Learn Hiragana and Katakana as You Embark on a Journey into Japanese Language Learning

The Japanese Writing System: An Introduction to Hiragana and Katakana is designed to build a solid foundation for your Japanese reading and writing skills which are an integral part of communicating in Japanese.  

In this course, you will explore the origin of the Japanese scripts and sound system, learn how to read and write hiragana and katakana characters as well as how additional sounds are transcribed.

Develop a solid foundation for all 4 language skills

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Develop your ears to pick up the sounds of Japanese native speakers



Pronounce like a native Japanese speaker through guided practice



Learn how to read all basic and modified characters.



Practice writing all characters with stroke order animations and worksheets

This course is specifically designed for English-speaking students. We will explore the differences between the English and Japanese language systems, how English words are written with katakana, and the scripts used in manga.

Specifically designed for English-speaking students to be able to:

Understand the vowels and consonants

Read, write, and sound all hiragana and katakana

Build vocabulary

There are plenty of practice quizzes, and after the final exam, you will receive your Certificate of Completion!

Course Content

The Japanese Writing System: An Introduction to Hiragana and Katakana provides beginners in Japanese a solid foundation for the Japanese writing system.

Learn the history of the Japanese writing system and the main differences between English and Japanese grammar. Knowing this will help avoid setbacks later on.

Master reading, pronouncing, and writing all hiragana

Lesson 1 & 2 Gojuuon
Lesson 3 Dakuon and Han-Dakuon
Lesson 4 Contracted sounds
Lesson 5 Double consonants
Lesson 6 Long vowels
Lesson 7, 8 & 9 Writing hiragana

Master reading, pronouncing, and writing all hiragana

Lesson 1 Gojuuon
Lesson 2 Dakuon and Han-Dakuon
Lesson 3 Contracted sounds
Lesson 4 Double consonants
Lesson 5 Long vowels
Lesson 6 Katakana challenge (English words written in katakana)
Lesson 7 Katakana and onomatopoeia
Lesson 8 & 9 - Writing katakana

Download the syllabus


20 lesson videos
19 check for understanding quizzes
Bonus videos with stroke order animations
Printable practice sheets
and a Certificate of Completion!

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