comment I've written here =P

  • Mia-Carla

    This was acctually really useful. There's around 5 I had never even heard off. Again with the amazing tips. :] Cheers.

  • Musouka

    Thanks for the great list!

    What's your user name on iKnow?

  • Tackada

    I use iKnow and Tae Kim's now, but Anki is good for learning stuff and I like to use KeyHoleTV for Japanese television.

  • Seth

    Usually you're pretty good, but today u are really the man. A few of these look so good for learning. I'm already using them.

  • David Ross is a good alternative to Twitter if you just want all Japanese to read.

  • Nukemarine

    Great links. I would add that and are two great sites to use.

    Reviewing the Kanji is a great flash card application that goes hand in hand with the book “Remembering the Kanji”, which has shared user stories to help put the ability to recognize and write kanji in your hands.

    All Japanese All The Time is just a great blog to get motivation and ideas to become FLUENT (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in Japanese in a reasonable amount of time (less than two years).

  • Ally

    I'm trying to use livestation but i can only find about six japanese channels, and only one works! anyone know what i could be doing wrong?

  • Schism

    Wow. I will forever be in your debt for putting this list of resources together. Any single one would have made my day, but to have a full list of amazing aids blows my mind.

    Now my only problem is where do I start! O_o

  • Kerubin


    Same here on the Livestation front – it was mentioned there are about 15 Japanese channels – I can't bloody well find them. Help god dam it.

    p.s I nearly wet my pants when i used Rikaichan for the first time. I will be writing about my Japanese learning adventures here, so drop by

  • GameGod652

    I downloaded Rikaichan but It doesn't work for some reason.

  • sendaiben

    For really good kanji and vocab learning, aimed at the JLPT and kanji kentei, check out

    It's free and the best site I have seen for cramming kanji and words into the brain.

  • sakura
  • Alexis

    Thanks for the share. :) Great resources.

  • chi

    please try this site, I think it is good for practicing Kanji :

  • violagirl23

    Don't forget, Tae Kim also has a great forum here: There's also me and many others there to help you if you have any questions, in addition to asking questions of our own.

  • Baghera

    no homo.

  • Julie F Outlaw

    nice article! nice site. you're in my rss feed now ;-)
    keep it up

  • youtube

    whats your lang-8 account?

  • BlueNanoBox

    I actually found your video on youtube, and I just have to say thanks a million! (even though I am already using lang-8 and 電子辞書 )

    I took my JLPT level 3 in December (fingers crossed…) and now I feel kind of stuck, so hopefully the things on the list can give me a little push.

  • Dave Gardner (aka EditorDave)

    Wow! This post is so good, I hope you don't mind if I link to it from my Squidoo lens on Language Learning. Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu!

  • koichi

    No minding here – thank you for linking!

  • Seth

    Why has the Iknow site change so much??? =| it was better before

  • Denis

    Thanks Koichi for your article. I will put a link to your article on my site: Under 日本語の勉強。
    I have been using Rikaichan for quite a while now and it really help to learn the kanji (help to forget as well as one tends to get too lazy, but this is another question). I will test the rest of your sugestions.

    Again thank you for your tips and congratulation for your blog


  • thuy

    arigatou gozaimasu.hontou ni!

  • ginkgo7

    gee thx!! ^_^

  • Pexe

    Hey, have you heard of Namasensei? If it wasn't for him I would've NEVER started practicing. xD

    Basically, he has video classes in youtube(homemade), that teach you hiragana, grammar, and all those begginer stuff. But he does it in such a motivational way that nothing else can.

    This is THE way to shake your lazyness off and actually start studying.

    Hey, lemme know if you already knew it, and what you think of it. ^^

  • Japanese FAST

    Japanese FAST is good too. It's not free but it's cheap and easy to get started.

  • tom

    There are also some good Japanese learning resources on this website :

  • pixie_styx17

    hm… livestation seemed kinda sucky. I prefer keyhole tv, livestation wouldn't work at all for me.

  • Pat McNeill

    That is a very helpful post – Thank You!
    I especially liked jisho and rikaichan.

  • hatman900

    Whenever I click the iknow link it takes me to, why?

  • hatman900

    I figured it out, never mind! C_C

  • chinaboy

    I've having the same problem with iknow. Takes me to What did you figure out, please?

  • Name

    iKnow recently changed their website to
    (Within the past… 5 months I believe?) There was a large uproar about it, but… Yeah. It's the same thing basically. Just changed the name and a few features. ^_^

  • Mark

    I invite you to take a look at It's for serious learners but will take you as far as you need to go.

  • nicole

    i know this is so lame but i'll like to ask how do i change my country on so that i can download those japanese podcasts? i did a lot of clicking around but to no avail. thanks in advance!

  • koichi

    You have to do it in iTunes store, not Download iTunes and create an account, it's down at the bottom.

  • Allan

    One efficient tool for learning Japanese can be You can learn Japanese by chatting with native speakers or by paying rated teachers, members of the website, for individual lessons.

  • Allan

    One efficient tool for learning Japanese can be You can learn Japanese by chatting with native speakers or by paying rated teachers, members of the website, for individual lessons.

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  • Speak Japanese

    WOW! So many comments. a great paid resource is
    Screen capture video tutorial lessons -intermediate level

  • casyama

    hi if any one is there to kindly tell me from where i could download minna no nihongo book 1and 2

  • Maria Thereza

    Great tips. I would also suggest practising conversation with native speakers on

    It is a social networking language exchange. You can interact over skype or msn and it is free.

  • Read Japanese

    A great youtube channel for learning to read Japanese is

  • Jenna

    Something happened to the iKnow link: now it leads to something called Do you know if there is another way to get to it?

  • Rob

    Actually, this site looks fantastic in Chrome. It's fast, too :)

    Anyway, the problem with Rikaichan is that many Japanese websites post words I want to know as images which makes the ol' copy-n-paste lookup method (and I'm assuming Rikaichan) much more difficult. I have to rely on dictionaries that allow me to reconstruct the kanji from radicals.

    But thanks for sharing this list! I'm most excited about jGram.

  • Rob

    iKnow is/was an 'application' on The site has undergone a lot of changes and expanded to cover more than just Japanese/English, but the same functionality is there. Poke around and see for yourself.

  • Rob

    Actually, this site looks fantastic in Chrome. It's fast, too :)

    Anyway, the problem with Rikaichan is that many Japanese websites post words I want to know as images which makes the ol' copy-n-paste lookup method (and I'm assuming Rikaichan) much more difficult. I have to rely on dictionaries that allow me to reconstruct the kanji from radicals.

    But thanks for sharing this list! I'm most excited about jGram.

  • Rob

    iKnow is/was an 'application' on The site has undergone a lot of changes and expanded to cover more than just Japanese/English, but the same functionality is there. Poke around and see for yourself.

  • JLPT

    Anyone taking the JLPT in June?

  • Alex

    Someone's probably already mentioned it, but Kotoba! is a iPod touch/iPhone app that uses Jim Breen's dictionary. It's really good and I use it lots c: It's got the Kanji radicals and sorts Kanji into School grades and JLPT levels. Translates into English, French, German and Russian and maybe more? Has a stroke order for some Kanji. And some of the examples translated are really funny.

  • Alex

    Someone's probably already mentioned it, but Kotoba! is a iPod touch/iPhone app that uses Jim Breen's dictionary. It's really good and I use it lots c: It's got the Kanji radicals and sorts Kanji into School grades and JLPT levels. Translates into English, French, German and Russian and maybe more? Has a stroke order for some Kanji. And some of the examples translated are really funny.

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    Great resources! Thanks Koichi

  • TwoBlue

    Great resources! Thanks Koichi

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    Great resources! Thanks Koichi

  • TwoBlue

    Great resources! Thanks Koichi

  • Cristián

    There's a version of Rikaichan for Google Chrome as well – it's called Rikaikun:

  • kostservicesinc

    thats a good article……lucky to be here :)

  • Learning Japanese

    I am also learning Japanese Language, I saw Kim’s Guide to Japanese, it is very nice experience to read this. This is like a textbook.

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  • James.elsey

    Great resources, now just need to find the time to put in :)

    Any chance of a top 10 list for Android apps for learning Japanese?

  • Siew Ying

    I have found a pretty promising Japan website with free Japanese resources. Haven’t had time to really check it out though:

  • 2inshix

    The top 10 list is really awesome, but I also recommend everyone to check out this new online tool (prototype stage) . With this online tool you’ll be able to master your japanese conjugations in an easy and enjoyable way. Do go and check it out!

  • Tim Gough

    Wow, thanks for all the links. I use for vocab. I like its simplicity and how it tracks your progress. I’ve bookmarked some of these other links, though!

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  • joel

    #3: iKnow!
    Isn’t free anymore? Any alternatives?

  • koichi

    Anki is pretty great

  • Piru6

    Thank you! It’s great and I will use a lot of these offers!

  • Gankaide332

    I think should be on there. It is soo nice!

  • Lidiam84

    I really like Byki Express. Ever heard of it… add me on skype/twiter: lidiam84

  • Anonymous

    Learning Japanese for Free HAHA it sounds great
    I don’t have much money ,THANKS..

  • Sushibird

    I can’t believe isn’t mentioned anywhere in this article. A lot of great resources on this list, but renshuu is my favorite of all time. the quizzes, the mastery schedules, the grammar library… a really good and in depth way to study Japanese imho. The page has a paid account option as well, but even the free accounts have lots of possibility.

  • Burtoncooke

    Thanks for the ideas.  Already familiar with a few of them, but  I plan to check out Lang8 and iKnow after reading this.  I’d like to add that a great resource for reading practice is Yahoo’s Chiebukuro site, which is basically the Japanese equivalent of Yahoo Answers.  The problems that people seek advice for on that site are sooo much more interesting than the dreadful readings you find in textbooks.  It’s also a great way to pick up new vocabulary and to see how words that you already know are used in real sentences by real people.

  • belgand

    So it look like iKnow has, after turning into turned BACK into iKnow… and it’s no longer free. Livestation no longer does anything but news and it looks like almost all of what it does is English-language as well.

  • Ahmed Sabry Hegazy

    iKnow! is no longer free ….. -.-

  • Fredetish is the largest free Japanese resource in the world. It has thousands of pages. I have been using it for 14 years.

  • Chandana K. Senaratne

    Thank you very much .This very goog information who are study much .This very goog information who are study Japanese.

    Chandana K. Senaratne Sri Lanka .

  • Jack

    this list sucks and should be removed

  • John Fotheringham

    Your comment sucks and should be removed. Oh wait, I forgot the first rule of safe Interwebbing: Never poke a troll!

    I think it’s a great list, Koichi. There are of course heaps of useful tools available to today’s Japanese learner (which both of us cover in great detail in our respective guides…cough…cough…shameless plug…cough), but with so much out there, paralysis by analysis is all too common a problem these days, and you’ve done a good job narrowing things down.

  • Guest

    Umm . . .does Rikaichan work on japanese games?

  • Sun-Wukong

    You could mention that iKnow only has a free trial…

  • Jaan Mano

    plz visit this website if u really learn Japanese

  • Schoolcoder

    Hundreds of free Japanese quizzes at

  • Hải Bùi Hoàng

    This is a great list but it seems to be quite out dated. You should have your update list posted, for example, compare to, there are more efficient dictionary like or!

  • Hussein Nashrallah

    If you want to learn hiragana and katakana

  • Eric

    IRASSHAI video course not on the list?

    138 FREE video lessons made by the PBS channel from the US state of Georgia (GPB).

    I think it’s a really great resource for beginners.

  • youngnam

    livemocha is extremely good, it helps me a lot, I think it might be
    better than Rosetta stone or at least similar. The features that stand
    out are similar to lang-8 that you can write and speak in japanese, and
    a native japanese person will review and edit it, but its integrated
    within a lesson. You can chat with a person, flashcards, etc. Check it
    out and maybe it can be on the list so the rest of the world can see its

  • Megan Lee

    Another great resource is studying abroad in Japan. It’s not free, but it will help you learn quickly and be really fun.

  • C. Chaya Khan

    Yamasa’s OCJS Online Dictionary is now at
    Could you please update the link? Thanks.

  • Christie Bradley

    This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing :D I had always thought Japanese would be beyond me until I read some of the rules recently and decided I wanted to give it a shot after all, but living in a small rural area means not having access to many books on the subject. These links should be a big help :)

  • Stephanie

    LiveStation seems to just be news, not even in Japanese. That’s sad… Is there anything else similar?

  • Hao

    hi! on your livestation, how did you find the channels? i typed in the search box but everything i typed it kept saying 0 results..

  • ilovejapanese123

    how about , learning from example sentences with human translations. or just to find a translation of a phrase your looking for, if its there it sure beats google translates garble

  • Danielle

    I really like watching J-vlogs on youtube, its so good for listening skills. Reccomended: (kerokerorin) (bobbyJudo) (culturalechangechan) (sharla in japan

  • Kether1985

    Yeah… so that Japanese TV gig… it’s full of Arabic TV stations… couldn’t care less about that crap!