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.
Free online study program produced by an experienced native Japanese language teacher.
Suitable for the very first step of learning the Japanese language.
This course will assist you to gain the following abilities;
Also, more than 500 commonly used words and phrases are introduced through the course so that you can get familiar with them spontaneously.
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), っ (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)|
Each lesson consists of three sections - Reading, Writing and Typing.
Correct shape and sound are introduced through video contents.
Full of voice recordings narrated by Japanese voice actors.
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.
Detailed instructions of how to input Hiragana letters on personal computers.
Printable keystrokes chart (PDF) is provided.
Different styles of commonly used fonts are introduced.
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.
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.
Before you start, it is recommended to read the following pages briefly.