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The Japanese Writing System

The Japanese Writing System Looking to start learning the Japanese language? Or simply level up your Japanese language skills? With our new video series and learning resources, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the Japanese writing system.

Getting Started - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 1 | Mango Languages
Looking to level up your Japanese language skills? Start here with everything you need to know about the Japanese writing system. Learn about the different types of Japanese characters, how they evolved over time, and see them in context.
Basic Hiragana - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 2 | Mango Languages
Learn the details of hiragana, understand how to use a hiragana chart, and pronouncing all 46 basic hiragana.
Basic Katakana - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 3 | Mango Languages
Learn all about voiced and semi-voiced sounds in both hiragana and katakana. You will discover the rules of the mighty /dakuten/ and /han-dakuten/, plus irregularities to watch out for.
Voiced & Semi-Voiced Sounds - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 4 | Mango Languages
Learn all about voiced and semi-voiced sounds in both hiragana and katakana, and discover the rules of the mighty /dakuten/ and /han-dakuten/, plus irregularities to watch out for.
Contracted Sounds - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 5 | Mango Languages
Learn all about contracted sounds in Japanese, what they are, how they sound, and how to transcribe them in both hiragana and katakana.
Special Moras - The Japanese Writing System | Ep. 6 | Mango Languages
Learn about special moras in Japanese, specifically double consonants and long vowels. Master the subtle differences in pronunciation and learn how to transcribe these special moras in both hiragana and katakana.

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