You want to master the Japanese language? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you’ll need to know to get around.
The step-by-step guide that will lead you from absolute beginner all the way to fluent legend.
World 1: Why learn Japanese? How long does it take? Gamify the experience. Map out your strategy guide.
World 2: Learn how to use Anki flashcards. Master the 3 major Japanese alphabets (Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji). Create strong base attributes for your vocabulary and grammar. Understand how you make progress.
World 3: Discover why and how to effectively use immersion learning (surrounding yourself with a Japanese audio environment).
World 4: Remove your reliance on English and transition to monolingual (Japanese-only) learning. Cope with lingering worries, doubt, and burnout.
World 5: Develop your ability to read native Japanese material (manga, magazines, books, websites, etc.)
World 6: Learn how to have smooth natural conversations about anything with anyone in Japanese.
There’s a lot you want to be able to do. Find your guides here.
Analyze your Progress: How far have you come? How far do you have to go?
Avoid Defeat: Win your battles.
Develop your Strategy: Tips, techniques and strategy to dominate.
Find Other Learning Resources: Other sources to power up your studying.
Get a Japanese Job: Use your Japanese in your career.
Make Time to Study: Too busy? Time to change that.
Solo J-J Sentences: How to deal with J-J once the “training wheels” are off.
Triumph Over Kanji: Techniques to win your struggles with kanji.
Original products that connect with the Walkthrough above, aiming to help you achieve fluency in Japanese in as fast, efficient, and fun a way as possible.
Looking for something to read, watch, play or listen to? You’ll find recommendations and level rankings for all forms of Japanese media: J-drama, movies, anime, manga, novels, video games, and more.
Test Your Level: Find out what level you are on the Jalup level scale.
Manga: Test your reading ability using scenes from popular manga.
Other: Test your kanji, listening, and puzzle-solving skills.
You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers.
Write for us: share something interesting about learning Japanese.
Line Chat Group: talk live with other passionate learners like yourself.
Affiliates Program: help out Jalup and earn a little reward for doing so.
Monthly Goals: Set and achieve your goals together with everyone else.
Monthly Challenge: Push yourself further by accepting the Jalup monthly challenge.
Learner Stories: Find out how other learners got to where they are today.
Lessons: Japanese is deep. Let’s dive right in.
Motivation: Gain a boost when you are feeling down.
Japan: There’s a whole country out there for you to understand.
日本語: Fun Jalup articles in Japanese for you to practice your reading on.
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