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Last updated: 15 Aug 2014
Presentation slides: How is the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension? A case of Japanese (15 Aug 2014, AILA, Brisbane)
Presentation slides: (19 Dec 2013, Vocab@Vic 2013, Victoria University of Wellington.)
Ver. 2.0. Useful for learning Kanji. New! (24 Sep 2013)
New! (3 Aug 2013)
Copyright free. You may modify and forward it as well. But the original editor is not responsible for the content. The current version lists mostly serious programs on current topics in Japan and the world for intermediate/advanced learners; however, I would like to include more enjoyable programs. Your suggestion for adding new items is welcome. In particular, I would appreciate more information on enjoyable programs for elementary and intermediate learners of Japanese. Information from learners is highly welcome. Recommended programs are not necessarily for everyone. Please send your recommendation to (clickà) with your comments. If it is really worth listing up, I would add the program(s) to the list.
Japanese Literary Word (JLW) List Ver.1. (25 Nov 2012)
Presentation slides: Exploring the tiers of Japanese vocabulary: Academic, literary and beyond (29 July 2011, LALS seminar, Victoria University of Wellington = The longer version of the presentation at 2nd combined conference of the ALAA & ALANZ on 2 December 2011)
Presentation poster (as a form of Powerpoint slides): Analyzing a Japanese reading text as a vocabulary learning resource by lexical profiling and indices (4 September 2011, The First Extensive Reading World Congress)
Japanese Academic Word List Ver.1.
The new Japanese vocabulary database has been released!
There is a big change! The rankings will fit your needs better!
There are two types: the list for general learners and the list for international students.
This is a new vocabulary database created from a huge language data
called Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese 2009 monitor version (NINJAL, 2009)
which are sampled texts from many books and internet forum sites.
The database contains approximately 20000 words ranked by importance (usage coefficient: product of frequency and dispersion).
It also includes the former JLPT word level information.
この言語データは多くの本やインターネット サイトから標本抽出されたテキストで す。
For General Learners
The Vocabulary Database for Learners of Japanese Ver. 1.0 (for General Learners) New! (Released on 16 May 2011)
日本語を勉強する人のための語彙データベース（一般用） ©Matsushita 2011
For International Students (for academic purpose)
The Vocabulary Database for Learners of Japanese Ver. 1.0 (for International Students) New! (Released on 16 May 2011)
日本語を勉強する人のための語彙データベース（留学生用） ©Matsushita 2011
If you feel these lists contain too many words, why don’t you try the Basic 2500 shown below?
For Elementary Learners
The Vocabulary Database for Learners of Japanese: Basic 2500, Ver. 1.0 ©Matsushita 2011 New ! (Released on 16 May 2011)
This is a compact version of “The Vocabulary Database for Learners of Japanese”.
This database only contains 2500 words with a simple guide written in English to meet elementary learners’ needs.
For Researchers and Teachers
Please see The Page for Learning and Teaching (Japanese) Vocabulary for the full vocabulary database.
The full database includes more words with more information.
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About the Site Creator (Tatsuhiko Matsushita)