Can I learn Japanese?
No, you can’t! It’s impossible!
...might be what your mom, friends, and wallet all tell you. But those who have completed the free course below tell a different story...
How to start.
What should you do first if your goal is to master Japanese?
How to study.
What tools and study tactics should you avoid? How can you avoid wasting your time and money?
How to ninja.
Where can you purchase the sharpest ninja stars? How can you learn the dark arts of assassination, sarcasm, and time management?
From Fellow Students
I spread the word about NihongoShark to everyone I know. I did your free trial and then I purchased your others. You were able to teach me what all the other systems couldn't and I thank you so much! After going through your programs I enrolled in college and am now working towards my major in Linguistics/Japanese with confidence in myself that I never had.
Please know that you changed my view on the language and in doing so, changed my life completely! :]
Hi Niko. Just want to let you know that your site by far is the best place to go for advanced learners that I've seen so far in my 10 years of studying Japanese. I have tons of respect for your work, honesty and seemingly endless enthusiasm - keep up the good work!
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing all these free guides to learning Japanese. As a high school student, I hate to waste my parent's money on unhelpful courses that would lead me to nowhere. I'm trying out your method and it is working well so far.
Want a free lesson every day?
We got you:
This is Niko.
He's the certified language nerd that started NihongoShark, and he collaborates with Japanese writers and editors to send out a Japanese lesson via email every single day.
Lessons cover casual Japanese, formal language, slang, JLPT vocab, kanji—the works.
I've been reading your NDLs for almost a year now and today the nuances stick...I'm no longer trying to always put an English word to every particle, word, or phrase. It's wild to suddenly be able to push past that "literal" conceptual level. Thanks for everything!
Awesome stuff, keep it up. Thanks to these daily lessons (I subscribed some weeks ago), my Japanese understanding has improved greatly! One can see the effort you have put in these, thank you so much.
There's always hundreds of email to deal with before noon, but NDL is the one treat I look forward to everyday! Thank you NDL team!!
The Japanese Writing System
...can be intimidating. Also, fascinating.
This free course makes it a lot easier:
Learn to read it.
See a word like うどん and know it says "udon."
Learn to write it.
Know how to write words like うどん by hand.
Learn to pronounce it.
Master native-like pronunciation for words like うどん.
(Udon is a type of food, btw.)
Your hiragana chart is freaking insane! I've learned them all in just a matter of days. This just makes me more excited for what's ahead. With a kid and work it's hard to find the time, but I'm going to really dedicate myself to it. Look forward to the rest of your lessons!
Your chart of the kana with pictures and keywords has been very helpful. I am now learning katakana extremely fast, where in the past I’ve started several times and never got all the way through them.
What if I'm serious about obtaining high-level fluency in Japanese?
Here's The Best We Have To Offer
The courses mentioned above are free. This one is not. (Sorry, broke students, but we have to eat, too!)
What students say about this course:
Finally, I have finished your Supercourse. Here are my impressions: This course is fully worth the price you're asking for it, and then some. The way you... (Read More)
...probably the best I have ever read in regards to learning Japanese. It is clear, concise, and filled with direct experience that was put into everyday reality... (Read More)
It's just been over 3 weeks since I've begun my Kanji learning and the Hacking Supercourse, and all in all, it's been going excellent so far. The Kanji learning gets easier and easier as you go... (Read More)
So I'm reading through your Hacking Japanese Supercourse (an absolutely wonderful purchase btw) and I get to the part where you're warning us about death by Anki avalanche... (Read More)
I've been working through your Hacking Japanese Supercourse and been finding it very helpful for organizing my studying more effectively. I'm just over three years into studying Japanese... (Read More)
Lemme just start off by saying you're a rockstar and you're bringing a metric ****-ton of joy into the world:) I got the Supercourse a few months back, and I've just finished all the Joyo Kanji... (Read More)
Ever since I found out about your website it has completely changed the way I learn Japanese, and even inspired me to turn it into my career, which I hope to do in the future... (Read More)
I've purchased Toby in Tokyo and the Supercourse. Both are amazing. I love your teaching style. Especially the inclusion of both the literal and natural language translation... (Read More)
I bought your guide about a month ago and I've memorized the hiragana and katakana and I've learned 680 kanji so far. It has been a major lifestyle change... but I couldn't be happier... (Read More)
The courses above are just the tip of the iceberg. We have all kinds of other Japanese goodness: