Memrise Online Japanese (Kanji) Course

Speak everyday Japanese (Kanji) with our free online Japanese (Kanji) course

Speak everyday Japanese (Kanji) with our free online Japanese (Kanji) course

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Start with these lessons designed around real-life scenarios

Conversation Fillers

Hiragana
Hiragana
17 words/phrases to learn
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Introducing Yourself

Introductions
Introductions
13 words/phrases to learn
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Eating with Friends

Food
Food
17 words/phrases to learn
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Survival Questions

Basics
Basics
20 words/phrases to learn
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Katakana for Food 1

Katakana
Katakana
15 words/phrases to learn
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Making Friends Abroad

Travel
Travel
18 words/phrases to learn
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Introducing Your Family 1

Relationships
Relationships
12 words/phrases to learn
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Calling Up a Friend

Social Life
Social Life
12 words/phrases to learn
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Working Out

Sports
Sports
16 words/phrases to learn
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Total immersion: the best way to learn Japanese (Kanji)

Memorise words, hear them in the wild, speak them clearly
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why learn Japanese?
Japanese is the perfect choice for anyone looking to learn a new language. It is one of the most popular languages in the world, spoken by over 125 million people. It is one of the top ten most useful languages for business and the fifth most popular tourist destination in the world. And with its growing economy and fascinating culture, learning Japanese can open up a whole new world of opportunity.

Japanese culture has gained significant global popularity in recent years, with anime and Japanese cuisine being readily available all around the world. If you want to connect with fans of the culture, learning Japanese can be a great way help find and connect this community.
Is it difficult to learn a new language?
It doesn’t have to be difficult! The secret to making learning a language easier (and fun!) is quite simple - don’t stress about the details, learn what interests you, and immerse yourself in the language.

Many traditional learning methods insist on teaching irrelevant words and focusing on grammar. It would take weeks before getting to learn things that you find interesting and useful in the real world. So why not learn phrases about travelling if you love to travel? Or phrases about food if you’re into that. Learning a language through what you already love keeps you motivated, helps you contextualise the language, and makes learning much easier and enjoyable.
Where do I start when learning a language?
Starting to learn a new language can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. The best way to start learning a new language is by finding something that you're interested in. If you love to travel, for example, start by learning about travel. There are plenty of resources out there, from online courses to apps like Memrise, that can help you get started. And once you start getting the hang of things, keep yourself engaged and immersed in the language by reading books, watching movies, or listening to music in the language you're trying to learn. With a little bit of effort, you'll be speaking like a native in no time.
Can you learn a language on an app?
Yes you can! Learning a language with an app is better than textbook learning for a number of reasons:

Learn on your phone wherever you are, whenever you want. This is convenient, especially if you have a busy schedule or are always on the go.
Smart algorithms know your learning levels and keep you challenged. This ensures that you are always making progress and not just repeating the same lessons.
Apps like Memrise are packed with videos of native speakers that show you what the language sounds like in real life. This is helpful for understanding the rhythm and flow of the language.
Memrise also lets you customise your learning journey - choose the phrases most important to you and learn those first. No one wants to be forced to learn to count to 1000 before getting what you really need.