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Hello Users

This webpage is here to help people learn Japanese quicker and more efficiently. We have some key links listed out for you, and some advice and encouraging words for you inspiring Japanese learners.

Beginners

So you’ve decided to take on a new language, eh? That’s so difficult and different according to your peers? You might be asking yourself, why Japanese?

Japanese isn’t for everyone, but there’s plenty of reasons why Japanese IS a satisfying, fufilling, and interesting language to learn.

– Maybe your French and Spanish lessons didn’t pan out like they were supposed to? Japanese is actually such a unique, challenging language, that it might inspire you to learn. Seriously! Just imagine if you could write this!

私は日本人じゃあないですけど何となく日本語を学びますよ!
(I’m not Japanese, but somehow I learn Japanese!)

– Japanese will give you a niche in life. Searching for a job, a past time, a way to meet people, etc. How many people know Spanish, or English for that matter? When you know Japanese, people remember you.

– Japan has the second strongest economy in the world, with business opportunities that are limitless. Just try to find a company that’s gone international that hasn’t thought of going to Japan.

– Lastly and most importantly, the Japanese people and Japan itself are unique in the world. Only visiting will you realize how polite, safe, and beautiful a country Japan actually is.

Japanese Dictionary / Translator

Jim Breen
http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/cgi-bin/wwwjdic.cgi?1C

Jim Breen’s website is an excellent resource for learning the reading of kanji, and some definitions. However, the translations are usually done on a word by word basis. If for example you’d like more of a sentence structure translation, try looking at ALC:

ALC
http://www.alc.co.jp/

At this website you can generally enter a phrase, and then get sample phrases translated for you instead of individual words. This website is extremely useful for any types of translation, used by the Japanese themselves.

Introduction to the Japanese Proficiency Exam

The official site of the Japanese proficiency exam is below:

Japanese Proficiency Exam Site
http://www.jlpt.jp/e/

Please note that the proficiency exam is held once a year, usually the first week in December. The deadlines for applying are very strict, and rarely are concessions given to potential testers who miss the deadline.

To give you an idea about popularity of the Japanese proficiency exam:

500 people in NYC took the exam in 2007 (1,000 took it in Australia, total)

2,500 in the USA

200,000 took it China, 80,000 in Korea

The US still leads english speaking countries with the most interest in the exam, and NYC is one of the top locations for learning Japanese.