Let's Learn Hiragana

Let's Learn Hiragana

To learn Japanese you need to start at the beginning. For Japanese children the beginning is Hiragana. Equivalent to learning the ABC‘s, the symbols of the syllabary are the sounds which form words. As Chris at Nihongo Notes states:

Basically you build a solid foundation in a similar manner to how a child would learn a language. Once you have a solid foundation you can build upon it with fancy grammar and a larger vocabulary.

The best book I have found for simply learning the Hiragana syllabary is Let’s Learn Hiragana by Yaxsuko Mitamura. She goes through the syllabary in groups, practising each one and giving basic vocabulary using the kana as she goes. Simnple drills for writing each symbol and even goes into proper pen strokes  when writing.

I have been looking for a book that teaches the Hiragana set without treating the reader like a child. Hiragana is the first thing Japanese children learnin school and a lot of the materials available have that focus. I.e. they tend to be written for kindergardners. I want a book that eschews the cutesy pictures and just focuses on building the foundation of language. Yasuko’s book does that very nicely.