Hiragana Chapter 1

Hiragana Page 01 あ a

AND so begins your journey! Be sure to write each character many times

HOW TO WRITE IT
[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

ROMAJI - a
SOUND
- [as in fAther]


MEMORY: it looks like a cross with a sideways #9.  "Ah... number 9"


EXAMPLES: How do you say it?
- Ah!

Japanese has 5 vowel sounds (a, i, u, e, o) which are used to make the rest of the Hiragana

Hiragana Page 02 い i

With only 2 Hiragana under your belt, you can begin to read real Japanese words!

HOW TO WRITE IT
[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

ROMAJI - i
SOUND
[as in 'fEEt']


MEMORY: It looks like two arms -- It will get me... EEk!!


EXAMPLES: How do you say them?
- This means "love"

- This means "good"

Find websites or books with Japanese and search for the Hiragana you know

Hiragana Page 03 う u

As we build the number of characters learned we will increase the vocabulary as well

HOW TO WRITE IT
[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

ROMAJI - u
SOUND
- [as in fOOd]


MEMORY: It looks like a nose and an opened mouth looking for fOOd


EXAMPLES: How do you say them?
- This means "to meet"

- This means "to say"

Later we will see that sometimes this character is used to make characters longer in pronunciation - keep that in mind, but don't worry, be happy

Hiragana Page 04 え e

Do your best to correctly pronounce each vowel - it will be very important later on

HOW TO WRITE IT
[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

ROMAJI - e
SOUND
- [as in hAte]


MEMORY: It looks like a person running away - I hAte runners!


EXAMPLES: How do you say them?
- This means "no"

- This means "house"

- This means "a picture"

You are doing great! Are you writing these characters down?

Hiragana Page 05 お o

You are up to your last vowel! Congrats!

HOW TO WRITE IT
[Follow the red strokes from left to right]

ROMAJI - o
SOUND
- [as in OH nO!]


MEMORY: It looks like ' - a' but "OH! it's different


EXAMPLES: How do you say them?
- This means " the color blue"

- This means "hey!" - kind of rude..
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- This means "king"