Japanese Pronunciation

Learn Accurate Japanese pronunciation from a native teacher!

Welcome to Japanese Week 1 - Pronunciation!

This course walks you through each Japanese sound step by step. By the end of the course, you will feel comfortable pronouncing Japanese words and phrases.

The course is entirely taught by a native Japanese instructor who has many years of teaching experience.

You will learn the authentic pronunciation of Japanese in this course!

Who is this course for?

The course is for learners who want to learn accurate Japanese pronunciation. It is ideal for those who don't have or haven't had a chance to learn from a native teacher. A professional Japanese teacher walks you through each sound step-by-step with tips how to correctly pronounce them.

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 learn from 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!


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!

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 or membership websites, you can interact with the teacher! Ask questions or leave comments in each lesson. Having your questions answered and clearing confusion are essential in language learning. At Smile Nihongo Academy, students are actively learning by asking the instructor questions!

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 yours 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.

Your Instructor

Yuko Hanamure
Yuko Hanamure

Yuko-sensei is a professional Japanese instructor with an M.A. in Japanese Pedagogy (Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language). She has over 20 years of teaching experience at colleges in the USA.

Her students say her teaching is fun, engaging, and very easy to follow. She is skilled at presenting the complicated parts of the Japanese language in a simple manner. Her students describe her as a kind, patient, and supportive teacher who genuinely cares about the student's success.


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

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

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

I started studying Japanese on my own to later enroll in classes at a school. All was well in the beginning. However, as the courses went on, it started to get confusing. I searched for online sites where they could explain things in a simpler manner and I suddenly stumbled upon Yuko-sensei's site. I can't say enough how easy it is now to understand those things I was so confused about. I now understand things I couldn't before in my classes at the school! I highly, highly recommend Yuko-sensei's Japanese courses. They are worth it! Not only are they easy to understand, Sensei herself is very compassionate, patient, and understanding. She will respond to you almost immediately. She's the best Sensei so far I've come across who truly cares about her online students and seeks ways to make the language learning easy for us newbies. :)

- Nora

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.