If you are new to Japanese, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will look at the history and important characteristics of the language, what TheJapanesePage.com has to offer, and recommendations for how to start right.
Also, learning kanji can be fun if you see it as a hobby. You are about to embark on a language learning journey few other Westerners have undertaken. The joy of recognizing and being able to read kanji or even kana (hiragana and katakana) cannot be overstated.
TJP started as a Geocities webpage back in 1999. I, Clay Boutwell, started writing articles about grammar points I was learning myself. It was my study notes, but soon grew to be much more. Soon, I began to hear from learners all over the world. That spurred me to work harder and create more articles. Over the years, dozens of other contributors have made TheJapanesePage.com one of the largest and oldest free Japanese language learning sites in the history of the internet! (Boy, that sounded pretentious. But I’ll let it stay.)
Where to go from Here?
First and foremost, TJP (or most other sites with articles to help you learn Japanese) is not a replacement for a textbook. We highly recommend getting a textbook and sticking with it.
Where do I start learning?
- First, join our forum—introduce yourself and spend some time looking at the many years of posts. Also, as you go through TJP lessons, leave comments to let us know what you think or if you have any questions.
- Hiragana lessons—Everything you need is here. If you want to support us and/or prefer an eBook or paperback, check out our Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese.
- Katakana lessons—Now that you know hiragana, learning katakana should be a snap. Katakana is very similar to hiragana, but be careful, the similarities can make a few katakana tricky.
- Grammar Fast Track 100–Most of this will be covered in more detail in your textbook, but going through these bite-sized grammar morsels now will prepare you for greater understanding in your textbook.
- Begin your Kanji Learning—Here is our main kanji page, but also click here to sign up for our free daily kanji lesson emails. Learn one kanji a day with your morning cup of coffee. After a hundred days, you will have learned the most useful kanji.
- Also! Join our TheJapanShop.com Fast Track your Japanese email list and get our Kanji 100 eBook and MP3s absolutely free.
- Once you have hiragana, the first hundred kanji, and basic Japanese grammar under your belt, consider getting our Japanese readers. We are currently offering TJP users a special deal here.
- Hundreds of common beginner level words and phrases with MP3s
- FREE Beginner Conversation Podcasts
- and much more in the beginner’s section!