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.

What is Jalup?

Jalup (“Japanese Level Up”) is a small 2-person business run by myself (Adam) and my wife Yuki. It started out as a personal blog I began in 2010, where I shared my experience and success learning Japanese. Over the years it has evolved into a wide range of learning products where we try to complete one simple mission: Make You Fluent in Japanese. We’ll stop at nothing trying to get you there, and will make sure you enjoy every step along the way.


Jalup is structured into a step-by-step guide that will lead you from absolute beginner all the way to fluency.

World 1: Why learn Japanese? How long does it take? Prepare yourself.
World 2: Learn how to use the Jalup system. Understand how you make progress.
World 3: Discover why and how to effectively use immersion learning
World 4: How to overcome a plateau and hitting a wall.
World 5: Transition to learning Japanese through Japanese.
World 6: Learn to read native Japanese material (manga, books and more)
World 7: Learn how to become a speaking pro.
World 8: Reaching fluency.
World 9: Visiting & living in Japan. How to get a job in Japan/or a job using Japanese.

The Jalup App

This is exactly what language learning has been like for decades. This is why language learning is boring and people fail.

Multiple Choice
True or False
Listen and Match
Which one is it?

Language learning is a mental game that thrives on challenge and reward. Jalup doesn’t just plop a fun game on top of the language. It engages the brain’s natural urge to solve problems by making learning the language itself the game.

No spoon fed translations. No “choose your answer.” No repetitive memorization. No more boredom disguised as excitement.

Ready to start your game?

Native Media Recommendations

JALUP About 6Looking 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.

Want material based on your current level? Try out our difficulty level tester Wakarukana. You take short 5-sentence comprehension quizzes (made from the native media you love) to test out your Japanese ability.

Japanese Learning Power

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Monthly GoalsSet and achieve your goals together with everyone else.
Learner StoriesFind out how other learners got to where they are today.
LessonsJapanese is deep. Let’s dive right in.
Japan: There’s a whole country out there for you to understand.
QuizTest your Japanese ability.
日本語Fun Jalup articles in Japanese for you to practice your reading on.
漫画Original manga series created for Japanese Level Up.

Going Solo


Want to skip the Walkthrough and the equipment I provide? Want to create everything on your own, find other resources, and completely go at this in your own way? Get started here.


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Article E-mail Updates: receive an e-mail every time a new post appears on this site.
Discord Group: talk live with other passionate learners like yourself.
Share your learner story: Seeing how other people have struggled, failed and succeeded on their Japanese journeys is an incredible source of motivation and inspiration for other learners. Submit your story through e-mail or the contact form, using the following guidelines. Your story may make a real difference in someone’s life!

Help us Grow

Has Jalup helped you out somehow? Feeling generous? Leave a review on the Google Play or Apple store for our app. It helps get more people aware that our little site exists. Every bit of support is appreciated  :)

Thank You

This site would be absolutely nothing without all of you. Thank you so much for all the kind words and support. ありがとうございます!

*If you’ve noticed a decline in blog post frequency recently, here’s why.