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Tom Laramee
Date Published:
June 17th, 2022
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Our Japanese Curriculum: Loosely Assembled

Alina and I have been been doing a lot of studying these past few months (まいにち, たくさん べんきょうしています)[1], and I'd like to share some of the resources we've been using, as well as many that we've assembled ourselves. Most of this is stuff we've developed ourselves on our journey, but there are also a bunch of references to existing publications and websites.


A List of Books

Hiragana and Katakana Worksheets

Note: All of the following are single-sheet PDFs, except the 1st one, which is 10 pages.

Character Formation

Word Writing Practice

Exceptions and Contracted Sounds

Blank Worksheets

Once you're all done with these worksheets, I'd proceed to the "Part 2" sections of the hiragana and katakana workbooks:

  1. Reading and Writing Japanese Hiragana: Page 44
  2. Reading and Writing Japanese Katakana: Page 42
Word Lists

Note: All of the following are PDFs.

Verb Flash Cards

Alina and I made some snappy verb conjugation flash cards. We've printed a couple of sets of these and will endeavor to make them available via the website soon.

Japanese verbs have many, many conjugations, and so we decided to focus on the most essential nine of them as we began to learn the language. We've picked up a number of new conjugations along the way, and they're making it into our "Sentence Practice" sheets below.

Sentence Practice

Perhaps one of the best things we made are these sentence worksheets, putting together some decently interesting sentences to flex subject-verb order, verb tense, multiple predicates, and of course the vocabulary we've been working on.

We'll endeavor to post the "answers" as we create them. A handful of the worksheets already have their associated hiragana, also posted below.

These are limited to hiragana and katakana... we've included some katakana for words like Seattle (シアトル), Bubble Tea (タピオカティー), and America (アメリカ).

Note that the romaji is only there in case you need to reference it because you simply can't remember something. We usually cover that section of the page with a blank envelope while writing out the hiragana.

Note: All of the following are PDFs.

Particle Practice

We started studying some of the common particles and made some exercises to start test-driving these. On the short list is "ne" and "yo", but these are all I have for now.

Note: All of the following are PDFs.

Merged Worksheets
Individual Worksheets

We've learned enough counters that we need some worksheets. Each of these sheets has ~six counters on it, with slots for 1..10, and at the bottom of each column is the 1,2,3 for the counter (if you need a memory jog).

Kanji Practice

We finally started making some decent kanji worksheets based on A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese from the booklist above.

The goal here is to be able to re-visit sets of kanji multiple times (the book itself doesn't contain worksheets, but it does have an awesome set of very useful kanji, along with stoke count and order, as well as definitions and references, so it's a wonderful list.

Here's the current set of Kanji worksheets:

Study Sheets

Coming soon!

[1] mainichi, takusan benkyōshi-te-imasu.
("Everyday, a lot of studying.")