Kanji Flipper Tutorial

The Japanese Alphabet

The Japanese written language consist of three systems, namely kanji, hiragana and katakana. Symbols from each set can be used in conjucation to form a sentance.

Kanji originate from China and are used to represent ideas. There are around 50,000 characters in the set, of which some 3,000 are in daily use.

Hiragana is a phonetic system with 46 characters that are used for writing words that have no kanji symbols.

Katakana is also a phonetic system which similarly has 46 characters. However, it is used for words imported into Japanese.

Learning with Kanji Flipper

Kanji Flipper uses a database of flip cards for practice and learning of the Japanese writing system. As the site grows we will be adding tutorials and reference material to help everyone from the novice or hobby learner to the dedicated student.

Kanji Flipper is currently a free service and we rely on your donations to maintain and grow the site. You can make a donation via PayPal by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page. We also appreciate constructive comments, which you can send form here.

Using Kanji Flipper

Simply enter the Roman characters (a, b, c ... z) corresponding to the symbol displayed and press enter. The system will tell you if you were right or wrong. You can type in characters in lowercase of uppercase.

Hint: The text box limits the number of characters you can input to the correct number of characters.