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* April 10, 2021

I revised Lessons 4 and 6, correcting one minor mistake in each lesson. The mistake in Lesson 6 affected the written text, so I also revised the Transcripts of the lessons.

* March 27, 2021

Guilherme Nery has completed Review Lessons 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36. You may download all of the Review Lessons after passing through the Lesson Download portal.  Thank you so much, Guilherme!

* March 8, 2021

Guilherme Nery has completed Review Lessons 27, 28, 29 and 30. You may download the Review Lessons after passing through the Lesson Download portal.

* February 4, 2021

As I was reading Japanese sentences from one of our three Learn to Read in Japanese books on a touchscreen laptop, as described on the Suggestions for Efficient Reading Practice page, I discovered that the window for the Kindle app on my PC, which I was using to look up words in the Kindle version of the Glossary, could not be adjusted to the small size that I needed, and I also realized that the Kindle search function would not allow me to search for partial words (searches for partial words often save keystrokes and hence time). On the other hand, a PDF file of the Glossary in Adobe Acrobat can be adjusted to the most convenient size and it will allow searches for partial words. In addition, searches in Adobe Acrobat, at least on my laptop, are just as fast as searches in Kindle, and they are more convenient.

Therefore, I am now making the Glossary available in a PDF format, in addition to the print and Kindle versions that were previously available. I still recommend the Kindle version for those who wish to conduct vocabulary searches on handheld electronic devices, such as portable phones.

* February 3, 2021

 Guilherme Nery has completed Review Lessons 25 and 26. You may download them after passing through the Lesson Download portal.

* December 30, 2020

We have just published Learn to Read in Japanese, Vol. III, which teaches 320 more kanji, for a total of 1528 kanji in the three books.

We have also just published a Glossary containing 7,200 Japanese terms that are used in our three Learn to Read in Japanese books.

In addition, we have revised the free JAFL Grammar Guide and its companion Index, and the free Portable Grammar Notes to make them more user-friendly. You may access them by passing through the Lesson Download portal.

We have revamped the format of the Japanese Grammar Quiz, so that you no longer need to download PDF files to see the answers to the questions.

Finally, Guilherme Nery has completed Review Lessons 21-24, and you may download them after passing through the Lesson Download portal.


*June 2, 2020

Guilherme Nery has produced five more review lessons by removing all of the English speech from the original versions. Review Lessons 1-20 are now available for download after you pass through the Lesson Download portal. These Japanese-only lessons are an excellent way to improve your 聞き取り kikitori (listening comprehension), but you may want to keep a copy of the Transcript nearby as you listen to them. Thank you, Guilherme!


*May 15, 2020

We’ve just added an Excel version of the Transcript which is available for download after you pass through the Lesson Download portal. Many thanks to Paul Moss for converting the file to this format. The reason for adding this version is to allow students to place the material into a flashcard app such as Anki. 


*May 9, 2020

We’ve just updated the lessons listed below. Please consider replacing your affected files if they are dated before 5-9-20. You should also replace your copy of the Transcript of the lessons, since we’ve made many changes to it as well.

Lessons 18, 19, 22 part 1, 22 part 2, 23, 25, 26 part 1, 27, 30, 32, and 35.


* April 28, 2020

Guilherme Nery has produced six more review lessons by removing all of the English speech from the original lessons. Review Lessons 1-15 are now available for download after you pass through the Lesson Download portal. Thank you, Guilherme!


*January 28, 2020


I recently made a new video that demonstrates how to use our second book, Learn to Read in Japanese, Volume II.

Among other things, this video shows how to use the new Copy and Paste technique that I mentioned in my previous message. You can use this technique for looking up kanji quickly while you read the digital versions of both of our Learn to Read in Japanese books.

This new technique is not suitable for everyone, since it only works well with computers on which one is able to copy and paste kanji characters precisely between open windows. If you don’t think that you would be able to do a lot of reading practice on such a computer, let me assure you that there is nothing wrong with the physical books. You can continue to use them just as they are, and you will learn to read in Japanese by doing so.

However, if you are a book owner with access to a laptop or desktop computer and if you find yourself constantly turning to the Kanji Pronunciation Index in order to look up kanji, this new technique will allow you to bypass the Index entirely and make more rapid progress. It will be particularly helpful when you start reading the 117 supplemental online reading lessons that we suggest for readers of Volume II.

If you adopt this new technique, you will still find the physical book to be useful in a number of situations, and not just when you are away from your computer. For example, if you are reading on a computer desktop and notice that a kanji in the Kanji Catalogue is being compared to other similar kanji, it is very convenient to use your physical book to look up those similar kanji, without losing your place in the Kanji Catalogue on your desktop.


*January 18, 2020

1. New Review Lessons

I’m happy to inform you that Review Lessons for Japanese Audio Flashcards are now available for download at https://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/how-to-speak-japanese/. Guilherme Nery, who lives in Brazil, is removing all of the English dialogue from the lessons, leaving only Japanese sentences and phrases.

I’ve listened to the 9 lessons that he has completed, and I think that students who have studied the original lessons will find these revised versions very useful for review. Thank you, Guilherme, for your excellent idea and for the hard work that you are doing to implement it!

2. Revised Equipment Suggestions

In case you aren’t satisfied with the equipment that you’re using to listen to the Japanese Audio Lessons, I’ve recently updated my equipment suggestions and added more photos. Please check out my advice on this page: https://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/learn-the-japanese-language/.

3. Japanese Grammar Quiz

If you’d like to test your knowledge of Japanese grammar with 40 multiple-choice questions, I’ve recently updated the Japanese Grammar Quiz and brought it back to the web site. Please check it out at: https://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/japanese-grammar-quiz/.


*December 12, 2019

We’ve just updated the lessons listed below. Please consider replacing your affected files if they are dated before 12-12-19. You should also replace your copy of the Transcript of the lessons, since we’ve made many changes to it as well.

Lessons 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 23, 25, 26 part 1, 26 part 2, 28, 30, 32, 33, and 34.

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