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Hiragana Memorized!

Hi, I start to learn Japanese in my company office once a week, how can I learn Hiragana effectively, please help, arigato!

March 10, 2018



You can use Tinycards to reinforce your memory.

When you can recognize them 80% of the time, you can move on to learn more vocabularies, because associating the sound and meaning of words would help you make up the remaining part, which may otherwise be boring to memorize and fade quickly.


Thank you Keith, I will try to memorize with Tinycards. Have a good day.


I really like "Learn Hirigana: The Ultimate Guide" on Tofugu. It does an excellent job teaching you ways to remember the characters and provides free study materials.


When I started learning Japanese, I was struggling to remember more than a handful of kana. I just couldn't tell them apart or remember the right sounds for most of them. This guide helped me tremendously. After about two days of study, I could reliably identify hiragana characters. Three more days and I had a decent grasp of katakana. Definitely worked for me.


Tofugu. I learned Hiragana in a couple of days with it (http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-hiragana/). They also have some things that can help you learn Katakana and Kanji, like this (http://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-katakana/) and WaniKani (https://www.wanikani.com/).

Here is some practice that you can do everyday along with Tofugu that will help strengthen your Hiragana and Katakana memories: https://realkana.com/hiragana/, http://www.csus.edu/indiv/s/sheaa/projects/genki/hiragana-timer.html and https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/e1fhs/writing-japanese-hiragana (they also have a Katakana one)

I only used this one for a short period of time, but it seemed to be helping me learn Kanji: https://kanji.koohii.com/.


Thank you for the links. The csus.edu site is largely flash-player dependent (so not usable for people with Apple products) BUT their vocabulary test (based on Genki I & II) is a lot of fun - and somewhat humbling. Oh well - ganbatte!


Thank you so much Haloclauso, I like these links


I got this link from Arachnje, so tip of the hat to her: go to yamasa.org and select "kana" on the menu, and then either "hiragana" or "katakana" on the submenu. This will give you animation with stroke order for all kana, sorted by beginning letter.

Was super helpful to me, when it turned out that my new course demanded written homework (frowny face).


Thank you Faisane, the link is helpful.

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    It's simple, all you need is some time, a page and a pencil, just try to write any word you know in japanese , don't worry about mistakes, and try to write hiragana as beautifully as you can, that worked for me. at first it's a bit hard as we start forgetting the kana, but once you have some practice you'l get familiar with kana with the rest of your life, but be careful to right in the right order


    Regarding writing hirigana in the correct stroke order, I have a few tips.

    Generally speaking, you want to start with the short horizontal lines, rather than longer verticals when the lines are touching each other. So if you are writing さ (SA), す (SU) or も (MO), start by drawing the short horizontal stroke(s), then add the long vertical stroke. And with と(TO), you should make the little stroke on top first, then make the big curved stroke. This feels backwards to me, but it does give you much better control of the shape and proportions of the character.

    Also, most characters (and strokes) are written left to right and top to bottom. For example, when writing out は (HA) or ほ (HO), you would draw the left vertical stroke, followed by the short horizontal stroke(s), and end with the right vertical stroke. And with に (NI), you would start with the vertical stroke on the left, then do the upper horizontal stroke, followed by the lower one. Left to right, top to bottom. This is also where you start drawing, move the pen from left to right or from the top downward.

    There are exceptions, but these two rules are almost always true. By remembering them, you can usually guess the correct stroke order for hirigana characters without looking it up every time.


    Thank you Ellful.


    As someone already mentioned, write the Kana's down in a sheet of notebook paper. What I did was write down one Kana in a row and completed that row with the repeated Kana. Afterwards, I go on to the next row and continue on from there.

    I also recommend downloading apps on your smartphone that teaches you simple Kana characters. One that I really like is "Infinite Japanese" which basically teaches you simple words such as numbers, food, animals, colors, etc. in either Romaji, Kana, or Kanji form. There are even apps that teaches you the strokes of the Kana's.

    Best of luck on your learning in Japanese!


    no bs it took me 4 days to learn all the hiragana/katakana using this website https://djtguide.neocities.org/kana/index.html


    Yep, I agree, this site is really helpful. I also used it and now I memorized all of the hiragana and most of the katana symbols. I'm now working on the kanjis at the moment


    "I'm now working on the kanjis at the moment."

    (Said with minimum snark but maximum amusement): You sweet, sweet child.


    It's useful, thanks!

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