John Chapter 3: 3 – 4

Alright, we’re starting a new chapter in the Gospel of John. As always, I’m doing this to learn along with everyone else. If you have a comment/question post below in the comments section.


I’m using a screenshot of a free app called “Kougou KJV” for these lessons. It contains the Japanese Kougouyaku translation and English King James Version, both of which are in the public domain. Checkout and download this great app.

Below is a link to a website with the text as well as the audio of the Gospel of John Chapter 3. Try reading the Japanese and then eventually read while listening to the audio. The plan is to  go through all of John Chapter 3 so eventually you should be able to read and listen to the entire Chapter.


4 thoughts on “John Chapter 3: 3 – 4

  1. I noticed that app you used was very handy and nice, but I wondered what it was. Now I know! Thank you for sharing. Now it is installed all of my apple devices. Im feeling happy!!

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  2. Gerald:

    It is great to have the Furigana on the Kougou Bible app.—so thank you for that recommendation. I also purchased the E-sword app and getting familiar with that.

    I am sharing with my wife about you and your educational blog. She’s prompted me with questions I cannot answer as yet. Why are you interested Japanese? Did you live in Japan previously?

    Also, what recommendation(s) do you have for increasing my speed to read? I have hiragana memorized and pretty well the katakana, but man, reading is slow as molasses. How can I increase my recall of the characters that is not so choppy, but be able to blend them for good pronunciation? One thing too that I can not stand is how there are no spaces between words. Frustrating.

    Keep up the good work Gerald!

    Advancing Christ,

    Itoshima, Japan

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    • Hi Barry,

      Having the furigana is really helpful, even though I don’t like the KJV that much. E-sword is nice because you have the Kougouyaku and Shinkaiyaku despite not having the furigana as well as other more modern English translations.

      I had an interest in Japanese architecture and culture, and started working with JAXA (the Japanese Space Agency) about 20 years ago. It was called NASDA back then. I starting taking lessons at the Japan America Society for about 2 years, and then another 2 years where I work. I stopped working with NASDA after that and stopped studying Japanese for a long time. I would start back for a couple of months and then stop again. I started back studying maybe 3 months ago and redid my old Bible Japanese webpage in the Blog format. It’s much easier to update. I mostly practice reading because I can do that myself. My speaking is not that good, and don’t really have much desire to work on it at the moment. I live in the states, but have visited Japan several times for business to Tsukuba and sightseeing inTokyo (but that was a long time ago). I struggle sometimes with continuing studying, but feel it would be a waste after all the time and money I’ve put into it over the years.

      There isn’t a magic bullet to help with the reading. I think you just have to try to read as much as you can, and eventually you’ll start seeing improvement. I remember starting off trying to read the Japanese Bible. It was brutal. My enthusiasm was there, but the ability wasn’t. Slowly over time as you learn more kanji and vocabulary it will get better. Since you’re surrounded by Japanese being in Japan I would think you would improve a whole lot faster than I did. I find learning kanji in words instead of separately is better. I think by reading a lot and seeing the characters over and over again they will eventually start sinking in. I would use an SRS app like JFlash to drill on vocabulary. Lack of vocabulary is my weakness. The app comes with a large number of cards to choose from and you can also create your own. You’ll get used to not having spaces between the words once you start knowing more kanji and grammar using the particles as markers. Grammar is another thing to focus on.

      Check out this website called “All Japanese All the Time”. I don’t think it’s updated anymore, but the guy who wrote it lived in the states and basically lived as if he were in Japan 24/7. Watched Japanese TV, anime, radio, etc, all the time. I think it works, but I was never able to do it. I believe he eventually got a job in Japan and from videos I saw of him his Japanese seemed really good only after a 1.5 years if I remember the timeframe! A lot better than me.

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    • Hello, Barry. Nice meeting you. I really enjoy his Blog, which my u.s. church friend suggested me to read.
      I understand what you have a trouble to study languages. It is not easy to speak in English for Japanese as same as for you to speak in Japanese!! Do not give up! Stay here with us 😉


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