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Learning kana

Last updated Nov 8, 2022

You will need to learn the each of the 46 hiragana and 46 katakana, along with their pronunciation-changed forms. I used , but handmade flashcards will work as well. This is a simple exercise in memorization which should take less than one week to complete. Here are some stumbling points:

Once you have mastered recognition and pronunciation of kana, you will need to learn to read faster. Far and away the most effective method I have used for increasing reading speed is singing along to Japanese music on YouTube with lyrics in the video. Useful search terms include 歌詞つき (kashitsuki, lyrics included) and カラオケ (karaoke). As you should now know, karaoke is properly pronounced kah-rah-o-keh, not ka-ree-o-key.