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How to Learn Japanese (Online & Free)【日本語の学習法】日英字幕

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0:00 - 2:22 : Explaining what to focus on when learning Japanese. (Open for resource list ↓) [~~FREE RESOURCES~~] 【Language Exchange】 2:23 Skype/in-person contacts: http://www.japan-guide.com/local/?aCAT=3 2:42 Blogging language exchange: http://lang-8.com/ 【Grammar】 3:27 Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese: http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/ 【Kanji & Vocab】 4:12 Downloadable flashcard program: http://ankisrs.net/ 4:34 Visual association (mnemonics): http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/japanese/ 4:52 Quizzes & game-like leveling system: http://japaneseclass.jp/ 【Online Forums for Questions】 3:53 Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/ 【Japanese News】 5:11 For adults: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/ NHK's Japanese lessons: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/lesson/english/index.html For kids (Asahi): http://www.asagaku.com/ For kids (Children's Express): http://www.cenews-japan.org/ For kids (Mainichi): http://mainichi.jp/feature/maisho/ For kids (Yomiuri): http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kyoiku/children/weekly/ 【Dictionary help】 5:36 Rikaikun (Chrome): http://goo.gl/tSfBgB 5:36 Rikaichan (Firefox): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/rikaichan/ http://www.jisho.org http://ejje.weblio.jp/ (in Japanese) 【Smartphone apps】 Imiwa JED Midori Obenkyo Jibbigo Jp [Courtesy of Brian Lovesmba, for iPod Touch: You can also add an iOS international keyboard using the "Settings" app, click on "General", scroll down to "International" and tap on "keyboard".] [~~NOT FREE RESOURCES~~] 【Books】 1:35 Genki I (Listening, Reading, Kanji, Vocab, Grammar): http://goo.gl/BCVBa0 1:35 Genki II (Listening, Reading, Kanji, Vocab, Grammar): http://goo.gl/A4h3nJ 6:04 Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar: http://goo.gl/DktiMB 6:04 Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar: http://goo.gl/qj6MHS 6:32 Beginner's Kanji for Foreign Exchange Students: http://goo.gl/CetYup 6:32 Intermediate Kanji for Foreign Exchange Students: http://goo.gl/uDY6h2 6:32 Advanced Kanji for Foreign Exchange Students: http://goo.gl/WxdGuO 【Websites recommended by others】 JapanesePod101: http://www.japanesepod101.com/ TextFugu: http://www.textfugu.com/ ★ Patreon! http://patreon.com/rachelandjun ★T-shirts & Merch! http://rachelandjun.spreadshirt.com/ 【You can also find us:】 ×Gaming channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RachelandJunGame ×Extra videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/RachelandJunExtra ×Jun's Kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/user/JunsKitchen ×Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/rachelandjun/profile ×Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelAndJun ×Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAndJun ×Instagram: http://instagram.com/rachelandjun ×Our blog: http://rachelandjun.blogspot.com/
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Δ GHOSTsna7 Δ (13 days ago)
I just wanna see anime when they’re recently released and not wait for the dubbed and subbed😂
Mionikoi (24 days ago)
Thank you!
Oo Cat oO (25 days ago)
But don't be drunk kid
Oo Cat oO (25 days ago)
I subscribe
Jenny Alvarez Garcia (30 days ago)
Man, if you are shy... Just get druk Jajajajajaja Love u Rachel
BlackJoe23 (1 month ago)
what ive learned has good video on how we learn languages
Jason Wood (1 month ago)
I'm coming to the end of my 4th month in Japan now and what Rachel says about using English is completely true. Though my reading and vocabulary recognition have improved drastically my speaking and writing are seriously lagging behind. I live on a remote Okinawan island so you'd think it'd be easy to get completely immersed in the language but working as an English teacher rotating between three islands has me working long hours pretty much completely in English not Japanese. When I do get time to myself I'm generally pretty warn out or have other things that I've neglected to do keeping me busy. So I generally don't have the energy to work on speaking and communicating in general because of which most of the friends I've made and got close to speak, at the very least, broken English. On top of all this there aren't any Japanese classes here either so I'm flying solo on that front. For anyone whose learning Kanji and is willing to part with a little money after the first month or so I would recommend wanikani. It's been a godsend for me these past few months. Even when I'm exhausted it takes little effort to review vocab and kanji and the results are definitely worth the price. I can read so much of the everyday stuff I come across just because I recognise the kanji. You don't even have to be able to read them or understand any of the grammar to understand the meaning of a lot of everyday written Japanese.
useless friendo (2 months ago)
where is your link for a resource to get drunk? need to study 😷
Aaron (2 months ago)
Eragophic1 (2 months ago)
Duolingo is free, and has been improving their site a lot, they have many languages besides Japanese as well. They now also have tiny cards, and language stories with the general lessons. As far as I can tell they teach to intermediate and beginner more than advanced, but I could be wrong. But it is an awesome site, I like it far better than Rosetta Stone. Fluent forever is also a good site, you can get free things, but certain features you pay for. My father is in school for teaching English as a second language, and he loves fluent forever.
i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i! i!i! (3 months ago)
A good way to start is spend a few months learning with an online thing, then actually go to japan. It will only take about 3 months to learn enough to effectively get around the place
Ronaldo Brito Roque (3 months ago)
You are the most beautiful woman in the world.
Hạnh Nguyễn (3 months ago)
One more Tip: you should learn all 2200 this monster https://www.reddit.com/r/LearnJapanese/comments/1a126a/all_2200_kanji_from_heisigs_remembering_the_kanji/ first !
Shu Bethune (3 months ago)
To learn Kanji, the best way is watch my channelMy book on it will be published in addition to my 3 books are already on Amazon
rin 凛 sama (3 months ago)
thank you for helping this 13 year old who desperately needs to practice Japanese i am truly grateful ;~;
jem zhang (4 months ago)
Listening by watching anime is a bad idea, period
Grace Hutchens (4 months ago)
I’m here from 2018 I love you! You have inspired me so much.
BgT1990 (4 months ago)
duolingo is p good
shradha smriti (4 months ago)
thanks so much rachel for your helpful words.
The Bear and The Bull (4 months ago)
Get drunk..? Whaaaaaaaaaaat? I sorta cant..... or someone will be in jail.... cuz Im a childdddddddddddddd. Lol.
The Bear and The Bull (4 months ago)
B..but how am I suppose to get to Japan!? I'm a child, who only has $10. T^T Lol.
Jessica Stevens (5 months ago)
An app that I use is called Duolingo. It's been very helpful for learning Japanese and it also can help you learn other languages.
Flor (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot for all the tips and recommendations!
Michael Davis (5 months ago)
Rachel thank you bvery much for your advice . I know Japanese from a language lesson once a year I had in the past two, but I understand it take more than one year to master a language. Why Japanese for me is from my childhood on anime shows for starters. Hearing Japanese from that since then is a way I started understanding the language on my own since then why I finally went to a lesson more recently two years ago. Unfortunately, you can only visit to lesson so many times due to cost and certain times of year when a Japanese teacher is available for a lesson, such as one I had last spring and the spring before that. Fortunately I bought books with proper language from in first year I had a private lesson to continue my study independently. So reading and writing Japanese for me now is no different from hearing it for me now it in order speak when in Japanese company that's more challenging for most who don't know the language on my end where I'm little different with basic understand of the three language types in Japanese, but I'm still not N5 style level yet. Thank you very much for advice how can I improve my current language level off work. 自分を大事にして下さい。:)
Krista Davis (5 months ago)
I want to learn Japanese to get to know the culture better.
TJ (5 months ago)
I’m finally learning Japanese. I’ve been too scared to for years and years.
princessthyemis (6 months ago)
This is so cool, a great place to start thank you!!
In high school, we used a video program called Irasshai. It's on georgia public broadcasting online. If you google Irasshai, the first link should read something like gpb. org It was so much fun! We would do one day of video and two days of group practice and book work. Depending on how well we spoke and learned, we would move on and recap every few chapters. After two years of it, my friends and I were able to have small conversations. I made a friend because of this. My friend got me a book called Kanji and Kana. It's an accumulative learning book that teaches you of the writing styles from easiest to most difficult. All of this was a good starting point :) I love the drinking advice. I'm learning Spanish because my family speaks it. I once got drunk enough that I spoke so much Spanish to my sister out of the blue. I hardly remember, but she said I spoke it well with just a few errors. Now to practice while sober.... xD Happy studies! 頑張ってください.
Red Cr0w (6 months ago)
An app that my family and I use to learn new languages is Duolingo. The trick is to do it EVERY DAY before bed. Do your language learning before you go to bed and your brain will go over those activities during NREM sleep.
Homestuck Asmr (6 months ago)
I've been using duolingo. Its a free app and allows me to learn at work. I think I'm gonna get more serious and buy textbooks. I really want to go to Japan
Sasanka Singhabahu (6 months ago)
Thank you , Rachel 🐈❤🐈
Kioriin (6 months ago)
I wonder why ppl say kanji is hard or smth like that.
BlueBubbles (6 months ago)
I have been using jisho.org? Is this a good website to learn from?
Yu Ting (7 months ago)
arigatouuuuu u helped me find the websites that im looking for :")
shashakeeleh (7 months ago)
I do much better in languages by listening and repeating, with grammar explained, start with recording, then, to internet talk. To read it just isn't the same. Can anyone make recommendations? Reading Japanese is not a good start for me. Audio is better, then, read. Thank you!
Little Fox (7 months ago)
Is there another site to use some of the sites you suggested were taken down
Boorno (7 months ago)
What is this scam, "online & free", while internet is not free.
Hidden Artist (7 months ago)
I've been using Duolingo for Japanese (and Korean) and it helps! Not sure if it's the best tool but it may help.
Eric Maffettone (7 months ago)
Thank you for the encouragement.
Naomi Joy (7 months ago)
Japan guide doesn’t work any more;(
Naomi Joy (7 months ago)
Use the app jisho or website for a dictionary
Naomi Joy (7 months ago)
Johann Bach (7 months ago)
I use Japanese 101 with Frank my tutor
Johann Bach (7 months ago)
My cousin is 6 and helped a 48 year old man learn English and he learned some Japanese XD
Mamang Fuad (7 months ago)
I like a last minnute :D thanks for that line.
Alondra Guzman (7 months ago)
Ohhh so you're Rachel ~
kiskisbella (7 months ago)
In high school while studying Japanese, my class would use a dictionary online called Jishou, it was really helpful for our written assignments!
Emperor's Gopnik (7 months ago)
I only know " Omae Owa Mou Shindeiru" xD
TheDragonOtaku (7 months ago)
3:16 *when you're a minor*
なの なの (8 months ago)
Stephanie Lukawski (8 months ago)
The Beginner's Kanji for Foreign Exchange Students is all sold out it looks like =( Does anyone have any other book suggestions that would be just as good? Thank you!
wanpanbro (8 months ago)
Remembering the Kanji by James Heisig
Sun Day (8 months ago)
i dont talk at all when im drunk cause that is when my guard is mostly up, beat me up instead that might work
Amaya T (8 months ago)
MY friend is Japanese and speaks it fluently, but I feel like she sees me as just a weab trying to be something I'm not. I'm way too self conscious to ask her to help me...
Mystic Lysandre (8 months ago)
Im going to need to write because im going to live in Japan
クリス (8 months ago)
I have a few Japanese friends who knows very little English but can somewhat talk and understand English. So am very shy talking to Japanese people in Japanese using google translate so getting drunk really helps me to be more comfortable speaking Japanese using google translate haha it legit helps haha
Candy Gobbler (8 months ago)
“Imiwa?” Is a good dictionary on smartphones
/AroZ/ KaK (8 months ago)
So all the english that i learn was through yt videos so if i do that with Japanese i think it might work
TheJapanGuy (9 months ago)
I'm sure you have some updated resources, by now. But so many of the study tools on your list are really solid. Thanks for sharing! I came here knowing absolutely nothing and I remember Genki being the textbook that got me started. I kind feel like I've been in this messy middle plateau for years, because acquiring more of the language wasn't really a priority, but I have the chance to change that now. Great stuff, Rachel! Donnie https://bit.ly/2vZrmQ0
Black Butterfly (9 months ago)
本当にありがとうございました ❣
Alex Lemen (9 months ago)
Text and type them
Sébastien Fortin (9 months ago)
Oh and I also use the app Yomiwa. There’s a dictionary, you can trace kanji, and there’s a function where you take a picture of a text and it helps you to find the meaning of it.
Sébastien Fortin (9 months ago)
I use the book “Minna no nihongo” second edition in Japanese and what I do is writing everything in a separate notebook, answering the questions and then translate it in my mother language which is French. It helps me learning so much! Writing everything down in my notebook helps me remember much more than just reading.
luna fox (9 months ago)
I use lingodeer to study japanese, it gives you a lessons to practice. i turn of the romaji function so i can get used to read hiragana and katakana :D
Japan-Guide website is out of service... And here I was all excited about learning the language. Does anyone know of any website similar that one?
Tokki (9 months ago)
Im going to japan and staying there for 3 days cuz a begged my dad
NICE POMS (9 months ago)
Thank you Rachel
Mika Lei (9 months ago)
5:07 the way you pronounced hirigana really threw me for a loop there I’ve never heard it like that before
Dejan Jankov (9 months ago)
hey ,if anyone else wants to uncover learn to speak japanese try Sovallo Amazing Japanese Fixer (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my buddy got cool results with it.
Anime Otaku (9 months ago)
um the thing is i already know how to read japanese but i have no idea what it means :v i dont know what i should do....i only know meaning of a few words....
Raphael ペレズ (9 months ago)
WOW!! this is great information. Thanks I will be using these tools to learn my Japanese. This would really help a lot in build a youtube channel in Japanese. Anyways thanks again for the info Rachel :)
Spacey Skeleton (9 months ago)
Oh cheese... Well gotta break out the mons and learn how to focus- then learn Japanese
Ultra Blade (10 months ago)
sakura san (10 months ago)
Very good :)
Douglass Malone-O'Meally (10 months ago)
Midori is pretty much the only app I use at this point. Also StickyStudy sometimes, and I refer to the Kanjidamage mobile site a lot.
Zanium (10 months ago)
CUTE !!!!
Ferro An fluid (10 months ago)
My name is Kenji wow
Bubbly ASMR (10 months ago)
Do I have to learn kanji?
spirit lord ace (10 months ago)
all i know before this video: konichiwa watashi no ace desu = hello my name is ace
P'Pen Mu'Dera' (10 months ago)
This made me realize how hard it is to be fluent in Dutch and English and learn French, German, Latin, Ancient Greek and Japanese at the same time... Ooh boi
sakura san (10 months ago)
Please make more learning Japanese videos:) How did you figure out about a denshi jisho? What were the best and worse learning Japanese resource investments?
Blu (10 months ago)
im going to japan and study there the whole highschool and i dont even know how to talk nihongo so this is actuallya nice vids from one of my fav channel
Lena Ackerman (11 months ago)
Is it also okay to learn Japanese using duolingo?
Kotowaza-Sensei 諺先生 (11 months ago)
Zichi Hammertail (11 months ago)
I've been using the Memrise app for daily 5 minute lessons for about a month now, as well as watching a channel called Learn Japanese Free. They have real Japanese people teaching you some common phrases, kanji, etc.. As well as a live video streaming almost 24/7 going over past videos if you want to view some things quicker. They also have a website called JapaanesePod101 for even more lessons.
Chad Mangum (11 months ago)
I have yet to find a good basic Japanese vocabulary deck for Anki :(. Most have lots of phrases and are intimidating for beginners.
Logan McConnell (1 year ago)
So the person to person option is no longer a thing and I would learn much better by talking to a local any other sugestion
michael scott (1 year ago)
I cant get Drunk I'm 15
Heta GamerGal (1 year ago)
Um what about people that learn through image or speaking
fell in love (1 year ago)
"You should be able to learn Hiragana and Katakana within two days" I SPENT TWO MONTHS LEARNING THEM.
akiyoshidai1231 (1 year ago)
I can speak 5 languages and the trick of 1 or 2 beers before speaking is just great!
Roseate Williams (1 year ago)
I cant go to Japan but I have crunchyroll
Roseate Williams (1 year ago)
I cant go to Japan but I have crunchyroll
Gummy Bears 123 (1 year ago)
Is it okay that I'm only 10 and trying to learn? 🤔
Pani D (3 months ago)
Gummy Bears 123 The sooner the better
Candy Gobbler (8 months ago)
Haley Fahey yes it’s ok
Xavier Stephenson (1 year ago)
People make a big deal about learning a new language but you managed to learn English at 2
Nina Calder (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this post!!! 🙏
Michael Santa Maria (1 year ago)
Almain Mohammed (1 year ago)
One of the reasons foreigner to Japan attempt or learn Japanese and that is ANIME
Tron Cat (1 year ago)
Hiragana and Katakana took me a week to feel fully comfortable.
DefenderOfJustice7OH7 (1 year ago)
I have an app on my tablet called Tako's Japanese that's helped me a lot♡ but you have to pay for it
T.Haruto (1 year ago)
I am a native and fluent in Japanese. I can also speak English. Im looking for someone to teach me spanish. Thanks

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