Japanese Pronunciation for Communication


This is an online Japanese pronunciation course created with the ultimate goal of 'being able to speak Japanese' with pronunciation that accurately communicates your true feelings.
Short lecture-style videos designed so that even beginners can easily follow let you systematically learn the characteristics of Japanese pronunciation.

  • After you set up an account, you can take Waseda University courses.
  • The free course offers plenty of practice and learning.
  • For a fee, you can get course materials, graded assignments, and exams. The course has five lectures in total. You can learn Japanese pronunciation by watching videos and practice by listening to the audio.
  • The videos come with translated audio transcripts in multiple languages; Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish.
  • In the section about 'Japanese Speech Education Around the World', you can listen to practical reports by graduates and presently enrolled students who are active around the world.
  • You can learn about Japanese pronunciation and culture through conversation, practice, quizzes, and forums.

How to...

To create an account, you need your full name and email address.
Press 'Enroll' to get started.
First choose between the paid or free course.

The teacher will give you details in the course outline.

In addition to the course outline, there are five lectures in total.

Here is an introduction of each lecture in order of content.

The first one is a lecture on pronunciation, including accent and intonation.
By clicking the button on the bottom right of the screen, captions can be displayed in four languages(Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean).



You can also download translated audio transcripts.
These come in eight languages(Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish).



Scroll down to find the audio player towards the bottom to practice with.

It's convenient because you can repeatedly practice weak points at your own pace.

After the lecture, you will find content called 'Learn Japanese Pronunciation and Culture through Conversation'.
Audio-focused conversation material is offered. Pay close attention to the pronunciation in the actual dialogues.

Vocabulary list

Next is 'shadowing practice materials'.

In'Education of Japanese Pronunciation Around the World', a person who speaks your native language talks from experience about what points to be careful of and which areas may seem difficult, which is very helpful.

'Pronunciation forums', 'practice questions', and 'quizzes' follow.


Practice questions


You can check your progress and the syllabus.

You might also find it helpful to check out Discussion topics to see what others have posted.

When you complete a section, you will get the following message, which will help with your motivation.

The site is designed to let you carefully learn step by step, at your own pace.
Why not brush up your Japanese skills and gain confidence?

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