Learn Japanese Language FAQ

This Learn Japanese Language FAQ page is created in order to help answer those frequently asked questions encountered by Japanese learners, especially beginners.

When I was attending my Japanese lessons few years back, I remembered I was always having lots of questions regarding almost everything!

After "digesting" what had been taught in the previous lesson at home, I always prepared a full list of questions for my Japanese teacher in the next lesson.

I think I was the last person to leave the classroom when the lesson ended because I would clear all my doubts with my teacher before I want to leave.

Learn Japanese Language FAQ

How I wish there is a Learn Japanese language Frequently Asked Questions section that I can refer to during that time. It'll be very helpful for beginners who feel so lost when they are learning this language.

And this thought has triggered me to build this FAQ section where I hope I can clear most of the questions you encountered regarding Japanese.

If you have a question about learning Japanese, you can submit it using the form below. Click here to see all questions and answers submitted by others.

I will reply by posting a detailed answer as quickly as possible. And if I don't have the answer, I will be happy to do some research on the subject.

However in this case it will take a bit longer for me to post an answer.

I will do my very best to reply all questions about learning Japanese within 2 days. But if I am really busy it can take longer time.

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What textbooks did you use on learning japanese?  
I am looking for books that give lots of examples like the ones you posted here in your website. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and tips. …

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Is there any trick to know new Japanese words I have never heard before? 
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Japanese Study Time Table 
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