Hacking Japanese Supercourse 3.0 (Premium Beta Access)

The Ultimate Course for Mastering Japanese

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To future students! HJS Beta enrollment has finished and we are now in the process of finalizing everything for the full course launch within about a month from today (today being 11/27/2018).

Thank you so much to all who signed up during the beta period, we're glad to have each of you as students. And we're looking forward to all of the new students as well once we open for enrollment again!

If you have any questions about HJS or studying Japanese, please email us at contact@nihongoshark.com

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you in the course soon! Stay tuned.

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"Dear Niko,

My name is Jeremiah, I am 35 years old. I live in a small village in the mountains of Nagano. My wife is Japanese and I have three children.

I am writing to thank you. I am going on my third year living here in Japan. I have never felt more at home than I do here in these sacred mountains. But the thing that I have struggled with is the language. I kept pushing it off, telling myself and my wife that I will get to it soon. And yet soon is now almost three years later.

I really don't know why I kept running away from it. One reason is that it just seems impossible that I could ever be fluent one day. The order of the sentences is so different than English. And the kanji seemed overwhelming. The more time that has passed, the more I have come to directly experience the necessity of communicating in Japanese. And now my children are speaking. They do understand English, but the majority of their speech is in Japanese.

I have felt isolated and disconnected from my family and my place here in Japan.

I was ready to give up. The doubt and fear was becoming too strong. When I do try to speak I often get nervous and feel stupid. And so I then get discouraged and quit. And yet like swimming, the only way to learn is to jump in, and when you jump in you don't know how to swim yet. I don't want to wake up 10 years from now having ran away from what could be possibly one of the greatest gifts in my life.

Last week I was really considering quitting. The doubt was becoming overwhelming. Then I received your book. And I feel a real sense of hope. Not the kind of hope that comes and goes, but rather a feeling that struck deep in my mind and heart.

Your authenticity, fierce belief that anyone can learn, and your great sense of humor helped opened my heart again to the possibility that this can happen for me.

I have bought, tried, and quit so many courses over the years. But your book is probably the best I have ever read in regards to learning Japanese. It is clear, concise, and filled with direct experience that was put into everyday reality. It seems I have everything I need.

My wife will speak to me all day in Japanese when I am ready. I have a woman here in the village who is offering to speak with me for 1 hour each day for free. I have the tools I need. Now it is just committing to the task and answering the invitation that life has offered me. I do not have a strong desire to learn languages in general, but I do have a deep desire and intention to fully function and serve here in Japan for the rest of my life.

Thank you for sharing your personal experiences and the gift of your teaching and book. I am very thankful. I truly appreciate the time and energy you spent in offering this book the world.




Go from ZERO Japanese to translator-level proficiency with this single, monstrous Japanese course.

“Your explanations work marvelously. It’s so much better than my grad-level book, and you cover way more interesting grammar points and way of saying things. So congrats on an awesome job with what you’re building and keep it going!”

- Danya

  • Phase 1:
    • Learn to read Kana the Japanese "alphabet".
    • Learn all the basics of Japanese grammar.
    • Start your first conversations.
  • Phase 2:
    • Learn all 2,200 standard use Kanji in 97 days.
    • Learn 2,000 vocabulary that are actually used.
    • Power through beginner grammar levels.
  • Phase 3:
    • Tackle intermediate grammar levels.
    • Dive into everyday, casual use spoken Japanese
  • Phase 4:
    • Get into advanced grammar levels.
    • Live fully in Japanese.

I spread the word about NihongoShark to everyone I know. I did your free trial and then I purchased your others. You were able to teach me what all the other systems couldn't and I thank you so much! After going through your programs I enrolled in college and am now working towards my major in Linguistics/Japanese with confidence in myself that I never had.

Please know that you changed my view on the language and in doing so, changed my life completely! :]

- Skyler R.

Your hiragana chart is freaking insane! I've learned them all in just a matter of days. This just makes me more excited for what's ahead. With a kid and work it's hard to find the time but I'm going to really dedicate myself to it. Look forward to the rest of your lessons!

- Natalie V.

I've purchased Toby in Tokyo and the Supercourse. Both are amazing. I love your teaching style. Especially the inclusion of both the literal and natural language translation. Most people only give one or the other.

100% of the stuff you've made has been super helpful and understandable. Please keep up the great work! I'll gladly keep throwing money at you as you keep making great resources.

- Matthew D.

HJS Study System

Over 1,000 in depth Japanese lessons.

Flashcards for everything with built in audio.

Audio loops for studying on the go and pronunciation perfection.

Video breakdowns of two key courses included in HJS.

I've been working through your Hacking Japanese Supercourse and been finding it very helpful for organizing my studying more effectively. I'm just over three years into studying Japanese, and feel like I've been on like a year-and-a-half plateau, lol. Since starting your course, it's the first time in quite awhile where I feel optimistic about making progress: not only does your methodology inspire confidence, but your motivational and growth-perspective stuff has been very helpful in re-framing how I'm approaching learning Japanese. Keep up the great work, it's appreciated!

- Max C.

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing all these free guides to learning Japanese. As a high school student, I hate to waste my parent's money on unhelpful courses that would lead me to nowhere. I'm trying out your method and it is working well so far.

- David L.


As a beta user, you will get access to new course materials before they are fully integrated into the new Hacking Japanese Supercourse (HJS).

Enter coupon code HALFOFFBETA2018 to get 50% off this course. Furthermore, you will receive the beta price renewal 2 years.

As you can see, we have a ton of Japanese learning resources... and yet, a long way to go until they're 100% complete. That said, I would venture to estimate that we already have more Japanese content than you would get in most university bachelor's programs of Japanese... which is pretty awesome.

When in doubt, just open a course and start reading. ^_^

Please leave feedback — errors you notice, ideas you have for shaping the future content of a page or course — in the comments section of lectures.

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30-Day Money Back Guarantee

No-Questions Asked

What if you decide tomorrow that you don't want to study Japanese?

What if you stole your mom's credit card to pay for this, and she gets mad at you?

That's chill―just email me (niko [at] nihongoshark.com) and ask for a refund within 30 days. I'll send 100% of your money back, no questions asked.

I wouldn't want you to pay for a course you don't actually do, anyways. My number one goal is to help people learn Japanese. If I can make a living helping people learn Japanese, then that's really awesome, but I would never accept money from someone who didn't think that they were getting their money's worth.



Your Instructor

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Most of the content in our courses and lessons is written by Niko, language nerd extraordinaire. But his writing is checked and supplemented by native Japanese linguaphiles like Rei (his wife). He gets input and direction from Caleb (the NS tech ninja) and Chie (art/design leader). And sometimes he acts as a mere proofreader for talented bilingual guest writers. With our effort combined, we hope to make your move to Japanese fluency fast, efficient, and fun. ^_^

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
It depends on which plan you sign up for―monthly or annual. All of the flashcards and audio files are downloadable, though. So those are yours to keep even if you cancel.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
Then you can send me some hate mail or some pictures of dog poop or something: niko [at] nihongoshark.com. In return, I'll give you 100% refund. (But seriously, though, 100%, no-questions-asked refund if you're not happy with the course.)

Courses Included with Purchase

Hacking Japanese Supercourse (Previous Version)
The (Once-)Ultimate Guide to Mastering Japanese
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HJS Core
The Ultimate Course for Mastering Japanese
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Kana Mastery
A quick guide to the ABC's of Japanese.
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Bunkai Beast
A surgically detailed breakdown of Japanese sentence structure.
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Caveman Convo
How to have your first conversation in Japanese.
The NS Team
Kanji Mastery
Kanji: What they are and how to sear them into your brain.
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Vocab Mastery
Going from ZERO to 2,000+ essential Japanese vocabulary without wanting to give up immediately.
The NS Team
Flashcard Demigod
How to work miracles in flashcard format.
The NS Team
JLPT N5 Grammar
Every grammar point needed to pass JLPT N5
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JLPT N4 Grammar
Every grammar point needed to pass JLPT N4
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JLPT N3 Grammar
Every grammar point needed to pass JLPT N3
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JLPT N2 Grammar
Every grammar point needed to pass JLPT N2
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JLPT N1 Grammar
Every grammar point needed to pass JLPT N1
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Travel Japanese
Travel lessons originally written for NDL's.
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NDL Resources
Flashcards and Audio Loops for NDLs
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 01-30
Premium lesson content from NDL's #01-30.
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 31-60
Premium lesson content from NDL's #31-60
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 61-90
Premium lesson content from NDL's #61-90
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 91-120
Premium lesson content from NDL's #91-120
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 121-150
Premium lesson content from NDL's #121-150
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 151-180
Premium lesson content from NDL's #151-180
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 181-210
Premium lesson content from NDL's #181-210
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 211-240
Premium lesson content from NDL's #211-240
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 241-270
Premium lesson content from NDL's #241-270
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 271-300
Premium lesson content from NDL's #271-300
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Niko's Daily Lessons: 301+
Premium lesson content from the casual NDL's starting with #301.
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Four-Character Compound Words
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Idiomatic Phrases
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Sound Symbolism in Japanese
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Face to Face Japanese Lesson
Schedule online video lessons with a NihongoShark Staff Member
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