Japanese Learning Textbooks and Resources You MUST Have (and lots of free stuff!!!)

I know that you guys don’t want to hear my flapping and just wanna get to the goods! Before you scroll down, let me just quickly say that these materials are based on my own experiences buying and ditching textbooks and cds for like six years!! Everything I’m about to tell you is the best of the best that I could find (but this isn’t a complete list)! In other words, I didn’t pull this stuff out of my ass. I’m actually serious about how awesome this stuff is. So without further ado, the Japanese learning must-haves!

Japanese the Manga Way



I absolutely LOVE this textbook! It makes Japanese learning super fun, but more importantly it is EXTREMELY useful if you want to learn how to read, not just Manga but anything. It introduces Japanese grammar, politeness levels and ending particles in a way that isn’t totally confusing and ridiculous. This is a must have for any serious Japanese learner.

Kodansha’s Japanese Workbooks






If you are just starting Japanese, these workbooks are the knees of the bees for learning Katakana and Hiragana. It was a real nightmare for me to learn these for real, but this book introduced each character and had plenty of practice for each one. There are also pre-made flashcards in the back for extra practice. These books are just a no brainer!

Genkouyoushi Notebooks





Okay, this isn’t a textbook, but it is an essential part of your Japanese study. Just like children in grade school, you’ll need a specific kind of notebook to help you study Japanese Kanji. Genkouyoushi paper is exactly that. It’s a grid notebook made to make it easier for you to practice writing Kanji!

Shadowing: Let’s Speak Japanese (Intermediate Version)


Okay, this is an audio based program with minimal grammatical explanations, but hear me out. It is an extremely effective way to learn to speak Japanese. Based on the US State Department, the best way to train interpreters is a method called shadowing. In other words, you listen to a native speaker and repeat what they say over and over until your ears bleed and your mouth goes dry. Does it work? YES! I have personally used this method for over 4 years and it has NEVER failed me. Just keep in mind that you will need to do self research on grammatical points, but otherwise this book is gold. They have a beginner to intermediate and an intermediate to advanced version on Amazon.

Free Resources!!!!!

Okay so now the fun part. The free stuffffff! I have compiled all the free crap I have (including textbooks, organizers, trackers, and audio lessons) into a Google Drive folder that I am happy to share with you! Just visit the link and take what cha need! Keep in mind that I’m constantly adding new stuff! You’re welcome! 🙂




5 thoughts on “Japanese Learning Textbooks and Resources You MUST Have (and lots of free stuff!!!)

  1. Thank you so much for this post, it’s really helpful 😀 !! I’ve been thinking about buying Japanese the manga way, now I surely will

    And you’re a sweetheart for sharing that google drive with us!, just one thing: through this link we can only access a .pdf file (top 500 japanese verbs), not the folder!

    wish you the best!


  2. Nice post. I study one thing tougher on totally different blogs everyday. It’ll at all times be stimulating to read content material from other writers and apply a bit of something from their store. I’d favor to make use of some with the content on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a hyperlink in your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I’m sorry to say this,but I still can only access the top japanese 500 verbs… But for the rest it’s a very helpful post! I’m definitely going to check the Genkouyoushi notebooks.


  4. I’m sorry to say, but I still can only access the top 500 Japanese verbs..
    For the rest it’s a very helpful post! I’m definitely going to check out the Genkouyoushi notebooks!


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