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What kind of language is Japanese? In this section you can take Japanese lessons and try speaking the language. You can also learn the characters used to write Japanese. Why not do the lessons with a friend and try speaking Japanese to each other?

Learn basic phrases that people use everyday. You can practice them yourself after hearing how they're pronounced.

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Lesson 1:
Japanese Greetings and Writing System

Lesson 2:
Meeting New Friends

Lesson 3:
What Language Do You Understand?

Lesson 4:
Where Did You Come from?

Lesson 5:
When Is Your Birthday?

Lesson 6:
What Do You Like?

Lesson 7:
Is This an Interesting Book?

Lesson 8:
Introducing My Family

Hiragana Chart and Sounds

Katakana Chart and Sounds

Learn how to read and write Japanese hiragana and katakana. Japanese use hiragana, katakana, and kanji for writing.

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