Learning Japanese is an online curriculum that started as a YouTube video series with the sole purpose of providing Japanese lessons online completely for free for anyone at any level.
It all began in 2014 with the first video covering the hiragana syllabary and to this day-more than 400 videos later, remains the work of one person: me!
I am not a native Japanese speaker.
When I started this project, I had two years of Japanese study under my belt. Soon after that, I acquired a baccalaureate in Japanese.
That being said, I try my best to make lessons easy to understand from the perspective of a native English speaker learning Japanese as a secondary language and have gotten positive feedback from that “teaching style.”
Take whatever disclaimer or grain of salt from that information as you find necessary when using the curriculum’s material.
To date, there are three lesser, main goals for the curriculum:
- To create a hub of free online Japanese lessons that anyone with enough determination can use to reach a conversational level of Japanese. Most-if not all free online resources definitely have invaluable information, but they tend to all cover the same core subjects and rehash the same information. While I was learning Japanese and referenced the internet for more obscure grammar patterns and topics, I was unable to find anything. Hopefully one day, our curriculum will have covered near all-if not all grammar patterns that speakers will come across in modern Japanese.
- To track my own understanding of the Japanese language. As aforementioned, I am not a native Japanese speaker and this curriculum was started as a way for me to review my studies during my early years of studying Japanese. One of the main reasons all the content is made for video form is to offer people self-studying something that resembles a study buddy who is also learning the language to motivate them, even if only in the form of seeing and hearing them in videos. If it hasn’t happened already, one day I hope to make more vlog-oriented videos that explore Japanese culture, aesthetics, and more beyond just language.
- To spark interest in the Japanese language by providing more entertaining resources such as coverage of pop culture like anime, manga, video games, music, etc.
If you ever feel like you’ve learned enough from this curriculum to support its growth and achievement of its goal, please refer to the support us page.