Day 1 - Japanese 🇯🇵

Today I have learned Hiragana and Katakana, completed 3 lessons of the N5 Japanese Language Course, 7 lessons + 1 Test on LingoDeer, and learned 100 new vocabs.

Today I have

  • Mastered writing Hiragana and Katakana

  • Completed 3 lessons of N5 Japanese Language Course

  • Completed 7 lessons + 1 Test Out on LingoDeer

  • Learned 100 new vocabs

Here’s how you can do it too.

Learning a new language is hard work but absolutely rewarding.

🈚️ Hiragana & Katakana


Hiragana is used to write grammatical words and elements such as conjugations, auxiliary verbs, particles, and native Japanese words that are not normally written in Kanji.

Katakana is used primarily to write foreign loanwords, non-Japanese proper names, and to emphasize.

Hiragana (image source)

Katakana (image source)

  • Rote learning is the fastest and most effective technique.

  • Memorize hiragana first, then katakana.

  • Start from the top right-most column with あ、い、う、え、お.

  • Keep on writing あ、い、う、え、お until you memorize it.

  • Pronounce the word out loud while you’re writing it.

  • Repeat with the rest of the columns from right to left until you’re done with Hiragana.

  • Next, do Katakana.

  • It should take you about less than 2 hours to memorize everything.

  • Once you’re comfortable with Hiragana and Katakana, move on to…

Diacritics & Digraphs

👾 Android users

  • Open the Takoboto app, click on ellipses on the top right, select Kana tables, and scroll down until you find G Z D B P on the left — that’s the diacritics section.

  • Scroll down a little further and you’ll see the digraphs section.

📱 iPhone users

  • Open the Japanese app, click on Reference, select Kana, and scroll down until you find the Diacritics section and Digraphs section.

You really only need to memorize the diacritics since digraphs are easy to recognize and make sense of if you’ve already mastered Hiragana and Katakana.

Learning Vocabs

Make sure to memorize Hiragana & Katakana before you start learning the vocabs.

👾 Android users

  • Open the Takoboto app.

  • Click on the list icon on the top right

  • Select Vocabulary N3 (intermediate), click Flashcards on the top right, select Japanese (💡 N5 and N2 are also bundled together in N3).

  • For our first day, start memorizing the first 100 cards.

  • Focus on the meaning of the vocab, the Kanji associated with it and its strokes, and the meaning of the Kanji.

  • To view the individual Kanji associated with the vocab, click on Show Answer and click on the + icon at the bottom. Then, swipe left.

💁‍♂️ Now, when you enter Flashcards mode, there are a couple of things that you should take note of

  1. The deck is not in the same order as the list, they are random.

  2. The cards in the deck will always remain the same UNLESS you do a complete reshuffle (by clicking on the ellipsis icon and selecting Reshuffle). A complete reshuffle will reshuffle the whole 3140 cards…you don’t want that to happen.

  3. The cards in the deck will always remain the same even if you exit the Flashcard mode or even exit the app. Just don’t do a complete reshuffle.

  4. Once you go over 10 cards, a reshuffle icon appears. You can safely use this reshuffle because this option won’t reshuffle the whole deck, it reshuffles only the selected number of cards even if you select from the beginning.

📱 iPhone users

  • Open the Japanese app.

  • Click References, select JLPT, and select N5.

  • Click on the ellipsis icon on the top right and click on “Study”.

  • Click on the progress bar and make sure the Order is Spaced Repetition, Facts Flip is Japanese -> Definition only, and Readings (on Frontside) is Never.

  • Keep on swiping left until you memorize each and every of the first 100 cards or as many as you can.

  • Touch on the word to reveal its breakdown.

  • Take note of any Kanji in the word.

  • Focus on the meaning of the vocab, the Kanji associated with it and its strokes, and the meaning of the Kanji.

That's it for today!

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—Yusuf 💮