101 Essential Japanese Verbs

Master 101 fluency-boosting Japanese verbs in all tenses in the next 30 days and "unblock" your Japanese with our June challenge!

Start Date: June 1st

Level: N4 (Upper Beginner / Lower Intermediate)

Does your lack of verbs stop you from expressing yourself confidently in Japanese

Do you regularly find yourself stumbling over verb conjugations and just “having a guess” which form to use?

You’re not alone!

Japanese learners the world over have a hard time mastering enough verbs to express themselves like intelligent adults in real-life, “non-scripted” conversations.

The result?

You’re stuck in the dreaded “quicksand” of basic Japanese.

You can hold your own and manage reasonably well in Japanese in certain basic situations….

… but when it comes to maintaining real, spontaneous conversations on a diverse range of topics… you simply can’t keep up or express yourself clearly!

The prime culprit: Japanese verbs.

Verbs are the most important building block of any language because we use them to express actions.

In Japanese, they’re especially important. You literally can’t form a single Japanese sentence without verbs.

So anything other than a rock-solid knowledge of a wide-range of Japanese verbs ain’t gonna cut the mustard.

I don’t mean the basic verbs like する (suru – to do), です (desu - to be) and 行く (iku - to go) that you know inside out.

I mean more nuanced verbs like:

  • 遅れる (okureru - to be late)
  • なる (naru - to become)
  • 睨む (niramu - to keep an eye on)
  • 覚える (oboeru - to remember)
  • およぶ and とどく (oyobu and todoku - to reach)
  • ... and many more!

Here’s the truth:

These are the verbs that really unlock your speaking and bring life to your Japanese conversations.

Because they allow you to express yourself in a more eloquent and nuanced way, and in a wider variety of situations.

That’s why I’ve created this unique 30-Day Challenge - “101 Essential Japanese Verbs”.

This challenge will help you master 101 essential Japanese verbs in all tenses in just 30 days, so you can express yourself confidently in Japanese in any context!

No more frustrating silences.

No more embarrassing verb conjugation mistakes.

And most importantly… no more “surface-level only” Japanese conversations.

By the end of this challenge, you’ll be armed with a wide range of Japanese verbs and know how to use them confidently in any verb tense, so you can start enjoying truly meaningful conversations with native Japanese speakers, no matter the context.

Introducing the June Challenge:

"101 Essential Japanese Verbs"


Here’s how the challenge works.

The challenge is based on an exciting original story in Japanese that develops over the 30 days of the challenge.

This is a brand new story, written exclusively for this 30-Day Challenge.

We’ve created the story to be jam-packed with hundreds of examples of the most important Japanese verbs in ALL tenses.

Every day, you’ll receive one new chapter of the story, along with an insightful video lesson and simple exercises to help you understand how these Japanese verbs work in the story.

It'll take you about 15 minutes each day.

All you have to do is show up every day…

Over the course of the month, the daily immersion will help you absorb 101 fluency-boosting Japanese verbs naturally, until they just “sound right” and you can use them instinctively and confidently to bring life to your spoken Japanese.

The result is that you'll be able to speak and understand Japanese confidently without worrying about making mistakes or getting stuck for words.

You’ll be able to speak Japanese more freedom and fluency, because the verbs you need will already be where you need them - on the tip of your tongue!

Here's What's Included...

The concept is beautifully simple!

Every day, for 30 days, you’ll get:

  • One 250-word chapter of our Japanese story (jam-packed with examples of essential Japanese verbs in context)
  • The written story plus audio book (so you can read or listen...wherever you are!)
  • An insightful daily video lesson with our instructor, Nick. (He'll explain the different verbs used in the story)
  • A short daily practice exercise (to help you remember what you’ve learned)
  • Discussion with dozens of fellow challengers in our interactive Facebook group (so you can discuss the story and get answers to questions).

We’ve carefully structured the entire 30 days, so all you have to do is turn up and get stuck in!

Ready to get started?

If you'd like to join us on the challenge, then here's the key info you need:

  • Start date: June 1st
  • Daily time required: 15 minutes
  • Total commitment: 30 days
  • Level: N4 (upper beginner/lower intermediate)

The investment in the challenge is only $97 - the same as just a couple of lessons with a professional teacher.

Everything you need is included - all materials (written and audio), all video lessons and activities, plus the exciting community for discussion on the story and 101 Japanese verbs.

Click the "enrol" button to sign up now.

(You'll find the first lesson ready and waiting for you in the member area... just to whet your appetite!)

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Here's a short message from your challenge teacher, Nick...

(Click play and turn up the volume!)

Here's what students said about previous 30-Day Challenges:

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Frequently Asked Questions

What level is the challenge for?
Both the story and the lesson content is aimed at students with an N4 level of grammar and vocabulary and an N5 level knowledge of kanji. (That's high-beginner to low-intermediate). In other words, this is for you if you've been studying Japanese for a little while (or maybe a long while!) and can understand at least some Japanese, but struggle to express yourself in a comfortable and natural way.
How can I access the challenge?
Mobile, desktop, laptop, tablet... The challenge is super user-friendly and you'll be able to log on from anywhere!
What exactly will I learn? How will this challenge help me?
During this challenge, we'll focus on Japanese verbs. You'll see 101 of the most essential and useful Japanese verbs recycled over and over throughout the story. This means you'll learn how Japanese verbs and adverbs work to the point where they are effortless and automatic and you can use and understand them instinctively. You'll get daily lessons from Nick, where you'll learn specifically how and why certain verbs are used in each example. This means you'll develop an intuitive and native-like understanding of how to use them yourself.
What if it's too hard, or my level is too low?
To make the challenge achievable, we've kept each chapter short - only 250 words! This means that you'll be able to easily make it to the end of the chapter each day, even if it does take you a little longer. However, the daily video lessons will give you all the support you need, as you'll have clear, professional explanations for how verbs are used in the story. This means that, even if you're really unsure about the Japanese verbs right now, just by watching and studying the daily videos, you'll learn to think about them like a native speaker by the end of the challenge. If I had my way, this is the only way students would ever learn Japanese!
What's so special about this "StoryLearning" method anyway?
Most Japanese students try to learn verbs through rules and memory tricks. This doesn't work, and is extremely stressful for you as a learner. Why? Because there are hundreds of verbs to learn and it's impossible to hold them all in your head at the same time while you're speaking if you rely on memory tricks. It's also not a natural approach ... native speakers don't expand their vocabulary with rules, after all! With the "101 Essential Japanese Verbs" challenge, you'll learn through example and context, just like native speakers do! The magic of learning through story is that your main focus is actually not on the grammar or learning new vocabualry... you concentrate on understanding and enjoying the story! As you're reading and listening to the story, the verbs will begin to lodge themselves subconsciously in your brain. It doesn't happen right away - in fact it may take a couple of weeks for you to feel the real effects. But by the end of the 30 days, you'll have a native-like command of Japanese verbs that will amaze you.
I'm not sure I can commit for 30 days
Your daily commitment is only 15 minutes. This is because the principle of the challenge is that "little and often is the best way to learn". 15 minutes is a pretty manageable amount of time to devote to your Japanese. You can fit it in comfortably: • before breakfast • during your lunch break • after dinner • ...even while waiting for the bus! The power is in the consistency - working at it for a short time every day. You'll be amazed at the huge progress you make from simply showing up every day to work on one area of your Japanese! Remember, you get the audio of the story, as well as the text, so you can easily take part and keep up wherever you happen to be!
What if I am unhappy with the challenge?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with the challenge, contact me at any point during the challenge and I'll issue you a full and prompt refund.
How long do I have access to the course after the end of the challenge?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Does the story in this challenge come with furigana? Is there romaji?
You'll receive three versions of the Japanese story. One is written in full Japanese script with furigana above the kanji. The second is written in full Japanese, without furigana. We also include a romaji version of the text.

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