So which textbooks should you buy? What’s the best way to make your flashcards? Is a creative method better than a classic approach to language learning?

The only thing we do know is that there are a lot of materials out there that can help you continue your Japanese studies after JET. Below are a list of resources that Florida JETs have found useful.


“Remembering the Kanji”

Also known as the “Heisig method,” this slightly unconventional approach to learning Kanji separates writing and meaning from pronunciation, emphasizing the learning of  characters by building an association between the shapes. It is as good for beginning and intermediate students as it is an interesting review for more advanced students. Best part? You don’t even have to create your own flashcards! The website associated with this book also provides a free flashcard review and brings up cards based on how often they’ve been missed.

Memorization Tools


Useful Links

All Japanese All the Time
How to Learn Any Language
Nihongo Pera Pera
The Japanese Page
The JLPT Study Page
Tae Kim’s Blog (their free accounts are recommended)


Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC

Japanese to Japanese Dictionaries

Sanseido (Japanese to Japanese)
Slang Dictionary (日本語) Dictionary

Japanese News Sites

FNN News (includes video)
Mainichi News Feed
The Japan Times




Remembering the Kanji 1
Remembering the Kanji 2
Kodansha’s Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary
Japanese for Busy People – kana version
Read Real Japanese – Fiction
Kana Pict-o-Graphix
Langenscheidt’s Pocket Dictionary Japanese/English English/Japanese
The Japanese Have a Word for It

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