The Best Free Resources For Learning Japanese

Looking for the best free Japanese resources to use in between your Lingoci lessons? This is the page for you.

Exercises, Grammar & Exam Prep

Online Dictionaries



Exercises, Videos & Grammar

MARUGOTO – Here you can learn grammar, kanji and vocabulary. Mainly for beginners, it is based on the contents of “MARUGOTO: Japanese Language and Culture”, the official coursebook of the Japan Foundation.

Japanese on YouTube – A great YouTube channel for learning Japanese. Focused on JLPT (a form of Japanese exams), it’s for intermediate and advanced learners.

Hirogaru – A fun video site for learning about Japanese culture.

Online Dictionaries

Keep an online dictionary open during lessons to support your learning. Here are some of the best:

Jisho – A powerful Japanese-English dictionary. It lets you find words, kanji, example sentences and more quickly and easily.

WordReference – One of the most popular online dictionaries. It is constantly growing through user input. If it doesn’t show the translation you’re looking for, you can check the forum results at the bottom of the page.

Forvo – A site for learning pronunciation. At the time of writing it has recordings of over 180,000 Japanese words pronounced by native speakers!

Reverso – Get relevant English-Japanese translations in context with real-life examples for millions of words and expressions.


NEWS WEB EASY –  a news site run by Japan’s public broadcasting organization. It was created to help youngsters, and foreigners who live in Japan.


Struggling to remember all the new words that you’re coming across? Flashcards are perhaps the most effective way to memorise vocabulary. They use a concept called spaced repetition – an algorithm recognises how well you know each word/flashcard, then prioritises them so that you study the things you don’t know, without wasting precious time on the things you already do. You can create flashcards using the new vocabulary you’ve come across during your Lingoci lessons.

Anki Web – The original flashcard system. It’s free, open-source software. The only downside is the interface is slightly complex.

Anki App – An app available on all devices.

Quizlet – Allows you to create your own flashcards online. Download the mobile app and you can learn whilst you’re commuting to work. You can easily access all the Japanese flashcards created by other users here.