how I remember simple hiragana characters:

sometimes I look at a character and have an existential crisis and forget the meaning of life and the character sound and meaning. (just me? okay.)

I know that in the tiny cards theres ways to memorize with pictures but it seems a bit childish? I don't know.

this is how I remember:

take the character 『む』 for example, it makes the sound 『mu』

So I try to find something that looks and sounds like the character.

a cow. (lol) to me, the character looks a bit like a cows head and cows make the same sound, so I associate 『む』- 『mu』- Cow.

another example: (a bit weird) 『れ』『re』- Pepe (meme.)

this probably wasn't helpful but it helped me so....


May 17, 2018


I've always found ね, ne, to look like a sitting cat with a curled tail, and it's the first sound in ねこ, cat

I tell る and ろ apart because the "u" sounds curl the mouth more, and most characters with the curl aside from ne have an u sound

の was always the easiest for me because it just feels like a stylized "no" and the katakana version ノ is the line with NO dashes

I don't have many mneumonics for hiragana though. I had a harder time with katakana because many of them look so similar to each other so I had to find more ways to tell them apart

May 18, 2018

Those "childish" cards are also based on such associations, by the way. ;-)

Speaking of associations, one particular hiragana character ("mi") is especially easier to remember in my native language (Azerbaijani) than in others, because it looks like 21 and in Azerbaijani 21 is "iyirmi bir". :-)

May 17, 2018

When i was learning the hiragana, i remember seeing someone mention the website realkana, which is really helpful for practicing the hiragana (and katakana), so if you need more practice in learning them, I'd recommend that along with whatever you're currently using.

May 18, 2018

Hello! I think using mnemonics (picture/text) makes it easier to learn and remember Japanese characters. There are a lot of charts free to download, you can of course create your own mnemonics and combine. After looking at and reading the mnemonics a few times, you only need to take a short look at mnemonics to memorize them, and finally you will remember the characters at once, without having to check the mnemonics.

You will find 27 charts at, many of them with mnemonics with both picture and text. My favourite charts for hiragana and katakana are those of Timothy Stouth and Alexis Cowan, found and downloadable via

Some examples:

く = ku = a cuckoos peak

こ = ko = a koala climbing a tree

つ = tsu = tsunami

み = mi = who is number 21? Me!

む = mu = moo, said by a cow

る = ru = 3 rubies

ろ = ro = rubies rolled away

The chart by Timothy Stouth and Alexis Cowan is very handy, only 2 sheets. Hoping this was helpful, especially when njguliyev-san already has a similar mnemonic for み (21), and keweii-san associates む with a cow.

May 18, 2018

I just lost my 32 day streak and I'm so upset I let myself do that on accident

May 19, 2018

Don't get upset, what really matters is that you have learnt a lot during those 32 days.

May 20, 2018

I've also lost a 220 day streak a while ago.

May 20, 2018

i did that once at 46 days ;_; that's why i always have the streak freeze ready. you'll get back up to 32 my dude.

May 21, 2018

Nice, I will try to associate with pictures now, thanks!

May 20, 2018


May 22, 2018
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