Basic Japanese Writing: Mastering Hiragana for Your Journey into the Language

  • Created by Shogo Kajihara
  • Course Duration 13 mins
  • Price USD$
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This course is about the basic Japanese writing known as Hiragana. As a Native Japanese speaker from experience learning Hiragana is the first step in learning the Japanese language because it will affect how you would view or tackle Japanese.

Are you fascinated by the beauty of the Japanese language? Do you dream of exploring the rich culture and heritage of Japan through its words? Look no further, because we have just the course for you! Welcome to “Basic Japanese Writing: Mastering Hiragana,” where your journey into the captivating world of Japanese language and culture begins.


Embarking on the journey of learning a new language can be exhilarating yet intimidating. Our “Basic Japanese Writing” course is designed to make your experience enjoyable and effective. Through this course, you will not only learn the foundational writing system of Japanese, known as Hiragana, but also gain insights into the cultural nuances tied to the language.

Course Overview

In this course, you will dive headfirst into the world of Hiragana – the essential building blocks of written Japanese. Our native Japanese speaker instructor brings a wealth of experience to guide you through this exciting journey. From understanding the basic strokes to mastering complex combinations, you’ll learn the art of writing and reading Hiragana with confidence.

What You’ll Gain

  1. Foundational Knowledge: Lay a solid foundation for your Japanese language journey by mastering the Hiragana script. This skill is crucial for further language learning.
  2. Enhanced Pronunciation: Discover how Hiragana influences pronunciation, enabling you to communicate more effectively with native speakers.
  3. Cultural Insight: Understand the significance of Hiragana in Japanese culture, unlocking deeper layers of meaning in texts and conversations.
  4. Practical Application: Learn to read and write everyday words and phrases in Hiragana, empowering you to engage with real-world Japanese contexts.

Who This Course is For

Whether you’re a language enthusiast, a traveler fascinated by Japan, or someone looking to expand their linguistic horizons, this course is tailored for you. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required – just an eagerness to learn and a passion for exploring new cultures.

Strokes: The Foundation of Hiragana

Before you dive into mastering each line of Hiragana, it’s essential to understand the basic strokes that form the characters. These strokes are the building blocks of every character, shaping the elegance and flow of the script.

A Line: The Beginning

The A line is your introduction to the graceful curves and lines that make up Hiragana characters. Learn how to create smooth and precise strokes that will serve as the backbone of your writing journey.

Ka Line: Evoking Elegance

The Ka line introduces you to the elegance of Hiragana. Discover the beauty of balanced strokes that capture the essence of each character. As you practice, you’ll feel the artistic nature of the script come to life.

Sa Line: Crafting Grace

Crafting the Sa line requires finesse and precision. Just as a dancer gracefully moves across the stage, your strokes should glide harmoniously, creating characters that exude a sense of grace.

Ta Line: Conveying Confidence

Confidence is key in every aspect of language learning. Mastering the Ta line instills a sense of assurance in your strokes, mirroring the confidence you’ll gain as you progress through the course.

Na Line: Embracing Nuance

Language is a tapestry of nuances, and the Na line introduces you to the subtle differences that can transform the meaning of a character. Embrace these nuances as you learn to infuse meaning into every stroke.

Ha Line: Finding Harmony

Just as a symphony requires harmony, the Ha line demonstrates the harmony of strokes that create a cohesive Hiragana character. Feel the rhythm of the script as you craft each character with finesse.

Ma Line: Masterful Flow

The Ma line embodies the fluidity of language. As you master this line, you’ll experience the natural flow of strokes that mirror the seamless conversations you’ll have in Japanese.

Ya Line: Expressive Energy

The Ya line is where you’ll infuse your characters with energy and vibrancy. As you create characters with expressive strokes, you’ll find yourself drawn into the world of Japanese expression.

Ra Line: Artistic Flourish

Artistry and finesse are on display in the Ra line. Much like a painter’s brushstrokes on canvas, your strokes will craft characters that carry a touch of artistic flair.

Wa Line: Cultivating Connection

As you approach the Wa line, you’ll realize the connections between strokes, characters, and meanings. This line encapsulates the beauty of interconnectedness, mirroring the connections you’ll make in the language.

Dakuten and Handakuten: Adding Depth

In the world of Hiragana, Dakuten and Handakuten bring depth and dimension. Uncover the secrets of these diacritics and watch as your characters take on new layers of meaning.

Combination Hiragana: A Symphony of Characters

Just as a symphony consists of different instruments harmonizing, Combination Hiragana combines characters to create words. Explore the art of character combinations and witness the magic of language coming together.

Hands-on Class Project: Embrace Your Inner Wordsmith

After completing this course, it’s time to put your skills to the test with our engaging class project. Write words in Hiragana, capturing their essence and beauty. From “Sakura” to “Ginkou,” each character will be a testament to your journey.

  1. Sakura
  2. Tomato
  3. Isu (chair)
  4. Ginkou (bank)
  5. Kingyo (goldfish)
  6. Risu (squirrel)
  7. Wani (alligator)
  8. Yoru (night)
  9. Hyaku (hundred)
  10. Pan (bread)

Capture your handwritten answers in a picture and share your progress, celebrating the milestones you’ve achieved.

FAQs: Your Curiosities Answered

Q1: Is prior knowledge of Japanese required to enroll in this course? A1: No, this course is designed for beginners, and no prior knowledge of Japanese is necessary.

Q2: How will learning Hiragana enhance my Japanese language journey? A2: Mastering Hiragana is like unlocking a door to understanding Japanese writing, pronunciation, and culture. It’s a crucial first step in your language adventure.

Q3: What kind of support will I receive during the course? A3: Our experienced instructor will guide you through each lesson, providing clear explanations and personalized feedback to ensure your success.

Q4: Can I take the class project at my own pace? A4: Absolutely! The class project is designed to allow you to practice at your own pace and showcase your progress when you’re ready.

Q5: How do I enroll in the course? A5: Enrolling is easy! Visit our course website and follow the simple steps to join this transformative linguistic journey.

Are you ready to embark on an exciting adventure into the world of Japanese writing? Join us in “Basic Japanese Writing: Mastering Hiragana” and open the doors to a world of language, culture, and endless possibilities. Enroll now and take the first step toward your linguistic dreams!