Japanese Tutoring

This page hosts all of the Japanese lessons I used to tutor students. Feel free to download them and use them:

  1. Lesson 1 Being Polite and Saying Hi
  2. Lesson 2 Self-Introduction
  3. Lesson 3 Syllables and Hiragana
  4. Lesson 3b Extra Hiragana
  5. Lesson 4 Desu
  6. Lesson 5 Ja Nai Desu
  7. Lesson 6 Verbs
  8. Lesson 7 SVO and SOV
  9. Lesson 8 Janken
  10. Lesson 9 Masu conjugations
  11. Lesson 11 More Phrases
  12. Lesson 12 More verbs and particles
  13. Lesson 13

Also, this page contains the resources I recommend students use for Japanese self-study. The main two resources are Anki and Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar.

Anki is a software program that helps you learn faster and remember better. It organizes information into digital flashcards that you practice. As you practice, you mark the flashcards as being okay or not okay. Based on the attributes of those cards – how many times you’ve seen them before, how difficult and – what we know of the science of remembering they get scheduled out into the future. So you spend the least amount of time studying the material while maximizing retention. This has a huge positive impact on short-term learning outcomes (scoring higher on this month’s test) and long-term learning outcomes (remembering Spanish for decades without taking another class).

Search and download some Anki decks to get started:

  1. Hiragana
  2. Basic Vocabulary
  3. Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar (grammar)
  4. Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar (vocab)

Anki even has a manual if you need help.


You can view Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar on its website, or follow the links from that page to:

  1. Order the paperback textbook
  2. Download the PDF version
  3. Download the iOS app
  4. Download the Android app

Use the menu on the right side of the page to navigate through the Guide and learn some Japanese grammar. There are even Anki decks to help you practice the grammar and the vocab!


I also made an Anki deck for students to practice the words and phrases we used in our tutoring sessions. Here it is – extract the ZIP file then import either the .txt or .apkg file into Anki.

Japanese Anki deck for SWF