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Welcome to Basic Japanese Lessons. Come discover the ease of learning a language through extensive listening and the shadowing  method.  Explore the sample lessons (no sign-up required) to see if the it works for you. You won’t be disappointed.

Designed for maximum convenience, you will find all the information you need to understand the text and the nuances of the language at your fingertips with  popup definitions, explanations and more.

Do you often find your mind wandering when you are studying a foreign language? Even though you have been in front of a book for an hour or so, how much time have you really been concentrating fully? If your are like me, probably not much. That was until I discovered the  shadowing method. With the shadowing method, I was able to make the most of my study time and I soon found myself improving in many aspects: from pronunciation to comprehension. What is shadowing? Find more information here.

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Isabel

LESSON 1: Introduction

こんにちは、 わたし の なまえ は、 イザベル です。 わたし は アメリカ しゅっしん です。 わたし は …

Isabel with family

LESSON 2: My Home & Family

わたし は ボストン しゅっしん です。 ボストン に すんで います。 わたし の かぞく は いっけんや に すんで…

Isabel hobbies

LESSON 3: My Hobbies

わたし は いろいろ な しゅみ が あります。 おんがく を きく こと が すき です。 さいきん、 Jポップ を…

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LESSON 4: My Room

わたしたち の いえ は、 にかいだて です。 わたし の へや は にかい に あります。 わたし…

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LESSON 5: My Teacher

わたし の せんせい は ふじもとせんせい です。 にほん の こうべ しゅっしん です。 とても すばらしい…

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UNIT 1 REVIEW

イザベル は、 ボストン の だいがく の さんかいせい です。 かのじょ は にほんご を べんきょう して います。 らいねん の なつ、 にほん…

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LESSON 6: Our Pets

わたしの家ぞくはどうぶつが大すきです。わたしたちはたくさんのペットをかっています。2ひきの犬と…

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LESSON 8:

Coming flash!

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LESSON 9:

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LESSON 10:

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LESSON 7:

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LESSON 8:

Coming flash!

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  1. I would like to learn japanese language, even though my grandmother was from japan, I don’t know this beautiful language.

  2. Hi. I’m looking for a good beginner level site for learning Japanese. I tried your demo for the beginner site and liked it a lot. I’ve been teaching myself the basics for about 3 months but it is a very slow process (I started with the Michel Thomas courses and am now using a Teach Yourself book). I need a site such as yours just to get practice using it, not only reading and listening, but writing and even speaking too! From what I see of the sample, your site would also be good for helping to learn basic vocabulary such as ‘tokei’ or ‘kokuban’, etc. Thanks, James

    1. For some reason my attempt to reply disappeard. I will try again. I have looked for such a site too but have not found one. That is one reason i started BJL. I hope to develop it over the next year. Thanks to a lot of great feedback i am making lots of changes to it to make it easier to use–especially on smartphones.

      Let me know if you find a good site too.

      Good luck!

  3. Many thanks for this! As a beginner this is totally useful. I can already read kana, so I appreciate exercises and vocabulary are in kana. I would advice you to keep the romaji at a minimum level, only if necessary, just the way you have been doing so far.

    I didn’t know any prepositions and this was absurdly helpful! I can’t believe I already know 7 prepositions just by doing lesson 1.3 (taking barely 15 minutes). A time saver! I like that you focus on teaching how to say it instead of resorting to overwhelming grammar explanations like many sites do.

    I strongly encourage you to keep on working on this. Seriously, these three lessons are so simple but they unlock a broader range of possibilities for any Japanese basic learner in no time. Had I known of this site before!

    Thanks again, Sakura sensei!

    1. Your comment really cheered me up. Your reaction was exactly what I was hoping for. I thoroughly agree with you about long grammar explanations. I think it’s best to just jump in and start practicing.

      Good luck with your studies!

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