Hiragana Course

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We are on the process of renewing the course content. At the moment, up to Lesson 9 have completed.

Lesson 10 is still older version but you can continue your study.

Audio and Drill programs of older version require Adobe Flash Player and may not work on smartphones and tablets.

Course Outline

Free online study program produced by an experienced native Japanese language teacher.

Suitable for the very first step of learning the Japanese language.

Goal

This course will assist you to gain the following abilities;

Goals

Also, more than 500 commonly used words and phrases are introduced through the course so that you can get familiar with them spontaneously.

Structure

The course consists of 10 lessons. Each lesson takes 45-90 minutes.

Lesson # Hiragana Letters
Lesson 1 あ い う え お (gojūon), ああ いい うう ええ おお (long vowels)
Lesson 2 か き く け こ (gojūon), が ぎ ぐ げ ご (dakuon)
Lesson 3 さ し す せ そ (gojūon), ざ じ ず ぜ ぞ (dakuon)
Lesson 4 た ち つ て と (gojūon), だ ぢ づ で ど (dakuon)
Lesson 5 な に ぬ ね の (gojūon), (sokuon)
Lesson 6 は ひ ふ へ ほ (gojūon), ば び ぶ べ ぼ (dakuon), ぱ ぴ ぷ ぺ ぽ (han-dakuon)
Lesson 7 ま み む め も (gojūon), は へ (particles)
Lesson 8 や ゆ よ (gojūon), ゃ ゅ ょ (yōon)
Lesson 9 ら り る れ ろ (gojūon)
Lesson 10 わ を ん (gojūon), ぁ ぃ ぅ ぇ ぉ う゛ (additional letters)
All Hiragana
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Lesson Contents

Each lesson consists of three sections - Reading, Writing and Typing.

Reading

Reading Sample

Correct shape and sound are introduced through video contents.

Full of voice recordings narrated by Japanese voice actors.

Writing

Hiragana a Hiragana a - line 1 Hiragana a - line 2 Hiragana a - line 3

Look closely how lines are crossed.

Line 2 is slightly curved.

Start Line 3 at the right place.

Detailed handwriting instructions.

Specially developed original font is used to show the standard shape of letters.

Printable writing practice sheets (PDF) are provided.

Typing

Hiragana
Keystrokes na ni nu ne no

Detailed instructions of how to input Hiragana letters on personal computers.

Printable keystrokes chart (PDF) is provided.

a a a a a

Different styles of commonly used fonts are introduced.

Quiz

Reading Quiz Sample Writing Quiz Sample Typing Quiz Sample

In each section, quiz programs are provided in the form of YouTube video.

You can easily access them through any device such as personal computers, tablets and smartphones.

Click the thumbnail to watch sample videos.

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How to Study

Practice Makes Perfect

Read instructions quickly and spend most of your time for Quiz programs.

Repeat them till you can answer most questions easily.

If you plan to study, work or live in Japan, we recommend to study all three sections. Writing and Typing sections can be skipped if you don't need these skills.

If you are in hurry, do Quiz A (basic) only and skip Quiz B (advanced).

You don't have to memorize word meanings - it is not the purpose of this course. It would be enough if you get some feeling of how words are pronounced.

Readings

Before you start, it is recommended to read the following pages briefly.

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