How to Learn Japanese in 1 Year

How to start. How to study. How to ninja.

Everything you need to go from 1-language loser to Samurai Lord of Doom:

  • Learn hundreds of Japanese words in weeks.
  • Memorize 2,136 kanji in 97 days.
  • Utilize scientifically backed language-learning tools.
  • Stop wishing you could speak Japanese.

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I've wanted to learn Japanese for a while now, but I wasn't entirely sure how to get started properly until I read these."

- Rachel A.

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You are so helpful and I find your emails way more interesting and convenient than any other Wikipedia site and think its amazing you do all of this work for complete strangers for freeee!

So thank you again for making my Japanese language learning life sooo much easier and have a fantastic life you wonderful person."

- A.P.

"I've just finished your 7 lesson e-course and I'm glad I did... throughout the course you've given me strong and solid encouragement to learn this language more proactively and to believe in my ability to master it.

Thanks for taking so much effort to share your study techniques and for giving us your motivation through your writing. Keep it up!"

- K.

Your Instructor


Yo! I'm Niko, the founder of NihongoShark.com. I'm also a Japanese translator, writer, and all-around language nerd. I created this site to help as many people master Japanese (any language, really) as possible.

I live in Tokyo, Bangkok, Sapporo, Saigon, San Diego, Tokyo, San Diego, Chiang Mai, Portland, Oregon! So if anyone wants to meet up for a refreshing nama beer, I'm probably down for that. Or a coffee. Learning Japanese can be rough. But we're in this together. ファイト!

Good luck with your studies!

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.
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