How to use this site
Survival Japanese is for people who are interested in communicating
in Japanese but have no knowledge of the language. If you plan
to visit Japan, this site make your stay much more interesting
Survival Japanese is an on-line textbook. It has four categories:
Communication Tools, Situational Conversations, Grammar and Vocabulary.
40 most frequently used phrases and greetings
Model conversations in situations you are likely to encounter:
18 sightseeing situations and 16 home stay situations
18 important basic grammar topics simply explained to help you
construct your own sentences
610 words and 7 expressions in 24 categories
Create your own textbook!
Each page is designed compactly. Print out the pages you need,
making adjustments for paper size, and make your own booklet.
You don't have to memorize vocabulary or grammar. Just carry the
book with you and look up the relevant page for whatever situation
you find yourself in. You will gradually learn the language while
using it in real situations.
There is audio sound for Communication Tools and Situational Conversations.
Click the Audio icon on the index page for these categories, or
the LISTENING icon on each page. You will need Real Player Plug-in.
You can download the PDF files on the Vocabulary and Grammar pages.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader Plug-in to read them. To download
all the files, click the PDF icon on the index page for these
categories. To download a particular page, click the PDF. Icon
on that page.
PLEASE NOTE: Long vowels are written as follows in this website.
Original texts: Junko Shinada, Akiko Kajikawa, Kaori Hattori,
Miyako Utsumi, Mikiko Ochiai (AJALT)
Web texts: Junko Shinada, Mikiko Ochiai, Miyako Utsumi (AJALT)
Illustrations: Akira Ishida
Voices: Mitsuyoshi Kaji, Matsuo Hanabusa, Tomoe Yamaguchi (AJALT)
Web production: Naoko Ito (Hypnotext)
Thanks to:Izumi Sawa (AJALT), Chiho Ikuta, Lucy North
Special thanks to: Ishibashi Foundation