What are Hiragana and Katakana?

"私はコーヒーを飲みます。" means "I drink coffee."
The Japanese use three types of scripts- Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.

Hiragana – Japanese is a syllable-timed language while English is stress-timed. That means, you can understand how to read any Japanese words once you know how to pronounce each Hiragana character and some pronunciation rules.

On the other hand for English, you need to know the spelling as well as the pronunciation. We never know how to pronounce an English word such as “photo” by just knowing how to read alphabet: a,b,c… 

The Japanese pronunciation rule is very systematic, thus, once you know it, it’s much easier for you to study Japanese and get more advanced.

Katakana – Basically, Katakana and Hiragana charts are correspondent to each other. There are 46 basic Katakana, 25 Daku-on, 33 contracted sounds and some special combinations of Katakana to describe foreign words.

For example, TV (terebi) and radio (rajio). In casual writing, Katakana is used when the meaning is emphasized (you’ll see many Katakana in comics). Also katakana is used for a variety of “onomatopoeia – sounds and emotional word” in Japanese. (e.g. “doki-doki” to represent a fast heart beat)

This course will give you enough information and skill to feel comfortable interacting with the Japanese… Imagine the look on the waiter’s face when you order your food in Japanese!

Features of this Hiragana Course

Now you can read and write the language of Japan, without months of classes, spending $100’s of dollars or trying to figure out confusing textbooks. Here are the features of this Hiragana course:

  • Over 46 pages of worksheets, detailed explanation and exercises (Downloadable)

  • Step-by-step writing stroke order is introduced for each character

  • Tutorial video lessons (75 mins in total)

  • Over 100 vocabulary words are introduced

  • Very effective Hiragana Flash Cards & Flashcard Videos

  • Teaches how to distinguish between similar-looking characters

  • Pronunciation guides for special usage of certain characters

  • Exercises to reinforce your new Hiragana skills

  • Shows you how to type Hiragana on a computer

Course Curriculum

  • 3

    2. Hiragana Chart

  • 4

    Complete Hiragana Workbook

    • Complete Hiragana Workbook

  • 5

    3. Hiragana Writing Lesson Videos

    • 2. a i u e o

    • 3. ka ki ku ke ko

    • 4. sa shi su se so

    • 5. ta chi tsu te to

    • 6. na ni nu ne no

    • 7. ha hi fu he ho

    • 8. ma mi mu me mo

    • 9. ya yu yo

    • 10. ra ri ru re ro

    • 11. wa wo n

  • 6

    4. Pronunciation Rules

    • 4-1. Choo-on (long vowel)

    • 4-2. Soku-on (double consonants)

    • 4-3. Yoo-on (small や ゆ よ with contracted sound)

    • 4-4. Devoiced vowels

    • 4-5. Pronunciation of ん

  • 7

    5. Hiragana in sentences

    • 5. Particles

  • 8

    Hiragana Flash Cards

    • Hiragana Flash Cards

    • 1.Hiragana Flashcard Video: a-to

    • 2.Hiragana Flashcard Video: na-yo

    • 3.Hiragana Flashcard Video: ra-n

Social proof: Testimonials


by Miguel Phillips

Workbook with references connect details the video lessons and reinforce learning wit practice. A comprehensive and practical approach to a complex subject -- this is beneficial for me.


by Carolina Ciro

This course helped me to write hiragana from scratch!


by Mikiko Longshore

She explains how to write very well.


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