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Japanese Lesson: Hiragana ひらがな

I know that many people who look at my lessons cannot read hiragana or katakana. Though I put them in roman letters as well, it's important that you are able to read these two syllableary systems if you would like to be at least a quarter 'fluent' in Japanese.

The vowels sounds in Japanese soudn like "Ah, ee, oo, eh, oh". All Japanese words will have one of those sounds at the end, or just an 'n'.

Vowels あーA  いーI  うーU  えーE  おーO


かーKa  きーKi  くーKu  けーKe  こーKo


さーSa  しーShi  すーSu  せーSe  そーSo


たーTa  ちーChi   つーTsu  てーTe  とーTo


なーNa  にーNi  ぬーNu  ねーNe  のーNo


はーHa  ひーHi  ふーFu  へーHe  ほーHo


まーMa  みーMi  むーMu  めーMe  もーMo


やーYa       ゆーYu         よーYo


らーRa  りーRi  るーRu  れーRe  ろーRo


わーWa                 をーWo



がーGa  ぎーGi  ぐーGu  げーGe  ごーGo

ざーZa  じーJi  ずーZu  ぜーZe  ぞーZo

だーDa            でーDe  どーDo

ばーBa  びーBi  ぶーBu  べーBe  ぼーBo

ぱーPa  ぴーPi  ぷーPu  ぺーPe  ぽーPo

Forming Words

Forming words is easy. if you have a Japanese keyboard, you just type in the romaji. For example, the romaji for japanese is 'Nihongo'. You would simply type that; にほんご

The Kanji for that is 日本語. If anyone would want it, I may do another lesson on Kanji. For now, do your best to learn hiragana. I cannot guarantee that I will always be using roman letters.

November 10, 2016



You should definitely contribute to a Japanese for English Speakers course, once it's in the incubator! You'd be a great help!


I have tried to do that. Many people are trying to make one happen, myself included, but Duo has not gotten back to any of us.


Well, best of luck anyways.


Thank you. One might want to print the charts. Here are PDFs for Hiragana and Katakana, links are from freejapaneselessons.com.
It'd be even more helpful if you provide an insight on how to learn Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji.
In the meantime, keep up the good work!


Thank you very much.


Arigato gozaimasu


Hi Oribaakki! (That is assuming you still use Duolingo and that you see this comment). First off, I would definitely like to say ありがとうございます for putting together these amazing Japanese lessons! They have given me a very solid foundation for learning Japanese, and I find myself referring back to them often :)

I have started doing the Hiragana lessons on Duolingo, and I couldn't help but notice that the symbol for "ha" は is incorrectly listed as being the symbol for "hi". Just thought you should know :)

Again -- thank you very much for putting this all together. You're awesome :D


Thank you for pointing out the error! Even though there is now a Japanese duolingo course and I feel like my lessons are necessarily needed unless someone needs a grammar explanation, it makes me happy to hear that people are still coming back and finding them useful.

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