STUDY RESOURCES

  • Listening

    • ATLJapanese Immersive Audio Environment Files - Ten hours of short audio files for listening practice. Sources include podcasts, vlogs, anime, dorama, audiobooks, documentaries, and Genki listening exercises. Two levels of difficulty to choose from.

    • Animelon - Watch anime with kanji, kana, romaji, and/or english subtitles You can also load the dialogue transcript for the entire episode and define and export unknown vocab. (May be down)

      • Check out alternative, DaiWeeb

      • If that’s down there is a third site here.

    • AQ Stream - Watch multiple Japanese television channels live as well as video feed from Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower.

    • SuperNative - Fun listening skills training app that quizzes you using short clips from dorama and anime.

    • Bilingual News - Podcast hosted by an English native and a Japanese native.

    • Spotify Playlists

      • 日本の音楽 - ATLJapanese playlist. Spans many genres. Mostly lyrical and great for listening practice. Some music is instrumental or by Western artists about Japan.

      • 元気 - Student collaborative playlist. Feel free to join other ATLJapanese students and share Japanese music you’ve discovered.

  • Reading

    • Bilingual Manga - Read manga and easily switch between Japanese and English.

    • Watanoshii - Collection of short articles sorted by difficulty (N5-N3). Also includes audio and word definitions.

    • NHK Easy News - Daily news stories written for ~N3-N2 level of kanji and vocab knowledge.

    • Kitsunekko - Massive index of Japanese language subtitles for anime and movies. Does not contain said movies.

    • ATLJapanese Dual Subtitles (Simultaneous English and Japanese)

      • Tonari no totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) - Simply play your video file, and then drag and drop the subtitle file (.ass) into your player. Try to cover up the English by draping a piece of paper over your computer.

  • Grammar

    • Dictionary of Japanese Grammar - Online version of the excellent three volume series of grammar books, containing explanations and example sentences. Ctrl+F to search for your grammar point.

    • Maggie Sensei - Very in depth searchable grammar explanations often taught in a humorous way.

    • Tae Kim’s Grammar Guide - The standard index for non-textbook Japanese learners.

  • kanji

    • Remember the Kanji - PDF version of the fourth edition of James Heisig’s Remember the Kanji. Useful for looking up explanations for the primitives.

  • Kana

    • Hiragana Study Guide - Tofugu’s guide with info, pronunciations, mnemonics, and more

    • Katakana Study Guide - Same as above for katakana

    • Real Kana - Great website to randomly test your knowledge of all kana. You can study kana by column or all at once.

  • Community

    • r/LearnJapanese - The largest Japanese learning community on the internet.

    • Lang-8 - Write Japanese journal entries online and have them corrected by multiple native speakers.

    • italki - For a small fee, have a practice conversation session with a native speaker over Skype.

    • Discord - A master list of foreign language learning Discord servers. Search on the page for Japanese related servers.

    • Hello Talk - App for making Japanese-native friends to talk and text with.

  • Learning tools

    • Rikai - plugin for Chrome that shows a dictionary entry for words you hover over. Also available for Safari and Firefox.

    • Anki - Powerful flashcard program that utilizes spaced-repetition.

    • Japanese Keyboard Install Guide - Includes Mac, PC, iPhone, & Android.

    • Subs2srs - Amazing tool for automatically converting subtitle files into Anki flashcards.

    • JA-JA Dictionaries

    • JA-EN Dictionaries

      • Jisho.org - The one and only. Incredibly useful and versatile.

      • Imiwa - The best available dictionary for Apple devices.

      • Aedict - The best available dictionary for Android devices.

      • Slang Dictionary

    MISCELLANEOUS Resources

    • Japanese Native Materials Difficulty Guides

      • Japanese Level Up - Community-sourced difficulty ratings for anime, manga, dorama, books, video games, and visual novels.

      • Wakarukana - Includes sample excerpts to test how difficulty a piece of media will be for you. Remember that if you are trying to learn new vocab/grammar the media should be slightly above your level.

      • Visual Novel Difficulty Guide

    • JLPT Practice Tests - Contain tests, answers, practice test form, listening files, and listening scripts for all levels.

    • Vocabulary Size Test - Fun but take with a grain of salt.

    • Matt vs Japan - Excellent Youtube channel with videos discussing many aspects of Japanese language study and how to implement more efficient study techniques.

TRAVEL RESOURCES

  • GUIDE MAPS

    • ATLJapanese Tokyo Guide Map - Contains all my suggestions on food, shopping, etc, as well as interesting secret spots and easily accessible rooftops for great photo ops.

    • Reddit's Tokyo Guide Map - A map created by the online forum Reddit, containing many sights, points of interest, etc.

FLASHCARD DECKS

  • ATLJapanese New Student - Contains ATLJapanese Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, & Vocab decks. See below for descriptions.

  • ATLJapanese Kanji Deck - 2200 Kanji cards customized for use by ATLJapanese students in the Heisig order.

  • ATLJapanese 1000 Most Common Kanji - Heisig order

  • ATLJapanese Extra Jouyou - The next 1200 in the Heisig order

  • ATLJapanese Genki Vocab - All Genki I and II vocab, customized for ATLJapanese students learning Kanji through the Heisig method.

  • Core10K Sentence Mining Deck - The 10,000 most common words in Japanese. Each has a sentence for context including audio and translation. There is also a field for inputting your own sentences.

  • Core 30K - Anki deck with 30,000 words to use an index for sentence mining. Contains a huge amount of info for each word, including a sentence with audio, sentence word definitions, furigana, further example sentences, word frequency, and a plethora of indexes.