https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreaeragon

For how long have you practiced to remember all the hiragana signs?

August 23, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinyCall

About two days of drilling them intensely, followed by two weeks of regular reading practice to solidify the knowledge.

I used this mnemonic guide to speed up initial retention and recall, which helped a lot.

https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-hiragana/

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ayamedori

Eh, I don't know, a few days? I wasn't really focused on learning actual Japanese yet (just wanted to be able to read its alphabet for funsies) so I didn't keep track lol.

Obviously it took a little longer than that before I could read it fluently; I think it was a few months later that I was actually comfortable reading kana at a decent speed.

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrAchsas

like a month but i started also learning grammar and some katakana in that time

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Swisidniak

A while. There wasn't a very clear timeline for me I could pinpoint 'learned' on.

My methods were similar to CadeBruis'. I started with a small mnemonics book a few years ago. I made flashcards from index cards, and I'd write them all out on a sheet of paper every night. They never stuck though. The method wasn't working for me. Learning symbols without the context to use them in was too difficult. I think trying to learn Hiragana and Katakana at the same time too made it too confusing. Then I dropped my learning when life got too busy.

I started getting them down once I started learning on Linguti which is a similar quizzing format site like Duo before Duo's course existed. Linguti has text boxes that automatically convert your writing without installing a separate IME instead of word banks so I was learning to spell faster, but unlike Duo it spreads its actual hiragana lessons out over the entire course rather than all in one big chunk at the beginning. Most of them I learned through learning the vocab that used them, rather than the actual lessons. After a few months or so of typing I could recognize them reading but still hadn't properly memorized. When I ran out of lessons on there before the unit was expanded I kind of dropped my learning for a while for lack of good free resources. Remembered vocab and grammar but lost a lot of the kana.

Once I started Duo last year I bought a whiteboard and would practice writing out the hiragana and katakana from memory every day on top of the Duo lessons. Maybe a week before I could safely say I got both of them down without any errors?

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TiagoTi

A little under 3 hours for the whole hiragana/katakana set with an old learning game I found online a few years ago.

I only realized I had gone through the whole set when the first kanji started popping up.

However if you don't keep practicing you will forget them just as fast.

August 24, 2018

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    LOL. All of them?

    I only recently started studying Japanese for a second time a couple of months ago, and the first time--which was a few years ago--I never really developed that great of a command of the kana either. This time I spent more time practicing it, but there are still a few I blank out on.

    The first time I tried to learn Japanese I got a hiragana workbook and tried to learn them by learning to write them. That honestly was not a very good approach for me. That worked for me when i was younger and was learning Ancient Greek, but with Japanese it's clear I need a different approach.

    For my second attempt at learning Japanese, I have found reading and writing (with the Google IME) with kana to be more beneficial than simply drilling them. That's really how I personally learn best, by seeing thing in context. I used the first Memrise course for that--it's a mix of drilling the kana and reading it in simple word and phrases. (I'm currently working through the second Memrise course, and using the Duolingo course as a supplement.)

    But the problem with that approach is, as with any script, some things are used more frequently in writing than others. So some of the lesser-used kana are still a struggle for me to remember. But at least i'm progressing further this time with this approach.

    August 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SupBlue24

    it took me 2 days but I didnt sleep throughout both and I memorised the katakana and the hiragana

    August 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/la_ricfoi

    About two days work.

    August 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BralumCaepor

    It took me two days to memorize hiragana and katakana with mnemonics enough to recognize them, but I studied for about a month to be able to actually read and write kana.

    August 24, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FuskBlacksite

    i just wrote ever sign down 50 times and said the sound is makes... it took 2 hours i think.

    August 24, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shafwandit

    i learn hiragana and katakana at same time (which is a mistake) and took me 5 days to remember. i can memorize all of the hiragana but i still can't remember half of the katakana.

    August 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HiraganaSchool

    Hello. One day should be enough, maybe two days. I personally watched a video I think it was JapanesePod101's 'learn hiragana in one hour' or something like that. I didn't intend to learn anything at first, I was just curious but the video was really well done as they use drawings for mnemonics and the hosts are really nice too. I watched it once then I rewatched each block of letter (like a e u I o) until I knew them. Then to remember them you should do some practice reading, I think one hour or two a day for a week should be good. I suggest you find some audio file with words, I used romaji to correct myself but I don't like using it. I used a pre-made list of JLPT5 words. This is also when I learned about the different letters combinations (kyo, cha ...). At this point I was feeling confident enough to read hiragana without having to look up for the phonetic. I also tried to search for stories with transcript because it really helps to speed up your reading. Learning them only with Duolingo might be good as well, as I learned all the katakana alon the way, I just had to think of drawings myself. Good luck :)

    August 25, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Ludvig

    It took me about a month to memorize them all, and read them at a fast speed (hiragana and katakana). It helped me a lot knowing Spanish since Spanish sounds are perfectly phonetic and match hiragana/katakana sounds. I wrote everything down in Spanish using hiragana/katakana, school notes, to do lists, everything.

    August 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xonok

    Couple hours on one day for hiragana, couple more the next day for katakana. Did both on Tinycards.

    After that I've mostly been fine except for looking up a few letters occasionally.

    Note that this isn't my first time learning them, since I had an actual teacher a couple years ago. I've just forgot a lot.

    August 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BryanGlers

    one week it is the easiest one, katakana have much more sounds, ヴ this one is B sound, ウィ that one is wi sound, so its funny to learn japanese until you know Kanji which makes you feel sad for a while until you master some vocabulary

    August 29, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidNorman3

    and イェ is ye.

    August 30, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidNorman3

    1 night to learn/memorize all of the katakana. It took several weeks to get going learning hiragana symbols. The book I used wasn't entirely accurate.

    August 30, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidNorman3

    But I also continually practice it during school, so I don't forget them.

    September 10, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AkvaCore

    First i learnt Hiragana and i memorized it all in about 3-4 days. For Katakana it took me considerable amount of time more.

    September 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Misher0

    I took a solid week so I don't keep forgetting and getting confused, a week for hiragana and a week for katakana and im set,i used Japanese pod 101 it makes it suuuper easy to remember

    September 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scocasso

    Until I could flawlessly read and write them, perhaps a month of continual practice. Katakana too.

    September 10, 2018
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