Free Japanese Lessons via Skype!

I’m looking for 4 people who are interested in participating in beginner Japanese lessons on Sundays, Japan time. I will conduct the lesson using the conference feature of Skype so a microphone and a Skype account are required. (You’ll probably want a headphone/mic setup to leave your hands free.) The lesson details are below so if you or anybody you know is new to Japanese and interested in learning it, please leave a comment. Depending on the response, the first lesson might be as early as this Sunday (4/9).

※I will contact all participants via email regarding the final date for the lesson so make sure I have your email address. (Either through your skype profile or by emailing me at

This is my first time using Skype so please excuse me if there are some glitches along the way.

Important: The lessons will be recorded and posted on this site. If you do not want to be recorded, please do not participate in the lesson.

Lesson 1: Greetings and pronunciation

First, we’ll learn some greetings to start off the first class.
We’ll also discuss the long vowel sound, proper pronunciation, and the different levels of politeness in Japanese including our first look at 「です」 and 「ですか」.

Please comment with your name and skype id if you want to participate in this lesson. (Maximum of 4 people)
Note: This lesson is now full.

※This lesson will be recorded and posted on this site along with my notes.

Lesson Date and Time
Time: Sun 9:00 am, Tokyo Time (No DST) (convert time)
Date: April 16
Length: 30 min to 1 hour
Participants: Andrew, John, Joshua, Rossine

1. Knowledge of basic hiragana is assumed but not required.
2. Though useful, knowledge of kanji is not neccessary.

Lesson Preparation
I strongly recommend learning at least the basic hiragana characters.
Hiragana Link 1
Hiragana Link 2

You should also become at least somewhat familiar with the following vocabulary and expressions before the lesson. You do not have to worry about the kanji for now.

1.はい – yes (polite)
2.いいえ – no (polite)
3.うん – yes (casual)
4.ううん – no (casual)
5.先生【せんせい】 – teacher
6.学生【がくせい】 – student
7.学校【がっこう】 – school
8.小学校【しょうがっこう】 – elementary school
9.中学校【ちゅうがっこう】 – middle school
10.高校【こうこう】 – high school
11.教科書【きょうかしょ】 – textbook

1.おはよう。- Good morning. (casual)
2.おはようございます。- Good morning. (polite)
3.こんにちは。- Good afternoon.
4.こんばんは。- Good evening.
5. 元気(げんき)ですか?- Are [you] doing fine?
6.元気(げんき)です。- [I’m] fine.

Lesson Notes
Rules for writing long vowel sounds based on the vowel
1. /a/ -> あ
2. /i/ -> い
3. /e/ -> え
4. /u/o/ -> う

44 thoughts on “Free Japanese Lessons via Skype!

  1. Name – John Dyer
    Skypeid – loudboy

    Hey, I’m a very inspired learner and I was looking for a way to get a lesson like this some how. I would be ever appreciative if I could join you.


  2. I guess I should also add that I know the hiragana. And im from the US East coast.

  3. I would definately like to participate in this. I’m in Wisconsin, so that would make the lesson time Saturdays at 6pm. That time may be difficult for me, but I’d still like to give it a shot!

  4. Scott, I can only move the time forward (like perhaps 7 or 8pm, your time) cause 8 am is about my limit for getting up in morning. Plus, I’ll need your skype id to do the conference call and email if you don’t have it in your skype profile so that I can contact you regarding the final time for the lesson. (You can email me at if you don’t want to put it here.)

  5. If you could move the forward one hour, that would help me out also. That way i can definitely make it every week.

  6. Hey,

    I live in 松本. I think that I know too much for this lesson, but I’d love to participate in more advanced ones in the future. It’s a great idea though.

  7. Hi,
    I think I’m in the same boat as Martin, I probably know too much for a basic lesson, but I’d like to participate at some point.
    However I’m in the UK, so 8am JST is midnight here (it’s BST at the moment), so I might not be able to make it.
    Anyhow, I’m looking forward to the recordings of the lesson to see how it goes. It’s an interesting idea 😀
    SkypeID: ben-uaq

  8. Hello, I too would be very interested in joining later, more advanced lessons (I have taken and passed the JLPT 3 exam). How far will you be going with the lessons?

  9. I’m willing to take these lessons as far as I can take them so you can sign up for later lessons that seem interesting to you. We’ll see how the first one turns out. I’m also flexible on the time depending on the people signing up as long as it’s on the weekend, Japan time.

  10. Hey! I’m brazilian and I whish so much to learn japanese please add me in your lessons. My skype ID: rossine.alonso. Tanks!

  11. Ok, I’m setting the date for the first lesson to be next Sunday (4/16) at 9:00 am Japan Time. I have space for one more so Scott (or anybody else for that matter), if you’re still interested, let me know your Skype id.

  12. Name: Joshua Wright
    Skype id: joshuawright

    I am game, Mr. Kim. I will warn you, however, that I am still a user of a dialup Internet connection; so if I get bumped, it is understandable. Hehe. 😉

  13. Well, why don’t we at least try it? I’ll add you as the last participant. The lesson time is stated in the post so see you next week!

  14. Hi Kim. This seems like an excellent idea. Please do let us know once you move past the beginner level. I would like to join but I am at an intermediate level right now.I live in Tokyo so timing should not be any problem for me.

  15. This is a great idea! I’d love to participate in the intermediate lessons later… Maybe turning the recordings into a podcast would be a good idea.

    And since it seems there are a lot of people who want to have intermediate lessons, could it be possible to sort of alternate between the two levels every so often?

    Would you cover casual language/slang in the intermediate lessons? I’m really interested in that stuff, and there aren’t many good resources for that.

  16. Name: Joshua Wright
    Skype id: joshuawright

    Are we supposed to sign up here, again, Mr. Kim? I did not see any other page… ../skype-lessons/ does not have a comment page or links to other similar pages when I looked at it. Or maybe I am just looking in the wrong place.

    Anyway, I would like to participate in the next lesson. Thank you.

  17. Did I flunked? I was too nervous… but I’m sure that I’ve learned o lot with you! aAd I hope to learn more if you let me of course! So また後で。

  18. i am studying languages, am from peru piura,and would like to learn japanese in here…hope to meet good people too, speak english, spanish,french and portuguese!!! bye

  19. Hello,
    I am an indian and working in nagoya as a software engineer. I really wanna join the skype lessons. please let me allow to participate. My skype id is srinivasanchelliah.

    i am eagarly waiting for your reply.

  20. Hi i want to know if you know other groups doing the same thing.

    I`ll wait your reply thanks, see you

  21. Hey, I really want to learn Japanese. I’ve been studying for about 3 months, and I’m stuck, I don’t what to do, so if I can join you that would be amazing!

  22. Hi! I’d really like to try this out for this project! So I really hope that it’s still active T_T…

    I have a Skype account and all the necesary stuff, so please contact me if youi can!


  23. Skype ID: joranschols

    Hi, I’ve been looking for someone like you for a long time. It’s hard to learn japanese on your own so I hope you accept me as a student, I would be honered.


  24. im interested, skypeid:chrischang91
    i can speak cantonese,mandarin,english
    i wanna learn japanese thx 🙂

  25. Hi there!

    I was wondering if you’re still offering online lessons. If so, I would like to join. Can you tell me what time and day you usually have them?

    Thank you so much!

  26. I was wondering if you are still offering lessons on Skype. I am very interested in learning Japanese.

  27. Nice idea with this learning. Do you still give them via skype? I’m interested to learn japanese. My skype id is: klaw125

  28. Is there a group of Japanese lovers on skype now? If there still having a class or group online please let me in, my skype: thuypham_282 . I’m still a beginner at Japanese, a lot of puzzle things to learn ahead so I hope there are ppl who have this same interest and wanna share, encourage others to learn. douzo yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

  29. Hello sir ,

    I would like to participate in skype japanese course if that possible 🙂

  30. i would like to be part of your lesson Mr. KIm…………….i’m looking forward to your lesson …..>>>i100% I WANTED TO LEARN JAPanese lesson…..oshiete kudasai!!!!!!!

  31. I am a beginner in Japanese and would love a lesson thanks so much

    Skype ID: FriendlyBeast13

  32. Hi, I am new here in Japan. I really wanted to join this lesson. Please add me. Here is my skype: lesliebulado

    I hope you will still accept me even this blog was posted a long time ago.

  33. i am new at learning japanese but i want to start anyone want to help me that would be good thanks and i know that last post was in 2013 but maybe someone is still on this site. add me on skype dunk2099

  34. Hi, I’m sharie. I’m new here. I want to learn japanese and I hope you can help me.
    I hope we can have a lesson soon.

    This is my skype id : englishteacher-sharie

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