Master the Basics: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji – Japanese Course


Make life in Japan easier by mastering the basic characters

In this workshop we will show you the basics of hiragana, katakana, and kanji in three two-hour sessions. If there is one in partiuclar you’re struggling with, just take one session, otherwise, have a go at all three! Our workshop focuses on reading and vocabulary, with the goal to not just read, but understand the meaning of the Japanese characters.  Read and learn Japanese vocabulary with our two hour Japanese language sessions!

After completing the course you will be able to…

  • Quickly gain a wide range of vocabulary, so you’ll be able to understand signs and menus while out and about
  • Learn best practices for self-study and how to continue learning Japanese characters after the workshop

Lesson Description

*Single or multiple workshop sessions can be chosen

  • Session 1: Hiragana (2 hours)
    Increase your vocabulary for daily life through hiragana reading practice
    Never forget hiragana shapes by learning with mnemonics (visualisation)
  • Session 2: Katakana (2 hours)
    Increase your vocabulary while learning the structure and uses of katakana
    Increase your vocabulary for daily life through katakana reading practice
    Learn the differences between hiragana and katakana, and how to learn both in tandem
  • Session 3: Kanji (2 hours)
    Learn why we need kanji
    Learn about the origins of kanji
    Learn basic kanji (numbers, day of the weeks, etc.), focusing on kanji you might encounter in daily life (exit, entrance, push and pull, etc.).
    Learn best practices for continuing your kanji self-study after the workshop

Teaching materials

  • Original F2L handouts, PowerPoint presentations

Date & Time

  • Thursdays 12:00 – 14:00

Workshop Dates

  • Session 1: Hiragana – Every 2nd Thursday
  • Session 2: Katakana –  Every 3rd Thursday
  • Session 3: Introduction to Kanji – Every 4th Thursday


  • Online

Application deadline

  • Three days prior to session

Number of Spaces

  • 2 to 6 people



Exam Courses

Private Lesson

Daily Japanese