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Learning Japanese was complex.

We made it simple.

What to say

Natural phrasing

Learn how people actually talk, not just the "textbook language" used in most learning materials.

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How to say it

Authentic audio

No robotically generated voices. No "teaching" voice. Native speakers speaking as they would for other native speakers.

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When to say it

Real-world context

Japanese is a "high-context" language. If you don't know the situation, you won't know what is natural to say.

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What people are saying

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Bananarama

I'm about to finish Phase 1 of Nativshark, and just tested out of first-year Japanese at university! Thanks to the Nativshark team for making this amazing platform!

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Kasper | カスパー

I genuinely feel like NativShark is setting a new standard for how language learning should be... It's just a really amazing system

Kasper | カスパー
Kasper | カスパー
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Seltox | セルトックス

Studying how I thought was best is what led to me starting and ultimately failing to learn Japanese like 3 times over the last decade. Letting someone else control the whole thing is what let me finally start succeeding, and it's ultimately what I personally find to be NativShark’s greatest strength.

Seltox | セルトックス
Seltox | セルトックス
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ThatOneGuyJoeii

Officially at one year of studying Japanese. Really proud of myself, only missed one day the whole year. ... Thank you to everyone who has helped me on my journey over this last year!

ThatOneGuyJoeii
ThatOneGuyJoeii
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steele | スティル

The thing i'm enjoying the most rn about the lessons are the notes about living in Japan. ... I'm already grateful for the warm atmosphere that the lessons are giving off as it pertains to learning how to navigate Japan through language.

steele | スティル
steele | スティル
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Danny | ダニー

Today I had a language exchange with a Japanese speaker and we used a mixture of English and Japanese. I felt so much more confident when he complimented my pronunciation, but the hardest part of it was putting together a sentence in real-time without the luxury of texting and being able to think about it. It was a good experience, though!

Danny | ダニー
Danny | ダニー
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Justin | ジェステン

A little over 14 hours of effort and I already have Japanese I'm comfortable using around my family. ❤️ these little hits afforded by Milestones!

Justin | ジェステン
Justin | ジェステン
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David | デーベッド

You all are doing such a great job with the platform already and I want you to know it's very much appreciated! Thanks to NS I can now finally start watching anime in japanese and not be completely lost xD

David | デーベッド
David | デーベッド
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Laura | ラウラ

Finished part one of Bookworm. That‘s 72 chapters, 1.946 iPad-sized pages, ~10% of the entire series done, 215 custom flashcards (so far) and 1 day and 18 hours logged on Nativshark (first 14 chapters were before the immersion tracker). I’m really proud of myself for sticking to one chapter a day since February almost every day even with starting a new job. Making numbers go up has never been more fun!

Laura | ラウラ
Laura | ラウラ
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MrWalrusGumboot | スコット

Just want to say you guys (and the wider team) are awesome! It’s so nice to see you taking on suggestions from the community and integrating them so quickly and effectively. The progress made in the year I’ve been a member has been huge. I’ve tried just about every learning tool out there, and NS [NativShark] is my first recommendation to anyone interested in learning Japanese. Just wanted to express my appreciation, thank you!

MrWalrusGumboot | スコット
MrWalrusGumboot | スコット
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River | リー (they/them)

One big reason I got so interested and involved with NativShark was the early transparency about being mindful of not burning out and readjusting expectations, to me it really set the tone as a company, product and group of people that I could put my trust in

River | リー (they/them)
River | リー (they/them)
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phoebe | フィービー

Hit my first 1-0-0 on NS the other day! 🦈 💯 though I did miss a few days and want to be spending more time on it per day, I’m so glad to have found fun structured learning that keeps me consistent. without NS I’m sure I would’ve given up like 2 months ago lol have got a looong ways to go but slow and steady 🐢

phoebe | フィービー
phoebe | フィービー
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Study stats of a student who has studied for 595 days over 6 days 13 hours 10 minutes with an average study time of 15 minutes a day.
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Your extensive learning path

Watch as concepts build upon one another, taking you to an advanced level. Keep tabs on your progress along the way, see what you've studied recently, what's coming up today, and your overall study stats.

Celebrate the milestones
Build practical skills

We teach the entire Japanese language from scratch. You can go from zero knowledge to making friends, enjoying media, and getting professional certifications.

Phase 1 Unit 5 of NativShark featuring the lesson “How to say ‘thank you’” and the dialogue “Holding the door open for a person pushing a stroller” completed on August 13, 2020.Phase 1 Unit 160 of NativShark featuring the lesson “Saying “if I had to choose” with どちらかと言うと” and the dialogue “A conversation between a senpai and a kohai at work” which has not been completed.Phase 1 Unit 80 of NativShark featuring the lesson “て-form of na-adjectives” and the dialogue “A conversation between friends” completed on October 03, 2020.Screenshot of nativShark in use
Join the club.

Building a daily study habit is a core pillar of success in reaching your language goals.

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Unlit Match

Beginning

Every day you log into NativShark and complete all your reviews, it will count as a day towards your study streak.

lit match

1 Day Streak

After studying for a day, your match will be lit.

lit candle

3 Day Streak

Keep it up for 3 days, and you'll move that flame over to a candle.

clay oil lamp

7 Day Streak

Studying for a whole 7 days buys you an oil lamp to replace your candle.

Torch on fire

28 Day Streak

28 days of consecutive study means you're ready to carry this torch to your next streak.

kindling for campfire

60 Day Streak

Get your streak up to 60 days, and you're ready to start your kindling fire.

campfire

166 Day Streak

After about 24 weeks or 5.724137 moon cycles, you'll notice your kindling fire is now a comfy campfire.

A fiery bonfire that represents having a 365 day streak on NativShark.

365 Day Streak

One Year

Your campfire turns into a bonfire. Very cozy. Very toasty.

volcano erupting

550 Day Streak

Your toasty bonfire turns into a toasty volcano.

comet burning up in atmosphere

730 Day Streak

Two Years

You're relaxing on your volcano when you see a comet in the sky. That is the comet that you earned from keeping a streak of 730 days, two full years. That's quite the streak. Good work.

burning sun

1,095 Day Streak

Three Years

Your comet reaches the sun and melts into it. You've kept up your streak for 1,095 days, or 3 years. Feel free to stare at the sun on your screen. Can't recommend doing so with the real-life version, even with sunglasses.

supernova

1,460 Day Streak

Four Years

Your sun turns into a supernova. You kept up your daily studies for so long that you out-studied the lifespan of your sun. Impressive.

black hole

2,920 Day Streak

Eight Years

Your supernova moves onto the next phase of its life and turns into a black hole. We knew you really absorbed information, but enough to spawn a black hole? With dedication of this level, there's nothing you can't do.

For those who find such things motivating, we've got some fun rewards along the way to mark your progress.

If, however, you're not a fan, you can disable the streak. What's important is forming the habit. How you find motivation is up to you, and we're here to support you along the way!

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Frequently asked questions

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