English-Japanese Vocabulary Quizzes

This site offers quizzes to help you learn and review vocabulary (part of The Internet TESL Journal’s Activities for ESL Students). Tons of subjects are covered, some available in romanized Japanese to English and the rest in English to Japanese.

Yoji-Jukugo

Yoji-jukugo are idiomatic expressions made up of four kanji characters. Japanese is normally written with three types of scripts: kanji, hiragana and katakana, but these idiomatic words are written in kanji only and with no kana between them.

Yoji-jukugo contain classical wisdom or morals in short phrases. In English there are words that people use which make them sound intelligent or denote higher education. … [ Read more ]

Talking on the Phone

Let’s learn common expressions used on the phone. Don’t be intimidated by phone calls. Practice makes perfect!

J2E Flashcard Program

J2E is a Java 2 applet flashcard program based on the wordlists in the Yookoso! textbook series. Right now, there are wordlists for chapters 3-7 (approx 350 words), with more wordlists and features planned. Features include score counts, kana/kanji hints and kana/kanji input support. There is no romaji support nor any plans to include it.

Note: This program requires true Japanese text support. … [ Read more ]

Simple Japanese Phrases

This is a collection of easy Japanese phrases. Speaking Japanese shouldn’t be too complicated even for beginners. Try these simple phrases whenever you have a chance. The more you practice, the better you get! The Japanese writings for each phrase are included for your reading and writing practice. New phrases will be added every week.

Editor’s Note: one nice aspect of this feature is that … [ Read more ]

Names in Japanese

site has Japanese translations and kanji representations for many personal names.

Common Japanese Terms in Anime

This site contains some of the common terms heard in anime and gives their explanations.