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Japanese Lessons 1

Although I tried to do Japanese lessons before, I became super inactive, and I didn't think the way I was teaching it was beneficial. So now that I know even more, I am restarting my lessons.

So first things first is the Japanese alphabet. I am using Hirgana in my lessons simply because all words in Japanese can be spelled using Hirgana and it is what you see most often.

I would recommend typing this somewhere like Google Docs, or keeping a small journal just for Japanese words and grammar.

Now I am going to start with some simple and common Japanese greetings.

Note: The formatting for each lesson is going to be this English: Romaji (latin system): hirgana

Hello: Konnichiwa: こんにちは

Good morning: Ohayo (Gozaimasu). : おはようございます。

(Note: Gozaimasu is usually used to be polite or formal. It isn't really needed when around friends and family.)

Good evening: Konbanwa: こんばんは。

Thank you : Arigatō (gozaimasu): ありがとう(ございます)。(Again gozaimasu isn't really needed. See note at good morning)

You're welcome: Dōitashimashite: どういたしまして。

Bye : Sayonara: さようなら That's going to be it for now. I don't want to add too much right now. Depending on how this lesson works, I'm going to make more. Feel free to comment.

Bonus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpu6CCt8baQ The video above gives some good tips on how to learn Japanese, I would also check out some of the other videos on their channel.


October 5, 2015



OMG I can't belive I see my own language at duolingo , this is a really nice lesson,aaaaaaawesome!!


Thanks, probably a new lesson today. :)


please keep doing this awesome program , it is really nice lesson.


I went to Japan to learn japanese. Now I am conversational but I still can't write nor read. Can you explain me why the last character for Konnichiwa is "ha" and not "wa" ? Is it because wa is written ha or something ?


It is because konnichiwa used to have a more formal presentation and more followed the particle. The particle is ha, pronounced like wa. I don't know what that more formal version was, however.


Lol, I have the same issue, but I don't think it's because wa is written as ha, because the chart has two different characters. Listening to the word it sounds like "wa" so I guess that's why.


Japanese uses particles. The particle 'ha' is pronounced as 'wa'. これは高(たか)いです。 (kore wa takai desu) = 'This is expensive/tall.' is another example.

花(はな)が好(す)きです。 (Hana ga suki desu) = I like/love flowers. In this sentence the particle is 'が/ga' and flower is pronounced 'hana'.

I hope this helps :).


Thanks for starting this up again, because I used to look at your older lessons. And I now have a notebook for this, since my friend is part Japanese .


Nice to see some Japanese on here. I've been living in Japan for more than ten years, so I have to use it daily, though I am far from fluent. 漢字は難しくて面白いよ!






me encantaría aprender japones


también sabes chino? o eso fué con tus conocimientos en hanji?


No sólo sé un poco de chino

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