Hiragana Charts download
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The Hiragana Chart .pdf can be found be found here and it contains some FREE Hiragana Mnemonics!
The Japanese written language is comprised of three different writing systems: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. Hiragana and Katakana are both referred to as the Kana symbols.
Hiragana is used to write native Japanese words or to spell words or part of words that don’t have their own Kanji symbol. Kanji symbols are the busy looking characters derived from Chinese. Katakana is used mainly to write foreign words that have made their way into Japanese.
There is also Romaji, the romanized version of Japanese which is basically just the plain old alphabet we use in English everyday. The primary usage of rōmaji is on computers and other electronic devices that do not support the display or input of Japanese characters and in educational materials for foreigners.
Hiragana and Katakana each consist of 46 basic symbols which can be modified slightly to cover every syllable you need. A lot of Hiragana symbols resemble Katakana symbols so you are already on your way to mastering that too.