Yan and the Japanese People


Also referred to as “Let’s Learn Japanese”, this educational series was created in the 1980s but is still popular today.

Most of the Yan-san videos can be found on YouTube, however the out-of-print books are harder to track down. The PDFs here are useful but the Japanese text is entirely romaji, with no kanji and only the odd hiragana character.

For a list of kanji that go with Let’s Learn Japanese I, check out the Yan Kanji app!

Let’s Learn Japanese I : Episodes 1 to 4 (lessons 1-8)
Let’s Learn Japanese I : Episodes 5 to 8 (lessons 9-16)
Let’s Learn Japanese I : Episodes 9 to 13 (lessons 17-26)

Let’s Learn Japanese II : Episodes 14 to 20 (lessons 27-40)
Let’s Learn Japanese II : Episodes 21 to 26 (lessons 41-52)

Lets Learn Japanese (Yan-san)


Yan Kanji iPhone App
Yan Kanji contains 475 kanji inspired by the 1980s series “Let’s Learn Japanese”. Also known as “Yan and the Japanese People”. Featuring all 13 episodes, with 25 kanji per episode plus a further 150 kanji in the example phrases.

Yan Kanji App Store