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  1. These audio flash cards are easy and perfect ways to learn the language. Thank you and to your wife for your efforts. You have spent many sleepless nights to help us.

  2. Hi Roger,

    First, I’d just like to thank you for this terrific resource. I’m a long-term Japanese learner, and – as you’ve pointed out – it’s far from an easy language. But some of your grammatical explanations are really helping me, even after many years of study.

    I tried your Grammar Quiz, and tried to click the link in Answer #5, for the Long Grammar Guide. But it doesn’t seem to be working now.

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Dan,

      Thank you so much for letting me know about the broken link in the answer to Grammar Question 5. It had been more than a year since I last checked those answers, and thanks to your message I just discovered that there were broken links in six of them. I believe that the links have all been fixed now, but please let me know if you find any other problems.

      Noriko and I are happy to hear that the lessons are helping you, and we truly appreciate your support.

  3. Roger – many thanks to you and Noriko for this extraordinarily generous resource. I had been wishing for a comprehensive suite of audio material that could be used on my daily walks, and was delighted to find your pages. Based on the first chapters of “cards” so far, am really enjoying the approach to translation (sits in a sweet spot between consistency and the literal while conveying the flavours of the idiom) and the shifts of pace between sentences and vocabulary somehow keeps it that much more engaging.

    I have had Genki for years but struggled to get into it, not least, I suspect, because I’m not a university student, but the parent of one, and time-poor working adults need an approach that prioritizes their needs and cuts to the chase. And you’re both so very easy on the ear, and a pleasure to listen to – bonus!

    What an immense labor of love it has been. I have JFE, but have ordered your own book today, not only for its inherent value but also because it seems only fair to do so given the rich content you have given us here. Many thanks, and best regards from Australia.

    1. Hello Al,

      Thank you for your fascinating message. Noriko and I really appreciate your support.

      Good luck with your Japanese studies! We hope that you enjoy the book.

  4. Hi Roger

    Your site is great. I can’t believe this site exists. I’ve been learning Japanese for 1 month and I am currently working on your lesson 2. Your material helps me a great deal as I am staying home with my newborn baby so I cannot attend classes. In addition, I’m from Vietnam where virtual courses are rare. I am trying to learn Japanese in order to have better job opportunities when my kids grow up and I am able to work again.

    Many thanks to you and your wife for your effort and generosity.


    1. Hi Linh,

      Thank you for writing. We are happy to hear that you are finding our lessons helpful. Good luck with your baby and with your Japanese study! I’m sure that a knowledge of Japanese can help you to get a better job in the future.

  5. Hi Roger,

    Just want to say a big thank you to you and your wife for producing these audio files for free. I have been using them now for about a year and am currently on lesson 24. They really were a God-send for me as I had finished with the Pimsler method and was looking for something else similar to use while commuting to and from work. You guys do such a great job together and I just want you to know that I really appreciate and respect the efforts you’ve made to help people out in this way. My hat goes off to you both!! You guys are awesome! Thanks!

    1. Thank you for writing, Mike. Noriko and I really appreciate your support.

      Getting to Lesson 24 is quite an accomplishment! I think that our younger daughter is working on Lesson 22. She once spent a semester in Japan and is very interested keeping up with the language.

      We are doing the final proofreading of our book, “Learn to Read in Japanese,” and it should be available from Amazon and Ingram Spark within a couple of weeks, so please check back from time to time. It will teach 608 essential kanji, and it includes about 4,200 Japanese sentences written in a large font for reading practice. The romaji equivalents and translation of each sentence are provided in a small font on the same page, easy to ignore but also readily available when needed. It will be very easy for students to look up any kanji that they don’t know well in the index and then to access information about them in the Kanji Catalogue, including three different kinds of mnemonics. I think that the book will be a very useful tool for anyone who, like me, has been struggling to learn kanji.

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