Category Archives: japanese

Is Japanese hard to learn? Yes and no!

One question that I’m asked all the time is whether Japanese is a difficult language to learn. My instinctual answer would be to say that it’s easy, but I’m 11+ years invested in the language already. Well I would say that wouldn’t I? 😀 However, I do truly believe that anyone can learn Japanese with a little time and effort.
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What is the best Japanese dictionary?

Whether you are just starting out with learning Japanese or at a more advanced level, having a good dictionary available is vital. In this article, I will break down my favourite Japanese-English dictionaries for various purposes. Bear in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list nor is it intended as one. It simply represents my own personal experiences with studying Japanese and using it at work.
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JapanesePod101 – A full review

When I started out on my path to Japanese fluency in 2005, resources such as textbooks and audio courses on CD were the only realistic way to make progress with this challenging language. Happily, there are now a a lot more choices when it comes to studying Japanese online.

The problem that students of Japanese now face is one of quality rather than quantity. So which solutions give you the best bang for your buck? In my humble opinion, JapanesePod101 is one of the best online courses out there for people who are serious about making significant progress in the language. As promised, I’ve finally got around to writing a complete review so here goes!

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Please donate to support the Perapera plugins

Are you a regular user of our Chinese and/or Japanese plugins? Do you wish to see them continue to be updated into the future?

We get daily emails and messages from people requesting improvements and bug fixes. This is great and we are happy that many people still value our plugins. Unfortunately, we can’t continue development work without your support.

Without boring you with the details, we have hired freelancers for the last couple of updates. One way or another, development comes at a cost.

Please make a donation now to support our project.



What are the best podcasts for learning Japanese?

Podcasts can be a fantastic way of rapidly expanding your familiarity with a language. For Japanese, there is a multitude of resources available. In this post, I am going to list up the best Japanese podcasts that I have come across.

JapanesePod101: A great podcast for Japanese learners

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Learn in Your Car series currently available for free on Audible

Learn in Your Car is a cool series that I’ve been meaning to do a review of for a while. There’s no time for that tonight (I just finished work and it’s almost 3am). However, the other day I noticed that the complete Learn in Your Car audio courses for both Chinese and Japanese are currently available for free with a 30 day Audible trial.

Over 10 hours of quality audio for nothing. That’s a pretty good deal if I ever saw one.

You can download the Learn in Your Car programs from below:

Learn in Your Car Japanese
Learn in Your Car Chinese

And yes, we are still working on the next plugin updates…watch this space!

THE definitive list of Japanese language audiobooks

As I discussed here, an audiobook together with the corresponding  transcript is one of the best ways of improving your proficiency in a foreign language.

For whatever reason, the Japanese are not big fans of audiobooks. I have spent a great deal of time looking around for good quality materials in Japanese, but usually ended up frustrated by how scattered the resources were.

The following list is therefore an attempt to bring together all the Japanese audiobooks that I could find.  Many of them are free. I have provided links to the audio file, transcript, physical book or e-book wherever possible. Enjoy!


Fairy Tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (8 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Book


Fairy Tale “Beauty and the Beast” (9 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
Book
Book (manga)


Fairy Tale “Cinderella” (8 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
E-book


O Henry “Gift of the Magi” (25 min)
Audio (free) 
Transcript
Parallel Text 
E-book


Natsume Soseki “Yumejuuya” (1 hour 14 min)
Audio (free with Audible trial)
Transcript
Translation
E-book

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