Free Online Japanese Resources

Learn Japanese Online

There are so many free online resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free language learning resources available online to provide you with a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable sources of information for learning Japanese. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst taking one of our face-to-face Japanese courses.

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Jisho is a very popular and useful English-Japanese dictionary.

WordReference is a popular bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a useful forum where users can get help with Japanese language related questions.

Rikaichan (for Firefox) & Rikaikun (for Chrome)
Rikaichan is an Japanese-English dictionary extension for Firefox. Rikaikun is the Chrome version.

General resources

Japanese Online
Japanese Online offers various lessons on the basics of Hiragana, Katakana and kanji, how to write and pronounce these characters, and basic vocabulary.


Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese
The Guide to Learning Japanese is a comprehensive grammar resource. It also offers advice on how to setup your computer for Japanese.

Japanese keyboard

Not only Lexilogos has a comprehensive list of language resources, it also offers a convenient online tool to type in Japanese.


Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise Japanese vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.

Renshuu uses the spaced repetition technique to help you develop your Japanese vocabulary.

Language Guide
Language Guide is a project helping Japanese language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.

Cram has a large list of flash cards to help you learn new Japanese words. It also has a mobile app, so you can memorise Japanese vocabulary anywhere anytime.

Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your Japanese vocabulary using flash cards.


Japanese Pod 101
Japanese Pod 101 offers Japanese podcasts for all levels. Podcasts are an excellent way to practice Japanese while on-the-go.

Learn Japanese Pod
Learn Japanese Pod is another useful Japanese podcast website.

News in Japanese

NHK is a Japanese news website. All kanjis on NHK have the furigana so it is easy to read and study with a dictionary. It is also a great way to be up-to-date with Japan news. In Japanese only.


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