Learn “Enough” Japanese

Updated November 4, 2019, by C. Thiele, 23 year veteran of Tokyo.

What is enough Japanese?

Mastering Japanese can take a very long time and a ton of effort. But there is a certain amount that will go a long way toward improving your time in Japan.

That’s learning “enough” Japanese.

Learn Hiragana

あいうえおかきくけこ… Learn to read the Japanese hiragana characters. They’re everywhere and vital as a foundation to learning enough Japanese.

Learn Katakana

Learn to read the second syllabary, katakana. Again, it’s used all over — even more lately it seems — and will really help solidify your foundation in Japanese.

Hiragana/Katakana Dojo

A course for those who want to learn quickly at your own pace, or want full review practice of every character in one place.

The next course is in the works: Foundations. Feel free to check it out and watch while I craft it. It should be ready relatively soon.

After the Foundations course, things will start getting really interesting. Right now I think next will be a course on food and drinks.