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Here is a list of free instructional Japanese language videos to improve your comprehension. There is also a variety of free Japanese audio files available on my Japanese Listening Practice page.

How to Pronounce Basic Japanese Sounds

There are 46 basic sounds in Japanese. The first five sounds (a, i, u, e, o) are vowels, and the rest of the sounds are a combination of a vowel and a consonant. I think Japanese is easy to pronounce when compared to other languages. However, some people might find the pronunciation of "r" and "f" difficult. Please check out my explanation about the sounds of "r" and "f". You can also check out the "Hiragana Audio Chart", which shows all 46 hiragana sounds.

  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (1): a, i, u, e, o
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (2): ka, ki, ku, ke, ko
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (3): sa, shi, su, se, so
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (4): ta, chi, tsu, te, to
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (5): na, ni, nu, ne, no
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (6): ha, hi, fu, he, ho
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (7): ma, mi, mu, me, mo
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (8): ya, yu, yo
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (9): ra, ri, ru, re, ro
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (10): wa, o, n
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (11): Extended Sounds
  • How to Pronounce Hiragana (12): Dashes and Circles

    Useful "How to Say" Expressions in Japanese

  • How to Say "Good Morning"
  • How to Say "Good Afternoon"
  • How to Say "Good Night"
  • How to Say Thank You - Informal
  • How to Say Thank You - Formal
  • How to Respond to "I Love You"
  • Useful Expressions to Apologize
  • Useful Expressions for a Toast
  • Greetings for Special Occasions
  • How to Say "How Are You?"
  • How to Say "I Love You"
  • How to Say "Yes"
  • How to Say "No"
  • How to Say "And"
  • How to Say "So"
  • How to Say "Anytime"
  • How to Say "Anything"
  • How to Say "Delicious"
  • How to Say "Ouch"
  • How to Say "Whoops"
  • How to Say "Isn't That Terrible"
  • Useful Japanese Expressions - Formal
  • Useful Japanese Expressions - Informal
  • Basic Japanese Phrases for Arriving
  • Basic Japanese Phrases for Leaving

    Japanese Writings

  • When to Write Hiragana, Katakana, or Kanji
  • Japanese Tattoos: Choosing a Japanese Script for a Tattoo
  • Japanese Tattoos: Picking the Right Kanji Style
  • What Are Hiragana Characters?
  • How to Write Seasons in Hiragana
  • How to Write Compass Directions in Hiragana
  • How to Read and Write Numbers 1 to 10
  • How to Write the Kanji for "Love"

    How to Write Hiragana Characters

  • How to Write Hiragana (1): a, i, u, e, o
  • How to Write Hiragana (2): ka, ki, ku, ke, ko
  • How to Write Hiragana (3): sa, shi, su, se, so
  • How to Write Hiragana (4): ta, chi, tsu, te, to
  • How to Write Hiragana (5): na, ni, nu, ne, no
  • How to Write Hiragana (6): ha, hi, fu, he, ho
  • How to Write Hiragana (7) ma, mi, mu, me, mo
  • How to Write Hiragana (8): ya, yu, yo
  • How to Write Hiragana (9): ra, ri, ru, re, ro
  • How to Write Hiragana (10): wa, o, n
  • How to Write Hiragana (11): Extended Sounds
  • How to Write Hiragana (12): Dashes and Circles

    Japanese Counters

    Each language has a different way of counting objects. In Japanese, different categories of objects have specific counters associated with them. It is similar to English phrases such as "slices of ~" "pair of ~" "cup of ~" and so on. Please checkout my "Counters" page to learn more about them.

  • Types of Counter Words
  • Special Numbers for Counting
  • How to Count People
  • How to Count Books
  • How to Count Vehicles and Big Equipment
  • How to Count Thin and Flat Objects
  • How to Count Kilometers and Kilograms
  • How to Count Money
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