MASTER JAPANESE

THE BEGINNER'S STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LEARNING NIHONGO THE FUN WAY

Stop Wasting Money on Boring Classes & Textbooks!

To My Beloved Japanese Learners,

Please stop wasting your hard-earned yen on expensive language classes; save it for ninja stars and salmon onigiri. Stop killing yourself with boring textbooks; use them instead for ninja star practice. And for the love of all that’s Ninjetic, stop trying to use those tired, traditional methods from high school Spanish class to learn Japanese! There’s a reason you don’t remember any Spanish from high school. Well for starters, you were busy trying to look cool in front of Veronica, but more importantly, those tried and not-so-true methods simply don’t work for most people.

Master Japanese shares the tools and resources you need to learn languages the fun, modern way, leveraging technology instead of drudgery, intelligent use of psychology instead of sheer willpower, and free online resources instead of back-breaking, tree killing books. The guide enables you to learn whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want.

But please keep in mind that Master Japanese is not a textbook that will “teach” you Japanese: no book, course, or teacher can ever get a language into your head. This is not The Matrix, Neo-san. Only you can acquire Japanese by getting enough exposure to (and enough practice using) the language.

Fortunately, the modern learner has more chances than ever to do just that. The problem today is not a lack of resources, but an over-abundance. It can be hard to know where to start. That’s where Master Japanese comes in. I have designed the guide as a navigation system for independent learners, with the aim of saving you time, money, and frustration, while maximizing both fun and efficacy.

Cool beans. Now let’s get busy Japanesing!

John FotheringhamYours Ninjetically,
John Fotheringham
Author and Chief Executive Ninja

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How to Learn Japanese The Fun, Natural Way

How to Learn All Four Language Skills

Icon | Speech Bubbles | JapaneseMaster Japanese includes tips and tools to help you master all four Japanese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing (including a complete list of all standard use kanji).

How to Save Time & Learn on Your Terms

Icon | Stop WatchYour time should be spent actually acquiring Japanese, not searching for tools and materials. Master Japanese includes a massive collection of suggested apps, books, manga, magazines, and online resources, helping you choose the right tools for your learning style, your goals, and your budget. To help you save even more time, the guide includes includes clickable links to all online resources so you don’t have to waste time Googling or typing in URLs, as well as cross-links to help you zip to related content within the guide without having to return to the table of contents.

How to Use Brain-Friendly Methods

Icon | BrainMaster Japanese shows you how to learn the natural way, harnessing your innate language acquisition capabilities (we ALL have them!), and how to work with, not against, human psychology.

How to Learn Anywhere & Everywhere

Icon | MapMaster Japanese shows you how to create a Japanese immersion environment no matter where you happen to live, while also helping you harness hidden moments throughout the day to maximize your exposure to the language no matter how busy you may be.


Master Japanese is well written to say the least and quite humorous. I couldn’t put it down. I’ve always been afraid of learning a foreign language, maybe it’s because of fear of feeling stupid, but I’m not sure. Also, I’ve never had a desire to learn Japanese and that could stem from the misconception that it’s really hard. After reading through the guide, I’m actually considering getting more dedicated to languages.

Crystal Anderson

Socorro, New Mexico


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Can be viewed on your Kindle or within any of the free Kindle apps on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, etc.


Exclusive Discount Codes for John-Approved Apps & Sites

Up to $30 Off Skritter

Skritter iOS Icon | JapaneseSkritter is one of my favorite Kanji learning tools. Their site and app use “active recall” to help you master the writing, meaning, and pronunciation of Japanese characters much more efficiently than traditional flashcards and competing apps. Use my exclusive coupon code to get a monthly Skritter membership for $9.99 instead of $14.99 (valid for the first six months). Note that this discount can only be used when signing up via the website (not from within the app).

15% Off JapaneseClass101

Japanesepod101 | Podcast | MJ Sales PageJapaneseClass101 produces some of the highest quality Japanese learner podcasts and tools available. Use my exclusive discount code to receive 15% off a basic or premium account. Some of the best tools include show transcripts & translations, kanji learning tools & SRS flashcards, pronunciation tools & accent review, and a grammar bank.

$29 Off LinguaLift

LinguaLift Logo | MJ Sales PageMaster Japanese readers can get a whopping $29 discount off any LinguaLift packages. In addition to their addictive language games, innovative kanji and kana learning tools, native pronunciation guides, and detailed progress statistics, they also has one of the best Japanese language learning resources available, the LinguaLift “E-Textbook”: a comprehensive, interactive, searchable guide to Japanese grammar, writing, vocabulary, and culture that knocks the socks off traditional textbooks.

20% Off LingQ

LingQ Logo | SquareLingQ.com offers language learners a great way to acquire vocabulary in context and connect with Japanese tutors. They have an extensive library of text and audio content & you can also import your own articles and MP3s. The best part of the LingQ is the ability to save words within articles for future practice. These saved words (called “LingQs”) are automatically highlighted in future articles and added to your SRS flashcards.

OpenLanguage for Just $0.99

OpenLanguage Logo | SquareUsing my exclusive discount code, you can get the first month of a basic OpenLanguage subscription for just 99 cents (normally $14 a month). Your subscription gives you access to all the MP3s and PDF transcripts.

50% Off Aaron Myers’ Guides

Everday Language Learner GuidesFellow language blogger and author Aaron Myers has offered Master Japanese readers a hefty 50% discount off any of his guides, including The Everyday Language Learner’s Guide to Getting Started, The Everyday Language Learners Guide to Self Assessment, and Stages: Short Guides For Every Step of the Language Learning Journey.


One Free Copy for a Friend

Two guides for the price of one. Every customer can choose one friend, tomodachi, amigo, family member, neighbor, etc. to receive a free copy of Master Japanese.  Just let me know who I should send the download link to.

 

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If you decide to embark on the journey of mastering the Japanese language (or any other language for that matter), the most crucial trait you can develop to actually achieve this goal is to become an independent learner. No language course, no software, no textbook and no class will ever show you how to do this. Master Japanese is one of the very few language resources that shows you HOW to learn Japanese instead of trying to teach it to you. The guide is full-packed with tips, concrete steps, advice, suggestions, links and other resources that, if you actually follow and use them, will make your Japanese learning not only much more effective and efficient, but also actually FUN and enjoyable. And the Master Japanese Interviews with all those “language powerhouses” are, to say the least, enlightening. I LOVE Master Japanese and I love John’s work. Having experienced first hand how ineffective language classes and traditional language “learning” methods are, I’m certain that Master Japanese can be a great aid in your journey if you give it a try! Santiago Madrigal

Bogotá, Colombia


Free Updates For Life!

I continually update the Master Japanese guide as new tools, materials, methods and language learning research findings become available. Whenever I release a new version, you can download it for free!

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3+ Hours of Expert Interviews

Dr. James Heisig

James Heisig | RoundDespite a research focus in the philosophy of religion, Heisig is best known by Japanese learners for his book Remembering the Kanji. In our interview, he discusses how RTK came to be, including the heavy doses of skepticism his method first received.

Dr. Jay Rubin

Jay Rubin | RoundJay Rubin is the author of the must-read book Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You. He holds a Ph.D. in Japanese from the University of Chicago, and has taught at both the University of Washington and Harvard. His humorous dissection of Japanese greatly helped save my sanity when I was first battling with the more difficult aspects of Japanese grammar.

Dr. Victor Ferreira

Victor Ferreira | RoundDr. Ferreira is a professor and researcher at the University of California, San Diego. He runs the Language Production Lab, which looks at “how language users form sentences and produce words, and how that behavior leads to successful communication.”

AJATT’s Khatzumoto

Khatzumoto | RoundKhatzumoto (勝本・かつもと), a.k.a. “Khatz”, is the creator of the popular language blog and community All Japanese All the Time (AJATT). Proving that self-guided immersion works, Khatzumoto reached an impressive level of fluency in a very short time by watching anime, reading manga, and having an all around kick-ass time.

Benny Lewis

Benny Lewis | RoundBenny (a.k.a. “The Irish Polyglot”) is one of the most effective and―perhaps because of that―controversial language learners around. He created the extremely popular Fluent in 3 Months blog, and as well as the Speak from Day 1 video course. I was originally skeptical of his methods, but have come to embrace almost all of his advice. As we discuss in the interview, he is most adamant about the importance of not “waiting until you are ready” to start speaking a foreign language as that day will probably never come…

Steve Kaufmann

Steve Kaufmann | RoundSteve is the creator of LingQ.com and the author of The Way of the Linguist: A Language Learning Odyssey. As a fluent speaker of 11 languages (including Japanese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish), Steve has a thing or two to say about effective language learning.

Simon Ager

Simon Ager | RoundOriginally hailing from Lancashire, England, Simon Ager is the creator of Omniglot.com, “the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages”. I have been a fan of the site for years, and was quite ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to talk with its creator.

Randy Hunt

Randy Hunt | RoundRandy (a.k.a. “The Yearlyglot”) is on a mission to learn a new language every year, an admirable adventure he blogs about over at Fluent Every Year. He is not afraid to speak his mind, and his very vocal about his recommended methods (especially his hatred of flaschards). As you can imagine, his blog is no stranger to flame wars…

Claude Cartaginese

Claude Cartaginese | RoundClaude is the man behind The Polyglot Project, a collaborative book project co-written by dozens of polyglots and language learners (including your’s truly).


Master Japanese is smart, fun, and readable (not things an ordinary person would think of a language learning guide). It is a useful and accessible guide to language learning that has helped me realize that learning Japanese is an achievable task even with my busy schedule. Getting a hold of the guide has finally pushed me to try learning Japanese myself, which I’ve wanted to do since high school but never thought was attainable. Sabrina Hamar

Seattle, Washington


Print-Ready Cheat Sheets & Worksheets

Complete Kanji Lists

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageTwo complete kanji lists, including a Remembering the Kanji list complete with the characters, frame numbers, and keywords included in the first volume of the book, as well as a Japanese Ministry of Education kanji list which includes both modern and archaic forms of characters, and the grade in which each character is taught in Japanese schools.

Japanese Sounds

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageAll the sounds of Japanese on one page, including hiragana (平仮名・ひらがな), katakana (片仮名・かたかな), and roumaji (ローマ字・ろうまじ).

Conjugation Cheat Sheet

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageJapanese adds quite a few endings to verbs to express tense, politeness, desire, volition, conditionals, conjunctions, enumeration, commands, ability, passives, and causative passives. While you’re still getting the hang of things, use my Conjugation Cheat Sheet to quickly check how to conjugate certain verbs.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageThis worksheet helps you to create specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound goals that are much more effective than typical overly ambitious and poorly defined learning objectives.

Study Plan

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageA sample weekly schedule showing how to integrate immersion activities into your life, as well as a blank version to create your own personalized study plan.

Note Template

Adobe PDF | MJ Sales PageA simple note taking template to help jot down and review Japanese vocabulary in a fast, efficient manner.


The book is well written, made me laugh quite a bit. It was pretty informative and is full of useful tips, many of those can be applied not only when you are learning Japanese, but also when learning any given language. One of the things I liked the most were the immersion tools developed along its pages and the best way to use them. It gives you an insight on Japanese, not on its grammar but on how you have to learn it, and does so being very specific. Finally, the most important thing here is that is harder to get bored applying this method (Of course you will need to be motivated!). I have advanced quite a lot since then too! Elohim Falcón

Miranda, Venezuela


Who is Master Japanese For?

Master Japanese is for learners who:

  • Are passionate about learning languages.
  • Believe languages are “acquired”, not “learned”.
  • Want to deeply understand the Japanese people and culture.
  • Are between the beginner and upper-intermediate stages of learning.
  • Want to learn all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing)
  • Prefer learning the fun, immersion-based way (e.g. using manga & anime instead of textbooks)
  • Place a high value on their time and would rather spend it actually acquiring Japanese instead of wasting time finding resources.

Master Japanese is NOT for learners who:

  • Want an academic, grammar-driven approach to learning.
  • Just want to learn a few useful phrases for travel.
  • Want a highly-structured language course.
  • Need a teacher to keep them on track.

Not only is Master Japanese well-written and entertaining, but also jam-packed with excellent advice on how to detour past the frills and trappings of dead-end language education and rapidly reach fluency. Second to living in Japan, taking heed of John’s words and applying them assiduously wherever you might be is perhaps the surest way to yield the results you’re hoping for. Joshua Owens

Hsinchu, Taiwan


Why Should You Buy Master Japanese?

  • Because you should be spending your time actually acquiring Japanese, not wasting time looking for the right methods, materials, and tools.
  • Because if it’s not right for you, I will give you a 100% refund, no questions asked (valid 60 days from the date of purchase).
  • Because you get super sweet reader-only bonuses (free lifetime updates, 3+ hours of interviews with language learning all-stars, authors, and language learning experts, a free copy for a friend, and big discounts on language learning products like LinguaLift, Skritter, JapanesePod101, LingQ, and Aaron Myers’ language learning guides)
  • Because the methods and tools I share really work. My growing army of happy customers are proof.

Master Japanese stresses that the most important step in mastering a new language is immersion. Rather than splashing the language on, it’s better to soak in it for best retention; preferably with a slice of cucumber over your eyes. The goal is to surround yourself with language so that you can’t help but pick it up quickly, and most importantly,cheaply. Language learning doesn’t require expensive language systems sold in kiosks. Nate Zimmer

Bellevue, Washington


My 60-Day, No Joke, Money Back Guarantee

I am very confident that you will enjoy Master Japanese and make massive strides in your journey toward fluency in Japanese.

But if, after going through the guide, worksheets, and interviews, you find that Master Japanese isn’t right for you, just send me an email and I will issue a full refund, no questions asked. I will of course curl up into a ball and cry uncontrollably for a few hours, but that’s my problem, not yours…
You may think this is a little crazy considering that this is a digital product and there is no merchandise to return, but I am in business to help people learn and I want to ensure that my product is the right fit for you.

Sincerely,
John Fotheringham


Start Your Japanese Journey

  • Instant Digital Download
  • Free Life-Time Updates
  • 3+ Hours of Expert Interviews
  • PDF Worksheets & Cheat Sheets
  • Discount Codes for the Best Online Tools
  • 60-Day No Joke Money Back Guarantee
Buy Now | $39

Download a Free Chapter

  • Want to see if Master Japanese is a good fit before buying?
  • Download a free chapter and find out for yourself.
  • Includes the complete Table of Contents
  • No email required. Just hit “Download” and the PDF is yours.
  • The PDF file will open in your browser by default.
  • Control click (Mac) or right click (PC) to save the file.
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