Designed to give beginners an edge in conquering the Japanese mental model, the Essential Japanese guide by Japanese Complete covers the basics for nouns, verbs, sentence structure, and more.
This is the first release of the free guide and we plan to include more useful information as times goes on. You can see the Future Work section at the end if you’re interested on where we’re headed. Please e-mail us with suggestions for the guide and corrections if you find any. If the free tier is this good, just think how good the actual application is.
We’re creating a fully-fledged tool for mastering Japanese.
Full Dialogues with Audio
Master Japanese by listening along to the expertly crafted dialogues with our Audio Reading Tutor. Click to listen along and have the relevant text sections highlighted. Check out the Japanese-Complete-English ™ and the English Translation, which you can quickly toggle between to crank up the volume on exposure and absorption.
Hiragana and Katakana Identification & Listening
Learn the Hiragana and Katakana by listening and identifying the correct glyphs. Use our beautiful Iroha syllabary and song to memorize the fundamental symbols of Japanese quickly and with fun like never before.
Get your ears wet.
Listen along to stories of varying difficulties and get a feel for native-level Japanese speed and delivery. Hone your listening and comprehension abilities from the very beginning with our cornucopia of resources.
Drills: Hone and Polish
Learn Japanese from thorough explanations crafted by experienced language teachers and polylingual scholars. Get immediate feedback on our drills and quizzes which help you understand how each particle and part of speech functions in isolation, so when you see it later you know.
Our curriculum teaches grammar, kanji, and verbs according to their frequency in real modern-day Japanese (including online Japanese like message boards, films, media, poetry, scholarly articles, and more). It’s an interactive textbook with resources, mnemonics, tips, tricks, and tactics to keep you engaged and inspired on your learning adventure to mastery.
Kanji Mnemonics and Calligraphy Stroke Order
Kanji are taught using etymological origins and clever mnemonics. The stroke order is taught and there’s even a way for one to check their kanji drawing in the character-recognition box. It’s not at all picky about stroke order, but it does help with memory and understanding. Being picky and disciplined with stroke order is up to you as the learner. It’s important to have proper stroke order if you wish to do beautiful calligraphy one day. Usually there’s good reason for the order, and if you imagine ink dripping down the wall like thick goopy paint it makes sense that some sequences would be better than others for drawing in blocks.
Kanji in English Context ™
Learn Kanji with a method specially devised for Japanese Complete in 2019, Kanji in English Context! See how kanji can mask some words partially and learn how they can be used to approximate a wide array of meanings. Kanji in English Context is your ticket to speedy and native-level comprehension of Japanese as fast, effectively, and efficiently as humanly possible.
“How to Say”
Check out “How to Say” and give our team of language experts a new question to ask!
Early etymological character origins for “to arrive” 来 comes from an indicator / stand-in for collision point / center of a circle of arrows.
Grammar explanations in Japanese Complete follow our simplified rubric that keeps the richness of Japanese near while avoiding many of the common stumbles and learning pitfalls when starting out. Initially, many courses overcomplicate things and include too much too ambitiously in the beginning. We stress frequency-based introduction to glyphs and words, as well as thorough practice so that identification becomes reflexive and second nature, step-by-step.
Builds bridges to new worlds, realms, and cultures unknown.
Enables a whole new perspective and way of organizing your thoughts.
Increases self-confidence in self-investment activities.
We’ve spent the last two years devising and implementing a curriculum for new learners to quickly traverse the path to fluency. We’re releasing new material every week. Please support us and please tell your friends about Japanese Complete.
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Learning a new language makes you smarter (in some specific ways).
While these benefits are not exclusive to learning Japanese, because Japanese grammar is almost perfectly inverted to English grammar it’s likely that the benefits of second language acquisition are maximized.
Resist the onset of dementia entirely 
Solve whole classes of puzzles more swiftly 
Recognize and adapt to new information and new situations more swiftly 
“A heightened ability to monitor your environment” 
Make more rational decisions 
Improve your English (read: mother tongue) prowess and felicity 
Neuroplasticity (staves off brain aging) 
Increased Brain Gray Matter Density [3, 5]
Increased Brain White Matter Integrity 
Second language experience induces brain changes that can be found in children, young adults, and the elderly, and can occur rapidly with short-term language training. 
Procedural Memory and Conflict Monitoring (regions of the brain) increased in volume and density. 
Overall better situational awareness. [1, 3, 5]
Second language learning is a “Good way to keep the brain in shape” 
…Second language experience-induced brain changes, including increased gray matter (GM) density and white matter (WM) integrity, can be found in children, young adults, and the elderly; can occur rapidly with short-term language learning or training; and are sensitive to age, age of acquisition, proficiency or performance level, language-specific characteristics, and individual differences. 
“Language learning keeps the brain in shape.” 2012 Lund University
Gray Matter Density increases and White Matter Integrity increases thanks to language learning.
In praise of “age-appropriate input” 
Hosoda saw that increased gray matter and white matter density was maintained and kept by learners who stuck with language learning over time. Learners who had not kept up with “maintenance” lost the neuroplastic benefits gradually.
Short-burst language training with great frequency increases gray matter density and white matter integrity. For people who stop doing the language training, a year later their levels are back to pre-training levels. If you stick with the training and continue maintenance, the benefits continue to stick around.
Various research is gathered here from within the last 20 years to show the overall consensus that brain density and volume are positively affected by language learning. Take for example this excerpt that explains how the functional networks each required for different aspects of language are tethered together, resulting in better neural connectivity:
Invest in yourself by studying a new language today!
We’ve added a new story to the Japanese Complete lessons library to help learners quickly assimilate spoken and written Japanese in tandem. You can listen along to the whole dialogue in one go, or click on each sentence to listen to how it sounds.
In addition, we have a method we devised specifically for unparalleled celerity in learning assimilation, Japanese-Complete-English or Student Language:
And finally we offer a thorough English translation of the story to help learners begin to see the correlated sequence for fluent Japanese and English translation and interpretation.
It’s quite a delight to listen to the dialogue over and over again with the aide of the Japanese-Complete-English (Student Language) and the English translation nearby, it improves recognition and assimilation rate substantially. In theory, the nonconscious mind is accepting Japanese more readily as it is blending with familiar language structures.
At Japanese Complete we are striving to invent the future, and sometimes that requires using tried-and-true solid foundations of the past.
We are introducing How to Say, our new “search engine” for how to say anything in Japanese.
When you search for a new term, we add the term to a wishlist. Someone on our team will handcraft a result page for this query.
It’s kinda like made-to-order search results. Granted, there is a delay between when you ask for it and when it shows up, on the order of 1000-2000min instead of 1000ns like google, so we have a long way to go before it’s fully automatic and fast.
Scholars subscribed to Japanese Complete have priority access for questions, so their requested results get created first.
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Now at Japanese Complete, subscribers get access to the Hiragana andKatakana listening tools.
Katakana was created around the same time as the Hiragana as an alternative script, like cursive in English. However, Katakana was allocated to special use for loanwords and foreign names in 1962. Works before then, such as works from 1950, can be entirely Katakana instead of Hiragana.
We’ve also revamped our quizzes to be less strict, and are rolling out new lessons with fresh material all the time.