The Ultimate Overview Of Knowing Hiragana and Katakana

Discover how to create, kind as well as check out the Japanese manuscripts hiragana as well as katakana with these advised methods as well as resources. Once you get involved in it, you might even start craving Japanese captions instead of English when you view your Japanese dramas!
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3 Japanese Alphabets.

First points initially, Japanese uses three primary manuscripts (or alphabets): hiragana, katakana and kanji.

Kanji (漢字) are taken on Chinese characters utilized in modern-day Japanese writing. Many Japanese words (nouns, adjectives and also verbs) are created in kanji. There are no spaces in Japanese, so kanji aids identify when a new word begins. Kanji personalities are signs that stands for words. Consider ♥ as a kanji character that represents “love”. Do you comprehend “I ♥ you”? How about, “You’ reA ★”? These signs act just like kanji does. The even more kanji you discover, the less complicated reading Japanese becomes. Nevertheless, today we’ll learn more about reading Japanese without kanji.

We’ll be focusing on hiragana and katakana (usually described as kana) in this post– and also for a great factor! Hiragana as well as katakana include a little less than 50 personalities each. Do not let this number overwhelm you! If you think about it, between resources and lowercase letters, cursive and print, English has 104 different letter appearances in its alphabet!

All hiragana and katakana personalities make phonetic noises, just like the English alphabet. This suggests that こ makes the “ko” audio, ん makes the “n” audio, に makes the “ni” sound, ち is “chi”, and also “は” in this situation is pronounced as “wa”. With each other, こんにちは reviews as “konnichiwa”! Easy, right? You could make use of hiragana to check out the sound of a kanji character.

Hiragana and also katakana utilize the very same noises, yet different personalities. This handy graph contrasts hiragana characters to their katakana counterparts.


Hiragana (ひらがな) is used mainly for grammatical functions. Remember the symbol ♥? If you composed “♥ ing” it ‘d be read as “loving”. In Japanese the suffix “- ing” would be composed in hiragana. Participles, expressions, and words with extremely difficult or uncommon kanji are primarily written in hiragana. Hiragana characters are simple to recognize because they’re usually a bit curvy as well as look easier than kanji characters.

私の名前は優也です 。.
寿司を食べます 。.
英語は難しい …

There are some situations where Japanese words utilize hiragana regularly compared to kanji, such as かわいい (kawaii) or さようなら (sayounara).


While katakana (カタカナ) stands for the exact same audios as hiragana, it’s mostly made use of to represent foreign words. International names are represented in katakana, as are numerous international foods. Japan’s fun as well as unusual onomatopoeia appears in both katakana and also hiragana. Katakana personalities take a boxier type compared to hiragana characters do, as well as appear easier than kanji. Every katakana character has a hiragana equivalent that makes the very same audio.

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