https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eevee11078

Anyone know any good tricks for remembering hiragana?

The various symbols keep mixing me up and I don't seem to be able to progress very much. Any tips?

May 15, 2019

23 Comments


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

In the start I used to struggle a bit too with remembering some of the symbols but then I came across the Duolingo powered site Tinycards and one specific deck really helped me memorizing the hiragana symbols.

Especially when you are more of a visual learner this will help you: https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/v9Cv1Ky/hiragana-sound-mnemonics

I only had to do like 20 minutes of learning with this deck until I was able to remember them at any time.

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eevee11078

Thanks!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marc960280

Hi, I wanted to thank you for posting this here. I've been struggling to learn the Hiragana for about a month now, and those cards really turned things around for me! Thank you so much for this.

September 11, 2019

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

When I was learning them I would write them from memory every day and every one I got incorrect I would then write 10 times again saying them out loud. Writing them by hand helps attach a muscle memory to how the kana feel which strengthens the memory more than just seeing pictures on a screen would.

Online Nihongo has some great lessons and quizzing on reading and writing them.
Tofugu also has a good hiragana mnemonics guide and another for katakana

If you like games the free demo version of Slime Forest Adventure is a simple rpg that teaches you the hiragana, katakana and a good amount of kanji.

MyBenkyo also has a list of different games you can play online to practice your hiragana and katakana

And probably not the most helpful but something cute, Japanesepod101 has a hiragana children's song

May 15, 2019

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

Tinycards are great, but if you would like a different aproach, try out this video by japanesePod 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9Il_j0zjc

May 15, 2019

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

you can try to see an actual picture related to the sound of the hiragana. Like the "ko" hiragana always reminded me of 'KO'i fish or the "ni" hiragana kinda looks like a knee.

May 15, 2019

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

Hello friend, I got a good trick for you: mnemonics

Use the following apps: Kanadojo / HiraganaPro /Hiragana Memory Hint

Both for Android and IOS, the last one, Hiragana Memory Hint for me was the best one to learn and memorize Hiragana.

Keep up!

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Alexander_H._

As a semi experienced Japanese Duo linguist, I would recommend the Japanese sound mnemonics at:

https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/v9Cv1Ky/hiragana-sound-mnemonics

May 15, 2019

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

Great question and advice on here! There are two things that I did that helped me significantly be able to memorize the hiragana characters. (Not saying that these tips will help you, but it is worth a shot!) 1. Do not rely on Duolingo to learn hiragana. Yes, the Hiragana and Katakana courses on Duolingo are helpful, but not effective. Before I even started learning hiragana on Duolingo, I watched youtube channel JapanesePod101.com on their Hiragana lessons. For best practice, I would constantly write them down. Make sure to say them out loud too! Other Youtube videos are also helpful. Duolingo simply helped with the practice of hiragana!

  1. Music! The second helpful thing that proved effective was Japanese/Korean music. Listen to any form of your favorite Japanese bands/artists and try to sound out the syllables. One you playback the song to hear the syllables, write them down. Although you may not be 100% correct with the sound you hear, it will accustom yourself to the sounds and words of hiragana. And, about Korean songs... Many popular korean-pop music artists also have 'Japanese' versions of their songs. This is good if you enjoy that song, but especially since the Japanese is simplified. This is make it easier for listening and writing.

For example> When I was first learning hiragana, I choose "Blood, Sweat, & Tears" [Japanese version] by BTS. Each day I would listen, playback, listen, playback, to the song and write as much as I could. Since "Blood, Sweat, & Tears" is originally in Korean, the Japanese version was simplified. Instead of the Korean lyrics being "My blood, sweat, and tears", the Japanese lyrics were simply "Blood, sweat, and tears", which helped me learn vocabulary also.

Anyways, I hope this helped in some form, and keep going! I hope you have a wonderful day, and in your pursuit of language studies!

May 15, 2019

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

My method was ordering a whiteboard with a grid and writing down the Gojūon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojūon) a few times (I also used this for Katakana) and eventually it stuck, but whatever works for you

May 15, 2019

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

I'd also recommend a whiteboard rather than paper since you can easily erase a character if you make a mistake until you get it right, rather than having to move to a different space on the paper (or spending ages erasing it if you use a pencil)

May 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lumine_114

Try associating the characters with letters or familiar pictures. For example, the "u" character looks like a sideways u

May 16, 2019

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

Imagine them as shapes. For example, け (ke) looks like a KEttle. れ (re) looks like someone REeling in a fish. And や (ya) looks like a karate master going "HiYA!" Memrise cards are good for this.

May 16, 2019

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

Just write them down every time you get. That's what i did, and it really helps.

May 15, 2019

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

Regular study

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanFoote2

I used to use LingoDeer until my free trial ran out and I am using duolingo until I have cash to pay for a LingoDeer subscription.

I found that having the Latin characters visible while I learned REALLY screwed me up. My eye always tuned out the unfamiliar symbols and gravitated to the familiar.

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Isaac_S2910

try drawing things over them that correspond with their sound and shape! Like 'ko' as two KOi fish! or 'ni' as a nee

May 16, 2019

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

Practice handwriting and you won't have any problems with kanas. http://japanese-lesson.com/characters/hiragana/hiragana_writing.html

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bryan594863

When i started learning i also find the same problem, that time i practice everyday and try to memorise them one by one, then test your memory from duolingo. Now, i can find myself reading in Hiragana and my problem is now reading the Kanji. Goodluck, mate! You can do it!

May 16, 2019

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

I just imagined funny things starting with those letters and kinda look them

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fantasticfox80

Keep at the lessons and maybe add flashcards to work on learning. As you learn, you can see where you're at with the hiragana quiz at https://www.sporcle.com/games/CommodoreAmazing/Hiragana Being able to see yourself make progress really helps. Just keep at it and you'll have it in no time. Good luck!

May 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fantasticfox80

Oh, and yeah, to echo what some others are saying, try writing them out by hand. It will really help you get used to the characters.

May 16, 2019

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

Random practice practice practice. Also, on purpose learn the ones that look most similar FIRST shi tsu so n anyones that look hard to you do FIRST

May 17, 2019
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