Mastering the Japanese Alphabet

29 Lessons • 4 Hours, 8 Minutes
Break through the romaji barrier and into real Japanese!
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1
Introduction to Japanese Writing
Learn a little about how to write
5 Minutes • Video
2
Which alphabet to use?
Learn when to use the different alphabets
3 Minutes • Video
3
The Hiragana Vowels
Learn how to read and write the hiragana vowels, あ、い、う、え、お
12 Minutes • Video
4
The Hiragana K Column
Learn the Hiragana K column
11 Minutes • Video
5
The Hiragana S Column
Learn the Hiragana S column
11 Minutes • Video
6
The Hiragana T Column
Learn the Hiragana T column
11 Minutes • Video
7
The Hiragana N Column
Learn the Hiragana N column
9 Minutes • Video
8
The Hiragana H Column
Learn the Hiragana H column
14 Minutes • Video
9
Reading HE as E
Learn why 'he' is read as 'e'
2 Minutes • Video
10
The Hiragana M Column
Learn the Hiragana M column
9 Minutes • Video
11
The Hiragana R Column
Learn the Hiragana R column
9 Minutes • Video
12
The Hiragana Y Column and Digraphs
Learn the Hiragana Y column and digraphs
9 Minutes • Video
13
The Hiragana W Column Plus N
Learn the Hiragana W column plus N
10 Minutes • Video
14
Why two kana for O?
Learn why there are two kana for O
2 Minutes • Video
15
Kantan Kana #11: Hiragana まる and てんてん
Learn Japanese punctuation
4 Minutes • Video
16
Kantan Kana #12: Hiragana - Small and Double Characters
Learn Japanese special writing system
5 Minutes • Video
17
Kantan Kana #13: Hiragana Review
Learn how to read and write all hiragana characters
4 Minutes • Video
18
HA or WA?
Learn why the hiragana 'ha' is sometimes read as 'wa'
2 Minutes • Video
19
Why Does a U Extend an O?
Learn why the hiragana U (う) is used to extend an O sound?
2 Minutes • Video
20
The Katakana Vowels
Learn the katakana vowels
11 Minutes • Video
21
The Katakana K Column
Learn the katakana K column
10 Minutes • Video
22
The Katakana S Column
Learn the Katakana S column
11 Minutes • Video
23
The Katakana T Column
Learn the Katakana T column
12 Minutes • Video
24
The Katakana N Column
Learn the Katakana N column
8 Minutes • Video
25
The Katakana H Column
Learn the katakana H column
11 Minutes • Video
26
The Katakana M Column
Learn the Katakana M column
8 Minutes • Video
27
The Katakana R Column
Learn the Katakana R column
8 Minutes • Video
28
The Katakana Y Column and More Digraphs
Learn the Katakana Y column and more digraphs
8 Minutes • Video
29
The Katakana W Column Plus N
Learn the Katakana W column plus N
11 Minutes • Video