Any recommended ways to remember Hiragana?
It's become pretty hard for me to remember the characters and though I take notes they never stick. Any advice?
I have a modest grasp on hiragana, but I can't take it to the next level since the only reading options seem to be sentences which are for the most part too much for me at my stage of learning or kanji (which is of couse very important to learn but so is mastering hiragana).
It would help if there were a site or a book with lots of words in just hiragana. If they put the kanji separately as well that would be fine.
Practice reading and writing Hiragana for 30 minutes everyday.
Find an app or website that has testing feature specifically for reading and/or writing Hiragana. (I recommend trying the app "Kanji Study" by Chase Colburn in the Google Play store)
Learning new things is difficult, you must be willing to put in the hard work to do it.
i use two apps that are excellent for remembering hiragana and katakana. they are lingo cards and drops. drops actually makes you draw the characters. there are some excellent japanese pages to follow on instagram that post daily characters to your feed.
I would suggest trying out Memrise. It'll give you neat little 'memory doodles' that'll help you link it with something.
For example; そ －’SO fabulous' （With the hiragana character edited slightly to look like a person) く －’KU Sound like a bird/Bird's beak' Etc, etc. It's free, too - I used it before Duolingo to get some of the basics down. :) Should give it a go.
Personally, I preferred using books that give you practice writing the hiragana characters. There are several available and if you find that the apps aren't working for you, this might be an option. If you can write all the characters from memory, then reading them is super easy.
Now, I need to learn katakana better!
Well after a few months of practice, I could read Hiragana, but that's because I was only studing hiragana, not katakana or kanji. If its really that bad then I'd make hiragana your main Japanese priority. Practice for 20 to 30 minutes a day. If you know katakana, try writing the katakana one then the hiragana one over and over.
Another interesting way I learned most hiragana characters was to listen to songs in Japanese (such as j-pop), and replay the song over and over. For one day I will listen to about 30 seconds of the song and write down the characters that I think correspond with the sounds. This help you memorize, and you can also sometimes check with the lyrics of the song :)
I hope this helped, and I hope you have a wonderful day :)