Japanese Language Resources

Since I’m starting to pick up Japanese, I thought it will be a good idea to create a new page for the sites/books that I’m using. Note that some/most of the resources are written in Korean, since I’m using Korean to study Japanese most of the time ^^ Links to further details/reviews will be posted (coming soon!)

Online Tutorials

Reading Practices


Interesting Sites / Reading Resources

Japanese Language Books

I tend to use books written in Korean or Chinese. Korean books are good in that Korean is very similar to Japanese and thus these books usually offer more explanation on common mistakes that Koreans usually make while learning Japanese. It also gives a clearer comparison between Korean and Japanese and I find that very helpful. I feel that Chinese has a much wider/better range of resource books compared to English when it comes to learning Asian languages like Japanese or Korean. They are cheaper too ^^

  • NEW TOP 일본어 첫걸음 (입문 / 초급) (click here for a review)
  • 일본어 무작정 따라하기
  • 일본어 문법 무작정 따라하기
  • KUJAP シリーズ 日本語 (click here for a review)
  • 初級日本語問題集 (click for a review)
  • An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese
  • 학교에서 배울 수 없는 일본어
  • Japanese Core Words and Phrases: Things you can’t find in a dictionary (Review)

A very comprehensive list on Japanese learning resources. I will only post links that I’ve tried on this blog post.

Japanese Novels

If you do not insist in having brand new Japanese novels, check out Bookoff – the best place ever to get Japanese novels.
  • Strawberry Night (First novel I finished reading)


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    5 February, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    캬!!! this is so cool! Thanks a bunch! ^^

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    5 April, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    if you dnt mind can u leave sme links on where i can learn korean and japanese from the beginning ~in english plz~ kamsamida

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    Cuban Nerd
    5 June, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    Hi there.

    I just found your blog today and I’m glad I did. These links are gold. I have a question. Do you know if there is a chance to buy online Japanese 1st grade reading books? I’ve been trying to find those but I haven’t been able to find them. Maybe you can help me. Thank you in advanced and awesome job. 😉

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      5 June, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      Thanks! mmm sorry I don’t really know. Try Amazon jp? I usually just get novels from the local bookstore.

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      15 June, 2014 at 5:27 AM

      A good start is maybe “Level Betsu Nihongo Tadoku Library Nihongo Yomuyomu Bunko Level 0 Vol.1” if your are a true beginner (you can buy it via amazon jp or cdjapan jp). Just search “japanese graded readers” for some reviews or so and you will find these japanese graded reader series (there are 12 books in total and 5 levels I think, with level 0 for the basic users more or less). I read one of them and the content is okay, not too dull and each book contains several stories (the length of the stories vary according to the level of the book). Because it is a series you can build on to the next book, so maybe you can give it a try 🙂

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    21 September, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Hey! I’m one of your silent readers ㅋㅋㅋ I may have found out about your blog 2 years ago, and since I’m studying both Korean and Japanese, you seemed like a good person to follow. Turns out I was right ^^ I actually studied abroad for a year in Japan, and while I was there I found this site: http://yomou.syosetu.com/ If anyone is looking for a place to read free Japanese novels (I don’t think any of them are by big named authors, though I’m not sure) you can read novels for free! ^_^

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      7 October, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      ooh thanks for sharing 😀 😀

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