The easy, free, & fun way to learn
to read and write Japanese

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How Mainichi Japanese works

  1. Learn to read & write Japanese characters

    Animated Hiragana and Katakana guides make it easy to learn to write Japanese characters.

    First, spend some time with our animated Hiragana and Katakana guides to learn to read & write basic Japanese characters.

    Learn Hiragana & Katakana

  2. Learn elementary Japanese with our lessons

    Mainichi Japanese provides you with short lessons you can complete daily.

    After you've memorized reading and writing Hiragana & Katakana characters, tackle a new lesson each day--each lesson only takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.

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  3. Find the resources to continue learning Japanese

    Mainichi Japanese is your guide to additional Japanese language learning resources.

    Finally, to continue learning Japanese, explore our links to a variety of online and offline learning resources.

    Japanese language resources

Why learn with Mainichi Japanese?

It's Easy

Mainichi Japanese makes it easy to learn to read and write basic Japanese.

  • Animated Hiragana and Katakana guides help you quickly learn to read and write the Japanese alphabet
  • Nearly all of our Japanese language lessons are easy to complete in 15 minutes or less
  • Helpful resources like Japanese-to-English dictionaries and Google-powered translation tools

It's Free!

  • Mainichi Japanese is 100% free for personal Japanese language learning
  • No members-only areas--you shouldn't have to log in, or sign up for email spam just to learn Japanese

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