Resources for learning Hiragana and Katakana
Want to learn Japanese but don't know where to start? No fear! Today I would like to introduce you to some great resources for learning Hiragana and Katakana. These are the two most basic sets of characters used to write in Japanese.
I will post resources for writing, typing, and reading practice. Please feel free to use whichever (or all!) resources to begin practicing Japanese. I recommend you start with Hiragana (browse through reading, then print out and practice writing, and finally move on to typing). Once you have mastered Hiragana, then move on to Katakana.
Have fun learning!
I'd like to add some, if I may.
Drag and drop exercises for kana: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/index.html
Test yourself on all the kana, randomised, or select a specific set to practise: http://realkana.com/
Honourable mention for kanji goes to Tofugu's WaniKani app and website:: https://www.wanikani.com/
I recommend this website for beginners:
For those who want to learn how to write in kanji: (scroll down and click the green button to download the sheets)
If you are an advanced speaker, try this:
For Hiragana and Katakana I would recommend two books by James W. Heisig that were in combined into one when i bought them 15 years ago.
Remembering the Hiragana:
Remembering the Katakana
He seems to have put out a new version
Remembering the Kana: A Guide to Reading and Writing the Japanese Syllabaries in 3 Hours Each which combines the two
I used them to learn Katakana and Hiragana prior to a 4 month trip to Japan 15 years ago, and still, despite having little exposure since then, remember most of the characters, especially katakana which I found to be really useful when i was there as Hiragana was only used to give the pronunciation of Kanji and Katakana was used for foreign words, so I saw it a lot in stores and restaurants. He uses visual images to help you remember, like the image of a finger with a string tied around it for the character Yu, as in the old US poster, I want you. Too bad this course couldn't do likewise, having a picture of a finger pointing at a toe with the character to drawn on it, or a picture of a mother sticking her nose through a door with the character ma drawn on it.