Free Japanese Course

Kana course

Learn Japanese fast with our free course! Master hiragana and katakana based on our proven training system. Here’s what you’ll learn:

Basic Sounds in Japanese


Listen to voiced consonants, doubled consonants, long vowels and contracted sounds, and learn how to pronounce them.

Hiragana


See the 46 hiragana characters written out stroke by stroke and listen to their pronunciation. Take quizzes to test your hiragana skills before moving on to the next section.

Then, learn how to read and write the voiced consonants and contracted sounds in hiragana. Take a graduating test before you move on to katakana.

Katakana


See the 46 katakana characters written out stroke by stroke and listen to their pronunciation. Take quizzes to test your katakana skills before moving on to the next section.

Then, learn how to read and write the voiced consonants and contracted sounds in katakana. Take a graduating test before you move on to learning kanji.

Course Outline

The course moves at your own pace. If you can fit in 5 x 30 min sessions per week, it would be ideal.

You take as long as you need to learn each element, and then move on to the next step.

Basic Sounds & Hiragana Part 1

Chapter Topic Description Format Schedule
1-1 Basic sounds in Japanese Listen to voiced consonants, doubled consonants, long vowels, contracted sounds, etc Video 15min
Task Listen to audio files & mimic what you hear out loud Audio 15min
1-2 Hiragana Part 1 See hiragana written out & listen to audio Text & JapUp flash content 15min
1-2-1 Hiragana あ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-2 Hiragana か Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-3 Hiragana さ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-4 Hiragana た Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-5 Hiragana な Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-6 Hiragana は Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-7 Hiragana ま Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-8 Hiragana や Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-9 Hiragana ら Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-10 Hiragana わ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-2-11 Hiragana Quiz Quiz to test your hiragana skills JapUp flash game 15min

Hiragana Part 2

Chapter Topic Description Format Schedule
1-3 Hiragana Part 2 Learn modified syllables & extended consonant syllables Text, video & JapUp flash content 15min
1-3-1 Hiragana が Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-2 Hiragana ざ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-3 Hiragana だ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-4 Hiragana ば and ぱ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-5 Hiragana きゃ and ぎゃ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-6 Hiragana しゃ and じゃ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-7 Hiragana りゃ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-8 Hiragana みゃ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-9 Hiragana ひゃ, びゃ and ぴゃ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-10 Hiragana にゃ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-11 Hiragana ちゃ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-3-12 Hiragana Quiz Quiz to test your hiragana skills JapUp flash game 15min
1-4 Hirgana Test Graduating test for hiragana JapUp flash game 15min

Katakana Part 1

Chapter Topic Description Format Schedule
1-5 Katakana Part 1  See katakana written out. Text & JapUp flash content 15min
1-5-1 Katakana ア Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-2 Katakana カ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-3 Katakana サ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-4 Katakana タ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-5 Katakana ナ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-6 Katakana ハ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-7 Katakana マ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-8 Katakana ヤ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-9 Katakana ラ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-10 Katakana ワ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-5-11 Katakana Quiz Quiz to test your katakana skills JapUp flash game 15min

Katakana Part 2

Chapter Topic Description Format Schedule
1-6 Katakana Part 2 Learn modified syllables & extended consonant syllables Text, video & JapUp flash content 15min
1-6-1 Katakana ガ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-2 Katakana ザ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-3 Katakana ダ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-4 Katakana バ and パ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-5 Katakana キャ and ギャ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-6 Katakana シャ and ジャ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-7 Katakana ニャ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-8 Katakana ヒャ, ビャ and ピャ Rows Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-9 Katakana ミャ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-10 Katakana リャ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-6-11 Katakana チャ Row Learn how to write characters in this row Written activity 15min
1-7 Katakana test Graduating test for katakana JapUp flash game 15min