How are your Japanese reading/writing skills? If you’re a beginning Japanese language student, you might be thinking that reading and writing Japanese is an insurmountable task, due to the language’s three writing systems: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
While many beginner Japanese textbooks use a Romanized version of Japanese called romaji, sooner or later every student has to learn the native alphabets if they want to progress. And, as every Japanese teacher will tell you, the earlier you can wean yourself off using the Latin alphabet and start using hiragana and katakana, the better. Fortunately, with a little bit of work, you can master Japanese kana (the collective word for hiragana and katakana) relatively easily!
MIT’s OpenCourseWare program is offering free lessons in kana. The programs contain exercises, quizzes, worksheets — more than enough material to have you reading and writing basic Japanese in a short time! Since it’s all offered on MIT’s OpenCourseWare program, you can complete the materials at your own pace, and fit your lessons to your own schedule. And of course the best part is that they’re free! So what are you waiting for?
Visit the course description page here to download the course materials.
And check out the rest of MIT’s OpenCourseWare offerings at ocw.mit.edu