Center for Japanese Language Education,the University of Tokyo

Introduction to Japanese Study

- Let's learn some of the characteristics of the Japanese language to help you study more effectively -

It is very effective to understand the grammatical characteristics of Japanese from the linguistics point of view, and to keep them in mind while studying Japanese. I will help you with this by organizing such points on this site.

This text is written for beginners, but it is also useful for intermediate and advanced learners, too. I would also like native Japanese speakers to read this text to help them realize what the difficult aspects are of Japanese as a foreign language.

(The following pages are based on the series of articles "Learn the characteristics of Japanese language and study effectively" by KIKUCHI Yasuto (Professor of the Center for the Japanese Language Education, the University of Tokyo) in the International Center News, The University of Tokyo.

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