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Free Japanese Lessons

These free Japanese lessons will help you 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.

Japanese Phrases

In these articles you will find information on common Japanese phrases. Want to know how to say "I love you" or "I miss you" in Japanese, or perhaps just some funny Japanese phrases? Check these out.

Japanese Pronunciation

If you want to sound like a native Japanese speaker be sure to check out this lesson on Japanese Pronunciation. Discover some handy tips to sounding as fluent in Japanese as you possibly can.

Japanese Questions

This series of lessons on Japanese questions will cover all that you need to know to be able to ask (and respond to) the questions that you will most commonly use in Japanese.

Japanese Salutations

This series of Japanese lessons covers all the different Japanese salutations, from "Hello" to "Good bye" and everything in between. These lessons will help you hone your manners and show politeness when speaking to Japanese people.

Japanese Time

These free Japanese language lessons are all about learning Japanese time. You'll learn the days and months, as well as how to ask for the time and tell others what time it is.

Japanese Vocabulary

It's time to move on to some essential Japanese vocabulary that's sure to come in handy on your next trip to Japan!

Japanese Words

It's easy to learn Japanese words with these free Japanese audio lessons. The Rocket Japanese team has created an online list of common Japanese words to help you survive in a Japanese-speaking environment.

Talk 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!

Talk About Cars 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 Japan.

The Colors in Japanese

The colors in Japanese are some of the vocabulary you’ll utilize most. You’ll be surprised how often you use color words to describe things on a daily basis. For example, when you're talking to your friends about your favorite color, or when you're out shopping and need to specify what color shirt you are 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

Do you know how to tell people what you like to do in Japanese? In this free audio lesson, you'll learn how to say “I like” in Japanese, as well as lots of new vocabulary you can use to talk about your hobbies. Whether it’s football, the cinema, dining out, or reading the latest novel, this lesson will teach you how to speak about your hobbies in Japanese.

Know Your Household Appliances in Japanese

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

Different Nationalities in Japanese

In this lesson on nationalities in Japanese,, you'll learn how to answer that all important question that you're sure to be asked: あなた は どこ の しゅっしん です か? (Anata wa doko no shusshin desu 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 of these people's faces in English, but how about describing their faces in Japanese?

The Body in Japanese

After today’s audio lesson, you’ll know how to say the parts of the body in Japanese. This basic medical Japanese is sure to come in handy in case you ever need to go to the doctor or hospital in Japan.

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 too.

Talk 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!

The Weather in Japanese

No doubt the weather is a common topic where you live, and in Japan, 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!

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, as well as how to ask about 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 Japan. 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 the words for some popular forms of entertainment you might need to describe going out in Japanese. You'll never run out 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 traveling in Japan and need to visit a drugstore, or perhaps you’re traveling elsewhere with a Japanese family member. Either way, this free audio lesson will prepare you for any situation you might need to discuss your health in Japanese.


in this lesson, we'll be learning all about katakana, one of the two Japanese phonetic character sets (the other being hiragana). Did you know that both hiragana and katakana 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 an 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. It's also handy to know the words for the foods you like or dislike. Let's take at some vocabulary that is sure to come in handy in 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 the 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, one of the two Japanese phonetic character sets (the other being katakana). This is the most basic and essential of the three Japanese scripts.

Saying "No" in Japanese

Basic words like "yes" and "no" are important to know when traveling in Japan. For example, 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.

Pronouncing the 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. Don't worry, Japanese has a lot of similar sounds to 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 country as you can. The Tokyo subway system is the most used subway system in the world and is very extensive. Click here to learn some essential words when taking the subway in Japan.

Saying "Yes" in Japanese

How many ways can you say "yes" in Japanese? There are quite a few! Check out this lesson on saying "yes."

また こんど。 (Mata kondo.)

Sayaka Matsuura: Rocket Japanese