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.
Recently we took up the challenge of seeing how far the envelope could be pushed on learning tools for Japanese.
We’re delighted to announce real-time generation and translation of Japanese via our Composing Tool, Wag!
Now, when students are composing sentences using Wag, Wag will attempt to translate the sentence and offer a grammatical interpretation of what was said. While it is far from perfect, it’s a huge milestone in generating Japanese and seeing a real-time English translation of what you’ve placed.
We hope to keep making incredible tools to help accelerate the learning process for Japanese! Check out a small demo video below:
Every time a sentence is submitted in the composing tool Wag, Wag will do its best to auto-fit a translation. It can do fairly sophisticated phrases (including use of “ands” and “of the’s”). We hope to make it available for public use one day. Right now, it’s available to subscribers of Japanese Complete.
Example generated translations with input:
The engine behind Wag can break Japanese into meaningful pieces and rearrange it to provide an English translation. Check out some of the real-time, actual results:
Imagine if while you were learning to write in Japanese, you could verify that you were meaning what you said, and saying what you mean. That’s what Wag does for Japanese learners. The functionality still leaves much to be desired, but it’s a very promising start for phrase-based translation and creative generation tools for language learning.
We’re delighted to announce that we will be offering free video lessons to learn Japanese. For our subscribers, these supplement the Japanese Complete curriculum, but they can also be used as standalone tools to help enrich one’s understanding of Japanese.
Here are the videos we have released so far. If you follow a video through to YouTube you can subscribe to get updates on new releases.
Kara “Because” How to create Cause-phrase Kara Effect-phrase sentences in Japanese:
Particle Ni, Destination and other uses:
Verbing-Nouns, how a verb-phrase modifies the noun it precedes. Think “Standing-bull” or “Running-bear”
More are on the way, and we appreciate your continued support! May all speak lovingly and harmoniously with one another. May peace reign.
We created a new way for beginners to start generating native Japanese. It’s a tool we call Wag that also demonstrates, via state machine, which words are possible next in the sequence. The machine only allows you to submit a sentence when it’s grammatically valid. While it is not semantically aware (it’s not aware of meaning), this simple tool is capable of ensuring that words and their sequence obey the Japanese rules of grammar.
Below is a sample video to show a demonstration.
You can generate a huge variety of Japanese with even a small set of common words thanks to its logical lego-block nature.
Wag is currently available to subscribers of Japanese Complete. Get a subscription today and start sharpening up your brain with a new language skill you can use for life!
The page has also has informative tables to help scholars understand the major differences between the Japanese Complete approach to categorizing terms, compared with classical pedagogical methods for teaching Japanese.
Landscape of Japanese: 3 Mountains, 2 Clouds, 1 Sun.
Discussion on the Landscape of Japanese and a link to our Essentials Guide: The Mental Model, is available below. We also introduced a year pre-pay plan where when you pre-pay for a year of access to the ultimate learning platform, interactive textbook, and ninja training grounds, you get two months free.
New Lessons and Dialogue Available
Today we’re excited to announce the release of new lessons and dialogue, “Temple Visit,” available with Audio Reading Tutor support so you can click and listen to the sentences as you follow along.
By getting your ears wet with real Japanese dialogue right off the bat, you’re preparing yourself for listening comprehension as well as generating spoken Japanese.
All of our dialogues are suitable for memorizing, giving you a wide array of immediately useful Japanese verbs, nouns, and phrases to help you tackle the needs of everyday life.
You can also jump between the Japanese, Japanese-Complete-English, and English translations of the material with ease!
Three Kinds of Translation
In Japanese Complete we have three kinds of translation to expedite the acquisition of Japanese:
Japanese Complete English (Student Language, our custom hybrid)
By using three translations side-by-side you can learn quickly what phrases mean and how to reason using your new Japanese brain.
We use inline explanations for some complex grammars that are taught later on.
Landscape of Japanese
We introduce a landscape of the Japanese language, master the three mountains, two clouds, and one sun and you’ve got a grip on all the fundamental topographical features of the language! Amazing!
Politeness language (social-language) Hierarchy shines like a sun that hits every aspect of Japanese culture and language in some way. Every sentence incorporates some version of politeness language.
Regional Dialects and Sound Effect Language sprinkle the landscape like summer rains. They can carry a lot of information and certain dialogues can be achieved completely using sound effect language alone.
Finally, we have the three powerful mountains of grammar: Particles and the Copula (da), Verbs and Nouns, and Bunsetsu Jars (which take Particles as lids) and Verbing-Nouns, a way to explain what a noun is doing by sticking a verb in front.
By mastery of the three main kinds of feature in Japanese we can quickly move along and achieve fluency in reading, listening, and eventually writing and speaking Japanese.
Frequency-based approach to Japanese language learning, based on 2011 Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese and polylingual materials.
Interactive Textbook with drills to test and concretize your understanding after each set of lessons.
Helpful widgets to help you master the basics of Japanese, as well as Audio Reading Tutor so you can listen along to stories and dialogues in Native Japanese.
Features an innovative approach, thorough grammar explanations not available in contemporary textbooks, and language learning insights from 40+ years of scholarship and research that haven’t made it to the mainstream materials yet.
Most logical path to fluency, featuring Particles and Kanji in English Context (specifically invented for this book and program), as well as kanji mnemonics with helpful scenes and stories.
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.
Get a subscription to Japanese Complete today and begin your path to mastery.
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.