Alphabet Course

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Alphabet Course

Japanese Alphabet

There are three types of Japanese Alphabets.

They are Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.


Hiragana is used to

①write okurigana (kana suffixes following a kanji root, for example to inflect verbs and adjectives)

②various grammatical and function words including particles

③miscellaneous other native words for which there are no kanji or whose kanji form is obscure or too formal for the writing purpose.



Katakana usage is quite similar to italics in English. Specifically,

①it is used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo).

②for emphasis.

③to represent onomatopoeia.

④for technical and scientific terms

⑤for names of plants, animals, minerals and often Japanese companies.



Usually, one kanji has two or more readings. (Which is kunyomi and onyomi).

Without kanji, Japanese will be hard to read because unlike English, there is no space between words.


If you want to learn Japanese, then Hiragana and Katakana will be your first step.

Note: All Kanji on this website have furigana, so it’s perfectly fine if you don’t know how to read kanji. This website also have Kanji Courses to help you remember kanji. You can find kanji course in the [Bonus] of nav menu after you logged in.)


Below is a pdf file, if you want, you can download it to practice hiragana and katakana after you finished this course.



How to pronounce Hiragana?

Below is a video to show you how to pronounce Hiragana.

Don’t worry if they don’t make sense.

I will help you to remember them easily in the later lessons.

Author: Myu Papa

102 thoughts on “Japanese Alphabet

    1. Admin bar avatar

      well, maybe you should focus on your study first! After you are in the university, you will have plenty of time to do what you want, including Japanese.
      This website won’t be closed so don’t worry!

  1. I also came from Reddit. I’m hoping to learn this language. It looks and feels overwhelming but I’m willing to put in the work.

    Thanks ahead of time. I’m thinking of taking notes and writing things down to help me learn.

    1. Admin bar avatar

      welcome! And good luck! if you have any questions, just post it in the forum And I will answer all of them. I think my support will make you easier to learn Japanese!

  2. I just joined (found you from reddit :)) and I love your site already. I learnt a little Japanese in school but wasn’t sure where to continue from there. Now I can explore through your site! Thank you so much!

  3. Happy new year to all, i was browsing through reddit and saw your website. now i have made my new yr resolution to give atleast 10 min every day for learning a new language(in this case japanese)

  4. I hope you realize what an amazing service you are providing to people who are unable to afford Japanese lessons or textbooks. I found this website from your post on reddit and I am amazed of the quantity of lessons and quality of them. The website looks amazing, keep up the good work.

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      Thank you so much! It’s just a start. I made this website two months ago and I will update more and more free contents in the future! I just want all of you to enjoy this amazing language!

  5. Thanks you very much for the blog. For someone who has absolutely no knowledge about where to start, this place is like a treasure. Hope you succeed in your future work

  6. I will be staying in Japan for a year starting on the 9th. I hope this site can help me in learning and mastering the language. And also, English isn’t my native tongue.

  7. Well my parents don’t allow me to learn Japanese, that make thing really hard but thank you for bring me this website now i can learn Japanese like i always wanted

  8. Thanks you very muccccchhh. I really want to learn Japanese but I cant afford paying another course/subject. This will help me a lot. You’re so kind

  9. I saw your post on reddit. This site so useful!! I really want to learn japanese for so long but my time and money cant afford it. I can learn japanese with this! Thank you so much!! ほんと に ありがとうございます!

  10. Came here through ishi dictionary on FB. Just found out what is gojūon (五十音)
    Thanks for this beautiful web site. Can see you blood and sweat in this project.

  11. This is seriously awesome! Your site looks great, the information is bite-sized and I’m genuinely excited to make my way through this. Always loved the way Japanese sounds and what the words mean – thank you for doing this! 🙂

  12. Hi! Just wanna say I really love your website from how I can feel like I’m actually interact with it and every course is really really organized :D!!! It makes me excited because I actually kinda of struggle on where to start first. But again thanks for making this website 🙂

  13. Whew, not necessarily learn a new language (because high school). But I hope I can finally learn Japanese for real.

    Came from Reddit, btw. And what a really nice website, hope I can also program a website like this in the future

  14. Found you via Reddit! Can’t wait to jump in and start learning. Would you recommend memorising the Hiragana and Katakana via Anki deck too? Or shall I just use your course? Thanks so much!

  15. I’m here from your r/Persona5 post! after I learn this i’ll probably check the P5S demo on switch with a Japanese account (unless it gets translated in English before that. i guess in that case i can still use gained knowledge for other Japanese games not in English)

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      Welcome! You will enjoy these games indeed after you can understand Japanese! Let me know if you have any questions, just ask them in the Forum And I will help you!

  16. Cheers so much for this, I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese but just didn’t have the resources. To have the power to watch anime without subs *mindblown*.
    Came from reddit btw

  17. Just saw your post on Duolingo , Where at the moment I’m using it to learn basic Japanese however I don’t want to depend solely on Duolingo itself so i been on a hunt for some apps and websites to help me with my journey, and this my friend is already looking very promising , can’t wait to get into it , keep up the good work..

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