Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nihongo de Utaimashou! (Let's Sing in Japanese!)

Site with links to childrens' songs in Japanese, very enjoyable.

Songs by Japanese level, including description of grammar used in each song:

Perhaps more interesting to some of us:
Japanese vocabulary and grammar explanations in Japanese Anime Music Lyrics:
This has great well-prepared lessons, written by a Japanese language teacher:

If you find other such sites, please post a comment below. Thanks!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Studying Kanji Using Paper Flashcards - Grouped by JLPT Level, with Stroke Order

Printout these Kanji flashcards from
on both sides paper. These are grouped by JLPT level, and includes stroke orders.

Study them and group according to mastery.
Study the un-mastered pile more often.

Free Kanji list download.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

More Software and Audio Study Resources

For Android and iPhone, a lot of Nihongo learning apps are available.
Meanwhile, for Windows Phone, here are some free apps as posted in this blog
by the creator of NihongoUp, that great Nihongo learning app for the iPhone, Android,
desktop, and Windows Phone.

  • Tango Master
  • Eng-Jap Dictionary
  • NihongoUp
Update: For Windows CE mobile phones, here's a dictionary that you can use - .cab installer (but haven't tried):

Look for other Windows and Linux Japanese software at Jim Breen's Japanese page:

This dictionary might work too on Windows CE:
    Next, for more advanced learners, these podcasts on may help. 
    The link leads to a top ten list of Japanese cheat sheets - numbers, etc, for aiding memorization.
    Also, last in the list is TaeKim's guide to Japanese grammar.

    This grammar guide (TaeKim's) is highly recommended.
    You may download the pdf version, however, be warned that there are
    a lot of Kanji without any furigana. Better to start with the html version since the tooltip
    contains the hiragana readings.

    NHK also has 50 10-minute Japanese lessons here.
    The vocabulary introduced is perfect for JLPT N5 and N4.

      Sunday, September 11, 2011

      Useful Stuff for JLPT N5 mostly - some songs and games (Learning Japanese the Easy Way)

      1. First, date and time practice:
        1. 今日は2011年9月_日です。時刻は12時です。今日は火曜日です。天気は曇りです。明日は水曜日です。皆さんは_人です。
      2. Quiz - verb meanings and adjective antonyms
      3. Cheat sheets - get them here (very good summary of verb conjugation) here and here
      4. Memorization tips - use of spaced repetition
      5. Some (slightly) fun stuff
        1. Play this game to learn common Japanese expressions like "sugoi!" or "hontou?"
        2. Memorize counters for people with this song video
        3. A talking calendar
        4. If you haven't memorized telling time (one o clock, two o clock) try this basic game
      6. Kanji 、かんじ、漢字。 (to the tune of Quando, Quando, Quando)
        1. People-related kanji video:
          1. 人 - hito - Person
            男 - otoko - Man
            女 - onna - Woman
            親 - oya - Parent
            子 - ko - Child
            父 - chichi - Father
            母 - haha - Mother
            友 - tomo - friend
        2. Ikura desu ka ビデオ (Jyuu 十 (10) 、hyaku 百 (100) 、sen 千 (1000) 、man 万 (10,000), En 円)
        3. Kanji sudoku - play sudoku using Kanji numbers -great way to memorize numbers. I used the one by PhonPhun before (J2ME game)
        4. Why study Kanji? Aside from being needed for JLPT, let's see why kanji is necessary
        5. Use Kanji worksheets just to get a feel for it and recognize the Kanji 
          1. very cute worksheets (10 characters only)
          2. to create your own selection, you may use renshuu (sample worksheets)
          3. these are more complete - with readings and English meanings  
          4. and this too
        6. Wallpaper! Lastly, take advantage of passive learning - now that you've memorized hiragana, take down your hiragana wallpaper and replace it with a kanji wallpaper such as this (100 kanji) or better yet this one with pictures of the meaning (80 kanji)
        7. Create your Kanji story. The page above (with pictures) made use of all the 80 Kanji in a story. and is selling the pdf for 10 dollars. You may also create your own story/ies that uses all the Kanji and grammar points... Typewritten is ok too! It's easier to read.
      しゅくだい (火曜日、水曜日、木曜日)
      • Go through all of the100 Kanji's English meanings (using renshuu or some other way)
      • see the uses of the Kanji in actual words - signup for (Level N5 is totally FREE!)

      Saturday, September 10, 2011

      JLPT N5 Coverage: Vocabulary, Introduction to Kanji, Hiragana Story

      Today's lesson will test mastery of hiragana and basic vocabulary for JLPT N5 (review for N4)
      1. Quiz (20 minutes): 
        1. Write down your name in katakana
        2. Write down the hiragana and choose the meaning of the following words:
            1. aoi
            2. akai
            3. chotto
            4. onna
            5. otoko
            6. denwa
            7. densha
            8. denki
            9. ashita
            10. kyou
            11. kurai
            12. kuroi
            13. akarui
            14. karai
            15. hai
            16. iie
            17. ikura desu ka?
            18. itsumo
            19. koucha
            20. dochira
            21. dore
        3. translate the following to English: 「田中さんはせがたかいです。」
        4. what is your username?
      2. Japanese podcasts for JLPT from Japanesepod101 - get them here or search for: JLPT Level 4 Last Minute Prep Course. Total 6 courses, all important and useful JLPT tips to listen to in English and in Nihongo. For the lesson guides in pdf, you may have to signup (read: pay) here
      3. Quick Grammar lesson: 
        1. use of に、をand で - click here to read

      宿題(しゅくだい) Assignment - try it!
      • memorize more vocabulary
        • family members
        • colors 
        • verbs
        • adjectives 
        • counting for objects
        • counting for people
        • telling time
        • telling dates
      • read on verbs and opposite adjectives (antonyms) - you'll see some of this in JLPT
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