Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide

While there are 3 major alphabets in Japanese, Hiragana is the most standard and widely used alphabet that binds the grammar of Japanese together. If you are just starting to learn Japanese characters and are wondering where to begin, you should learn Hiragana first. How to get started learning Hiragana The first thing I would recommend you do right now is purchase a beginner Japanese textbook called Genki 1. Trust me, its worth your time and money. GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (English and Japanese Edition) This is the Japanese textbook I started with myself, and there are a number of specific reasons why I always recommend this to beginners, and why I would especially recommend Genki to people who want to learn how to read and write in Japanese. First of all, you have both Hiragana and Katakana alphabets laid out for you on pages 1 and 2. These charts are easy to access, simple to understand, and more importantly, will save you time, which is a very precious commodity when you’re trying to learn a language with 1000’s of characters. Second, this textbook begins by offering you Japanese texts in English characters (Romaji in Japanese), … Continue reading Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide