Useful Websites to Learn Japanese

We will introduce useful websites to learn Japanese language and varieties of Japanese language proficiency tests to check your Japanese level.

Useful Websites for Learning

JF Japanese e-Learning Minato (Reference: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

https://minato-jf.jp/Home/Index

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and grammar.  Japanese manga, also learn about Japanese culture, such as tea ceremony and calligraphy.

 

★How to learn?

By e-learning (User registration required)

 

Irodori Japanese Online Course (Provider: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

https://www.irodori-online.jpf.go.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn basic Japanese for living and working in Japan.  This is a learning tool for improving things you can say in various situations using Japanese.

 

★How to learn?

By e-learning (User registration required)

 

Connect and Enhance Your Life in Japanese (Provider: Agency for Cultural Affairs Japanese Language Division)

https://tsunagarujp.bunka.go.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

This website specializes in the everyday situations foreign nationals have living in Japan.  It introduces phrases that are often used in various situations, such as greeting, asking for directions, going to the supermarket, going to the hospital, looking for a new place to move to, and so on.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

 

Marugoto Online Course (Provider: The Japan Foundation)

https://www.marugoto-online.jp/info/jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn Japanese that you can actually use in various situations in your daily life.  The goal of the beginner level is to be able to talk about your hobbies and favorite things, and the goal of the intermediate level is to be able to talk about yourself with longer sentences.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

 

“MARUGOTO Plus” (Provider: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

https://marugotoweb.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Users can learn about Japanese language and culture from the section “MARUGOTO: Japanese Language and Culture”.

★How to learn?

By watching videos and voices of Japanese people, you learn about daily life, culture, and society in Japan.

 

Hirogaru, get more of Japan and Japanese (Provider: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

https://hirogaru-nihongo.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

There are many videos and articles over 12 topics such as “anime/manga”, “cafes/tea”, “outdoors”, “temples/shrines” and so on. Learn various things about Japan and the Japanese language through your own interests and enjoyment.

 

★How to learn?

Read articles and watch videos on topics that interest you.  You can also take comprehension quizzes and post comments.

 

NEWやさしい日本語 Easy Japanese Conversation Lessons (NHK)

https://www.nhk.or.jp/lesson/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn Japanese in a fun way using simple words that are often used in everyday life.  The story is about Tam, an international student from Vietnam, living in a share house, learning Japanese while interacting with various people, and chasing her dreams.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

 

Learn Japanese (NHK)

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/learnjapanese/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn Japanese that is used in various situations by watching videos.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

 

Life in Japan – 13 various situations in daily life (Provider: Association for Japanese-Language Teaching)

https://www.ajalt.org/seikatsu/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Introduces Japanese which is frequently used in each scene of daily life on videos.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

 

Japanese in Anime & Manga (Provider: The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai)

https://anime-manga.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

You can learn Japanese used in anime and manga.

 

★How to learn?

By read manga and having fun learning through quizzes and games.

 

Erin’s Challenge!  I Can Speak Japanese. (Provider: The Japan Foundation)

https://www.erin.jpf.go.jp/

 

★What kind of website is it?

Learn Japanese by watching a drama about a high school student Erin adjusting to life in Japan.  Learn Japanese expressions used in various situations such as school life, daily life, and conversations with friends.

 

★How to learn?

By watching videos.

Japanese language proficiency tests

Evaluate your Japanese level by taking the tests.

JLPT Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (Provider: The Japan Foundation)

https://www.jlpt.jp/

This test is intended to measure and certify Japanese language proficiency.

 

JFT-Basic (Provider: The Japan Foundation)

https://www.jpf.go.jp/jft-basic/

The test is to assess whether they have the Japanese language proficiency to be able to engage in everyday conversation and handle daily life without difficulties.

 

BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test (The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation)

https://www.kanken.or.jp/bjt/

This test aims to measure the Japanese communication skills required in everyday business situations.

 

J.TEST – Test of Practical Japanese (Nihongo Kentei Kyokai)

https://j-test.jp/

This test is intended to evaluate Japanese language proficiency.

 

Tsukuba Test – Battery of Japanese TTBJ (University of Tsukuba Center for Distance Learning of Japanese and Japanese Issues)

https://ttbj.cegloc.tsukuba.ac.jp

This is a free online Japanese language proficiency test.

 

Check Your Japanese Level! (Agency for Cultural Affairs)

https://www.nihongo-check.bunka.go.jp/

Check Your Japanese Level! is a tool that allows you to check your Japanese proficiency.