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An optimized approach to learning Japanese

Welcome to Immersion-Based Japanese Learning, a website made for Japanese learners and people interested in language learning more generally.

What is this website?

This website explains a general input-driven immersion-based language learning method with special focus on Japanese. Immersion-based learning is deceptively simple and has its roots, at least in the Japanese learning community, in this famous blog. In there, the author realized that by immersing himself constantly in Japanese, he was able to understand the language much faster than by spending time solving grammar exercises in a textbook. The Japanese learning community has grown a lot since these days and new tools have appeared in the community that allow immersion to be as seamless as possible.

My goal in building this website is threefold:

  1. To explain and argue for immersion-based language learning;
  2. To give you an actual learning setup you can use for Japanese;
  3. To list learning resources and Japanese media recommendations.

These goals are reflected in the structure of the website with the first part explained in the main guide and in the immersion section, the second in the setup section as well as in the mining section. As for the third goal, you can find various resources to help your learning in the resources section and media recommendations for immersion compiled in the recommendations page. Finally, the miscellaneous page compiles some more information that didn't fit neatly in any of the other categories.

If all of this sounds good to you, click here to read the guide.


頑張って! (credit: azumi)


I would like to thank multiple people in the Japanese learning community. First and foremost, I would like to thank shoui (who built The Moe Way) and Xelieu who wrote this wonderful guide. Without these resources, I would not have gone back to Japanese and I certainly would not have learned about all the wonderful tools we now have at our disposal.

I would also like to give special thanks to Marv and Aquafina whose many contributions you can find here and here respectively. These two amazing people spent some of their time to help me get my setup working with their tools. More generally, I would like to thank every single person that has worked on the many resources listed on the resources page. Our community is full of talented people who have dedicated a large portion of their time for free to the betterment of our learning experience. For this, I will forever be grateful.