FREE Hiragana Charts
You can download our Full Hiragana Chart as a pdf below.
If you are still struggling with learning Hiragana, check out our free mobile apps which feature full Hiragana and Katakana charts with audio so you can perfect your pronunciation of each Hiragana character.
We have a complete guide to learning Hiragana online here too
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If you prefer a physical Hiragana chart, you can find one in our Hiragana and Katakana flash cards, available on Amazon.
Each card is packed with everything you need to learn the ‘Japanese alphabets’ in just one day.
Learning Japanese is not as hard as you think.
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.
Hiragana is used to write native Japanese words or to spell words or part of words that don’t have their own Kanji.
Kanji are the busy-looking characters derived from Chinese. Katakana is used mainly to write foreign words that have made their way into Japanese.
Basic Hiragana vs Modified Hiragana?
Our Hiragana Chart is split into two: Basic and Modified.
Hiragana and Katakana each consist of 46 basic characters 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.
‘Modified’ is catch all term which you can use while starting to learn Japanese but you should learn the proper names and their functions.
First we have DAKUTEN which are the two small strokes that change the sound of some Hiragana characters.
For example: The ‘k’ sound becomes a ‘g’ sound ( example: ka か becomes ga が )
Then we have HANDAKUTEN which is little circle which appears above the ‘h’ set and this transforms changes ‘h’ to ‘p’. (example: ha は becomes pa ぱ )
YŌON uses smaller than usual versions of one of the three ‘y’ kana, ya, yu or yo to make a contracted word . For example kyō ( meaning “today”) is written きょう with the smaller ‘yo’ and kiyō, (meaning “skillful”) , which is written きよう has a full-sized ‘yo’.
SOKUON is a small tsu (っ or ッ in either Hiragana or Katakana respectively). This small tsu means that the consonant in the next character is ‘doubled’, and a slight pause results. For example, in the word ‘Yukkuri’ (ゆっくり), the word is pronounced ‘yu’ (a slight pause ) ‘kuri’. The っ (tsu) represents this slight pause.
CHŌONPU (rarely used in Hiragana) appears as a ー (a long dash shape) indicates the use of a long vowel sound in the preceding character.
Still struggling to learn Hiragana and Katakana?
Some people are visual learners and they have problems with abstract concepts such as remembering the sounds and shapes of foreign alphabets. By using mnemonics (memory tricks that use visual and verbal cues), you can rapidly improve your learning speed and more importantly, your retention of the sounds and shapes of each Hiragana character.
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Read how to Learn Hiragana here.