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The Japanese Syllabary

This page shows the Japanese , how to pronounce the letter individually, and how the letter sounds within words. The best way to learn the is:
  • Review the and their sounds on this page.
  • Click on Flash Cards to play Multiple Choice, Flash Cards and Test to learn the letters off by heart.
  • To really sharpen your ear to the sounds of Japanese, click on the Spelling button below to learn how to spell using based on the sounds in the word. Don't worry about not knowing the meaning of the words yet, to learn those you can click on the Vocabulary Sets menu item.

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    Letter Romaji PronounceExample
    aいいろ 
    か 
    iりょうきぐ 
    みん 
    uかよび 
    ききゅ 
    e 
    んせき 
    oとこのこ 
    の 
    kaわ 
    いだん 
    kiゅうじゅうご 
    ゅうじゅうなな 
    kuびをする 
    すり 
    keせっん 
    ん 
    koうげん 
    はいかんう 
    saむい 
    んじゅうよん 
    shiゅ 
    でんれんじ 
    suめ 
    くしゃみをる 
    seいじか 
    んすいかん 
    soほうれんう 
    よくう 
    taに 
    まご 
    chiこうゃ 
    でんゅう 
    tsuろくが 
    くえ 
    teこうい 
    んき 
    toせい 
    うがらし 
    naがズボン 
    おんのこ 
    niじ 
    ななじゅう 
    nu 
    neたまぎ 
    じ 
    noみも 
    くだも 
    haくちょう 
    さんじゅうち 
    hiつじ 
    ふ 
    fuたいう 
    ようくだんす 
    heいし 
    いげん 
    hoおうだんどう 
    どう 
    maで 
    たつき 
    miどり 
    せ 
    muぎこ 
    うすらさきいろ 
    me 
    やすり 
    moり 
    いろ 
    yaにく 
     
    yuび 
    びをさす 
    yoくしつ 
    んじゅう 
    raまくカバー 
    うすむさきいろ 
    riょうきぐ 
    ほうつか 
    ruなで 
     
    reいぞうこ 
    いとうこ 
    roぞうげい 
    ちゃい 
    waる 
     
    o/woふる 
    ゆびさす 
    nちくか 
    じゅうなな