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Stage 1 Outline

  1. Basic/Survival Japanese
  2. Hiragana/Katakana
  3. Grammar
  4. Vocabulary-Building
  5. Reading Practice
  6. Kanji
  7. JLPT-Specific (incl. grammar, vocabulary, and kanji)

Recommended Tools: Rikaichan, KanjiBox, Quizlet

Stage 1 is intended for those just beginning to study to early-intermediates of the language. Those who have never studied Japanese before as well as those who may want to just get a quick grasp of simple phrases before going to Japan will find the Basic/Survival Japanese sections most helpful. Hiragana and katakana (the two phonetic writing systems of Japanese) should preferably be learned right away, so it is advised that beginners use the Hiragana/Katakana section to their advantage. Absolute beginners will probably find the Reading Practice section too difficult, but the Grammar and Vocabulary-Building sections are suitable for their level. The Kanji section should be used after fully grasping hiragana and katakana. The JLPT-Specific section contains websites that will be most useful to those intending to take or study for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, as the websites in that section have materials meant for the test (although all students should find the websites to be excellent resources).


BASIC/SURVIVAL JAPANESE

HIRAGANA/KATAKANA

GRAMMAR

VOCABULARY-BUILDING

READING PRACTICE

KANJI

JLPT-SPECIFIC – INCLUDES GRAMMAR, KANJI, AND VOCAB