This site is organized into a few different categories of concepts.

  • Kana - The basic Japanese "alphabet" consisting of 46 characters that can each be written using two different scripts (Hiragana and Katakana); this should be learned before moving onto other sections.
  • Kanji - A large number of characters originally imported from Chinese. Each of these can have one or more meanings and pronunciations based on context. (There isn't much to do here at the moment)
  • Numbers - Learn how to read and write any number from 0 to 10,000,000,000,000,000. Numbers in Japanese work differently than in English, so it's recommended to start with the Kanji numbers because there is a more straightforward mapping to how they are actually pronounced.
  • Inflection - Verbs and adjectives in Japanese have very regular inflections. Learning these involve learning the systems rather than memorizing thousands of edge cases (as in some languages).

Each of these categories contains tabs for different methods of study.

  • Learn - Lessons designed to impart a solid initial understanding.
  • Reference - A high-level overview to see how it all fits together.
  • Sandbox - Experiment with the systems to gain understanding.
  • Practice - Drill quiz questions to solidify your understanding.

Note: Not all tabs are implemented for every category at the moment.