World Languages

Let's Learn Japanese 1.1: Hiragana

In this 8 lesson course, students will learn all 46 characters of the ひらがな (hiragana) writing system! We will use these characters to read and learn some basic Japanese phrases.
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39 reviews for this class
Completed by 222 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 8 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Tue May 24

May 24 - Jul 26 (8 weeks)
3pm - 3:50pm

Mon Jun 6

Jun 6 - Aug 8 (8 weeks)
8pm - 8:50pm

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Class Experience

Students will learn:
-How to read and write the 46 basic ひらがな (hiragana) characters
-The special reading rules for ひらがな (hiragana) characters such as diacritics, digraphs, long vowels, double consonants, and glides
-How to write ひらがな (hiragana) characters phonetically using Romaji
-Over 25 basic greeting phrases and classroom expressions (example: "Good morning.", "What is this?", "Excuse me.", etc.)
-The characteristics between written and typed Japanese
I have a Bachelor's degree in Japanese and East Asian Studies. While working on my degree, I completed a study program abroad at Nihon University in Tokyo. After graduation I lived and worked in Hokkaido, Japan for 3 years. My job was primarily teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), but I occasionally did some local work as a translator and interpreter. I am currently working towards receiving an N2 certification in the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
I will make and provide worksheets after each class for students to practice the characters they learned. We will go over this homework as a class during the review portion of the following lesson. These worksheets are usually 2-3 pages long. 
Students will need a pencil and paper (dotted grid or lined grid paper is recommended, but not required). They should ideally have access to a printer as well for the worksheets. If this is not possible, students could work around this by writing down worksheet answers in their notes.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
A written report is available at the end of the course upon request.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Koichi. (2014, June 30). Learn Hiragana: Tofugu’s Ultimate Guide. Tofugu.

Hatasa, Y. A., Hatasa, K., & Makino, S. (2014). Nakama 1: Japanese Communication, Culture, Context (World Languages) (3rd ed.). Cengage Learning.


Kate McMahanEducator of Japanese Language, Arts, and Culture
129 total reviews
186 completed classes

About Me

はじめまして (Pleased to meet you)! 

My name is Kate and I teach classes on Japanese language and culture. Japanese has been an interest of mine since I was a Junior High School student. In college, I had the experience of being a counselor for... 
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