Japanese Alphabet: An Easy Guide for Beginners (2022)

What’s the Japanese alphabet?

How do you learn it?

What are all those characters really about?

If you’re asking these questions, then you’ll get your answers here. In this simple guide, you’ll learn all about the Japanese alphabet and writing systems. Afterwards, you’ll know what to learn and where to go next. You’ll also get worksheets and tutorials.

To start you off, there are 3 main Japanese writing systems.

  1. Hiragana
  2. Katakana
  3. Kanji

And then, there’s also romaji… which isn’t really a native Japanese writing system but is still used a bit in Japan. So, let’s explain them all.

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1. Romaji. Is Romaji English?

Romaji (ローマ字) is a writing system that is a romanization of the Japanese language.

It is basically a way to express Japanese writing using the Latin alphabet. Yes, letters that you’re reading now. Many English words that represent Japanese words like sushi, ramen, ninja, or samurai can be considered romaji.

For example, the following Japanese sentence can turn into romaji:

  • Regular Japanese writing: 今日は学校に行って、勉強しました
  • Romaji version: Kyou wa gakkou ni itte, benkyou shimashita.
  • Regular Japanese writing: 日本でお寿司を食べるのが楽しみです。
  • Romaji version: Nihon de osushi o taberu no ga tanoshimi desu.

When is Japanese Romaji used?

As you can see, romaji makes it easier to read the writing for those unfamiliar with Japanese characters. Although all Japanese people learn and know this system of writing in school, it is not used as a replacement for the traditional Japanese characters.

Who uses Romaji? It’s commonly used so foreigners can read the train stops and signs. It’s also used as a method for typing Japanese on the computer. In addition, most Japanese language textbooks use romaji to accompany the Japanese characters. This way, the learner doesn’t have to question how the words and sentences sound.

(Video) ULTIMATE JAPANESE ALPHABET GUIDE | Learn Hiragana

Should you learn Romaji?Technically, you already know romaji, so… no.

  • Review
  • Romaji is Japanese written in the Latin alphabet (these very same letters you’re reading now.
  • Romaji is mainly used for foreigners and learners to make reading easier. Japanese people have no need to write Japanese words in Romaji.

Now, let’s move on to the rest of the Japanese writing systems.

2. Kana

What is Kana?

Kana is simply a word for both – Hiragana and Katakana. So, if someone asks, “do you know all of the Kana?” They’re asking you if you know both Hiragana and Katakana.

Cool? Cool.

Now, onto Hiragana.

3. Hiragana

Hiragana (平仮名) is a type of Japanese writing system.

How many Hiragana are there? There are 46 “letters” or characters in total. But unlike our alphabet where one letter represents one sound, each Hiragana character or “letter” represents a syllable.

Most characters are a combination of a Japanese consonants and Japanese vowels.

For example, these characters are:

  • か ka (pronounced: ka)
  • き ki (pronounced: kee)
  • く ku (pronounced: koo)
  • け ke (pronounced: keh)
  • こ ko (pronounced: koh)

Remember the Ah, Ee, Ooh, Eh, Oh pattern. You’ll see it for all the other characters.

Basic Hiragana Chart:

あ aか kaさ saた taな naは haま maや yaら raわ wa
い iき kiし shiち chiに niひ hiみ miり ri
う uく kuす suつ tsuぬ nuふ fuむ muゆ yuる ruを o
え eけ keせ seて teね neへ heめ meれ re
お oこ koそ soと toの noほ hoも moよ yoろ roん n

Hiragana is one of the most basic forms of Japanese characters. It was imported from cursive-style Chinese writing in the 9th century. Here are some words that are only written in hiragana:

  • こんにちは(Konnichiwa) – Hello
  • こんばんは (Konbanwa) – Good evening
  • どうぞ (Douzo) – Please
  • おはよう (Ohayou) – Good morning

When is Hiragana used?

Since you’re a learner…

…You’ll mostly see 100% Hiragana use in beginner level textbooks for Japanese learners.

(Video) How to Read and Write Hiragana Alphabet | Learn Japanese for Beginners

Hiragana is also used in kids’ books and comics to make it easy for them to read.

Otherwise, Hiragana is typically used to fill in the particles of Japanese grammar. It is used to make sentences smoother to read and add nuances to the speech.

What do I mean by that? Well, here. Take the sentence…

  • I eat sushi.
  • Hiragana version: わたしはすしをたべます。
    • That’s what you’d encounter in a beginner textbook before you learn any Kanji.
    • For native speakers, it’s a bit impractical to read because Japanese has no spaces and it may be hard to tell when one word starts and the other ends. It’d be like reading “Ieatsushi” which is not easy to read.
    • So, that’s where Kanji comes in and for the most part, Hiragana is used to fill in the particles. So, look at the next sentence.
  • 寿司べます

In recent times, it’s also often considered a feminine character. Many female names will only be written in hiragana.

When should you learn it?

On day one.

Hiragana is the first Japanese alphabet that you should learn because it represents all of the Japanese syllables! And it should take you about a week or less to learn all 46 characters. At least, college classes spend up at a week on Hiragana (and Katakana.)

In schools, Japanese children will first learn hiragana so that they can put their words on paper and start reading books. Manga (comics) or books for children are often completely written in hiragana so that it can be read at a young age.

  • Review:
    • Hiragana is the first and most basic Japanese alphabet you should learn.
    • There are 46 characters.
    • This should take you a week or less to learn.

4. Katakana

Katakana is another type of Japanese alphabet that represents the Japanese syllables. It’s said that the origin of these characters come from fragmented versions of Chinese characters.

Katakana has the same exact sounds as Hiragana — 46.

Both Hiragana and Katakana are referred to as “kana.”

Basic katakana chart:

ア aカ kaサ saタ taナ naハ haマ maヤ yaラ raワ wa
イ iキ kiシ shiチ chiニ niヒ hiミ miリ ri
ウ uク kuス suツ tsuヌ nuフ fuム muユ yuル ruヲ o
エ eケ keセ seテ teネ neヘ heメ meレ re
オ oコ koソ soト toノ noホ hoモ moヨ yoロ roン n

Now, here are some Katakana examples.

  • コーヒー (koohii) – Coffee (English word origin)
  • ビジネス (bijinesu) – Business (English word origin)
  • アイスクリーム (Aisukuriimu) – Ice cream (English word origin)
  • ラーメン (raamen) – Ramen (Chinese word origin)
  • マカロン (makaron) – Macaron (French word origin)
  • パン (pan) – Bread (Spanish word origin)

When is Katakana used?

So, what’s the deal with Katakana? Why is there Katakana if you have Hiragana with the same exact sounds?

Well, Hiragana is for Japanese words.

(Video) Ultimate Guide How to Read and Pronounce Japanese Alphabet Hiragana in 10 minutes

And Katakana is mainly used to express words from other languages. Words like “ice cream” and “ramen.” As you can see in the example words above, all of their word origins come from another language. So with katakana, it’s possible to incorporate foreign words into Japanese. New words in katakana are constantly added and created from other languages!

Also, if you were to translate your name into Japanese, you’d have to write it in Katakana.

Katakana is also used to write onomatopeia, scientific terms, and you may also see it in advertising — to catch attention.

When should you learn it?

It’s best to learn katakana, once you know hiragana. Hiragana and katakana both represent the Japanese syllables, so it should be relatively easy to learn.

Once you know katakana you can start to use any kind of borrowed word from a foreign language. Borrowed words make up almost one fifth of common speech in Japanese.

5. Hiragana vs Katakana

Difference Between Hiragana and Katakana

By now, you know that both Hiragana and Katakana have the same sounds. Same number of characters. So, what’s the deal? What’s the difference between Hiragana and Katakana?

Yes, both represent the same exact sounds. They’re different versions of the same thing.

So, you’re wondering why learn 2 different things if they mean the same? Well…

The difference between Hiragana and Katakana is…

  • Usage. As you learned above, Katakana is used for words that were borrowed from foreign languages, for foreign names, for scientific terms and advertisements. To keep it simple, just remember that Katakana is ONLY used for words of foreign origin. This is the main difference and why you need to learn both.

Now, to help you tell the difference between Hiragana and Katakana… they differ in terms of looks.

  • Looks.Hiragana and Katakana look a bit different from each other. To keep it simple, remember that Katakana has a bit of a “sharper” appearance whereas Hiragana is more curvier.
HiraganaKatakana
あ aア a
い iイ i
う uウ u
え eエ e
お oオ o

So now, you know the difference between hiragana and katakana.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Hiragana & Katakana?

How long to learn Hiragana and Katakana?

In most college classes, students learn the 2 Japanese writing systems in the first week. So, a week.

Could you learn them any faster? Yes, but as with all learning, in order to retain, you need to immediately use what you learn. So, if you memorize all the characters in 1 hour but don’t practice them, you’ll forget them just as quickly.

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  • Learn Hiragana here: How To Learn Japanese Hiragana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1
  • Learn Katakana here: How To Learn Japanese Katakana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1

5. Kanji – 漢字

Chinese characters called hanzi were adopted into Japanese writing to represent different words in Japanese. This is one of the most beautiful ways of using characters in the Japanese language. These characters usually represent objects, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. They can be symbolic and depict the image of what it represents.

Here are some examples of kanji:

  • 木 (ki) – Tree
  • 山 (yama) – Mountain
  • 口 (kuchi) – Mouth
  • 愛 (ai) – Love

When to use Kanji?

So, when do you use Kanji?

Kanji is used so that sentences are easier to read. It’s possible to write all sentences in hiragana or katakana. Remember… in Japanese writing, there are no spaces to separate the words in the sentence. This can make it difficult to differentiate the nouns, verbs, or other grammatical parts. Kanji can solve this problem by grouping the words together and adding structure to the sentence.

Remember this example?

  • I eat sushi.
  • Hiragana version: わたしはすしをたべます。
  • Version with Kanji: 寿司べます

When should you learn Kanji?

It’s best to start learning kanji as soon as you learn hiragana and katakana.

Once you start to learn kanji you will realize that it is a long process to learn all of them. In order to read Japanese fluently, you will need to know at least 2,000 kanji! Although it’s difficult to learn many characters, each kanji represents a word or part of a word so it is similar to learning vocabulary.

And don’t worry, if that sounds like a lot… even Japanese people struggle with Kanji.

How do the Japanese people learn Kanji?They learn in grade school and pick up hundreds of kanji per year. So because they’re using Kanji all the time, they learn it all through every day practice.

Want to learn Japanese Kanji? Download your free Japanese Kanji workbook here.

Japanese Alphabet Conclusion

Now you know that there are 3 official Japanese writing systems.

  • Hiragana: The most basic one. Learn this first.
  • Katakana: Same sounds as hiragana. Used for foreign words. Learn this after Hiragana.
  • Kanji: Used for Japanese words. Learn this after hiragana and katakana.

And then, there’s romaji — or latin letters (like this) — used to write Japanese words.

(Video) How To Read All Katakana カタカナ (Japanese Alphabet) | Ultimate Guide for Beginners | Basic Japanese

So, what’s next?

  • Learn Hiragana here: How To Learn Japanese Hiragana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1
  • Learn Katakana here: How To Learn Japanese Katakana in Under 1 Hour. Part 1

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FAQs

What Japanese alphabet is the easiest to learn? ›

Hiragana and katakana are easy enough to learn – and will be a big help if you're thinking about travelling to Japan, or learning basic Japanese. Learning kanji is a little trickier, but we'll come to that later.

What is the basic alphabet of Japan? ›

Japanese has two “alphabets” called hiragana (curvy like English cursive), and katakana (angular like English print). The two together are called kana. The third writing system, kanji, is not really an alphabet or a syllabary. Instead, it represents whole words.

How do I memorize the Japanese alphabet? ›

So yes Oda hiragana you have a hiragana chart here hmm and as well as katakana. I think comedy

Should I learn hiragana or katakana first? ›

Always start with hiragana. It is the basic alphabet for japanese words, and will help you understand katakana, which is for western words, generally speaking. Without hiragana you won't understand kanji. For example にほんご (Japanese language) is the four hiragana (and four sounds) that make up the kanji, 日本語.

Why are there 3 Japanese alphabets? ›

Why does the Japanese language have to use three different types of script; Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana? A. This is because each of the three types of script, Kanji, Hiragana and Katakana, has its own specific role. Let's examine a sentence like “I'm Anna,” WATASHI WA ANNA DESU.

Which Japanese alphabet is used most? ›

Hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing.

How is R pronounced in Japanese? ›

The Japanese "r" is different from the English "r". The sound is sort of between the English "r" and "l". To make "r" sound, start to say "l", but make your tongue stop short of the roof of your mouth, almost in the English "d" position. It is more like the Spanish "r".

What is letter A in Japanese? ›

(romaji a) The hiragana syllable あ (a). Its equivalent in katakana is ア (a).

Is Japanese alphabet easy? ›

Because it's easier spoken than written, the Japanese writing system and – naturally – the Japanese alphabet are “guilty” of making Japanese the hardest language to learn by a native English speaker along with Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

Is Japanese easy to learn? ›

The Japanese language is considered one of the most difficult to learn by many English speakers. With three separate writing systems, an opposite sentence structure to English, and a complicated hierarchy of politeness, it's decidedly complex.

What is J in Japanese? ›

Letters: A = chi B = tsu C = te D = to E = na F = ni G = nu H = ne I = no J = ha K = hi L = fu M = he N = ho O = ma P = mi Q = mu R = me S = mo T = ya U... Japanese Alphabet.

Is it possible to learn hiragana in one day? ›

We are going to be looking at some amazing techniques and study methods you can put into practice to ensure that you can get through all of the Hiragana in just 24 hours.
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What is the easiest language to learn? ›

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Do I need to learn all three Japanese alphabets? ›

The Japanese language relies on not one but three different alphabets — hiragana, katakana and kanji — which are differentiated both by their distinct appearances and by their use. No wonder Japanese is such a difficult language for English-speakers to learn!

Can you learn katakana in a day? ›

As with anything, learning anything is totally dependent on the person who is learning. That said, it's possible to 'learn' both katakana and hiragana in a day.

Which is easier hiragana or kanji? ›

Hiragana, though, are much simpler in both form and function. They take fewer strokes to write than all but the simplest kanji, and instead of representing concepts, hiragana are used for writing phonetically.

Should I learn kanji or hiragana? ›

So being a beginner in Japanese, we will consider you like a “kid.” That being said, you need to learn Hiragana first before you learn Katakana and Kanji. In the Japanese language, Hiragana is the main phonetic writing system that is used to represent every specific sound.

Why is kanji still used? ›

In Japanese, there are no spaces between words, so kanji helps break words apart, making it easy to read. As I'm sure you can imagine, long sentences would get even more difficult to read, and when you don't know where one word begins and another one ends, reading errors can occur.

What is my name is Japanese? ›

私の名前は [name]です。 watashi no namae wa [name] desu. My name is [name].

What is the most common Japanese name? ›

Most Popular Japanese Baby Names (Kanji) in 2020
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2陽翔(3)芽依 (2)
3湊 (2)陽菜 (12)
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Can you speak Japanese with only hiragana? ›

It is actually possible to write anything in Japanese using only Hiragana and Katakana which are the phonetic systems. Kanji are ideograms, so they do not represent specific sounds but ideas. In Latin languages, kanjis would be like the root meanings of the words.

Do Japanese write right to left? ›

When written vertically, Japanese text is written from top to bottom, with multiple columns of text progressing from right to left. When written horizontally, text is almost always written left to right, with multiple rows progressing downward, as in standard English text.

Is Baka a swear word? ›

Baka (馬鹿 or ばか) is a Japanese swear or curse word meaning idiot, jackass, dumbass, or unthinking fool. (Excuse our language, please!) That said, baka's meaning is highly contextual, as our resident Japanese expert explains: “Baka (馬鹿) means a fool or an idiot, and used as an insult.

Can I learn Japanese in 3 months? ›

How Long Does it Take to Learn Japanese on Average? With consistent studying and speaking, for about 30 minutes to an hour a day, you could speak at a conversational level in Japanese in about 3 months. It's all about using the right method, and I'll say it again: speak from day one!

Why do Japanese confuse L and r? ›

The Japanese sound is more of a cross between the English R and L, so it's very difficult to distinguish the two, hence Engrish. A proper hard R is actually just as difficult to pronounce as an L for Japanese speakers, and the hardest words to pronounce are those with both sounds (for example, parallel).

How do girls say I in Japanese? ›

The Feminine Pronoun: 私 (あたし) — Atashi

Although watashi is accepting of everyone, the pronoun atashi is primarily used by women. Japanese doesn't have helpful articles like the Spanish “el” or “la,” which can make learning about pronouns a little tricky. The vast majority of those using atashi are women.

Why is w LOL in Japanese? ›

The Meaning Behind W

The use of this w is derived from the Japanese word warau (笑う), meaning to laugh. While the symbol used in warau is a common replacement for lol when messaging in Japanese, simply adding on a w to your sentence can save you even more time.

What is i in Japan? ›

Watashi (わたし/私)

Most-frequently-used word to say 'I/me. ' It's a modest way to express yourself in any situations. Also, it's used on a formal occasion or speak to someone who is superior.

Can I learn Japanese in 7 days? ›

You cannot efficiently communicate in Japanese in less than 7 days. However, you can definitely learn kana (katana + hiragana) in that period. If you know kana, you can read quite a bit, you just might not know what you are reading, but you will be able to reproduce the sounds.

What should I learn first in Japanese? ›

Learn to Read Hiragana

The other two are katakana and kanji, but hiragana is where everything starts. The ability to read hiragana is going to be a prerequisite for most beginner Japanese textbooks and resources. It's the first thing you learn in a traditional classroom.

What is basic level Japanese? ›

The easiest level is N5 and the most difficult level is N1. N4 and N5 measure the level of understanding of basic Japanese mainly learned in class. N1and N2 measure the level of understanding of Japanese used in a broad range of scenes in actual everyday life. N3 is a bridging level between N1/N2 and N4/N5.

Which Japanese alphabet is the hardest? ›

Kanji is the most challenging to learn among the 3 alphabets. The learning starts with the simpler and frequently used characters. Most Kanji characters are created by combining different elements. This makes it easier to express some complex concepts which are hard to convey with pictures alone.

Which Japanese script is hardest? ›

たいと(taito) is the most difficult Japanese Kanji on the record with a total of 84 strokes. It is formed by combining 3 雲 (くもkumo) with 3 龍 (りゅうRyuu). 雲means cloud and 龍 means dragon in English.

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

As mentioned before, Mandarin is unanimously considered the most difficult language to master in the world! Spoken by over a billion people in the world, the language can be extremely difficult for people whose native languages use the Latin writing system.

Is Korean easier than Japanese? ›

Unlike other East-Asian languages, Korean isn't a tonal language. This means, that the meaning of the word doesn't change, regardless of what your accent is like. This makes learning Korean much easier than Japanese.

Which is easier Chinese or Japanese? ›

Japanese is slightly easier to learn. But, Chinese is much more widely spoken. Both languages have their pros and cons.

Is English harder than Japanese? ›

If you are a native speaker of English, learning Japanese can seem like an ambitious endeavor. In fact, the US Foreign Service Institute considers Japanese to be one of the most difficult languages to learn for an English speaker (along with Arabic, Chinese, and Korean).

What symbolizes love in Japan? ›

Using the Kanji Character Ai

Writing love in Japanese is represented as the kanji symbol 愛 which means love and affection.

How do I write my name in Japanese? ›

How to Write Your Name in Japanese - YouTube

What are the basic Japanese words? ›

Basic Phrases
  • Hai. Yes. はい。
  • Iie. No. いいえ。
  • O-negai shimasu. Please. おねがいします。
  • Arigatō. Thank you. ありがとう。
  • Dōitashimashite. You're welcome. どういたしまして。
  • Sumimasen. Excuse me. すみません。
  • Gomennasai. I am sorry. ごめんなさい。
  • Ohayō gozaimasu. Good morning. おはようございます。

How do you write T in Japanese? ›

Hiragana た is written in 4 strokes. The first and second stroke is written like a small letter T but the second stroke goes diagonally to the bottom left. This should be a bit left of the center to make space for the following strokes. The third stroke is a small curved stroke to the right of the T.

What is the easiest way to memorize hiragana? ›

Re: How to memorize Hiragana

Write them down on a big sheet of paper and hang it up somewhere where you can see it a lot or in the bathroom. Imagine some stories with each of them. Make flashcards and review them at least 3 times a day. Exercise yourself to visualize them by reciting あ、い、う、え、お、か、き、く、け、こ etc.

What is the fastest way to learn hiragana? ›

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What is the 2nd easiest language to learn? ›

Easiest (about 600 hours of study)

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What is the 10 hardest language to learn? ›

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Does learning Japanese in your sleep work? ›

It's unlikely you'll learn Japanese when you're asleep

Even if you are asleep listening to the best Japanese course on the planet, your brain is unlikely to register anything you hear, because while you're sleeping you're not really “hearing” it at all. While it's not possible to learn new information while you sleep.

What Japanese alphabet is most used? ›

Hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. It's used on its own or in conjunction with kanji to form words, and it's the first form of Japanese writing that children learn.

What should u learn first in Japanese? ›

You are advised to start with hiragana, which is the most common and popular writing system for the Japanese language. After, you should proceed to learn katakana and kanji. The next things you need to practice are pronunciation and vocabulary.

What should I learn first in Japanese? ›

Learn to Read Hiragana

The other two are katakana and kanji, but hiragana is where everything starts. The ability to read hiragana is going to be a prerequisite for most beginner Japanese textbooks and resources. It's the first thing you learn in a traditional classroom.

Is hiragana easy? ›

If you want to use Japanese textbooks and workbooks, you'll need to be able to read hiragana to get started. But, fortunately, it's really very easy to learn. You can learn hiragana in just a week (or even a day or two, if you're ready to buckle down!).

Why do Japanese read right to left? ›

Traditionally, Japanese was written in vertical columns. These columns were read from top to bottom and from right to left. This way of writing is called tategaki (縦書き) – which literally means 'vertical writing'.

Do Japanese use kanji or hiragana more? ›

In a sense, hiragana is the most commonly used, standard form of Japanese writing. Japanese vocabulary usually tends to be written in hiragana as opposed to katakana. Also, hiragana is used to write furigana, a reading aid that shows the pronunciation of kanji characters, which is sure to be helpful.

Is Japanese alphabet easy? ›

Because it's easier spoken than written, the Japanese writing system and – naturally – the Japanese alphabet are “guilty” of making Japanese the hardest language to learn by a native English speaker along with Chinese, Korean and Arabic.

Can you learn Japanese without writing? ›

Well, the truth is that you can learn Japanese without kanji. You can just concentrate on learning hiragana and katakana. This is because as long as you have a good understanding of hiragana and katakana, you can communicate to an extent in Japanese.

Should I learn to read or speak Japanese first? ›

Speaking helps your accent

Like other languages, Japanese has a certain accent that most speakers will love to have. However, you will hardly know the accent if you only focus on reading. Learning to speak first will let you understand how you can pronounce different words even before you can read or write them.

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Can you learn Japanese in a week? ›

The truth is that achieving a high level in Japanese (or any language for that matter) takes time. You can't expect instant results or fluency in a matter of weeks. But it's also important to remember that learning a new language is a process. You get the results incrementally as you progress, not all at once!

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

As mentioned before, Mandarin is unanimously considered the most difficult language to master in the world! Spoken by over a billion people in the world, the language can be extremely difficult for people whose native languages use the Latin writing system.

Can you learn hiragana in a day? ›

We are going to be looking at some amazing techniques and study methods you can put into practice to ensure that you can get through all of the Hiragana in just 24 hours.
...
An effective technique for remembering the hiragana.
HiraganaEnglish SoundStory
uLooks like an u on its side with a line on top
4 more rows
22 Mar 2020

Can you speak Japanese with only hiragana? ›

It is actually possible to write anything in Japanese using only Hiragana and Katakana which are the phonetic systems. Kanji are ideograms, so they do not represent specific sounds but ideas. In Latin languages, kanjis would be like the root meanings of the words.

What is the fastest way to learn hiragana? ›

Hiragana Quiz
  1. Use Anki to download a hiragana flashcard deck for practice.
  2. Write out the hiragana chart on a piece of paper. ...
  3. Download a helpful hiragana app, like Bunpo, Dr. ...
  4. Check out these hiragana practice sheets, which help you learn stroke order.
  5. Learn hiragana with JapanesePod101.

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