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Thousand Leaves: A Wiki for Chiba JETs & Wisconsin ALTs
Pages and Files
Prefectural Advisors (PAs)
Block System (Block Coordinators)
Conferences and Meetings
Guide for Using and Editing the Wiki
Places to Go in Japan
Living in Chiba
Living in Chiba
Residency Management System (Alien Registration)
Driving in Chiba
Apartment Rent, Fees & Care
Beaches in Chiba
Driving on the Highway
Extending Period of Stay (Visa Renewal) Guide
Getting a Japanese Driver's License
Getting Your Motorcycle License
How to check for earthquake info & tsunami warnings
How to use your TV remote
Immigration and Visa Procedures
Individual Number (My Number)
Working in Chiba
EFL in Japan
The New Course of Study
1st Grade JHS
2nd Grade JHS
3rd Grade JHS
Elementary School (New Course of Study)
Elementary School Teaching Resources
High School Teaching Resources
Junior High School Teaching Resources
Upper Secondary School (High School) (New Course of Study)
Chiba-Wisconsin ALT Program Portal
Professional Development Resources
Chiba at a Glance
(Block 1) Chiba City
(Block 1) Chiba City Chuo-ku
(Block 1) Chiba City Hanamigawa-ku
(Block 1) Chiba City Inage-ku
(Block 1) Chiba City Midori-ku
(Block 1) Chiba City Mihama-ku
(Block 1) Chiba City Wakaba-ku
(Block 2) Yachiyo
(Block 3) Kamagaya
(Block 3) Matsudo
(Block 3) Nagareyama
(Block 4) Narita
(Block 4) Yachimata
(Block 5) Asahi
(Block 5) Choshi
(Block 5) Sosa
(Block 5) Tako
(Block 5) Tohnosho
(Block 6) Kujukuri
(Block 6) Mobara
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Living in Chiba
No matter what level of Japanese you come with, improving your language skills will make living in Chiba easier and more fulfilling. There are a variety of different methods to learning Japanese. There may be classes available in your area, and of course there are Japanese people all around that you can talk to. Here are some helpful self-learning websites and resources to check out.
You may also want to check out the
CIR Resources page
indicates highly recommended resources.
Input in English, romaji, kana, or kanji and look up kanji by radicals and shapes.
You can input words in English or kanji/kana. Best for example sentences and usage. (
How to read the notes/abbreviations next to definitions
An application dictionary for smartphones. Input in English, romaji, kana/kanji with example sentences and kanji meaning details.
by Renzo, Inc. (
An application dictionary for smartphones. Input in English, romaji, kana/kanji, or draw in kanji by hand.
General study methods
Genki I & II Textbooks
by the Japan Times
Beginner textbooks that cover reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Japanese Level Up (
This website has articles on life in Japan and Japanese study. Great for trivia and buffing up your intermediate/advanced vocabulary.
All Japanese All The Time (
A website based on the immersion theory that you should surround yourself with as much Japanese as possible. Good motivational essays but can get a little preachy and long-winded.
Write in Japanese and have native speakers correct it for you.
Japanese Grammar Guide
All the grammar you'll ever need for all levels with vocab for each section. A great reference and starting point.
Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese
Detailed, easy-to-understand grammar explanations and study guides. Good supplement for intermediate textbooks that don't cover grammar thoroughly.
A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar
by Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui
Thorough and easy-to-understand explanations of various grammar points. Also available in intermediate and advanced versions. A must-have for serious students.
Making Sense of Japanese: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You
by Jay Rubin
A book that explains common stumbling-blocks for Japanese learners in an interesting, easy-to-understand way. A must-have for intermediate and advanced learners.
A must-have program for your computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. that helps you review flashcards digitally. The flashcards are spaced out so you review them when necessary. You can download packs of flashcards or make your own. App is free for android, 2500 yen for iPhone but worth it if you plan on taking the JLPT.
Similar to Anki but the vocabulary is prepared for you and organized so that you learn similar words at once.
Realistic, everyday expressions and words for all situations.
Erin’s Challenge (
A series of video lessons that teach new vocabulary and expressions.
Nihongo o Narau Learn Japanese (
Grammar explanations are short, but good basic vocabulary lists.
Kana and Kanji characters
Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each
by James W. Heisig
This book uses images and sounds to help you remember the shapes of hiragana and katakana.
Remembering the Kanji: A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters
by James W. Heisig
The sequel to Remembering the Kana. It teaches you the shape of common characters and the basic meaning, but not how to pronounce them.
Kanji Damage (
A website that teaches you to write all the kanji using radicals, the basic parts of the kanji. The kanji is ordered from easy-to-write to hard, so difficult words appear sooner.
Practice kanji through writing and flashcard exercises. For PC or smartphone. Great for intermediate or advanced learners, especially those aiming for the JLPT.
A series of CDs that teaches basic listening skills for beginners.
Japanese Pod 101 (
A podcast that introduces Japanese phrases and words. Lots of English in each podcast, but you can hear native Japanese.
Hear individual Japanese words pronounced by a native speaker.
Insert your own text and hear it pronounced by a native speaker.
Make your own audio tapes to practice listening.
help on how to format text
Turn off "Getting Started"