To make learning hiragana not only easy, but usable when you need it.
Hello! If you’re ready to start your journey to learning “enough” Japanese to maximize your time in this intriguing country, you’re in the right place.
This is Hiragana 101. 🙂
Where I’ll teach you hiragana and you’ll almost feel like it just sticks in memory like a superpower.
Who’s This Course For?
This course is designed to simplify learning hiragana by using a learn “enough” Japanese concept — not trying to master every tiny detail, but enough to recognize and read hiragana when you see it.
Why Learn Hiragana?
You want the superpower of reading the signs around you while exploring Japan right? 🙂
Hiragana is one part of the trio of foundation skills you’ll need: hiragana, katakana, and pronunciation that will really improve your experiences in Japan.
With these skills vocabulary and learning to speak Japanese will be much easier.
Course Structure and Design
In the next lesson we’ll get started, but before we dive in I want to explain how things will progress from here on out.
Each lesson is broken down into a series of hiragana. And each lesson weaves together hiragana you learned in prior lessons.
This is a brain hack to literally form/strengthen neurons that will aid in recall ability. Which is important right? This gives you the power actually to use the hiragana you learn.
Also, this course is only teaching how to read hiragana. We won’t dive into writing it. Chances are you won’t need to write hiragana much as a visitor to Japan.
Self-Paced; No Grades; No Pressure
Absolute nothing in this course is graded. Nobody is watching you. Nothing is tracked.
It is purely self-paced and you can learn from any mistakes you make without any consequences at all.
In fact, when you make a mistake you’ll get the right answer immediately to learn from.
Cognitive Science Magic
Here’s the really interesting thing about this course.
It’s going to seem really easy and perhaps a bit repetitive. And you may feel like you aren’t studying very hard.
But if you actually complete each lesson and follow my instructions, the ability to read hiragana will sneak up on you.
It’ll feel really strange at first. When you’re out exploring Tokyo and suddenly you realize you can actually read some of the signs!
REST, Rest, rest, rest, rest!
Promise me. When I mention that I recommend you take a break, please do.
A long break. Enough to very nearly forget what you just learned in the lesson.
What!? You want me to forget what I just learned?
Yes. Well, kind of.
Technically it will still be in memory. The real problem is recall ability. This is what you need to practice— the ability to actually recall the hiragana when you need it.
Just like going to the gym. You lift weights, get sore, rest to recover, and then workout again.
This is absolutely vital to your success in this course. You can’t rush this.
I can hear you now: “Wait! Didn’t you say nothing was graded!?“
Hear me out. This is what I mean:
As you’re going through the lessons you will know in your heart if you are actually done with the lesson. This may be a bit hard to understand right now, but you will see what I mean when you get into the first lesson.
Don’t speed through brushing the surface and not take the time to know, deep down inside honestly, you are ready to move on to the next lesson.
That’s grading yourself.
Let’s Get Started
I think you’re ready to begin. I can tell you all kinds of stuff about this course but you’ll experience it all shortly.
So here we go. First up, the core vowel sounds あいうえお.