Free Japanese Lessons

These free Japanese lessons will teach you how to improve your Japanese knowledge and pronunciation immensely. Make sure that you use Rocket Record, our voice recognition technology to get your Japanese pronunciation perfect!

At the bottom of each Japanese lesson you will find the Testing section. Using these scientifically designed tests will help your recall of all the Japanese that you have learned!

Talking about animals in Japanese

In this Rocket Japanese lesson we'll be taking a trip to the zoo to talk about all types of animals in Japanese. You might have a dog or cat at home, but I bet you don't have a monkey!

Need to fix your car in Japanese?

This lesson is on cars in Japanese. In this lesson we’ll cover tons of Japanese car vocabulary. From hoods to trunks and everything in between.

Describe your clothes in Japanese

Knowing some words for clothes in Japanese can come in handy for all kinds of situations. After this free audio lesson you’ll be able to describe what someone is wearing, or what you’re looking for when shopping for clothes in Japanese.

What are the colors in Japanese?

The colors in Japanese are some of the vocabulary you’ll utilize most when speaking Japanese. You’ll be surprised how often you use color words to describe things on a daily basis. You can start new conversations too by talking about your favorite color, or perhaps you’re shopping and need to specify what you’re looking for.

Emotions in Japanese

After this online audio lesson you will be able talk about your feelings in Japanese. Being able to talk about your emotions in Japanese will help you get to know people better and take your new friendships to the next level. How would you like to be able to say how you really feel in a Japanese conversation? Let's get started...

Talk about your family in Japanese

How do you say "parents" in Japanese? It's not as hard as you may think! Imagine describing to a native Japanese speaker who your family is made up of. This lesson covers how to talk about your family in Japanese.

Discuss your hobbies in Japanese

How do you tell people what you like to do in Japanese? In this free audio lesson you’ll learn how to say “I like” in Japanese. Whether it’s football, the cinema, dining out, or reading the latest novel, you’ll learn how to speak about hobbies in Japanese, and things you enjoy.

Know your household appliances in Japanese

This lesson is all about how to pronounce household appliances in Japanese. These days we have a number of household appliances in our homes to make domestic duties easier and quicker. Look around your kitchen and laundry and you will see just how many electrical time saving devices you have. Now, here is the Japanese vocabulary for you to put to those little wonders.

Different nationalities in Japanese

In this lesson about pronouncing nationalities in Japanese, you'll learn how to answer that all important question that you'll be asked frequently – Anata wa doko no shusshindesu ka? - Where are you from?

Parts of the face in Japanese

On a daily basis, you probably encounter at least a few new people, from the cashier at the grocery store to the mailman. I’m sure you’d be able to describe all these people in English, but how about describing faces in Japanese?

The body in Japanese

After today’s audio lesson you’ll know the parts of the body in Japanese. In case you ever need to go to the doctor or hospital, you'll need to know what you're talking about - some basic medical Japanese for your language survival kit!

Describe yourself in Japanese

Can you describe yourself in Japanese? It’s useful to be able to talk about yourself when you’re getting to know new people, speaking to an official person or filling out a form. Whatever the situation, the Rocket Japanese team have created this free audio lesson to make it easier for you.

Describe people in Japanese

Ever tried describing people in Japanese? What’s the Japanese word for “tall”? How do you say someone is kind? After this free audio lesson you’ll know some Japanese adjectives to describe someone’s appearance and the kind of person they are as well.

Talking about music in Japanese

Being able to talk about music in Japanese is a great way to start a conversation with a native Japanese speaker – after all, music is a universal language!

It's important to be able to talk about the weather in Japanese!

The weather is probably a common topic where you live and in Japanese it's no different. Being able to talk about the weather in Japanese can be a wonderful ice-breaker when chatting to locals. There's a solid 45 audio phrases to learn in this lesson!

Need to book accommodation in Japanese?

You’re tired of traveling and need a place to sleep, but how do you ask about accommodation in Japanese? In this lesson you’ll learn how to find suitable accommodation in Japanese. You’ll learn how to ask for different types of Japanese hotels, or perhaps you’d prefer a hostel?

Directions in Japanese

Ready to master directions in Japanese? This free audio lesson will give you the essential travel Japanese you need to navigate your way around a Japanese-speaking country. I wish it were as simple as learning the word for where in Japanese and a few Japanese road signs, but there’s a little more to it than that! As you may have already guessed, asking for directions in Japanese is relatively easy… but understanding the directions you are given may be a little more challenging.

Going out in Japanese?

In this lesson we will introduce some popular kinds of entertainment for going out in Japanese. You won't run out of things to do in Tokyo. Whether you're looking for a fun-packed time or a quiet night out, Tokyo is famous for it's nightlife!

Health in Japanese

You never know when you might need to talk about health in Japanese. Maybe you’re travelling in Japan and need to visit a drugstore. Perhaps you’re travelling elsewhere with a Japanese family member. Either way, we hope you never need to use them, but check out this free audio lesson – it doesn’t hurt to be prepared!


Today we'll be learning all about Katakana - of the two Japanese phonetic character sets. The other set is Hiragana. Both Hiragana and Katakana, which were invented to better fit the Japanese language, instead of depending on the Chinese characters (Kanji) alone.

Talking about airplanes in Japanese

When you’re traveling by air there are some Japanese airplane words you may need to use. In this online audio lesson you’ll learn vocabulary to do with traveling on a airplane in Japanese.

Ordering in a Japanese restaurant

Knowing the basic Japanese food vocabulary is a must to help you when scouring menus at restaurants and cafes or to feel confident about what to ask for at the grocery store. You might also need to know the words to talk about your likes and dislikes. Let's take a look at this free audio lesson on ordering in a Japanese restaurant.

Counting in Japanese

There are so many reasons to know how to count in Japanese, and the Rocket Japanese team are here to help. Starting with the basics, by the end of this lesson you’ll know how to count in Japanese from numbers 1-10. Let’s get started!

Japanese Numbers

This free audio lesson on Japanese numbers is essential stuff for your Japanese language survival kit! By the end of this lesson you'll be able to count from 1 to 100 and be able to use numbers to talk about age and money.


In this lesson we'll be learning all about Hiragana - of the two Japanese phonetic character sets. The other set is Katakana. Both Hiragana and Katakana, which were invented to better fit the Japanese language, instead of depending on the Chinese characters (Kanji) alone.

Saying No in Japanese

Basic words like Yes and No are important to know when travelling in Japan. You may need to reply with a "No thank you". Learn all the ways you can say No in Japanese.

Dating in Japanese

How do you say I love you in Japanese? How do you tell someone you just want to be friends? After this free audio lesson you’ll know lots of important words for dating in Japanese.

Wishing a friend Happy birthday in Japanese!

Wanting to wish a friend a happy birthday in Japanese? This free audio lesson will teach you how. Let's get started!

Japanese Expressions

This lesson is full of useful Japanese expressions that will help you on your next trip to Japan! After this lesson you'll have a range of common expressions to use when socializing with Japanese people, talking about different celebrations, and wishing people good luck!

Sports Talk in Japanese

If you want to talk about sports in Japanese, this free lesson is for you! Listen carefully to the Japanese pronunciation and practice saying the words and phrases aloud.

Japanese Alphabet

It's best to get started with the basics. Understanding the Japanese alphabet sounds will make the learning process a lot easier further down the track. The letters in the Japanese alphabet are the same as in English! Click here for the lesson on the Japanese alphabet

Sightseeing in Japan

From the busy city streets of Tokyo to scenic national parks, Japan has plenty to offer avid sightseers. Today we'll look at some places and activities for everyone. Let's get started on sightseeing in Japan!

Taking the subway in Japanese

If you are visiting Japan, you will most likely need to hop on a train at some point. It's a cheap way to travel longer distances and see as much of the city as you can. The Tokyo subway system is the most used subway system in the world and is very extensive. Click here to begin.

Yes in Japanese

How many ways can you say Yes in Japanese? Check out this lesson on saying Yes in Japanese.

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Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese