This is a short post with mnemonics on how to learn hiragana ひらがな and katakana カタカナ, the first two writing systems you’ll learn in Japanese (each with around ~46 base characters) before diving into kanji (over 2,000 common characters). They’re both phonetic, so each letter will correspond to a specific…


Every week, we share Japanese words with pictures, so that you can learn add a few extra words to your vocabulary. With each of these words, we’ll construct meaningful sentences so you can learn them in context. You can even try to construct your own sentences!

We’ll pick easier words…


In this post, we’ll cover how to say “I” in Japanese. This “Culture” content is also featured in the Learn 50 JLPT-N5 Vocab with Pictures mini-eBook!

Note, this post was originally published on Kuma Learn’s blog.

Boku, ore, watashi…

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There are many ways to “I” in Japanese. …


As an independent maker, I often like to make things in DIY fashion. That includes making a website, publishing eBooks… but also making a logo! In this post, I’ll show you how I made Kuma Learn’s logo (your friendly guide to learning Japanese!).

Note, this post was originally published on…


In this post, we’ll cover how to count numbers in Japanese. This “How to” content is also featured in the Learn 50 JLPT-N5 Vocab with Pictures mini-eBook!

Note, this post was originally published on Kuma Learn’s blog.

Up to hundred

The Japanese number system is logical. Once you can count up to ten…


Have you ever come across comments on the internet/SNS that end with grass 草 (kusa)? Did you wonder, why on earth are they saying “grass” at the end of every sentence?

Well, it turns out that it’s internet slang and it means “lol” (laugh out loud).

Note, this post was…


Every week, we share Japanese words with pictures, so that you can learn add a few extra words to your vocabulary. With each of these words, we’ll construct meaningful sentences so you can learn them in context. You can even try to construct your own sentences!

We’ll pick easier words…


In the past week (15 January), I posted a couple of free Kuma Learn eBooks on Reddit’s /r/LearnJapanese community. It got far more attention than I expected. Thank you for your support and contributions that led to this post. …


In the past week (10 May), I posted another couple of free Kuma Learn mini-eBooks as well as a full-length (paid) eBook on Reddit’s /r/LearnJapanese community. It didn’t get as much attention the first launch of mini-eBooks in January but…


There’s an ongoing debate on pitch accent in Japanese on YouTube between George Trombley and Matt vs Japan: should you ignore it or learn it? In a long live-streamed debate, they discuss the pros and cons of learning pitch accent. There’s a lot to unpack but from what I gathered…

Mario Hayashi

Software contractor, No-Coder, former CTO/tech lead at startups, maker of kumalearn.com and more.

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