「Learn Japanese」 Need-to-Know Vocabulary to Watch Attack on Titan #17 without Subtitles!

Take part in our #WatchAnimeWithoutSubtitles challenge by memorizing the standout vocabulary terms we’ve personally dissected from the full episode of an anime series and assembled here! After you feel like you’ve committed the words to memory, watch (or re-watch) the given episode and test your knowledge by seeing if you can pinpoint the words when they’re said and can understand how they’re being used! We’ve even included the actual sentences from the episode in which they’re used! 頑張ろう!

Vocabulary List:
索敵 (さくてき/sakuteki) - ‘searching for the enemy’
陣形 (じんけい/jinkei) - 'battle formation, military formation’
右翼 (うよく/uyoku) - 'right-wing (politics), extreme right-wing group, right wing (bird, plane, etc.), right field, right flank, right wing, right fielder, high rank, high grade, A-student’
陣営 (じんえい/jin'ei) - 'camp (group of same ideological beliefs), faction (of political party), military camp, encampment, cantonment’
後方 (こうほう/kouhou) - 'behind, in the rear, in back’
長距離 (ちょうきょり/choukyori) - 'long distance, long haul’
前方 (ぜんぽう/zenpou) - 'forward, frontward, rectangular front’
援護 (えんご/engo) - 'covering, protection, backing, relief’
接近 (せっきん/sekkin) - 'getting closer, drawing nearer, approaching, being not much different, being near (age, skill, etc.), becoming close (i.e. friendly), becoming intimate’
認識 (にんしき/ninshiki) - 'recognition, cognizance, cognisance, knowledge, realization, realisation, awareness, perception’
撤退 (てったい/tettai) - 'evacuation, withdrawal, revocation, repeal, retreat’
企画 (きかく/kikaku) - 'planning, project, plan, design’
全滅 (ぜんめつ/zenmetsu) - 'annihilation, total destruction, complete destruction, crushing defeat’
展開 (てんかい/tenkai) - 'development, evolution, progressing, unfolding, expansion, spreading out, extending, deployment, building up, expansion’
壊滅 (かいめつ/kaimetsu) - 'destruction, annihilation, devastation, catastrophe’
知性 (ちせい/chisei) - 'intelligence’
予測 (よそく/yosoku) - 'prediction, estimation’
伝達 (でんたつ/dentatsu) - 'transmission (e.g. news, chemical signals, electricity), communication, delivery, conveyance, transfer, relay, propagation, conduction’
班長 (はんちょう/hanchou) - 'squad leader, honcho, team leader, group leader’
発見 (はっけん/hakken) - 'discovery, detection, finding’


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Guide to Self-Studying Japanese

A large proportion of Japanese learners self-study. Finding places to learn Japanese in a classroom environment can be difficult and expensive. Here’s a guide on how you can learn Japanese for free and from the comfort of your sofa.

When learning Japanese, the most important step is to learn Hiragana and Katakana, the writing alphabets of Japanese.

The best way I’ve found to do that is to make flashcards. Make sure you practice writing as well as recognizing them, this will not only be a great skill to have but will also reinforce the shapes in your mind.


[Hiragana 42], the best guide I’ve found to learn the Hiragana (in a day!)
[Hiranana and Katakana Quiz Site]
[Kana Invaders Game]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kana….

The next step is to start learning vocabulary. Where can you find what to learn? Use a site like Memrise to find word lists (for example, there is a word list for all the vocabulary in starter textbooks like Genki), and use the amazing interface to learn them and keep them in your long term memory.


[Memrise] as mentioned above to find and learn vocabulary lists.
[Most Common Words List]
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Vocabulary….

While encountering vocabulary, you’re likely to be coming across super-complicated-looking Kanji. You can learn Kanji through Memrise as above, but there are some other websites that may be of interest.


[Kanji Damage] A great site where you can learn Kanji through mnemonics.
[WaniKani] by the same people who make TextFugu can help you learn Kanji from scratch.
[Anki] An amazing program that will make sure you never forget any Kanji….

The next step is to apply that new vocabulary to grammar points and start making sentences.

If you can’t get your hands on textbooks like Genki, don’t fear! There are a lot of great online grammar resources.


[TextFugu] a highly rated ‘online textbook’ which will guide you right from the beginning of learning Japanese.
[Guide to Japanese] another online textbook with a lot of grammar points and excellent explanations.

So you probably started to learn Japanese because you have some interest in Japanese media. Time to start using it to your advantage!

Aside from the obvious watching Anime, J-dramas and films, why not try Reading Japanese News? Watching Japanese TV? Just make sure you are making these activities productive - note down new vocabulary, add them to Anki, and keep learning! It’s much easier to learn things you’re interested in.

The most important but difficult part of self-studying Japanese is getting your own compositions checked. Utilize all that grammar and vocabulary and write a short piece, it could be a diary entry or a short essay. Get it recorded for you by a native on RhinoSpike, and checked for grammar and consistencies on Lang-8.These sites also give you the chance to connect with Japanese natives, and perhaps start up some language exchanges!

For more resources, take a look at my Ultimate Resources List

Any more tips? Please submit them here!

If you're only learning Japanese because of your interest in anime....

Then good for you! I’m happy that something so simple as foreign animation could get you interested in learning a whole other language. Don’t let people make you feel bad just because things Naruto or Sailor Moon got you interested in Japanese. I only ask that you take note that the way they speak in anime isn’t how people speak in real life, and not to ignore learning about Japanese culture as well. Happy studying you guys!


Finally uploading my Hiragana and Katakana Charts! Yay!

Just to give you a quick explanation, hiragana and katakana are both Japanese alphabets, used with Kanji (Chinese Characters).

Originally, Japan didn’t have a writing system and when they found the need for one they borrowed the Chinese writing system. Because Chinese and Japanese are such different languages, hiragana was created to fill in the gaps (you will find out more about this as you learn more Japanese).

Katakana was later created to translate English words, and some other foreign words, that had no equivalent word in Japanese. Katakana is used for foreign names including the names of countries, the names of people, etc. It can also be used to emphasis Japanese words.

Well, history lesson over! Let’s start learning how to write in Japanese!! Feel free to print out my Hiragana and Katakana Charts.

While you are here, check out my Facebook Page!

Resources for learning Japanese - my recommendations

Seeing lists of resources is always cool, so have some of my recommendations. This is the list of things (websites, apps) I’m using or I had been using in the past and that I can really recommend. It doesn’t include textbooks or random Japanese sites I use for practicing my reading, because it was getting way too big. It’s not an entry level list (although I think some of these will be helpful for people new to Japanese, too), so I skipped the stuff for learning kana. I hope at least some of those will be helpful to you!


Memrise – yeah, I know, everybody knows memrise by now, but I honestly can’t recommend it enough.  My favorite Japanese course at the moment is Core Japanese Vocabulary - I like it, because unlike many other courses, it doesn’t have separate levels for hiragana and kanji (those are kinda pointless, in my opinion, making you type the same thing twice as often) and I like the way the words are organized. There’s a lot of basic words that I already know, but the ignore function is there for a reason.

I also enjoyed 2136 Joyo Kanji by Grade - the course I used to learn the meaning of all the joyo kanji. I’m a bit hesistant recommending it, because it only has English meanings and no example words – but for me it was really great, because just recognizing general meaning of the character greatly improved my reading comprehension.  It’s not a method for everybody - you can try for yourself and see if it’s something you wanna do.

Iknow – this one is not free (the only non-free resource on this list) and I was wary of it, because with Japanese, there is a lot of paid apps/websites that offer basic things you can easily get for free elsewhere… But I found a promo code for 3 free months on there, gave it a shot and I’m absolutely in love. It’s similar to Memrise, only it has official courses made by staff and they have example sentences for every word, read by professional Japanese voice actors, as well as sentence making exercises and several different ways to check if you know the words you’re studying. I can honestly recommend it.

Renshuu - Renshuu is not only a vocab site, it also has grammar explanations, a language forum (which seems to have more newbies than native or very advanced users, so be careful while reading other people’s Japanese) and games/discussion prompts, so it’s pretty cool. I think it’s best for the vocab, though. It has many, many lists, some for JLPT, some using vocab from textbooks. There’s also a custom list creator and it’s really easy to use.

Kanji Sempai – a really nice vocab app, it shows you words and then quizzes you on them. The name is a bit misleading, because it doesn’t focus on kanji all that much, but it’s a solid vocab app.

Kotoba chan – a simple vocab quiz app with example sentences (that sometimes show sentences with the homophones of the words they were supposed to show, but oh well), very easy to use.

DICTIONARIES – Simple and great, jisho has been my friend since I’ve started learning Japanese. They have a lot of entries, not only words, but also idioms, they have a special section for kanji and example sentences, too. They are also better (although not perfect) than many other dictionaries when it comes to slang. - a pretty awesome dictionary of compound verbs. It has a Japanese-English version (and also Chinese-English and Korean-English), but I feel it works best as a monolingual dictionary. Just reading the definitions and figuring out what those compound words mean make for a nice reading practice, I think. - a monolingual dictionary of Japanese proverbs, really fun and informational.

Rikaichan – it’s a pop-up dictionary for Mozilla Firefox (it has versions for other browsers, too, but I haven’t tested those) that shows you the meaning of the word when you hover your mouse over it, as well as the furigana. It’s really, really helpful. Some people say that it’s easy for something like that to become a crutch and I see their point, but I think it’s good for me, as it keeps me from getting discouraged while reading longer texts. Definitely my favorite resource ever.


Delvin Language - this one isn’t really for advanced students (after a placement test I was starting from the most advanced level, and my listening skills leave MUCH to be desired – and I still find some of what I get to be too easy), but it’s a nice practice, since it uses clips from Japanese drama/anime or informative youtube videos about Japan. It’s both listening comprehension practice and a way to acquire new vocabulary.

Nihongo  no mori – it’s an absolutely amazing youtube channel ran by very lovely native Japanese speakers. I put this in the listening category, but those videos are about grammar and vocab, so watching them helps in so many ways. I’m watching the N3 and N2 stuff, but I know they also have some videos for beginners and N1 students.


Anki Aniki – it’s an iOS app for learning kanji. It’ll show you a set number of kanji every day, along with their meaning and possible readings, and then quiz you on it. I find it pretty helpful, even though there are no example words and I usually don’t like the idea of learning the readings without any context – but as a supplement to learning kanji in a more conservative way it’s pretty good.


Jgram- it’s kind of a grammar wiki. Many, many entries, with a lot of example sentences (some of their translations to English are really weird sometimes, but most of it is perfectly fine).

Maggie Sensei – a site that is not only absolutely adorable, but also very helpful. It has detailed explanations, many example sentences and a lot of lessons available. A lot of cute doggie pictures, too.

Japanese test 4 you- this site has a lot of information about grammar for all JLPT levels, with many example sentences and also all kinds of tests (grammar, listening, vocab, kanji).  I’ve just found it recently, but it’s already proven really useful to me.

Here are a LOAD of FREE JLPT apps I found, they typically have multiple levels available, so whether you’re starting out and setting your sights on N5 or you’re already near-fluent and trying to crack N1, take a look and see if something might help you cram a little more study into your day with ease. There are both android and iOS apps listed here, so there’s something for everyone:

JLPT Listening Lite

iSokki: essential vocabulary and phrases

JLPT study: kanji and vocabulary

Popup Japanese dictionary

Visual Dictionary (this looks so cool)

JLPT vocabulary flashcards (N5-N1)

JLPT Grammar - explanations are in Vietnamese

Japanese Pod 101 has several free apps available on multiple platforms, they have some decent paid apps available too)

Kanji study (N5-N1)

JLPT grammar drills (some levels are free, some paid)

Study n Walk

JLPT prep N4 N5

JLPT by VNext (N5-N1)

JLPT study pro

Kanji: 末, 未, and 本 (let’s climb a tree!)

I’ve got three kanji today, each made from the kanji for tree 木 with an extra line added!

…And yes, I do know exactly how you feel when you see 未 and 末.

Luckily, they actually kind of make sense! If you imagine yourself climbing a tree 木, the extra line always shows where you are.

For 本 (origin), you’re at the roots, the source of the tree. 本 is a common kanji that’s picked up some extra meanings through the years; it can also mean “book” (I guess you use books as sources of information?) or a counter for long skinny things (as in one “stick of” something–I guess roots ARE long and skinny).

  • 日本 (にほん) Japan (日=“sun”, “source of the sun” = “Land of the Rising Sun”)
  • 本物 (ほんもの) the real thing, the original one (物 thing)
  • 本屋 (ほんや) bookstore (-屋 store)
  • 一本 (いっぽん) one (of something long and skinny, 一 “one”)

For 未 (not yet), the biggest line is in the middle. That’s where you are–you haven’t reached the top of the tree yet.

  • 未来 (みらい) future (“hasn’t come yet" 来= come)
  • 未知 (みち) unknown (知 "know”)
  • 未成年 (みせいねん) minor, underage (“hasn’t become of age yet” 成 become, 年 year)

For 末 (end), the big line is way out at the very ends of the branches. You’ve reached the “end” of the tree now.

  • 週末 (しゅうまつ) weekend (週 week)
  • 結末 (けつまつ) conclusion (結 tie together)
  • 末っ子 (すえっこ) youngest child (子 child)

And if it’s any consolation, I don’t know of any words that are identical except that one has 未 and the other has 末, so you’ll at least have the rest of the word to help you out if you’ve got an ambiguous font style.



Japanese Lesson 16 Notes part 1-2 - Specific Time Words 

*this is a very informal-crash course Japanese lesson I have thrown together for some friends, I am not a Japanese teacher or fluent speaker

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General Conversation (Japanese)

Yes / はい / hai
No / いいえ / iie 
Do you understand? / 分かりますか / wakari masuka
I don’t understand / 分かりません / wakarimasen
I understand / 分かります / wakarimasu
Thank you / 有難う or ありがとう / arigatou
Please… (offering) / どうぞ… / douzo
Please… (asking) / …下さい or …ください / kudasai
I’m sorry (apologize) / ごめんなさい / gomenasai
Please say that again / もう一度言って下さい / mou ichido itte kudasai
Can you speak slowly? / ゆっくり話して下さい? / yukkuri hanashite kudasai?
No, thank you / 有難い, 結構です or 有難い, 大丈夫です / arigatou, kekkou desu or arigatou, daijyoubu desu
Congratulations! / おめでとう!or おめでとうございます!/ omedetou! (sameage&younger) or omedetou gozaimasu (older)
I’m sorry (sympathy) / お気の毒に / okino dokuni
It’s alright (I’m ok) / 大丈夫です / daijyoubu desu
I don’t know / 分かりません / wakarimasen
I don’t like it / 好きではありません / sukide wa arimasen
I like it / 好きです / sukide wa desu
You’re welcome / どういたしまして / dou itashimashite
I understand that… / 私は… と理解して / watashi wa… to rikai shimashita
I think that… / 私は… と思います / watashi wa… to omoimasu
I would like / I want… / 私は… したいです / watashi wa… shitai desu
I like… / 私は… がすきです / watashi wa… gasuki desu
May I use your phone? / 電話を使ってもいいですか? / dennwa wo tsukattemo iidesuka?
Are you sure? / 本当ですか? / hontou desuka?
Can you speak English? / 英語が話せますか? / eigo ga hanasemasuka?
What does this mean? / これはどういう意味ですか? / kore wa douiu imi desuka?
How do you pronounce that? / これはどのように発音しますか? / kore wa donoyouni hatsuon shimasuka?
No, thanks! / 有難い, 結構です or 有難い, 大丈夫です / arigatou, kekkou desu or arigatou, daijyoubu desu
No, that’s wrong / それは違​ います / sore wa chigaimasu
That’s right / その通り うです / sonotouri desu
No problem / 問題ありません。/ mondai arimasen
Help! / 助けて!/ tasukete
Who? / 誰ですか? / dare desuka?
What? / 何ですか? or 何? / nandesuka? or nani?
How many? /  いくつですか? / ikutsu desuka?
How much? / どのくらいですか? / dono kurai desuka?
Why? / なぜですか? / naze desuka?
Why not? / なぜだめですか? / naze dame desuka?
Which? / どちらですか? / dochira desuka?
Where? / どこですか? / doko desuka?
When? / いつですか? / itsu desuka?
When is your birthday? / あなたの誕生日はいつですか? / anata no tanjyobi wa itsu desuka?
What are you doing now? / 今, 何をしてますか? / ima, nani wo shitemasuka?
Where are you going? / 何処(どこ)にってますか? / dokoni ittemasuka?
I’m going to… / 私は… に行ってます / watashi wa… ni ittemasu
What’s this? / これは何ですか? / kore wa nan desuka?
Are you confident? / 自信ありますか? / jinshin arimasuka?
Don’t forget… / …を忘れないで / …wo wasure nai de
Excuse me / すみません or  ごめんなさい / sumimasen or gomenasai
Take care of yourself / 気をつけて / ki wo tsukete
Where is the toilet? / トイレは何処ですか?/ toire wa doko desuka?

Mihongo - a Visual Dictionary of Japanese

(Message from the creator)

“Hi everyone,

I’d like to invite you to visit a new Japanese resource I’ve opened: a visual dictionary called Mihongo (見本語).

This dictionary is meant to offer an effective way of understanding cultural-specific words - for things that exist only in Japan and therefore cannot be accurately translated or explained using text alone. Or, to put it another way: things you have to see to be able to understand.

Have you ever come across a word for something uniquely Japanese, and felt that your dictionary didn’t actually give you a sense of what it meant? Have you ever wished to have one place to look up such items and see them in clear, verified pictures, instead of trying your luck finding them around the web? Then Mihongo is for you.

Please click this link to visit the website:

Mihongo currently contains several hundred entries, and more are being added. Right now most entries are related to traditional things, so the dictionary would be particularly useful for more advanced learners. But I’m looking for more pictures that can be used to define modern entries, such as types of food, wacky appliances, etc. If you happen have pictures that you’d like to incorporate in the dictionary and can be used for new entries, I’d be glad to upload them with your credit.

For more information, please see the "about” and “instructions” pages on the website itself.

See you at Mihongo!“


I love the idea of this website. Some uniquely Japanese words can’t be explained merely through English, and need images. This is a great site for finding images for words of this kind. I personally add images into Anki, and this is a great place to not only source them but also discover some other uniquely Japanese things (the best kinds of things!)

Here’s a collection of FREE Japanese iOS & Android Apps in no particular order.  (Some might have in-app purchases). Pass along and share with the Japanese learning world. Even better, add suggestions; I am but 1 person!

===== iOS - iPhone, iPad Users! =====

WordPower - Learn 1 new word every day. Sends you an alert for a new word daily - good for motivation, staying on track. It takes a second to check it and learn a new word.

Learning Japanese - This is Tae Kim’s site in App form. Great as a reference feature and for learning grammar rules. If you love the site, you’ll love this.

Innovative Language 101 -  Free Japanese Audio and Video lessons from JPOD101. They release 2-3 new lessons every week. All of their new lessons are free so you can sit back and learn. Highly recommended.

HelloTalk - Great for finding native Japanese speakers to chat with. This is a messenger App from the language exchange angle. Highly recommended.

Imiwa? Dictionary - Hands down, THE best dictionary App I’ve seen so far. You can even paste in Japanese text to have it broken down, word by word.

TenguGo Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) - Perfect for beginners that want to learn the Japanese alphabet (kana) - Hiragana and Katakana.

Hiragana and Katakana - Complete Basics of Japanese - Another good App for learning the Kana. Complete beginners would be interested in this.

KanjiQ - Japanese Kanji Stroke Order Free. This is all about the proper Kanji stroke, if you’re a Kanji nut! 13,000+ kanji inside. Great for practice. Kanji are divided from N1 to N5.

Ameba - Ameba is a Japanese blog network… not really a learning tool… but it CAN BE, if you use it that way. Start your own blog in Japanese, find native speakers, read others’ blogs to boost your Japanese. The value is there if you look for it.

Memrise- Choose Japanese and you’ll find plenty of vocab, kana and phrase courses and quizzes. It also reminds you to keep learning. Highly recommended for vocab.

=====  Android Apps =====

Anki - AnkiDroid Flashcards - Yes, the world famous SRS flashcard system. I added it here because it’s free but paid for iOS.  Amazing app and a must have for drilling and learning words/kanji effectively.

WordPower Japanese - Like the iOS version. It’s biggest benefit is the word of of the day. Learn a new word every day - it reminds you. Very easy. Use it like that and it’s a good supplement without extra baggage.

Innovative Language 101 - Japanese Audio and Video lessons from JPOD101. They release 2-3 new lessons every week. All of their new lessons are free so you can sit back and learn. Highly recommended.

Hello Talk - Great for finding native Japanese speakers to chat with. This is a messenger App from the language exchange angle. Highly recommended.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese - This is Tae Kim’s site in Android App form. Great as a reference feature and for learning grammar rules. If you love the site, you’ll love this.

Memrise- Choose Japanese and you’ll find plenty of vocab, kana and phrase courses and quizzes. It also reminds you to keep learning. Highly recommended for vocab.

JED - Japanese Dictionary - Probably THE best Android dictionary App. Easy too look up words, can search in romaji, english etc. Has furigana for kanji, Handy example sentences

Obenkyou - Great general App to learn Japanese with. Learn Kana, Vocab, Kanji, Grammar/Particles and it includes Tae Kim’s Grammar guide.

Image: Blue Hour over Tokyo by Balint Földesi

Fun ways to study Japanese (Part One)

Hello everyone!

We all know that using text books and listening to speaking can help us study a new language, but the best way to learn is sometimes the fun way! Sure, a text book will help you gain knowledge, but sometimes it’s easier to retain information if you have fun with it!

Here’s part one of our ‘Fun Ways to Study in Japanese’ post!

Shiritori しりとり

Our favourite game to play in the car (yes, more than ‘I Spy’) is a game called ‘Shiritori’ しりとり which literally means ‘taking the end’. It;s a fun word game that will help you practice your knowledge and memory of words in Japanese. Get a friend (or friends) who is also studying Japanese, or someone who knows Japanese fluently, and play this game together!

How to play ‘Shiritori’:

1. The person who decides to go first says ‘shiritori’.

2. The second person will say a word beginning with ‘ri’ (eg. Ringo りんご- Apple).

3. The first (or next) player will say something beginning with go (eg. Gorira ゴリラ- Gorilla).

Each person will take turns saying a word beginning with the last character. If a word like ‘jitensha’ (bicycle) is used, always use the last character of the word, which in this case is ya (や).

The main rule of Shiritori is to make sure you don’t say words ending with ‘n’ (ん). 

Another fun way of studying Japanese is by watching children’s shows! Although watching anime can help a bit with learning phrases and words, you’ll be surprised by how much more you can pick up by watching a show designed for children! It helps you practice your listening skills, as well as hear simple phrases and words.

Here are a few shows that we both recommend:

Juppon Anime  じゅっぽん あにめ

This show is a silly short show about 10 sticks (yes, sticks) who go on adventures. Although that may sound a little boring at first, this show has funny little skits that will make you giggle. It’s a fun show to watch when you have a little bit of spare time.

Hotch Potch Station ハッチポッチステーション

This show is a very similar to Sesame Street. It’s a show with lots of songs and music. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn, and how you’ll end up getting the catchy theme song stuck in your head!

Yatter Man やったーまん

Although this show did get a revamp in 2008, the 1977 original anime is amazing and has simple Japanese to help with your studies. It’s a crime fighting anime so it’s always exciting!

Chi’s Sweet Home チーズスイートホーム

I’m sure most of you know about this adorable anime! Chi’s Sweet Home is all about the adventures of a little kitten named Chi. Prepare for many ‘aww’ moments and cuteness! 

(All pictures from Google).

You can also find episodes of The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants and other shows dubbed in Japanese! You know the shows well, and if you know an episode off by heart, watch it in Japanese and see how well you remember it! You may even pick up a few phrases and handy words.

That’s it for this blog post! Stay tuned for part two next week!

As usual, we’re here to answer any questions you have. Happy studying!

Clare and Yu.


I’m putting together all resources that I use to study Japanese into this post and will update it whenever I find something new.


To learn:

  • The Ultimate Guide by Tofugu (Their Mnemonics have helped a lot!)
  • Tae Kim has audio if you want to listen to the pronunciation.

Once I had them memorised I used the following sites to practice:

  • Drag-n-Drop the Hiragana in record time!
  • Trace Sheets to print and practice your stroke order.
  • Want to practice different fonts? Here you can. (Under the option tab you can choose from different typefaces)


To learn:

  • The Ultimate Guide by Tofugu (Their Mnemonics have helped a lot!)
  • Tae Kim has audio if you want to listen to the pronunciation.

Once I had them memorised I used the following sites to practice:

  • Drag-n-Drop the Katakana in record time!
  • Trace Sheets to print and practice your stroke order.
  • Want to practice different fonts? Here you can. (Under the option tab you can choose from different typefaces)



  • Genki (is widely considered to be one of the best textbooks, but it comes at a price.)

Other resources on the internet

  • Delvin Language (videos, recognise the word spoken, learn how to write it and what it means. Very useful)
  • Anki flashcards (a tumblr post, not by me, on how to use Anki efficiently) 
  • Memrise (careful, all courses are created by members, so sometimes there’s mistakes)
  • IMABI (a ton of useful lessons)
  • r/learnjapanese (Reddit has a very nice and supportive community)
  • Tae Kim’s Guide to learning Japanese

To keep myself motivated in general

  • Habit RPG (make an RPG out of your life, set up daily tasks, habits, to-dos and get rewards and experience for doing them. Collect armour, pets and mounts and have a bit of fun for living your life in a productive way)
  • Forest (work for half an hour without distraction and a tree will grow, the more trees the more it’ll look like a proper forest. It’s a gimmick, but sometimes it helps.)
  • Pomodoro Technique (there are various apps for this technique. It helps to manage your time. I find Habit RPG works best for me. But if I have some serious deadlines, pomodoro helps.)
School Words in Japanese


Kanji (kana) - English

学校 (がっこう) - school

小学校 (しょうがっこう) - elementary school

中学校 (ちゅうがっこう) - middle school

高等学校 (こうとうがっこう) or 高校 (がっこう) - high school

In Japan, 1st - 6th grade is elementary school, 7th - 9th is middle school, and 10th - 12th is highschool. However when saying your grade level, you say your grade level in whatever school you are in, so a 10th grader in the US would be a high school first-year student in Japan (高校の一年学生).

大学 (だいがく) - university

学生 (がくせい) or 生徒 (せいと) - student

先生 (せんせい) - teacher

教授 (きょうじゅ) - professor

校長 (こうちょう) - principal, headmaster

先輩 (せんぱい) - senior (relative to you)

後輩 (こうはい) - junior (relative to you)

同級生 (どうきゅうせい) or クラスメート - classmate

クラス - class

専攻 (せんこう) - major

学位 (がくい) - academic degree

公立 (こうりつ) - public (e.g public school 公立の学校)

私立 (しりつ) - private (e.g school)

教育 (きょういく) - education

卒業 (そつぎょう) - graduation

質問 (しつもん) - question

机 (つくえ) - desk

レッスン - lesson

科目 (かもく) - school subject

数学 (すうがく) - math

英語 (えいご) - English

国語 (こくご) - Japanese study

科学 (かがく) - science

化学 (かがく) - chemistry

美術 (びじゅつ) - fine arts

歴史 (れきし) - history

修学旅行 (しゅうがくりょこう) - field trip

チャイム - school bell

テスト - test

小テスト (しょうテスト) - quiz

宿題 (しゅくだい) - homework

復習 (ふくしゅう) - review


留年する (りゅうねんする) - to repeat a grade

学ぶ (まなぶ) - to learn

教える (おしえる) - to teach

受かる (うかる) - to pass (a test)

落ちる (おちる) - to fail

申し込む (もうしこむ) - to apply for

卒業する (そつぎょうする) - to graduate

受験する (じゅけんする) - to take an (entrance) exam

研究する (けんきゅうする) - to research or study

欠席する (けっせきする) - to be absent

出席する (しゅっせきする) - to attend

遅刻する (ちこくする) - to be late

早退する (そうたいする) - to leave early

質問する (しつもんする) - to ask a question

I’ll probably make a Quizlet set later, any questions, comments, corrections are welcome.

Learn the top 500 Japanese Verbs.