A huge collection of FREE Learn Japanese Resources

Japanese Words and Phrases with audio pronunciation

Hiragana reading practice

These are short, animated stories which include Japanese and English texts.

Audio charts

Complete Hiragana and Katakana Audio chart



Hiragana and Katakana Cheat Sheets

Hiragana Practice Sheets

Katakana Practice Sheets

Printable Hiragana and Katakana Flash Cards

Japanese Words & Phrases: the basics

Being understood

Greetings & Introductions

Essential Basics

Essential Japanese words

Colors in Japanese

Japanese Words & Phrases: Express yourself

Nationalities in Japanese

Relationships: Boyfriend, Girlfriend and compliments

Small Talk: weather phrases and “I don’t like it”

Talk About Yourself: Professions etc

Families: talk about your Mother, Father and siblings

Japanese Words & Phrases: Getting Around

Essential “Directions”: Turn right, straight ahead and “I’m lost!”

Specific Locations

Japanese Words & Phrases: Time, Dates and Numbers

Numbers in Japanese

Ordinal Japanese Numbers: First, Second, Third etc

Telling the time

Days, Months and Seasons

Japanese Words & Phrases: Travel

Essential words like “passport”, “Destination” etc

Airport words and phrases like “gate”,”your flight is delayed”, “Departures”

Road and Rail. Travelling by train in Japan?

Accommodation: finding and checking into your hotel

Essential Japanese Hotel words

Japanese Words & Phrases: Shopping and Finance

Essential Japanese Shopping words

Japanese Shopping Phrases

Money words and phrases: “Can I pay with credit card etc”

Clothes sizes…odd category but VERY useful!

Clothing: shoes, sandal, socks etc

Cosmetics and Hygiene

General Items like books and toys

Electronic items like camera, gaming console etc

Japanese Words & Phrases: Email, Facebook and Computers

Email in Japanese: Useful words like Inbox, from, new message etc

Internet words and phrases

Computer words and phrases

Japanese Facebook and Twitter words and phrases

Japanese telephone words and phrases

Arghh! Technical problems

Japanese Words & Phrases: food and dining in Japan

Dining phrases like “dinner”, “Breakfast” etc

Ordering food in Japanese

Japanese food words 

Japanese Words & Phrases: Emergencies

Emergencies: Japan is a safe place but its best to be prepared

Medical Emergencies

Body Parts like “head”, “Nose” etc…very useful!


Learning Japanese is not as hard as you think.

The Japanese written language is comprised of three different writing systems: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hiragana and Katakana are both referred to as the Kana symbols.

It is recommended that you Learn Hiragana first

Hiragana is used to write native Japanese words or to spell words or part of words that don’t have their own Kanji symbol. Kanji symbols are the busy looking characters derived from Chinese. Katakana is used mainly to write foreign words that have made their way into Japanese.

Hiragana and Katakana each consist of 46 basic symbols which can be modified slightly to cover every syllable you need. A lot of Hiragana symbols resemble Katakana symbols so you are already on your way to mastering that too.

You can Learn Hiragana and Katakana in under a day with Dr. Moku, some people have managed to learn Hiragana or Katakana in just one hour by using our mnemonic learning systems.

Learn about Hiragana here and Learn about Katakana here

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