This page is a work in progress: expect regular updates to content and format.
NihonGo Now! Click to explore high-quality beginning- and intermediate-level courseware packages (4 volumes including video and audio). These lessons take a performed-culture approach (PCA) to learning Japanese. You will learn the basics of Japanese by rehearsing and performing scripts in Japanese.
NihonGo Now! textbooks (Levels 1-2) are available in eBook form through the BYU library website:
Mango offers courses in 70 different languages.
Try it with "instant access" then type Japanese in the "I want to learn _________." box.
Excellent Dictionary Apps for Your Mobile Device
Shirabe Jisho Includes the ability to write text with your finger, multiple grammatical forms, and sample sentences for each entry
Jisho Japanese Dictionary Includes finger writing lookup and besides the dictionary it provides a ton of short news articles to practice your Japanese reading skills and some materials for working on your Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N levels.
Mondo Includes many short magazine and news articles about various aspects of Japanese society, culture, politics, etc. There is also a listening feature that allows you to hear the texts read by a native Japanese speaker.
These books are located in the Japanese Section of the Asian Collection on HBLL Level 4. (Click images for details).
The Asian Language Reading for Fun Shelves are locate on Level 4 in front of the Asian Collection. We have a growing collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials that are divided into different levels of difficulty. Level 0 is the most simple, Level 6+ is native level reading.
The purpose of this collection is to help you find materials at your reading level that you can read widely without the aid of a dictionary. As your reading skills improve, you can move up to higher levels.
Many of these materials are relatively short and can be read in a single sitting. To make them available to as many patrons as possible we encourage you to read them onsite. However, 5 items can be checked out at a time for a period lasting one week (except for Level 6+ which can be checked out for the regular amount of time).