Materials for Studying Japanese

I’ve been studying Japanese for a few years and have made a few study aids to help me along. I’ve got tons of them, but it may take me a while to get them all online. I hope you find them helpful. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji

The key to learning Japanese is a quick mastery of hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

Hiragana List (full) (pdf)
Hiragana Writing Practice (pdf)
Hiragana Flash Cards (pdf)

Katakana List (full) (pdf)
Katakana Writing Practice (pdf)
Katakana Flash Cards (pdf)

Kanji List (4-kyuu) (pdf)
Kanji Flashcards (4-kyuu) (pdf)
Kanji Test (4-kyuu) (pdf)
Kana/Kanji Writing Practice Sheet (pdf)

See also:

How to Study Kanji: Use the Kanji Proficiency Test Materials (written Aug 2001)


Vocabulary lists: For all levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Reading Comprehension

These sites provide texts for reading practice.

Japanese Text Initiative (University of Virginia)

Audio Visual

There is a TV show called Nihongo Saijiki Daikirin (日本語歳時記・大希林)with Kirin Kiki and Satsuki Miki on NHK Educational TV on Saturdays from 12:20 to 12:30. It is a short and informative show that explains little points about Japanese. The way they explain it makes it easier to understand than if you were reading a textbook. However, as far as I know, there are no videos of this show available, so you have to catch it on TV whenever you can.