Resources for learning Japanese

Easy Japanese


This is a free downloadable textbook complete with mp3s for each lesson. While I haven’t tried this one myself I have heard good reviews for others and it seems like a solid introduction to Japanese. They have vocabulary quizzes for each chapter too!

Colloquial Japanese


Download all the audio from the Colloquial Japanese series for free here


Japanesepod 101


I used their podcasts for learning Japanese and found them very useful although I didn’t use the rest of the website so much. If you sign up through itunes you can get their free podcasts every week so you can test them out before deciding if you would like to pay for a subscription or not. You can also see some resources on their Youtube channel

Variety of Japanese radio stations

Simplified NHK news – News in Japanese, made available with furigana (hiragana pronunciation of kanji written above them). This is really useful for learners of Japanese as it means you can read the news and learn new vocabulary without spending a long time looking up unfamiliar kanji (Chinese characters).