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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るく 
    ご 
    iきんろ 
    しゃ 
    uじょぎ 
    かよび 
    eまつばずづ 
    つく 
    oとこのこ 
    ものき 
    kaんごし 
    な 
    kiよう 
    ろくじゅうゅう 
    kuがつ 
    つうがバッグ 
    keん 
    かいいし 
    koうしゃ 
    うさてん 
    saくらんぼ 
    んじゅうきゅう 
    shiかがくゃ 
    きょうつ 
    suあくびをる 
    あくしゅる 
    seい 
    いと 
    soほうれんう 
    かみり 
    taいよう 
    まご 
    chiよんじゅうい 
    ろくじゅうい 
    tsuどうく 
    ようび 
    teをふる 
    こうい 
    toこ 
    しょしつ 
    naおんのこ 
    かみり 
    niじゅうろく 
    じゅうきゅう 
    nu 
    ne 
    ずみ 
    noたべも 
    あしゆび 
    haいゆう 
    いすいかん 
    hiじ 
    く 
    fuくびをる 
    ね 
    heいげん 
    ら 
    hoうりつか 
    おうだんどう 
    maすい 
    めざしどけい 
    miどり 
    はちつ 
    muうでをく 
    ぎこ 
    meがね 
     
    moうふ 
    り 
    yaにく 
     
    yuおやび 
    び 
    yoもくうび 
    にゅうく 
    raしょっきあいき 
    はぶし 
    ri 
     
    ruにぎ 
     
    reいとうしょくひん 
    ほうんそう 
    roちゃい 
    はいい 
    waる 
     
    o/woせきする 
    くしゃみする 
    nじゅういち 
    ろくじゅうよ