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Japanese Studies: Language Skills

Guide to resources for the study of Japan and Japanese

Japanese Language Skills: Introduction

This page is a work in progress: expect regular updates to content and format.

Free Online Japanese Language Study Applications


NihonGo Now! 

Nihongo Now logo with link to website.

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.


This link will take you to the NihonGo Now! Youtube Channel where you can access audio and video content.


NihonGo Now! textbooks (Levels 1-2) are available in eBook form through the BYU library website: 

Level 1, Volume 1: Textbook

Level 1, Volume 1: Activity Book

Level 1, Volume 2: Textbook

Level 1, Volume 2: Activity Book


Level 2, Volume 1: Textbook

Level 2, Volume 1: Activity Book

Level 2, Volume 2: Textbook

Level 2, Volume 2: Activity Book


BYU subscribes to two platforms for supplementing foreign language studies.

Click the Mango or Pronunciator logos provided below to explore.


Mango is an online platform offering instruction in over 70 different languages.
You can explore the site as a guest or create a free account to save your progress.

Type Japanese into the "Pick a Language" box to see what resources are available.
You can also get a Mango APP for your handheld device.

Pronunciator Language Software

Pronunciator is an online platform offering instruction in over 80 different languages.

Try it with "instant access" then type Japanese in the "I want to learn _________." box.

If you want to save your progress, sign up for a free individual account. 

You can also get a Pronunciator APP for your handheld device.


Online Resources

Katakana and Hiragana (Charts for Learning the Japanese Writing System)

Togugu Japanese Language Learning Resources

Definitive Guide to Japanese Onomatopoeia Words

Free Access to Japanese Reading Materials in Different Levels

Freely Available Tadoku Books

Digital Dictionaries & Apps for Learning Japanese

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. 

Reverso translation tool. Similar to Google Translate.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Preparation

These books are located in the Japanese Section of the Asian Collection on HBLL Level 4. (Click images for details).

Asian Language Reading for Fun


Because of construction in the library, The Asian Language Reading for Fun Shelves have temporarily been relocated to the Music Periodicals Reading Room on Level 4 (ask at the Level 4 Help Desk if you have trouble finding them). 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).

Books for Language Study