Hiragana Katakana

Japanese characters

Let's learn Japanese characters, Hiragana Katakana online.

Japanese language uses three characters, Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.
Kanji came from China in the 5th to the 6th centuries.
Then later Hiragana and Katakana evolved to represent "readings" in Japanese.

Kanji represent forms of something or situation and each of them represent meaning.
On the other hand, Hiragana and Katakana are phonetic symbols.
They do not represent any meaning. Learn more - Hiragana Katakana Overview

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Let's review Hiragana Katakana with sentences

2014/October/29

For those who have finished Hiragana Katakana First Step,
we provided the short sentencs including the essential words in Hiragana Katakana.
Let's start reading the sentences.

Hiragana Katakana self-learning materials

Hiragana Katakana Tables

called Kana 50-On Hyoo

Tables in PDF format PDF

PDF file for printing, 3 pages, A4

Hiragana

Hiragana Kickoff

Hiragana

Katakana Kickoff

Katakana

Let's start learning Hiragana Katakata. This is for your warming-up.

Hiragana First Step

Hiragana

Katakana First Step

Katakana

If you are new to learning Japanese characters, go Hiragana first.

Hiragana Type & Check(Sample)

Hiragana

Katakana Type & Check(Sample)

Katakana

This series is available for "Building Up Conversation" as a supplementary material.
We provided some samples, here.

Let's Read Sentences in Hiragana Katakana(Sample)

This series is available for "Building Up Conversation" as a supplementary material.
We provided some samples, here.

Hiragana Writing Practice PDF

inluding Hiragana tables, 15 pages, B5

Katakana Writing Practice PDF

inluding Katakana tables, 15 pages, B5

Both Hiranaka Katakana PDF

inluding Hiragana Katakana writing practice sheets, 26 pages, B5


Hiragana Katakana - Overview

Both Hiragana and Katakana consists of 46 basic letters and several combination letters.
The vowels are a, i, u, e and o.

In modern Japanese, Hiragana is used for native Japanese words.
Katakana is used for loanwords (words of foreign origin) such as Amerika (America) and Wain (wine).

The long vowels are written in the following ways.
(See Hiragana First Step about details of the long vowels)

Hiragana

Katakana - The long vowel is indicated by a symbol " - ".
(See Katakana First Step about details of the long vowels)

The double consonants are indicated by the small tsu.
(See Hiragana First Step about details of the double consonants)

The particles wa and o are written in the following.
(See Hiragana First Step about details of the particle "wa" and "o")

Ordinary Japanese sentences are written in the following.
(See Hiragana First Step for more example sentences with audio)

There is no Space between word and word in the ordinary Japanese sentence.

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