How to Learn Japanese Hiragana

How to Learn Japanese Hiragana

Learning the hiragana alphabet is the very first step towards learning Japanese! If Japanese seems like a bunch of crazy squiggles you will never be able to read, don’t fret! Learning hiragana can be very easy with a few simple tools.

One of the first things to learn is that the hiragana alphabet is actually a syllabary. That means each character represents a syllable or sound rather than a single letter. The roman alphabet may combine t and a to get ta, but in hiragana, a new character is formed for each consonant + vowel pairing. There are 46 basic hiragana characters, and depending on how you look at it, up to 110 in total. Though when we talk about dakuten, you’ll understand why the number may change.

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