Nihongo Master

Introductory

Ready to learn the basics of Japanese? We'll teach you the first two writing systems, Hiragana and Katakana. We'll also introduce some simple vocabulary and your very first sentence grammar!



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The Hiragana Vowels: あ to お

We introduce our first set of Hiragana, the set of vowels which are used in the rest of the Hiragana kana.

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Vowel Drills: あ to お

Make sure you know あ to お and their example vocabulary. These hiragana will show up constantly! So practice, practice, practice!

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Hiragana Consonants and Vowels: か to こ

In our second Hiragana lesson, we will start to combine a consonant with a vowel to make up additional Kana.

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Consonants + Vowels: か to こ

Now we're taking things to the next level. We've gone over a second set of characters. Can you keep up with these characters without forgetting the ones before? Not to mention, the words you just learned. Add this drill now to make sure you remember them all!

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Hiragana with Dakuten: が to ご

When you add a Dakuten to certain Hiragana, it changes the consonant. We'll show you how and introduce five more characters that use it.

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Dakuten Drills: が to ご

These hiragana look like hiragana from another drill, but these aren't the same. Think you can remember which is which? Add this drill to make sure you don't get confused!

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Hiragana Quiz あーご

Think you know your あーご? Show what you've learned and get more points!

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Consonants Can Change: Hiragana from さ to そ

Let's learn hiragana that start with the "S" sound. Watch out! Sometimes the consonants don't stay the same!

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Changing Consonants: さ to そ

Remembering exceptions can be a little hard. Use this drill to test how well you can remember these little exceptions!

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Dakuten Changes S to Z: Hiragana from ざ to ぞ

Remember dakuten from the lesson where we turned the "K" sound into "G"? S consonants can also use dakuten to change their sounds. But watch out when you add dakuten to し!

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Dakuten Drills Round 2: ざto ぞ and Vocabulary

We're back to using dakuten to change the consonant. These drills will help enforce your knowledge of ざ to ぞ.

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