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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しょっきらいき 
    くびをする 
    iし 
    し 
    uききゅ 
    じゅなな 
    eほほむ 
    いり 
    oじ 
    さけ 
    kaちゃん 
     
    kiく 
    じゅうゅう 
    kuじゅう 
    たた 
    keんちくか 
    タオルか 
    koいと 
    うぐ 
    saんじゅうろく 
    ん 
    shiよくつ 
    ょう 
    suつめやり 
     
    seんすいかん 
    いふく 
    soほうれんう 
    よくう 
    taでんく 
    べもの 
    chi 
     
    tsuはちが 
    い 
    teこうさん 
    さげ 
    toびら 
    り 
    naはま 
    びかり 
    niさんじゅう 
    いろ 
    nu 
    neめが 
     
    noおんなこ 
    くだも 
    haちじゅうなな 
     
    hiふ 
    ょうしき 
    fu 
    くびをる 
    heら 
    や 
    hoおうだんどう 
    えむ 
    maんりき 
    ないた 
    miさき 
    はさ 
    muすめ 
    すこ 
    meざましどけい 
    かんづ 
    moん 
     
    yaでんき 
    ぎ 
    yuき 
    はいう 
    yoもくうび 
    じゅうん 
    raまく 
    とうがし 
    riおし 
     
    ruウインクす 
    まイス 
    reあら 
    いぞうこ 
    roぎんい 
    ぞうげい 
    waちゃん 
    る 
    o/woせきする 
    ひめいあげる 
    nじゅうよ 
    あかちゃ