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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るく 
    かり 
    iきゅうじゅうち 
    きょうだ 
    uみ 
    かよび 
    eんがん 
    んとつ 
    oんぷ 
    しり 
    kaおんがく 
    える 
    kiゅう 
    ん 
    kuじゅう 
    てぶろ 
    keタオルか 
    かいいし 
    koごみば 
    はみがき 
    saじゅうん 
    い 
    shiょっきあらいき 
    ざっ 
    suこ 
    くしゃみをる 
    seっけんいれ 
    んたくしつ 
    soふ 
    ほうれんう 
    ta 
    んてい 
    chiょうしんき 
    じゅういがつ 
    tsuめやすり 
    じ 
    teき 
    おしぐるま 
    toこ 
    にわり 
    naじゅうご 
    す 
    niじゅうがつ 
    わ 
    nu 
    neじ 
     
    noくだも 
    たても 
    haし 
    ちじゅう 
    hiゃく 
    あんないょうじ 
    fu 
    え 
    heいし 
    いげん 
    hoおうだんどう 
    うちょう 
    maねぎ 
    ないた 
    miかが 
    なり 
    muうでをく 
    うすらさきいろ 
    meんでんしゃ 
    んるい 
    moのみの 
    うふ 
    yaぎ 
    ま 
    yuおやび 
    き 
    yoきんうび 
    んじゅうご 
    raだ 
    はぶし 
    riやす 
    くびかざ 
    ruくびをふ 
    くちび 
    reせっけんい 
    いとうこ 
    roだん 
    きい 
    waちゃん 
    ゆび 
    o/woせきする 
    うでくむ 
    nたくしつ 
    ベルト