Welcome to
Noriko's Japanese lessons !

Hi, my name is Noriko.

I have been teaching Japanese to non-Japanese speakers for over 10 years. Using my teaching experience, I have created "Noriko's Japanese Lessons". "Noriko's Japanese Lessons" is a simple, fun, and efficient method to learn Japanese, especially for beginners !

Do you want to...

learn Japanese by yourself ?

travel to Japan ?

communicate with your Japanese friends ?

learn Japanese without having to learn Japanese writing ?

"Noriko's Japanese lessons" is perfect for you !


All Japanese phrases are written both in Japanese letters and the English alphabet

You can find a lot of useful expressions & sentence models

Basic sentence structures are visually explained

This site is made of 3 parts

Apprentice Ninja Level

You will be able to:

make affirmative, negative and question sentences

understand the sentence structure

describe basic daily actions and feelings

Ninja Level

You will be able to:

use various expressions to communicate in various situations

make casual sentences

Reference page


Writing system - Hiragana & katakana

Word list


Useful short phrases

In "Noriko's Japanese Lessons", you can learn the level of grammar that is comparable to Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Level 5

Dialogue examples

All Japanese sentences on this site are shown as below. You can also click each sentence and listen to the audio file.

The Japanese sentence transcribed into

the sentence written in rômaji

the sentence written in Japanese

translation word by word

translation of the sentence.

Before you start,

let's understand the characteristics of Japanese language.

  • Word order is different : A verb comes at the end of the sentence
  • There are 2 primary tenses - present and past (no future tense)
  • There is a grammatical element called "particle"
  • Subjects of the sentences are often omitted
  • There are no "articles" (a, an, the)
  • There is no difference between singular and plural

Here are some more...

  • Significant difference between polite and casual (plain) speaking style
  • Number words vary depending on what you are counting
  • Japanese adjectives conjugate (change forms)
  • Many words have the same pronunciation but different meanings. etc...

Now, let's start with pronunciation !

Enjoy !

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