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  1. Just discovered your site as I’m looking for audio and lessons to complement JFE — and really it all looks great! Thanks for doing it!

  2. Hi, super thanks for the audio course and reading books, I really like your approach.
    I am using audio course (lesson 25 currently) and bought reader 1 (chapter 11 currently). I have just taken the JLPT N4 exam yesterday and will prepare now for N3. My question is : in terms of grammar, reading and vocabulary (kanji already got to know by one of your comments that Reader 2 covers N3), how much your course or books cover for N3? Also can you please suggest how should I prepare for vocabulary as I am bit confused? I like the audio or reading material like yours, memorization hints for vocabulary in memrise course, examples in the context e.g. in Kanzen vocabulary book (based on preview pages).
    Can you suggest how should I go ahead for my N3?

    Again thanks a lot for all the hard work.

    Regards,
    Vishal

    1. Hi Vishal,

      It’s good to hear from you. I hope that you were able to do well on the N4 exam.

      Regarding the N3 exam, I can’t be entirely certain about the kanji that you will need, but most of them are included in Volume 2 of our book “Learn to Read in Japanese.” I have made a list of the 68 additional kanji that I believe that you will need for the N3 exam, based on material I’ve found on the internet, and you can find this list near the bottom of this page: https://www.japaneseaudiolessons.com/learn-to-read-japanese-volume-ii/

      In addition, we have started working on Volume 3 in the “Learn to Read to Japanese” series, and so far we have incorporated 34 of those 68 “missing” kanji in the first 12 chapters. I will make a sincere effort to include all of them in the final version of the book, which I think will be about 50 chapters in length. We hope to be done with the book by next summer.

      You will encounter many new vocabulary terms as you read Volumes 1 and 2 of our books, and we list more than 2,800 of them in our free Mnemonic Dictionary, which is available on the Lesson Download page on this web site. It’s best if you use this list in conjunction with your study of Volume 2 of “Learn to Read in Japanese.” We continue to expand the list as we prepare Volume 3.

      We just returned from two weeks in Japan, and it felt wonderful to be able to read so many of the signs in the subway and so forth. I was even able to pick up a Japanese newspaper and not feel too overwhelmed. This method that we are using in our “Learn to Read” books is difficult, but it really works.

      We wish you the best with your Japanese studies!

  3. Hi..
    Wanted to learn japanese and just finished lesson 1.
    I”m beginner but I’m just wondering.. are these lessons standard japanese? like the one spoken in Tokyo? I’ve read that your wife is from Kyushu.

    If not, does it matter if one learns standard japanese or not?

    Thank you for a great free japanese course. I’ll also get your kanji book in the next few weeks so I can start learning to read.

    1. Hi Randy,

      Most people in Japan seem to watch the same TV programs and gravitate toward the same speech patterns. I think that the Japanese that my wife speaks is standard. I doubt that it would be possible to tell where she grew up merely by listening to her accent in these lessons.

      Good luck with your Japanese studies!

  4. These audio lessons are the best ones that I have found online. I really appreciate the work that you must have done to create such an in-depth course and your generosity in providing it free of charge. I have stopped and started with my Japanese studies and your lessons are proving to be a great help in moving me forwards. I have just bought your book so that I can work on the kanji as well. Providing so much free material I think that you deserve my support in this respect. Tomorrow lesson 8 awaits!

    1. Hi Claire,

      Thank you so much for your message. Noriko and I feel happy when we hear that our lessons are helping students like you. We hope that you find the book useful as well.

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