Part 1 of Hiragana and the Japanese Sound System introduced the concept of the “mora” along with the basic characters and their pronunciations. Part 2 will teach you everything else you need to know at a high level in order to write Hiragana. Romanization covered as well. I”m already thinking of revising part 1 to remove the IPA symbols and keep the pronunciation explanations more basic for the first exposure.
Future supporting material:
- Kana charts
- Issues in pronunciation – rhythm, intonation, and vowel devoicing (Part 2 of Hiragana was getting too long)
- How to type in Japanese
- Links to information on how to write the actual characters (stroke order, etc), since this is something others have done well enough
- Further reading and FAQs
I’m also thinking of possibly whipping up some Hiragana and Katakana worksheets to accompany the lessons. There are workbooks available though, so I might use that as my starting place for the Books section.
The next big item on my to-do list is basic grammar, which I’m going to approach more carefully and outline first. Like Hiragana, it will probably be split into multiple sections.