originally posted: July 5, 2015

It is suggested that you learn Hiragana as fast as possible and step away from romajii.

There is many different romajii systems. And they don’t all write words in the same way.

Tokyo <—As we know in U.S

Can be written as: Tokyo, Tookyoo, Toukyou, Tōkyō.

The lines above: Tōkyō indicate that it’s a long vowel sound. 

Toukyou and Tookyoo: Already show that it’s a long vowel sound.

And Tokyo just doesn’t show it.

It’s written in Japanese like:

東京(とうきょう)toukyou. *

In Japanese class and Japanese natives they learn: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. In that exact order.


Learn Higrana but no Romajii
Hiragana learning with romajii. Along with the stroke order

The order of the syllbary** is a, i, u, e, o

From top to bottom then left to right

a, i, u, e, o.

Ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

sa, shi, su, se, so

ta, chi, tsu, te, to

na, ni, nu, ne, no

ha, hi, hu, he ho

etc, etc.


It is best that as you learn Hiragana to try to learn some grammar and words. BASIC grammar and words.
Has greetings and some grammar. Plus audio clips

Broken up into lessons and quizzes. It teaches Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) along with grammar and vocabulary.

Is like nihongomaster except it turns learning more into a game since you earn EXP with every correct answer.

To be quizzed on words and such.

*Why the “u”? A “u” after a vowel indicated the sound is LONGER. So “a” becomes more like “aa”.

o becomes “oo”. Hence the purpose of Toukyou being written as Tookyoo. Tookyoo helps with pronouncing it that way. Toukyou is actually how it is written/typed in Japanese.

**Syllbary its like an alphabet but since most of it is ka, ki, ku, ke, ko instead of a, b,c, d its called a syllabary. The romanized characters match the pronunciation sound.


Refrain from learning Japanese from anime. There are a lot of words used that may not be used in everyday life. OR the words used can make you come of as a jerk…

Just think of learning Japanese from anime as learning English from The Simpsons (or South Park or Family Guy). You won’t see people going around saying “doh” like Homer from The Simpsons or people cursing out each other in a work place like South Park.

Japanese has a lot of different forms and you’d most likely find informal than formal forms in anime. It is NOT a good idea to be referring yourself as “ore” when introducing yourself to strangers. (Makes you come off as a narcisstic arrogant person)