Online Learning Materials
|Reading web sites
|Dictionaries and translators
|Learning Japanese online
|Japanese Language Proficiency Test
|Other useful links
Reading Japanese web pages
To view Japanese, the best solution is to use the Microsoft web browser, Internet Explorer 5, along with an additional font system called Global IME Japanese with the language kit. It can be downloaded directly from your own system disc by revising the area-setting at the control panel. It can also be downloaded from Microsoft’s web site, which offers separate IME for Windows 2000 and XP. Download
Wordprocessing in Japanese with Word 2000 or XP
If you use Word 2000 or XP, you should be able to type Japanese. It is also allowed to mix Chinese and Japanese in one file, a feature not offered in most other applications at the moment.
Click the Online-teaching link and you will find sub-links for Japanese daily expressions, katakana, hiragana, kanji and more. Weekly test, kanji practice, placement tests for JLPT are also available.
This site provides a lot of information on Japanese learning, which includes Japanese characters, practice on Japanese, various photos of Japan, etc.
On-line lessons in Japanese as well as Japanese dictionary. Some lessons require you to have Japanese display capabilities.
By following animated GIF files, beginners can hone their writing skills, making their katakana, hiragana, and kanji more legible.
Japanese on-line grammar references
This takes you to the site of yourDictionary.com which brings together dictionaries and grammar references of many languages including Japanese.
NHK Japanese lessons
By clicking the medium language, you can enter their Japanese programme.
Japanese Class Online
Online Japanese lessons instructed in Chinese. To view full site, you need to join a member, but it gives free trial lessons that cover a lot of aspects of Japanese such as Japanese characters, grammar, vocabulary, phrasal expressions, proverbs, etc.
Nippon Nihongo Gakuen
You can learn Japanese through Japanese TV drama (soap opera) scripts with Chinese translation. Japanese fixed expressions, trendy words, slang, Japanese geographical information also available. You need to be a member to view the full site.
Japanese Studies Center at CUHK
You may download revision notes and audio files from two textbooks for Japanese I and Japanese II at CHUK.
Homepage of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test
This site is in both Japanese and English.
JLPT in Hong Kong
Information about JLPT in Chinese. Contains details about taking the test in December 2002.
Click Japanese or English, and you will find Kanji and verb conjugations practice.
A good source for JLPT placement tests. Enter the “Online-Teaching” link and follow weekly tests.
NHK Japanese lessons
Some latest news can be listened to and viewed with simplified news script.
Radio Japan Online
Online radio news programmes.
Internet Radio Stations
It lists available Internet radio stations in Japan.
A very good site for listening to Japanese stories with beautiful music and clear narration. You need to be a member, but “Story of the month” is offered for free.
English-Japanese Japanese-English Dictionary offered by ALC.
Text-based and web-based translation from Chinese/English into Japanese and vice versa.
Japanese National Tourists Organization
This site offers travel information tips in Japan, including accommodation.
Japanese Information Network
A comprehensive directory of websites on Industry, education, scholarship, etc.
Information of Hong Kong
Here is information about Hong Kong in Japanese, brought to you by the Hong Kong Tourist Association.