Top 9 Japanese Language Blogs

by Buddy Lindsey

These are the top 9 language blogs, 9 because I like to be different, I follow.  Some of the criteria I had in choosing these were: detail, post consistency, and up-to-date.  From there it gets more into personal taste, like most lists.  So here we go ready to get started?

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9 - JapanesePod101.com – I know this is a podcast, that is why it is number 9, but it is too good of a resource to pass up on giving props to.  I added it because they update everyday and the comments on many of them are really really good to read and get good information from without listening to the episode. (They are now advertisers on this site. This was posted before they became advertisers.)

8 – Rainbowhill Language Lab – This is a great blog for finding resources for learning Japanese.  He posts fairly often on sites that have posted good language posts.  Also he will post language stuff from time to time which is also well worth the read.

7 – Transparent Japanese Blog – This blog made it due to sheer volume of posts.  These are meant to be quick and to the point from what I can tell while subscribed.  There is next to no personality in these posts, but can be effective for quick doses of information.

6 – Nihongo Up – I was apprehensive about this one because it is so very new and focuses mostly on the software that was written.  However, there are also language posts and good ones too.  Plus it doesn’t look like he is going anywhere soon.

5 – Tae Kim’s Blog – I like this blog when it comes to detailed language posts.  When he does Japanese posts, which is often enough, they are good and detailed and very technical, which is fun in a language nerd way.

4 – Nihongo Notes – This blog isn’t solely about Japanese language, much like mine, but he has very good nuggets through out his site.  Plus he also focuses on the culture of japan too which is also important in language development

3 – Tofugu – While he doesn’t post a whole heck of a lot.  When tofugu (koichi) does post language posts they are usually pretty good and easy to understand.  Definitely something I want to get better at, easy to understand.

2 - Hungry For (mostly Japanese) Words – I am a long time reader of Maki’s from Just Hungry and Just Bento. (don’t go to those sites if you are hungry) Anyway once I found out she had a language blog too I was ecstatic because she cooks up some awesome language posts for you.

1 – All Japanese All the Time -This blog is all about language learning and how to do it.  Khatsumoto learned Japanese from nothing to fluency in 18 months and this blog is how he did it.  Is a very good read.  Very good ont he conceptual level of learning. It is a meta-learning (learn how to learn) blog.

For some Japanese Language Twitterers visit Nihongo Notes.

What are some blogs you recommend for learning Japanese that should have gone on this list? This is all my opinion and I have been known to be wrong so tell me where.

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1 himawari June 30, 2009 at 12:53 am

Great list :) I didn’t know some of these!
JapanesePod101 actually has a regularly-updated blog too -
http://blogs.japanesepod101.com

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2 Koji Oe June 30, 2009 at 1:54 am

Totally agree with AJATT being number 1. I was kinda skeptical about his method but when I actually took the time to read it I found it very useful.

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3 Al June 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm

While not exclusively, or even mostly, dedicated to Japanese Language, this blog has some Japanese Language related content: http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/tag/japanese-language/
http://traveljapanblog.com/wordpress/tag/japanese-language-study-methods/

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4 Alex June 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm

You can also read a little bit more about the language learning process, specifically focusing on Japanese and, to a lesser extent, Korean on my blog. http://www.victorymanual.com/

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5 Koichi June 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Really appreciate the spot on the list – Don’t know if I deserve to be up there, but I agree with all your other choices. Nice!

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6 Will July 1, 2009 at 9:14 pm

great list, showed me a few more websites i didn’t know, this will definitely help me out.

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7 Liv July 6, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Great list! I’m also fond of http://www.readthekanji.com (a totally addictive interactive quiz). http://www.kanji-a-day.com is also an old reliable. 皆さん, 頑張ましょうね?

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8 Philip Seyfi July 8, 2009 at 6:20 am

Thank you a lot for featuring my NihongoUp blog! This really motivates me to write even more interesting stuff ^^

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9 Murlu May 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Very cool, I’ve been saving up to visit Tokyo within the coming years. Would be great to brush up on some commons words so I’m not completely lost. Thanks for sharing these :3

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10 Josh March 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’ve also found this Japanese blog to be fairly useful: http://japaneselevelup.com/

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11 Nicolas May 8, 2011 at 8:26 am

Thanks for this great selection. I have been looking for a great sites to learn Japanese for long time.
Some are good for kana, some for kanji, some have a good overview on grammar and some provide vocabulary lists, but it’s hard to find all in one place.

In the end I started to build it myself. It is still purely focussed on learning the language and there is still a lot to add. But there is enough contents now to get an idea of what it is and where is is heading for. It now also is the right timing to ask others for feedback.

http://nihongoichiban.com

So please check it out and let me know what you think – and may be one day it will make it on this list too.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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12 How to learn kanji May 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

AJATT and Tofugu are my favorite Japanese language resources. japanesepod is definitively a good resource for getting audio material, but AJATT deserves to be on the number one spot for a reason! Thanks for compiling this list! :D

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13 Study Japanese Language September 19, 2012 at 4:48 am

Thanks for providing list of Japanese language blog. I will visit each those later.

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