日本語らくだ Nihongorakuda


This is a site created by the University of Jordan's Japanese language education programme. There are beginner-level grammar explanations written in Arabic. The videos of situational conversations make good Japanese listening practice, even for learners who don't understand Arabic.

  • You can study elementary Japanese grammar from start to finish. There are 25 lessons in all, with grammar items presented in the same order as in "Minna no Nihongo 1".
  • You can learn grammar by watching videos of various situational conversations.
  • Conversations, vocabulary lists, explanations of sentence patterns, Q&A and confirmation tests are included to help make sure you understand the study material.
  • As explanations are included in Arabic, it's convenient for those Japanese learners who would prefer to learn with Arabic as an intermediary.
  • You can study kana.
  • Two display languages are available - Japanese or Arabic.
  • Sometimes the website is not displayed properly when using browsers other than Internet Explorer.

In Arabic-display mode, the screen looks like this

In the kana practice section you can view animations showing how to write them (stroke order).
You can also listen to audio for pronunciation.

The kanji section is under construction at present (1 Aug 2013).

There are 25 grammar lessons.
10 lessons are displayed at a time, so click on '次の課へ' (Next chapters) to see more after the first 10.

Each lesson is divided into 5 steps worth of contents.

Many parts of the 'おまけ' (Bonus contents) are still under construction.
We eagerly await their completion, but, meanwhile, let's look at the fullness of the contents of each step.
In Step 1, you can watch a video of a situational conversation that uses language points studied in the lesson.

Using YouTube, you can attach subtitles to the videos. Up to Lesson 5, you are given the option to display the subtitles either in a kanji /kana mix or in romaji, but from Lesson 5 onwards you can only display kanji and hiragana/katakana subtitles.
Sometimes, when displaying long vowel sounds in the romaji subtitles, there are cases the symbol '?' appears, although the webmaster plans to correct this.

Step 2 is a list of the new vocabulary covered in the lesson.

Step 3 brings together all the main points studied in the lesson.
There are also audio files included.

Step 4 is set up so that you can do some oral practice, using video, of the main points you have studied in the lessons. A Japanese teacher asks you questions using the sentence patterns which you studied in Step 3.
Learners can try answering those questions themselves.

Step 5 is a confirmation test.

To be able to make best use of the confirmation test in Step 5, you need to use Internet Explorer as your browser.

Lastly, click on the 'さいてん' (Grading) button to check your results.

Students who use the Japanese textbook "Minna no Nihongo" will also find this website convenient, as they can practise listening comprehension by watching the videos of various situational conversations, and can do some oral practice using the Question & Answer videos.

A total of 25 lessons are presented like this, making this a great website for self-studying Japanese learners.

This site was recommended to us via the eな Information station.

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