In june next years I’m going to Japan for a 3 weeks vacation, I’ve already been to Japan once without knowing any japanese but since I have roughly 9 months to prepare this time, I thought it would be fun to see how much japanese I can learn between now and my trip. My primary objective is to be able to read and understand
Katakana and some
Kanji, meaning I am not focusing on being able to write at all (for now anyway)
I will add content to this article every time I learn something new until I can hopefully read japanese.
Note: This article will probably not provide you with the fastest way to learn japanese as I am figuring this out as I go.
I started by learning Hiragana using this neocities website I found and it turned out to be really useful! The Hiragana learning tool is very simple to use, first you choose from a list of all Hiragana the ones that you want to learn, then a random Hiragana character appear and you need to write the Romaji that match it. (Romaji is the romanization of the Japanese written language, Ex:
ni in Romaji)
Using this tool I managed to learn every Hiragana in a little more than a week using the site for an hour and a half everyday. I still mix a couple of them together but I’m fine most of the time.
You can also learn Katakana with this tool which I will do at some point.
After I finished learning all the Hiragana it was time to learn about how to read number in japanese. I made a “cheat sheet” to help me learn faster, keep in mind that to keep the tables simple I omitted some less important (in my opinion) things. For example: some numbers can be written in more than one way, I kept only the most popular way of writing it.
The table are in Hiragana only to force me to get used to them.
1 to 10
11 to 19
Example: 11 =
Tips: Number of
Note: To write something like
65 you just add the
unit number at the end.
Greetings and farewells
Below are collection of greetings and farewells.
Good morning or
If there is 2 way of saying it, the first one is the polite way of saying it and second one is the casual way.
|Good morning||Ohayou gozaimasu / Ohayou||あはようございます / おはよう|
|Good night||Oyasuminasai / Oyasumi||おやすみなさい / おやすみ|
|Thank you||Arigatou gozaimasu / Arigatou||ありがとうございます / ありがとう|
Leaving and returning home
Used when leaving and returning home
|I’ll be back||itte kimasu||いってきます|
|Have a good day / See you||itterasshai||いってらっしゃい|
|I’m home / I’m back||Tadaima||ただいま|
More to come…
I will be adding more content as I keep learning. I want to add something as least once a week If I’m able to. (last update