You Can Learn Japanese Online for Free

ponderLet’s face it. Learning Japanese can be expensive. Between the tuition costs of classes, required textbooks, phrase books, etc. It can all add up pretty fast. But it does it have to?

If you really want to take your Japanese to an advanced level, then you will probably want to invest in a quality course. But if you’re just starting out, or if you’ve taken a break for a while and want to get back into it, then you can learn Japanese online for free by using these resources.

You’ve got options

Option 1) You can use this site (my blog). It’s still pretty new as of right now, but I update it consistently and it’s only going to get better and better. If there is something in particular you are looking for, try typing it into the Search Bar right next to the title of this post. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, then reach out to me and let me know. I would love to help you out in any way that I can.

Option 2) You can of course go to YouTube. This is a great option because you can hear the correct pronunciation of many Japanese words. There are a lot of people on YouTube that teach Japanese. There are also a lot of videos of Japanese people speaking to each other that you can watch and try to following along.

There are only a few bad things about YouTube. One of them is that you won’t be able to get your pronunciation checked when you speak a new word. Another thing is that there are so many videos on YouTube that it’s easy to bounce around from video to video and lose any sense of structure with your learning.

Option 3) The last resource that I will mention is any free trial that a company has. Almost all of the leading language learning companies have a free version of their products. This is probably the best place to start since it gives you a chance to check out what they offer to see if it fits well with you. They also provide a lot of structure to the learning process which helps a lot. Like I said, there are a lot of them so I will keep it simple and just recommend that you try Rocket Japanese’s free trial. 

Is free the best way to go?

trialI’ve been asked many times if the best way to learn is to buy a course. The short answer is: it depends!

To keep it simple, in general you get what you pay for.

The free resources are often the best when starting out so that you can get a feel for something before you commit to it.

But in the long run, if you are serious about your success then you might want to invest in yourself with an award winning course.

If that is something you have any interest in, then check out my review by clicking here.

Now it’s your turn!

Have you found any free online resources that you liked? What did you like or not like about them? Comment below and let me know!


  • Nikola

    Hi Nick. I am fascinated by Japanes language. My dream is to go to Japan some time and live there for at least a year. I have been learning Japanese for two years now, using only free resources, all in my preparation to buy an official course and nail it completely. I believe that to profit from any language course, you have to posses basic knowledge of the language. I do now and this Rocket Japanese seems to have just what I am looking for. Thanks a lot buddy, for making it known to me.
    Have you ever been to Japan and what do you think is the best place for a Foreigner such as I to live? thank you for your reply.

    • Nick

      Hey man it is my pleasure to help! I couple of places that I have not been to yet, but plan on going to are:

      1) Tokyo – to check out the capital and see all of the sights like the spring cherry blossoms, shrines, etc.
      2) Nara – to go to the famous and temples they have there.

      I’m planning on going next year and I can’t wait! Thanks!

  • ArtByHeart

    Thank you for introducing me into the world of learning languages. I am an intuitive learner myself who likes to learn by travelling and listening to people, and learn by making mistakes. However, once I get past the initial stage, I do enjoy getting the hang of grammar, spelling and some of the fine points of the language. Thank you for bringing these courses to my attention.

    • Nick

      Hey, I’m happy to help. Yeah, I agree that once you’ve attained a certain level of comprehension, then it is a good idea to go back and focus on some grammar. I just don’t recommend it at the beginning of learning a new language.


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