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How to speak Japanese

How to speak Japanese

Learn to speak Japanese with a combination of our AI powered pronunciation exerises and dialogues made by our language experts. At Busuu, we know that just 10 minutes a day is enough to make big strides in learning a new language.

Complete Japanese language course

Complete Japanese language course

We have over 60 units in our online Japanese course. Choose the topics you're most interested in, whether it’s culture, food or travel. No matter what your goals is and why you want to learn Japanese we’ve got some simple and fun lessons for you!

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Join our Community

Learning Japanese on your own can be challenging, hence we’ve created an online community to keep you on track. Write, speak and connect with Japanese native speakers from our community.

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Try our Vocabulary Trainer

How many words can you learn in one week? Challenge yourself and use our Vocabulary Trainer feature to help you keep track and memorise the new words you’ve just learnt.

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Track your Fluency Score

Track your progress and see your fluency score improve over time. Don’t worry if you miss a day, we’ll keep you on track and motivated with a series of fun exercises.

Why should you learn Japanese

Japanese is one of the most popular languages to learn at the moment, escpecially if you want to further improve your career. For an English speaker, Japanese can seem like a difficult language to learn, but with challenge comes opportunity. Learn how to read and write Japanese characters using hiragana or with romaji. Don’t worry if you can’t read Japanese characters to start with, you can easily switch between hiragana and romaji in the user interface.

Remember that learning a language is a challenge and a long term goal. We’re here to help you reach that dream faster and easier. It doesn’t happen overnight, but once you know a language, you know it for life!

What you will achieve with our course

Whether you’re visiting Tokyo, building up your career, or learning Japanese to better understand its history, food and culture, we’ve got you covered! Our lessons range from beginners to upper intermediate levels; you can start from any lesson or level. Start by learning how to say “how are you” and “thank you” in Japanese, and by the end of our course you’ll be able to tell a local about your interests and hobbies, and share your opinions on a variety of topics.

Example topics in our course

  • Beginner A1: Greeting people, jobs, numbers, colours, objects, food & drinks and basic grammar
  • Elementary A2: Conversations, shopping, eating out, travel and asking for directions
  • Intermediate B1: Job interviews, holidays, dating, culture, news and sharing opinions
  • Upper Intermediate B2: Religion, entertainment, world news and media

Japanese for Travel course

If you're planning to travel to Japan soon and don't have time to complete the full course, we also offer a Japanese for Travel course that will teach you some survival phrases to help you get around. Learn how to ask for directions, buy tickets and get recommendations from locals.

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