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The Japanese Hiragana Syllabary

This page shows the Japanese Hiragana, how to pronounce the letter individually, and how the letter sounds within words. The best way to learn the Hiragana is:
  • Review the Hiragana 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 Hiragana 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 
    じわう 
    iりえ 
    けがき 
    uさんじゅきゅ 
    じゅ 
    eんぴつ 
    いり 
    oり 
     
    kaろう 
    んごし 
    kiしょっあらい 
    ひこう 
    kuじゅうに 
    るま 
    keんちくか 
    うでどい 
    koうぐば 
    くばん 
    saぎ 
    ん 
    shiひょうき 
    びょうつ 
    suむらさきいろ 
    かたをくめる 
    seいと 
    いびし 
    soぼ 
    ふ 
    ta 
    いふう 
    chiきゅうじゅうは 
    ごじゅうは 
    tsuしが 
    いちが 
    teこうい 
    バスい 
    toびら 
    はんう 
    naはちじゅう 
    びかり 
    niよこなる 
    とりく 
    nu 
    ne 
    ずみ 
    noむ 
    たても 
    haろくじゅうち 
     
    hiけしょうん 
    れいとうしょくん 
    fu 
     
    heや 
    いげん 
    hoえむ 
    ん 
    maで 
    くら 
    miもの 
    どり 
    muぎこ 
    うすらさきいろ 
    meがね 
    やすり 
    moじゃがい 
    のみの 
    yaま 
    でんき 
    yuげ 
    か 
    yoはちじゅうん 
    にじゅうん 
    raまく 
    とび 
    riつめやす 
     
    ruま 
     
    reいぞうこ 
    でんしんじ 
    roくじゅうよん 
    ななじゅうく 
    wa 
     
    o/woせきする 
    くしゃみする 
    n 
    ちょうしき