How To Learn Japanese Hiragana & Katakana

こんにちは (Hello)

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now but I’m only just getting around to doing so. I speak very basic Japanese and I’m still learning now. But something that I do know in Japanese in Hiragana and Katakana.

Japanese has three writing systems; hiragana, katakana and kanji.

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Hiragana is used for Japanese words. Katakana is used for foreign words, sounds, animals and food.

So, which one do you learn first?!

I learnt hiragana first and I recommend that you do too because I definitely find it the easiest. But honestly, it doesn’t matter which one you learn first since you’ll be learning them both anyway.

How to learn Hiragana?

The way that I learnt hiragana was by searching for a hiragana chart and just printing it out. First I decided that I wanted to learn a line a day. I would write down the syllables that I wanted to learn and I would write them over and over again until they stuck into my mind. The next day, I would try to make myself write them again and if I didn’t remember than I had to do it all over again.

After a month, I had completely learn hiragana.

How to learn Katakana?

The answer to this question is easy. It’s exactly the same way of learning hiragana.

You can also learn both hiragana and katakana by using your phone. I use certain apps which allow me to learn Japanese easier. You can read my phone on which apps I use here.

Eleanor May

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  1. October 22, 2017 / 11:58 am

    That was an informative post. Not much has been written about it.

  2. October 22, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I was studying for a while Japanese and Chinese writing which is easier for me than speaking. I always have the problem speaking languages.

  3. October 23, 2017 / 4:00 am

    This is very useful information! I want to learn Japanese one day but I’m currently trying to learn Korean so one day after I’ve learned enough Korean I will attempt Japanese. ♥

  4. October 24, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Wow, and to think I have never heard of Hiragana & Katakana. Informative and interesting post, thanks for sharing!

  5. October 24, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    How awesome, Eleanor!! Learning another language takes dedication enough but two different writing systems?? And Japanese isn’t the easiest to learn anyway. I remember a couple of my friends were learning it in college and I really wanted to learn as well. Unfortunately, I’ve only gotten as far as hajimemashite. Maybe one day… Haha! Great post and I hope you’re doing well today!! x

  6. November 2, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Wow! am so impressed in what am seeing here, I like English and other languages, but ave never learnt how to speak Japanese, I think this is an opportunity for me to learn it too. Thanks Eleanor

  7. November 4, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Your hiragana is so neat! No matter how hard I try, mine is such a mess and a half. But I guess my English handwriting is terrible too, so I’m not sure why I’d expect my Japanese to be any different. Lol.

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