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Whether you just want to learn a few Japanese words and phrases, or you want to go further, we’ve got the answers to all your Japanese language questions! We're talking great tools, great tips, audio lessons, and the inside word on how to speak Japanese confidently and understand Japanese quickly and effectively...

Right here you‘ll find tons of Japanese language resources that will really help you learn Japanese. From understanding how Japanese grammar works, to a whole range of really helpful Japanese words and phrases, these fantastic Japanese lessons will make sure that you can get your point across when you're traveling in a Japanese speaking country.

First of All, Who am I?

Hello, my name’s Sayaka Matsuura, and I’m the host of Rocket Japanese. I come from the beautiful city of Osaka, which means Japanese is my native language. That also means that I know just how hard it can be to learn a new language, because I’ve been there learning English. Together with my English speaking colleague, Kenny, I want to help you to speak and understand Japanese while cutting your learning time in half.

I’ve travelled the world over and have found that languages are a great way to meet people and discover new things. I really want to make your Japanese learning experience rewarding and fun!

My goal, just like Rocket Languages’, is to help you reach your goal.

Why the Rocket Express Learning System®?

If you want to learn to express yourself a new language, and do it at express pace, then the Rocket Express Learning System is just what you need.

By combining three scientifically proven theories of learning, and taking advantage of advances in e-learning and technology, the team at Rocket Languages have a developed an effective way for you to speak and understand the language you've always loved, and retain it forever.

It begins with George A. Miller's idea of 'chunking', breaking down big difficult content into small easy parts.

Then there's Dr Stephen Krashen's theory that the best way to learn a language is in a low pressure environment with supportive native speakers who are prepared to give honest accurate feedback.

Finally, Neil Fleming found that there are four main ways that people learn:

  • Visually - they see it
  • Aurally - they hear it
  • Reading/Writing
  • Kinesthetically - they do it

When you combine these three complimentary theories with a team that is at the cutting edge of e-learning technology, you get a system that is guaranteed to have you speaking and understanding your new favorite language in no time at all.

How to Perfect Your Japanese Pronunciation with Rocket Record

You can sound like you ARE a native Japanese speaker when you use Rocket Record, the pronunciation tool from Rocket Japanese!

Here’s the transcript from one of our Interactive Audio Lessons:

Kenny
さやか さん、 こんにち は。
さやか さん、 こんにち は。

Sayaka san, konnichiwa!
Hello, Sayaka!
Sayaka
ケニー さん、 こんにち は。
ケニー さん、 こんにち は。

Kenī san, konnichiwa!
Hello, Kenny!
 
おげんき です か?
お元気ですか?

O genki desu ka?
How are you?
Kenny
げんき です。 ありがとう。 あなた は ?
元気です。ありがとう。あなたは?

Genki desu, arigatō, anata wa?
I'm good, thank you, and you?
Sayaka
わたし も げんき です。 ありがとう。
私も元気です。ありがとう。

Watashi mo genki desu, arigatō.
I'm good too, thank you.

IMPORTANT! To get full functionality with Rocket Record voice comparison you need to become a member by either purchasing or signing up for the trial. Once you have done this you can download the Rocket Languages App and get full functionality!

Kenny さやか さん、 こんにち は。
さやか さん、 こんにち は。

Sayaka san, konnichiwa!
Hello, Sayaka!
Sayaka ケニー さん、 こんにち は。
ケニー さん、 こんにち は。

Kenī san, konnichiwa!
Hello, Kenny!
  おげんき です か?
お元気ですか?

O genki desu ka?
How are you?
Kenny げんき です。 ありがとう。 あなた は ?
元気です。ありがとう。あなたは?

Genki desu, arigatō, anata wa?
I'm good, thank you, and you?
Sayaka わたし も げんき です。 ありがとう。
私も元気です。ありがとう。

Watashi mo genki desu, arigatō.
I'm good too, thank you.

Note the blue triangle icons beside each Japanese phrase. Just click the icon to access Rocket Record.

Rocket Record allows you to listen to the way native speakers say hundreds of Japanese words and phrases. Then you can record yourself and accurately compare your speech with that of the native speaker.

It really is a fantastic way to learn Japanese by increasing the amount of Japanese words and phrases you know, and at the same time massively improving your pronunciation and accent. Rocket Record is great for your confidence!

Virtually every Japanese word and phrase in these lessons uses our Rocket Record voice comparison technology to get your pronunciation sounding as close as possible to a native Japanese speaker.

Try out Rocket Record in these pronunciation lessons!

How to Understand Spoken Japanese with Testing

Most of our Japanese lessons take advantage of Testing, our exclusive testing tool. Testing has three testing components, Hear It Say It!, Write It!, and Know It! Plus the multi-choice Quiz.

1. Hear it Say it!

Training your ear for Japanese can be one of the things that Japanese learners find the hardest to master. That’s why we came up with Hear It Say It!

Here’s how Hear lt Say It! works. A randomly selected audio track from within each lesson is played. After listening to the track you’re prompted to record yourself saying the word, compare the way you say it to the Japanese speaker, and rate how well you understand what the speaker was saying. A very powerful tool to tune your ear to spoken Japanese!

Have a go with Hear It Say It! Here

2. Write it!

It's one thing being able to pronounce Japanese words correctly, it's quite another figuring out how those sounds turn into written words.

Write It! is the self-testing tool that lets you find out how well developed your Japanese ear really is. Just listen to the native speaker saying a word or phrase, then try to write it correctly in the space provided. There's a special character keyboard available if you need it, so you can get it exactly right.

When you're done click reveal, and you get to see how well you did, and get a rating for that word or phrase.

Test your writing skills with Write It! here:

3. Know it!

Now, all the training in the world won’t help you if someone is talking to you in Japanese and your mind freezes when it’s your turn to speak! That’s why we developed Know It! The self-testing tool that really puts you on the spot!

Know It! pulls randomly selected English words and phrases out of each lesson and prompts you to record yourself saying the Japanese translation, compare yourself to the Japanese speaker, and then rate how well you did! You really need to know your stuff for this one but the benefits are huge in maximizing how quickly you can come up with the right thing to say when someone is speaking Japanese to you!

For a real challenge try out Know It!:

Test out your Japanese skills with Testing in these lessons:

Learn Japanese Words

Now you know how to use Rocket Record and Testing you can start learning Japanese with some basic Japanese lessons.

These Japanese word lessons from Rocket Japanese will help you to learn tons of basic Japanese words and improve your Japanese pronunciation. We’ve also included some useful vocabulary lists to help you learn Japanese for real-world situations!

Try these popular lessons:

Learn Japanese Phrases

Once you’ve built up your vocabulary by learning some basic Japanese words, it’s time to move on to learning key Japanese phrases with some more of our Japanese lessons

Are you planning on traveling to a Japanese speaking country on vacation or business? Or perhaps you need to speak Japanese closer to home... Whatever the reason you can learn simple Japanese phrases for with these Japanese lessons from Rocket Japanese.

What comes next?

When you're ready to take your Japanese learning to the next level Rocket Japanese has just the right course for you:

You can hear the first Interactive Audio Lesson from Rocket Japanese Premium here:

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Konnichiwa, O genki desu ka?

My name is Lucas Broadway, I am 22 years old and I reside in Kentucky in the United States. I have worked in a Japanese based automotive industry for over 4 years and it has always been a dream of mine to learn another language, especially Japanese.

I found it rather intimidating to learn a new language after I had researched other teaching courses – some taught you how to speak but not to read or write, while others rushed through the beginning stages of the teachings and moved straight to the more advanced and intermediate courses. My hope was almost gone until I came across the Rocket Japanese website.

What a relief it was to hear friendly voices teaching a wonderful language in such an easy to follow, easy to learn format. Words cannot explain how simple it is to learn Japanese with this program. If you are struggling to find something that can easily teach and gingerly walk you through a new language then Rocket Japanese needs to be your one stop shop. You will never again have to worry about being late for another lesson or forgetting what you’ve already learned. This program is like sitting down with two close friends and being taught easily and successfully what the Japanese language is all about.

No more useless memorizations or boring drills, just the facts of what you need to know in an understandable format.

If you haven’t yet purchased this program then you are robbing from yourself by not taking advantage of what this great team has to offer.

Thank you Rocket Japanese and your wonderful team for all you have done to help me learn the beautiful Japanese language. Thank you for allowing me to share my testimonial with you.
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