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The Easiest Way To Learn Hiragana

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the easiest way to learn Hiragana *ME* the easiest way to learn Hiragana *AME*

Ninja Writing Skills Part 1: Hiragana
The Easiest Way To Learn Hiragana

Mastering hiragana should be the first step in your quest to learn Japanese.

Without hiragana, your progress in learning Japanese will be severely limited.

Many will avoid learning hiragana hiragana because they think it will be difficult.

But the truth is that hiragana is actually easy and quick to learn.

You can learn hiragana in a few hours. Or during a quiet weekend.

At Japanese Ammo, we are here to help you so that your task is as easy and enjoyable as possible.

What is Hiragana?

Hiragana is one of the three parts to the Japanese writing system. The other two are katakana and kanji. But don’t worry about them for now – we will get to them later.

Hiragana is a syllabary not an alphabet.

What’s the difference?

Well, an alphabet consists of letters which denote single consonants and vowels.

A syllabary consists of characters that contain the sounds of syllables.

For example, in the English alphabet we have letters like ‘a’ and ‘k’. One denotes a vowel,
the other denotes a consonant.

But in hiragana we have characters like か which stands 
for the sound ‘ka’ and characters like こ which stands for the sound ‘ko’, and so on.

There are 46 characters in the hiragana syllabary. It is important that you know
all of them and know them well. Failing to master hiragana within your first month 
of learning Japanese will result in you being kidnapped by the Yakuza.

Why Learn Hiragana?

Simply put: failing to learn hiragana will be a massive hindrance to your fluency levels in Japanese.

If you don’t learn hiragana, you will never be literate in Japanese.

If you don’t learn hiragana, you will cut yourself off from an entire world of Japanese.

Many textbooks and language resources will use romaji. This is a method of phonetically representing Japanese words using the Roman alphabet.

For example:

Romaji: konnichiwa

Hiragana: こんにちは

Romaji: sayounara

Hiragana: さようなら

Many foreigners will try to learn Japanese using only romaji.

But, if you are trying to reach a respectable level of proficiency in Japanese, you should steer clear of using romaji.

Unless you are a complete beginner, romaji really isn’t useful at all. And even if you are a complete beginner, your time is best spent learning hiragana as soon as possible.

Don’t let your literacy be negatively affected by not learning hiragana.

Hiragana is easy and quick to learn and incredibly valuable.

Hiragana may look incredibly difficult and overwhelming if you are used to 
learning European languages. Many English speakers are uncomfortable
 stepping outside of the Roman alphabet.

But have no fear! Japan has one of the highest literacy rates in the world
with 99% of the population able to read and write. So, if we can master
 these difficult-looking squiggles, so can you!

Learn Hiragana the Japanese Ammo Way

If you’re still nervous, rest assured that we have developed a system that will take
 the pain out of learning hiragana. This system does not rely on rote repetition 
like many other systems advocate.

Instead it injects some fun into the process,
 using visualisation and fun imagination techniques.

We are also going to learn hiragana in the most logical sequence possible – which is not how most courses teach it – in order to speed up our acquisition and retention of the material.

We have put together a guide that is easy to access and fun to use. You can print it out, stick it somewhere you’ll see it often, scribble all over it, and share it with your friends.

Our guide contains:

  • The most logical sequence for learning hiragana
  • Fun and memorable mnemonics
  • Stroke orders for each character
  • Basic vocabulary that puts the hiragana into action as soon as you learn it
  • Audio pronunication aid
  • Spaced Repetition System suggestions for revision
  • Printable worksheets for practice
  • Suggestions for further improving your reading and writing skills

You can use our guide to learn hiragana in just a couple of hours. You could set aside some time on a quiet weekend in order to master hiragana.

Get it done as soon as possible and have fun! Once you’ve mastered hiragana, you’ll be much closer to achieving your goal of learning Japanese.

Anki Deck 
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Misa
Translator / Linguist / Japanese Teacher / Happy World Traveler/ manga, anime, comedy lover. Speaks Japanese, English, Russian and German.

27 Comments

  1. This is freaking awesome i came here through your anki deck. who ever built that deck tell them they are awesome
    lots of love <3….keep up the good work!! :]

    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment! I’ve built the deck myself :>
      If there is anything I can improve, let me know!
      Arigatou xx

  2. Hi Misa,

    I have had an opportunity to look at your Harigana tuition page, and it is an excellent resource. You must have invested so much time and energy to put it together.

    Thanking you so much.

    Vielen Dank

    1. ありがとう! (Arigatou) Thank you!
      Thank you for taking your precious time to leave a comment!
      I’d be happy to hear your progress!

      Bis bald!

  3. Hi! I have a question… I learned hiragana by myself so I forgot about the stroking order, so I learned some wrongly and now it’s kinda hard to “unlearn” the way I did LOL is this a problem or is it ok to write in this way? (the character is right though, it’s just the order ~^^)

    1. Don’t worry about orders! It doesn’t matter AT ALL :) Natives don’t care either. If anyone cares, that person is a nitpicker lol

      1. Misa you mare such a kindred soul for taking the time to teach others and for free :). ありがとう〈3

  4. I would like to take upJapanese course but before enrol into a language school, I am thinking whether is it alright to learn it from website/from you. Hope I don’t sound stupid ☺

  5. Misa, du kannst deutsch sprechen? Wow, das ist einfach unglaublich! Du bist die erste japanische Person, die ich kenne, die deutsch sprechen kann! •w•

  6. Wow. I really like this kind of teaching. Now it all makes sense when I am writing the Hiragana not just merely memorizing letters. I am so lucky to find your site. Thank you so much!

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