Basic Japanese for Beginners 1

Learn from ZERO and build a strong foundation!

Welcome to Basic Japanese for Beginners 1 !

Did you ever want to learn Japanese online in your spare time?

Do you learn better with visual aids such as videos rather than books?

Have you tried online courses before but felt frustrated that you didn't have anyone to ask questions?

Then, give this course a try!

Download the complete list of Lessons & Materials HERE

At the end of the course, you can request to have me check your Japanese!

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for beginners to get the basics of the Japanese language. A professional Japanese teacher walks you through each lesson in a step-by-step manner. It is ideal for those who learn better visually via videos and also who wish to learn at their own pace.

Once enrolled, you have access to the course from any device (PC, tablets, smart phones, etc.) as long as you are connected to the internet. You can repeat each lesson or the entire course as many times as you want. You can leave comments or questions in each lesson.

No need to know Hiragana and Katakana to join this course.

I was so thankful to find Yuko Sensei's beginner's course. I have tried a lot of short courses online to learn Japanese but they all seems to be so difficult and monotonous in each subject. Not easy and boring to learn. But, with Yuko Sensei's beginner's course, you'll immediately know it's easy and fun to learn. She is also very supportive to her students, just email her and she will respond back with lots of tips and encouragements! Plus, I got her beginner's course for free! Where else can you get a Japanese basic course free with a Sensei who is there to support you to learn!

I highly recommend her courses! You will never regret taking it!

By the end of this course, you will learn...

1. How to pronounce Japanese voiced sounds and contracted sounds (glides).

2. The difference between Formal and Informal speech.

3. How to properly address others as "You" in Japanese.

4. Daily expressions and in what situations you use them.

5. Japanese numbers

6. How to say age "... years old."

7. How to use the Particle の NO and も MO.

8. How to ask and answer questions.

9. More practice on self-introduction


Japanese learners all over the world are learning online at Smile Nihongo Academy.

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Do I get support?

Yes! Unlike many other online courses out there, you can interact with the teacher by asking questions or leaving comments within each lesson. Clarifying things that are unclear to you is an essential element in language learning. At Smile Nihongo Academy, students are actively learning and asking the instructor questions.

I have really enjoyed my Japanese lessons with Smile Nihongo Academy. I've always wanted to learn Japanese, but taking a language class has always been challenging with my schedule. Smile Nihongo has changed that. I am a busy stay-at-home mom and I like that the program is self-guided and accessible 24/7. I am able to go at my own pace and repeat lessons as needed to ensure my comprehension before moving to another course. Yuko-sensei's lessons are engaging and fun! The cultural lessons provided enhance the learning experience, and you can feel the warmth and love that Yuko-sensei has for her home country. Smile Nihongo Academy is the perfect solution to learning Japanese for busy people!

Why Learn Japanese Online?

Every learner has his/her own comfortable pace to digest new information. With online courses, you have the freedom to learn in your spare time at your own pace.

However, it's tough to stay motivated to learn when no-one is there to guide you through or answer your questions, isn't it?

That's why an online course, taught by a real teacher, is a perfect choice. It allows you the flexibility to go at your own pace and have your questions answered.

Courses at Smile Nihongo Academy are your's forever once enrolled. They are quite affordable too. You don't need to spend a few hundred dollars for a language school or paying a private tutor $50/hour.

Class Curriculum

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Your Instructor

Yuko Hanamure
Yuko Hanamure

Yuko-sensei a native Japanese born and raised in Japan. She has an M.A. Degree in Japanese Pedagogy (Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language) and have over 18 years of teaching experience.

Her students describe her teaching style as fun, engaging and so easy to follow. She is skilled to present the complicated parts of the Japanese language in simple manners so that students can fully digest new information. Her students say she is a kind, patient, and supportive teacher who genuinely cares for her students.


I’ve tried learning from other types of Japanese programs but found the instructor intimidating, the lessons presented poorly, the cost of the program expensive, and the support from the instructor lacking. I felt very frustrated and thought I would never find a program that I could really embrace and enjoy.

When I cam upon Yuko sensei's Smile Nihongo Academy online, not only was the cost of the course very reasonable, but I found her presentation of the lessons to be clear and easy to follow. Yuko sensei presents her lessons in a very pleasant and friendly manner; she makes you feel comfortable. I have been enjoying the lessons thoroughly and I am able to retain much of the lessons. She is very responsive to your questions and I do not feel intimidated to reach out to her, even if the questions have nothing to do directly with the course. She makes supporting materials available as well and these materials are well constructed.

It's easy to get motivated learning the Japanese language from Yuko sensei. I look forward to her continued lessons. I recommend Smile NIhongo Academy highly!

- Vince

I am thrilled to once again be a student of Yuko Sensei. I learned Japanese in her classroom several years ago. Her methods of teaching are outstanding, and she knows how to make learning the Japanese language fun and interesting. Although I use to be a student in her classroom, my circumstances changed, and so finding an online language learning program was very important to me. Thus, I was so happy that Yuko Sensei created one using her same methods. Her slides and handouts are the best! In addition, her program is self-paced. Her lessons have no expiration date, and I can go back to review them. As a busy mom, this is important to me. And as a language tutor myself, I can testify that her way of teaching suits all levels of learners.

- Dawn

Yuko Sensei's online course is great! Easy to follow and concise; it makes learning Japanese fun. The best parts are the readings of original Japanese stories and also being able to email with any questions you have. Yuko Sensei always responds quickly and with thorough answers which have helped me with many parts I have been unsure about.

- Michael

To anyone that is even remotely interested in learning Japanese I highly recommend Yuko-Sensei and Smile Nihongo for the best in Japanese language instruction. You will find the course enjoyable and a teacher that is very passionate and caring! I have studied with several courses on CD’s and books but this is by far the best way to learn. Yuko-Sensei is very willing to work with students one on one to answer questions and at times provide insight into Japanese lifestyle that can only come from someone native to the country. I am not only married to a Japanese lady but live in Kobe Japan on a limited basis and Yuko-Sensei has helped me tremendously in my quest to learn the language!

- Fred

Yuko-sensei is the best language teacher I've ever had the pleasure of studying under! She is passionate about her subject, and makes it easy to understand. She has a talent for making even the most complicated grammatical concepts simple, and for keeping the subject fun and engaging. I highly recommend Yuko-sensei to anyone looking to learn Japanese - you'll be speaking fluently in no time!

- Mason

The course, Basic Japanese for Beginners offered by Yuko sensei, is very easy to follow online. It covers all the basic elements from scratch to give the students a strong foundation to move on to higher levels of Japanese learning.

All the time, Yuko sensei is there to provide help and support. I definitely recommend you beginners to try this course at the entrance level.

- Bernard

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Who is this course designed for?
This elementary course is designed to help beginning-level learners get the basics of the Japanese language. It is highly recommended to first go trough the "Basic Japanese Starter Course" (free) before you get into this course if you are an absolute beginner. I created this course in the manner that anybody can enjoy learning. Even if you already have a solid foundation in Japanese, you can still use this course to refresh your memory. It could be a good review course for you too.
I don't read Japanese letters. Can I still take this course?
Absolutely! In all of the lessons, reading in alphabets are provided for Hiragana and Katakana. No need to be able to read Hiragana & Katakana to complete this course.