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Well Done! You Made it!

LAST - Some finishing touches


  • There are only 5 vowel sounds
  • All other characters (except n) are made of a consonant sound and one of the 5 vowel sounds.
  • The not-so-logical-pronunciation letters are chi, tsu, and fu. BE CAREFUL
  • The R letters are pronounced somewhere between the R and L sounds of English - Click here for more
  • n cannot be used to start a word
  • You cannot 'ten-ten' vowels
  • Combinations are formed using only ya, yu, and yo 'helpers' and the i column (ki, shi, chi, ni, hi, mi, ri)
  • A small tsu causes a slight pause or break between syllables.  For example in English we say a slight pause after "book" in "booK Club"
    Here are two examples in Japanese where the small tsu can clear up / cause a lot of problems!
    gasmall tsuki gakki - musical instrument [with a slight pause] 
    gaki gaki - brat, annoying kid [without the pause]



A cute drawing made from hiragana is called Henohenomoheji

henohenomohejiThe name sounds impossible to learn, but it is simply reading the Hiragana that makes the character. The eyebrow is 'he.' The eye is 'no.' The nose is 'mo.' the mouth is 'he.' And the face is made by 'ji.'(ji = shi + ") Do you see it?

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The flashcards won't work for me. Every time I click start it says that I need to select at least one set of Hiragana even if I select all sets. (」゜ロ゜)」

Long Vowels Hiragana

I would still like to ask what are the rules for when you make "お" long I have read you add う after it to make it long but when are the times you use "お" instead to make "お" long?

They're different

おお and おう are different. Although both become おー if you pronounce them lazily, they are basically different sounds.

There are no rules!

Certain words happen to be spelled with おお and others with おう.
As a general rule, おう is how a long 'o' is spelled in Japanese, but some words for historical reasons are different. This applies also to all the お column kana, at least in theory. No words contain を and I can't think of an example of そお, but you have things like おおきい, とおり and こおり. (And not many more than that, really.)


Thanks that answers one of the questions I have about the Japanese language as a whole.

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Thank you so much!! I'll make sure to keep studying these pages over and over to get them really implanted in my head!! Arigato gozaimasu!

I love Vocaloids <3


Hello. Sorry for the dump questions but I only want to understand this. Why is the title of the page written both in Kanji AND Hiragana? When do you use Hiragana and when do you use Kanji? I could translate the title, but only the Hiragana part. One more thing though regarding the Issho thing. What is with the gap between the little "tsu" and "ssho"? I thought the "tsu" IS already the gap?

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The technical answers are

The technical answers are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furigana and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%81%A3

The simple answer is that the kana above the kanji just show the pronunciation of those kanji in that usage. They're separated over each kanji (by me) to show which pronunciation goes with which kanji.

The little tsu isn't really a "gap", so much as a pause... so I attached it to the "I" sound kind of arbitrarily. Normally it would just be written "いっしょ", but I wanted to put the sound of each kanji over that kanji, so I split it that way.

I hope that answers your questions well enough?


So in this case the Hiragana

So in this case the Hiragana alone wouldn't make any sense then? without the Hiragana you could not pronounce the Kanji? Or is it because there are different ways of reading one Kanji?
Thank you for the reply and clearing it up.

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For many of the kanji there

For many of the kanji there are 2 or more different ways to read it. So it can depend on whether it's alone or part of a compound of more than 1 kanji making up a "word", or just the context it's being used in etc. :)

So we put the furigana above it to clarify which pronunciation is being used so that you can more easily look up or recognize the word. :)

For instance you might know what いっしょ means, but not recognize 一緒 yet. :)

Many manga for younger people include furigana, and even newspapers might still do it for uncommon kanji that most people wouldn't know etc.

(And to kind of answer your first question... because kanji generally have a similar basic meaning aside from the different pronunciations and slightly different variations in meaning, it's quite possible to understand what something says in kanji without having any idea how to pronounce it, as long as you're familiar with the meanings for that kanji. For instance 見 has to do with looking or seeing etc... so you might be able to guess at the meaning of something using that kanji, but not have any idea how it should be pronounced in that particular usage.)

I hope this helps. :)


Pass on the knowledge

It's nice to come back to these pages and refresh my memory once in a while. I plan on teaching my niece some japanese. She's already calling her grandmother obaasan as well as grandma. It's pretty cool how easily they pick it up. Thank you so much for this site, it took me a long time to find one friendly and simple enough that I could stick with. You're the best!


Thank you soooooo much

Thank you soooooooo much! You are the best. It was so easy to study hiragana here. Again, thanks a lot for your help! I apreciate your work.

Thank you very much

Thank you very much for all the materials you posted online, with your help i managed to learn all the hiragana letters. Thank you very much again.
Now it is time to learn some grammar.

Angry Penguin

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yatta! domo arigatou

yatta! domo arigatou gozaimasu.

after the first 7/8 lessons the rest just fell into place and with your help i learned all of these in just a few hours over 3 days. i totally appreciate you guys! now on to katakana.:)

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Awesome! がんばります! (do your

Awesome! がんばります! (do your best!/Good luck!) :D

I know it felt so cool to me to be able to read actual Japanese when I was first learning the kana. :D And the more you practice, the faster you get. Hiragana comes pretty naturally to me now, katakana a little slower because you don't use it as often, and I'm still a total beginner on the kanji. ;)


dang..... can't use the hiragana flashcard

i try using the hiragana flashcard that is there on the top with firefox, but sadly it won't work. And IE8 is so messed up, it won't even show the website, my IE8 was working fine last week. Plus not only that i can't read the hiragana in the quizzes, my web browse should be able to display it.

「鷹の魂は消えないで空の中に永遠に生きる。」 "A Hawk's spirit never dies, for it lives on forever in the sky"
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i had the same issue!

idk if it's okay to post links here but i used this site instead for flashcard style learning:


domo arigatou

thank you very much for the site.it is extremely usefull.thank god there are still people who share their knowledge with the others too.


Now I know all hiragana, and now I can read the title of the page, it says (If i'm not wrong):
nihongo wo itsu sho ni pen kyou shimashou (I don't know how does the spacing go, sorry)

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Close! :)

Close! :)

nihongo wo issho ni benkyou shimashou

The small tsu っ rather than normal sized つ inserts sort of a pause before the next sound. Like doubling the letter. Think of the kk in bookkeeper.

Actually Clay even has right on this page's lesson some audio examples of the っ/つ difference. :) Check 'em out! ;)

Then the べ (be) instead of ぺ (pe) is a little hard to see. "Benkyou" is to study. "Issho ni" is together. So basically it's saying "Let's study Japanese together!" :)


arigato gozimas

thank you for this wonderful site
I've finally finished hiragana and now i can't wait to start with katakana :)

woohoo :)

finally... after a couple of weeks of lessons... i think i have the hang of it. thanks for the lessons guys.
now on to katakana!

EDIT: I just noticed. the henohenomoheji face... looks like something that i would see when i look at a teruterubozu.

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ありがとう!! ^_________^

i finished hiragana^__^
i'm so happy
thank you very much:)

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おめでとう! (Congratulations!) :D

おめでとう! (Congratulations!) :D


Thank you!!

Thank you so much for these pages! It only took me three days to learn all the hiragana!


Yet thanks so much for making this available online. I wonder how long it will take until I can ready hiragana like I do the English alphabet.

Arigatou gozaimasu

Thank you

Would like to THANK YOU for making this page available online... and for free.
I really appreciate your efforts for making this page.

This is such a great help for me...

God bless...

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thank you!

thanks so much!! it only took me a week to learn all of them! i didn't know it could be this easy to learn hiragana. next is katakana so im hoping it is simple like this one. you have helped me learn probably half of one of my native languages.

Nice entry

Nice entry

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Thank you so much!

Thanks a bunch! I was suprised how fast I learned all the hirigana, it took me about 2 weeks. I never thought that learning Japanese could be so easy!

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Thaaaanks a looooot !!

This is rly an awesome site . The lessons are great and it took me less than two weeks to finish learning hiragana ..

Honto Arigatou Gozaimasu ! ( I realize that's what the post below me says but I was very happy that I was able to read and understand it :D ) ..

Now onto Katakana ..

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Great! I love to hear how

Great! I love to hear how long it took people to learn hiragana. Check out our Audio readers to practice reading your hiragana (Learn > Audio)

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really guys you made my life half easier with these teaching methods!
Certainly i will tell people about this website!

and of course i will keep using it!

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Thanks! Please also tell

Thanks! Please also tell them about http://www.thejapanshop.com :)

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Nice ^^ Hahahaha..

It's Too Nice.. Now I Can Learn The Hiragana To Katakana Letters Too Fast By Drawing ^^.. I Liked It ^^..

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Thank you so much for making these pages! I learned all of the hiragana in about two weeks - I'm on my way to learning Japanese! Again, thank you so much! Arigatou!

amazing! arigatou gozaimasu i

amazing! arigatou gozaimasu i learned a lot!


It was odd, it only took my about less than 2 hours to remember all hirigana.
thanks a lot =))))

Thenk you

I wasn't able to follow any japanese course because I cannot read hiragana! In one month I've learned all hiraganas with your wonderful site! Thank you very much for your great job!

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Thank you

Thank you for these wonderful resources i feel confidently compentent in reading and writing hiragana thanks to your help

thanks a lot! this lessons

thanks a lot!

this lessons are very good

i like the cute drawing made

i like the cute drawing made from hiragana called Henohenomoheji!
nice way of learning!

i did some japanese in high

i did some japanese in high school and just ran through this lesson in one sitting. i also drew the hiragana characters as they were introduced. it made a great refresher and im looking forward to relearning katakana.
thankyou for the resources.


Thanks a lot!!
beautifull pages ,,easy way to study!!

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Thanks! and congratulations

Thanks! and congratulations on making it through.

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