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  5. Ling Q
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Best Japanese Lessons

As one of the 10 most spoken languages in the world, Japanese is a popular language for students of all ages. With more than 125 million people worldwide who use it on a daily basis, the opportunities for using Japanese are numerous, from business owners who are looking for a new partner in trade to middle schoolers who want to understand their favorite anime TV show without English subtitles.

Whether the only Japanese you know is "domo arigato" from Styx's classic 80's song, or you've got a basic grasp of conversational Japanese and want to take your skills to the next level, there are a number of programs that will allow you to learn the language from the comfort of your own home, car, or other location - without having to fit traditional classroom-based lessons into an already busy schedule.

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Japanese Lessons Reviews

5 stars
Rocket Languages

ROCKET Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

Rocket Language's comprehensive approach to learning Japanese includes nearly 400 hours of lesson time across three levels of instruction, taking students from beginner to advanced levels. Because of its excellent track record of happy students and unparalleled customer satisfaction guarantee, Rocket Language's Japanese lessons earn our top ranking. Read More... Visit

4.5 stars
Transparent Language


Transparent Language offers three basic methods for learning Japanese: an audio course and an online subscription for adults, and a KidSpeak desktop app for Windows computers. If you're an independent learner who wants flexibility in moving from one lesson topic to another, without needing to be motivated by mastery requirements, Transparent Language's Japanese programs may be a good fit. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Rosetta Stone


Rosetta Stone has the market cornered when it comes to name recognition - their foreign language programs are some of the best-known in the world, especially for business people hoping to add to their repertoire. Recent changes in pricing make all of their products more affordable for a wider range of students. Read More... Visit

4 stars
Living Language


Living Language uses all of today's modern tools - tablets, MP3 players, and so on - to put Japanese language lessons at arm's reach. They also have print and audio instruction for students who prefer a more traditional approach, and their Japanese Platinum package includes the best of both worlds.
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2.5 stars


If you like to learn by listening, Pimsleur was made for students like you. Their Japanese lessons focus almost exclusively on audio files that teach you how to speak Japanese by listening to and repeating conversations. Unfortunately, the extremely high pricing of Pimsleur's program puts it out of reach for most customers, without delivering results that are significantly better than other, more economical programs in our review.
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2 stars
Ling Q


Pronounced "link", LingQ offers language instruction using real Japanese texts and native speaker "helpers", who create lessons and help students sound more natural. LingQ's point system for making those connections is confusing and makes it difficult to know how much it costs to learn Japanese using their program. The lessons available feel scattered and random, and might be challenging for new students to navigate. Read More... Visit

1 star
Strokes International


Strokes International's Japanese lessons target levels A1, A2, and B2 of the European Framework for Languages. However, errors on the website combined with virtually no positive reviews for Easy Learning programs in other languages land Strokes International in the lowest position among all of the Japanese language programs in our review.
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When choosing a Japanese language program, you should explore what each system and method has to offer and whether or not it will help you reach your goals. Some Japanese lessons focus solely on conversational ability, using audio lessons to teach, while others use a variety of ways to teach reading and writing in addition to speaking the language.

Of particular interest with respect to Japanese is the written language. You'll want to determine if reading and writing is a priority, as not all programs include this aspect of language learning in their lessons. There are three basic scripts used in written Japanese:

  • Kanji, which are symbolic and derived from Chinese (several thousand characters)
  • Hiragana, a phonetic alphabet primarily used for grammatical elements such as particles and noun suffixes (46 characters)
  • Katakana, another phonetic alphabet with more angular letter shapes, used for emphasis and for foreign words (46 characters)

As you can see, written Japanese is considerably more complex than English and other languages based on the more familiar Roman alphabet (such as Spanish, French, and German), so it's important to know how each program addresses the written component of Japanese if you'll need to be able to read and write it yourself.

In general, there are several things to consider when choosing a program for your Japanese lessons. These include:

  • Instructional Methods. Do you learn best by hearing, seeing, or a combination of both? Does the program use a style that is a good match? If offered, did the free trial leave you feeling fantastic or frustrated?
  • Skill Level. Can you reach advanced levels of Japanese with this program, or is it limited just to beginning instruction? Will you need to purchase more levels in the future, or is it all-inclusive?
  • Value. Does the program work? Is it worth the investment of your time and money? has reviewed and ranked the best Japanese Lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you to move quickly beyond "konnichiwa" and "sayonara" and towards a comfortable fluency level in the Japanese language!

Lessons From How Western Intelligence Tracked Imperial Japan's Aviation Technology

Pyke concludes that the Western appreciation of Japan's industrial weakness was accurate and consequential, but that analysis of the tactical effectiveness of Japanese aircraft and aviators was lethally wrong. The story has some clear lessons for how the ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:44:00 GMT

The Ultimate Guide to Major Japanese Dialects

But there are several other Japanese dialects to learn, each with many subsections. If you're planning a trip to Japan soon, don't get caught unprepared! Here are some of the major Japanese dialects you can expect to encounter. Soon after Japan opened ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Let's Sing! 6 Great Songs to Learn Japanese with Music

Now, can you still remember some of the songs you heard on that show How about the pop tunes you obsessed over as a teenager Still got the choruses stuck in your head It's no secret that music is a major memory booster. The rhythms, rhymes and ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:02:00 GMT

Learn Nikkei, the Japanese-Inflected Peruvian Cuisine

Sometimes, fusion cuisine is the product of a chef's imagination. Other times, it's the result of cultures merging their cooking techniques. The latter is how Peruvian nikkei cuisine was born: Japanese workers came to Peru to build railroads in the ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:45:00 GMT

Lessons we learned after Pearl Harbor and 9/11

Intense collective fear and anger led to the internment and more general persecution of Japanese-Americans on much of the West Coast of the U.S. Racial hatred characterized brutal Pacific combat in the war on both sides. Internment was contrary to Presiden ...

Published:  Sat, 16 Sep 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Midland teens recount 'sister city' exchange experience in Japan

"You get to feed pretty much most of the animals," she said. Among the many other activities she experienced during her trip were a traditional Japanese dance lesson, making origami, taking a calligraphy lesson and attending a baseball game. White's ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:22:00 GMT

LA's Little Tokyo Gets Spooky with Inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo

Learn of the legendary Little Tokyo ghost tales and the city's history in the Little Tokyo haunted walking tours, or test your fears watching classic Japanese horror flicks including the 2002 supernatural film "Ju-on: The Grudge." Dress your best on ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:41:00 GMT

Japanese Candlestick Patterns In Forex Trading

A Brief History of Japanese Candlestick Charting Patterns. Candlestick charts originated in Japan during the 18th century. Since no defined currency standard existed in Japan during this time rice represented a medium of exchange. Various feudal lords ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:24:00 GMT

Gold Coast couple offer lessons in traditional Japanese awa odori dancing

DAVID Cowland-Cooper is not rehearsing for the next instalment of martial arts classic Karate Kid. The 38-year-old Upper Coomera man and his wife, Masumi, say they are the only two in Queensland who perform the traditional Japanese dance awa odori.

Published:  Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:28:00 GMT

Learn the Japanese way of sculpting candies, pick up origami bookmarks at a fest

In a YouTube video, 27-year-old Tokyo-based artist Shinri Tezuka is seen engrossed in Amezaiku, the now rare Japanese art of sculpting candy that dates back to the 1600s, when they were used as offerings at temples in Kyoto. Using scissors and tweezers ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Sep 2017 03:01:00 GMT

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