Best Black Friday Deals for Learning Japanese (2023)

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Black Friday week is the best time of year to snap up some deals, and the same applies with Japanese language resources!

Here are some of the best Black Friday deals I’ve found on my favourite products for learning Japanese:

JapanesePod101

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JapanesePod101 is our top recommendation to learn Japanese online. We love the fun, current audio lessons and interactive online tools. Sign up for your free lifetime account and see for yourself!


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  • 51% OFF all Basic, Premium and Premium PLUS plans
  • End date: Sunday, November 26th, 11:59 PM EST
  • Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY2023

JapanesePod101 is my top recommended resource to learn Japanese online.

They have a GIANT library of Japanese audio and video lessons at every level, accompanied by useful interactive online tools to cement your learning.

They do have regular sales of around 20-30%, but this 51% discount is one of the biggest of the year and it’s only running this week!

With this discount, you can get the Basic plan for as little as $1.96 per month – although I do strongly recommend the Premium plan, which is still only $4.90/month and gives you access to all the extra flashcards and study tools.

Rocket Japanese

Rocket Japanese
  • Complete online course
  • Interactive audio lessons
  • Emphasis on speaking and pronunciation
  • Learn the Japanese scripts
  • Lifetime access
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  • 60% off any course
  • Ends: Friday, November 24th (PST)
  • Coupon code: BLACKFRIDAY

For those that find JapanesePod101’s hundreds of lessons and pathways overwhelming, Rocket Japanese is a similar but more linear online course, that will take you all the way from complete beginner to confident communicator in Japanese.

FluentU

FluentU

Learn Japanese watching authentic native video content, with interactive subtitles.

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  • LIFETIME discount of 60% off!
  • Ends Tuesday, November 28th.
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I think FluentU is a truly FANTASTIC resource for learning Japanese by watching videos. But it is on the expensive side, which prices it out of many language learners’ budgets.

This Black Friday’s 60% deal brings it down from $20/month to a much more affordable $8.

And what’s more, that price will be locked in for as long as you stay a member!

Lingopie

Lingopie

Learn Japanese watching real TV shows with clickable subtitles for instant translations.

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  • 70% off a yearly subscription
  • Ends Sunday, November 26th
  • No coupon code needed

Lingopie is similar to FluentU.

FluentU has better subtitle options (toggle between full Japanese, kana, romaji and English) and is overall a bit slicker and has more content. Lingopie has more full shows (not just short videos) and some Netflix integration. It’s also a lot cheaper.

Don’t worry too much if you miss this one, because I do have a unique 65% permanent discount just for Team Japanese readers at this link.

Pimsleur

Pimsleur Japanese

Learn spoken Japanese with an effective, structured course of audio lessons.

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Here’s one for the budding polyglots! Renowned language course company Pimsleur are offering 20% off their All Access annual plans, or 50% off your first month with a monthly plan.

All Access means you get access to all 51 languages that Pimsleur currently teach – amazing! And it’s not much more expensive than just Japanese on its own.

Pimsleur are recommended if you want to focus on speaking and listening. They are very effective at teaching conversational Japanese. You will need to supplement with other resources for reading and writing, though.

OMG Japan

OMG Japan

Fantastic selection of Japanese books, study materials, stationery, gifts and more. Ships directly from Japan to almost any country in the world. Can't find what you need in their shop? They'll buy and ship any item from Japan for you through their proxy service.

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  • Various discounts on hundreds on products
  • Sale ends Thursday, November 23rd at 11:59 pm JST (yes, before Black Friday – don’t get caught out!)

OMG Japan ships products directly from Japan to your country. They have a massive range of books, and also a fab range of homeware, gifts and authentic Japanese snacks.

Highlights include 20% off many textbooks (including Genki and Minna no nihongo), 20% on Japanese Kitkats, and 30% off their famous kanji wall poster!

Tokyo Treat box

Tokyo Treat

A unique gift box subscription service. Each box contains up to 20 full-size Japanese snacks, including sweet and savoury snacks, drinks, instant noodles, seasonal/limited edition treats, and more!

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  • Free gifts including Fuji KitKats, Totoro puzzles, limited edition Starbucks tumblers and giftcards(depending on the length of subscription)
  • Code: GIFT23
  • Ends: November 30th, 23:59 JST

Tokyo Treat ships popular Japanese snacks straight to your door.

Subscribe before the end of November, and you will get extra free gifts for Cyber Week.

Heads up, these make ideal Christmas gifts!!

Sakuraco box

Sakuraco box

A unique subscription box for lovers of traditional Japan. Each box contains up to 20 items, including artisanal Japanese snacks, tea bags and homeware pieces to keep. Sakuraco carefully sources items from small family businesses and traditional makers.

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  • Free gifts including furoshiki, Mt Fuji glassware, kimono robes and giftcards (depending on the length of subscription)
  • Code: HOLIDAYGIFT
  • Ends: November 30th, 23:59 JST

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Rebecca Shiraishi-Miles

Rebecca is the founder of Team Japanese. She spent two years teaching English in Ehime, Japan. Now back in the UK, she spends her time blogging, self-studying Japanese and wrangling a very genki toddler.

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