Links to Practice Foreign Languages
Current Languages Offered:
- JAPN 2301 and JAPN 4300 audio on Soundcloud; to listen to other tracks please visit the Language Lab.
- Genki online (Check out the Self-Study Room too!)
- Japanese Language Learning Tools on the Web
- Charles Kelly's Online Japanese Language Study Materials - collection of online materials and quizzes to help study Japanese kana and kanji.
Also with vocabulary lists, Nagoya-ben, Japanese signs, etc...
- Language Express Kana Game - practise your hiragana with this free online game, listen and type in Japanese
- Language guide.org - Roll your mouse over a picture and you will get the word in Kanji and Hiragana
plus the sound file! A great way to revise your vocabulary and expand upon it as well!
- Kidsweb is a good place to start for beginners, includes cultural links
- Gram - Japanese Grammar, helpful in preparing for the JLPT
- The Japanese Page
- Tae Kim’s guide to Learning Japanese
- Japanese Cheat Sheet - condensed, handy, Japanese language reference
- Tofugu - excellent site with links and lists of resources for learning Japanese
- Anki - free application using a spaced repetition system to help you to learn Japanese
more effectively than regular flashcards
- Quizlet - learn Genki vocab, etc. through flashcards, also with audio
- The Japan Times
- Hir@gana Times- digital archives of current affairs articles
- Asahi Shimbun [English version available]. Click on 文字拡大・音声 in the top right hand corner of the Asahi home page to download WebUD for free - WebUDwill
read the text of the Asahi website aloud for you and give furigana for kanji. It will
also work with other compatible Japanese websites.
- Mainichi Shimbun Daily News
- YOL Yomiuri Online [English Version]
- Radio Japan Online - Listen to the news in Japanese
- NHK - Catch up with the latest NHK broadcasts
- Online English / Japanese Dictionary
- Jim Breen's Japanese English Dictionary Server
- Denshi Jisho - similar dictionary to Jim Breen’s but easier to use
- Tagaini Jisho - free downloadable online dictionary with kanji lookup-tool
- Rikai is a Japanese-English web page translator. It also contains Kanji flashcards to help
you practise radicals and their combinations. Recommended by VUW Japanese teachers.
- POPjisyio - POPjisyo is a free web based pop-up dictionary for Japanese,Chinese, Korean, and
other languages. Read foreign language web sites with pop-up hints by moving the mouse
over words you want to look up!
- Japanese Wikipedia - a free encyclopedia that anyone can edit, with a range of articles about almost
- Rikaichan - a browser extension that translates Japanese text as you mouse over it with one
of four languages – English, German, French and Russian. Has word definitions, and
information for kanji e.g. stroke number, radical...
** Links obtained from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand **