Okay, I seem to have a hit a snag

I can recognize the hiragana easily in the lessons, particularly the ones where you match the symbols to the sounds but when I try to identify them on flash cards, everything suddenly falls out of my head and I miss most of them. Is there a strategy I can try to overcome this?

March 21, 2019


Write them down and find a picture that looks like the kana you're having trouble with. Try Tofugu's Guide, they really helped me!

March 21, 2019

keep trying. i know it may be unhelpful, but i know what you are talking about

March 21, 2019

have you tried drawing them?

March 21, 2019

Yeah, I do write them. I also made the flash cards myself.

March 21, 2019

then you definitely have the necessary determination to succeed. it really does get easier eventually, because the number of unknown cards decreases each time you learn one. good luck!

March 21, 2019

Use mnemonics. Just google hiragana mnemonics, you'll find a bunch of sites, images and mobile apps teaching hiragana with mnemonics.

For example, check out this video:

Learn Japanese Hiragana & Katakana in 90 seconds

March 21, 2019

Do what I do. It can be used for TinyCards that Duolingo offers, or any regular flashcards.

It's a routine: If a deck of flashcards has 10 levels, then start with 1, and do it over and over as many times as you can until it's become natural to you. Then move on to the second level. Do the same thing and once that's become natural to you, then spend the next day doing both 1 and 2.

Day 1: Level 1

Day 2: Level 2

Day 3: Levels 1 and 2

Day 4: Level 3

Day 5: Levels 1, 2 and 3

Day 6: Level 4

Day 7: Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.

So on.

That way, you're never losing the knowledge and you're pacing yourself until the very end, and you'll have a natural and paced understanding.

I've done this with Hiragana, Katakana and now I'm doing it with Kanji. It works. Try it out!

March 21, 2019

Repetition. Come back and review every day.

Remembering all the symbols of hiragana usually doesn't stick in your brain in one day. Keep coming back to review so that those symbols are easier to recognize until it becomes automatically recognizable.

March 22, 2019

If you are in Japan, try reading signs, especially familiar train station signs. If not try making your own flashcards with actual words of two/three syllables. Again, you will be familiar with them since you wrote them yourself.

March 22, 2019
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