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The Ultimate Japanese resource guide

The biggest challenge for those first starting out with the Japanese language is where the hell to start. After 7ish years and working with a whole load of resources, I've put together this list to help you find the best resources for you to start your Japanese learning journey.

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Disclaimer: Please bear in mind this list is based on my own experiences and opinions, and I hope to update this list over time. Some resources may fit into multiple categories but this is just how I've arranged them. Links in this post marked with an * are affiliate links/codes, meaning I make a small commission at no extra cost to you - thank you for supporting the blog!

Without further ado, let's get into the resources!


Kana (hiragana and katakana):


Marugoto (A1 Rikai / Katsudou)*

Japanese From Zero (book 1)*

90 Days of Japanese Language (book 1)*


Quartet (book 1)*



Japanese Vocabulary Speed Master (basic)

Shin Kanzen Master JLPT Wordbook (N3)


Kanji Master (N5)*

Learning Japanese Kanji (volume 1)*


Let's Read Japanese (level 2, volume 1)*

Read Real Japanese (fiction / essays)*



Nihongo Sou Matome (N5)*

Shin Kanzen Master (N4 full set)*

Try! (N5)*



YouTube channels:

Online courses/lessons:

Attain (on Udemy)

Japanese in 12 (use the code CHLOE for 15% off*, full review)

italki (sign up and get $10 credit when you book your first lesson)*


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