Practice makes Perapera! Learn Japanese ahead of Tokyo 2020

© Tokyo 2020
© Tokyo 2020

It’s time to impress your family and friends and speak Japanese like a local before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Games next year.

Learning Japanese might seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple lessons you’ll be amazed at how much you pick up.

Follow along with Tokyo 2020's weekly guides, as you go from newbie Olympic hopeful to Perapera (fluent) gold medallist in time for the Opening Ceremony!

This week: The new sports for Tokyo 2020

The days are counting down until the start of the Olympic Games, but are you ready?

Tokyo 2020 will see five new sports added to the Olympic programme: Sport climbing, Skateboarding, Surfing and Karate will make their debut next year, while Baseball/Softball will be returning to the Games after a 12-year absence.

This is great knowledge for a quiz, but can you go one step further and say them in Japanese? It’s time to impress your friends and family by following our simple guide (and remember to elongate the vowels that have a '-' above them):

Learn Japanese

Tokyo 2020's ‘Practice makes Perapera’ series introduces one essential Japanese lesson every week – from learning to talk about the things you like, through to how to introduce yourself and the colours of the rainbow. In a few short months, you'll have the basics you need for your visit to Tokyo next year.

The lessons are simple. Tokyo 2020 will show you an image or sentence with the hiragana and katakana underneath (the Japanese character symbols that make up the language).

You'll also see the romaji – the Romanised way of writing Japanese by using the latin or roman alphabet to display Japanese words.

Scroll through the lessons below and begin your Japanese learning adventure today!