Material on this page refers to lessons from the following textbook:
Jorden, Eleanor Harz. Japanese: The Spoken Language, Part 1. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780300038347.
Follow the links from the column headings to study that whole column, or click on each individual character. The "n-" and "w-" columns are included in "r", and the "y-" column is included in "m".
Each character page contains an image of the character, a short movie of how it is written, and examples of words using the character. The movies were created by Saeko Komori, Chubu University. You will hear the following words while watching the movies: nagareru (flow), haneru (hook), and tomeru (stop). Pay attention to these three points when practicing writing. Please see the JP Net Kanji Project for more details.
The following exercises provide a short introduction to the character sounds and reading practice.
- Listening Exercise #1
- Listening Exercise #2
- Listening Exercise #3
- Listening Exercise #4
- Listening Exercise #5
- Listening Exercise #6
These pages contain further information about word and sentence construction in hiragana.
- Voiced and Semi-Voiced Sounds
- Consonant + y + Vowel; Syllabic n
- Double Vowels; Double Consonants
- How to write words, phrases, and sentences
Test your knowledge of characters and vocabulary.
- Review: "a" - "to" (20 questions)
- Review: "a" - "n" (46 questions)
- Review: Voiced and Semi-Voiced Sounds (25 questions)
- Review: Consonant + y + Vowel; Syllabic n (36 questions)
- Review: Double Vowels; Double Consonants (16 questions)
For further study, worksheets are available to print out.
|"a" - "ko" (あ - こ)||(PDF)|
|"sa" - "to" (さ - と)||(PDF)|
|"na" - "ho" (な - ほ)||(PDF)|
|"ma" - "yo" (ま - よ)||(PDF)|
|"ra" - "n" (ら - ん)||(PDF)|
|Voiced (が - )||(PDF)|
|C + y + V (き ゃ - )||(PDF)|
|Words & Phrases||(PDF)|