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!


Drills

Do You Know Your Hiragana ま to も?

We've given you some pointers on how to tell hiragana from ま to も, it's time to put them to the test! See if you can match sounds to the characters AND remember the vocabulary.

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Hiragana - は to も

There's quite a few more hiragana you've recently learned. See if you can remember them with this quiz.

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Learn the 3 Ys: Hiragana や to よ

Learning Y hiragana is easier than the others we've learned so far because there are only three of them and the Y sound doesn't change. You can do this one easily!

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や, ゆ, or よ?

These hiragana are easy to remember, but can you remember the vocabulary? Easy points! Add these drills now!

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Let's Learn R Hiragana ら to ろ

This is the last big set of hiragana that we'll need to learn! The R hiragana don't change the consonant sound, but they do have characters that look like other characters. Learn the R hiragana and how to tell them apart here!

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Last Set: ら to ろ

You're almost at the end! This is the last big set of hiragana, so don't stop now! Add this set to your drills and keep up with everything you've learned up to this point!

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Final Hiragana: わ, を and ん

The final hiragana characters we're learning don't really follow a pattern. Find out what make these last three hiragana special by reading about them here!

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Do you know わ, を and ん?

Congrats! You've reached the last of the hiragana characters you'll have to know! You've worked hard to learn them, but the real challenge comes in remembering them! Add this drill to make sure your hard work stays with you!

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Quiz

Hiragana や to ん

This is the final quiz to test the last of the hiragana you've learned. See if you can score high and then maybe you'll be ready for the final test!

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Reading Rules: Long Vowels and Sokuon っ

We look at special combinations of sounds: long vowels and sokuon, or little "tsu." Long vowels are simply longer and little "tsu" is a slight pause.

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Listen Closely for Long Vowels and Sokuon

Drill Set: Let's listen closely to determine long vowels and sokuon.

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Gya! Learning Yōon

Don't get frustrated with writing sounds like "gya"! Smaller versions of や, ゆ, and よ combine with other hiragana to make some special sounds.

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