How to study Japanese with DN (Daily Nihongo)

Let’s study Japanese with DN (Daily Nihongo)!

Our motto is to bring you the real Japanese language. We focus on the Japanese that Japanese people use in their daily conversations, not the ones found in textbooks or in manga or anime.

First of all, please follow Daily Nihongo (DN) on Instagram: @japandictionary72

1.   Check our latest post

2.    Listen to the audio & mimic (shadow)

3.   Transcribe the usage 

4.   If the word is new to you, tap the bookmark button to save (so you can easily review it!)

Continue 1 – 4 every day or at your own pace.

Once the article on each topic is uploaded on the following Monday (11:30 a.m. JST), tap the link in bio to jump to JD ( and read the article. 

In the article, usages are written in the following four ways:

1. Japanese
(It is not written in the style of a textbook, but in the language that Japanese people usually use.)

2. Hiragana
(For those who can read hiragana, please check how to read kanji here.)

3. Roman-alphabet ruby
(In order to make it easier for beginners to read, the sentences here are separated by word or meaning.)

4. English translation

*If there are any words you don’t know, please refer to the glossary below.
*If you have trouble figuring out the kanji, try zooming out. If you still don’t get it, feel free to ask us.

Read trivia to learn about natural Japanese usage and culture.

Check the glossary to make sure you understand the words. If you don’t understand some words, write them down in your notebook and look them up further.

If you have any questions like the ones below, send a DM on Instagram or leave a comment on each article 🙂

  • I zoomed in but didn’t know how to write the kanji in detail.
  • I don’t know how to pronounce this word.
  • The textbook says “…”. Does it mean the same thing as the usage?

We would be happy to help!