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Hiragana 1-2-3

Hiragana is a Japanese syllabary. It means "ordinary" and "simple".

There are 3 different written Japanese scripts:

  1. Hiragana
  2. Katakana
  3. Kanji

Hiragana is the basic Japanese alphabet.

It consists of 46 characters.

This page will focus on the 5 Hiragana vowel sounds.

Hiragana vowel sounds

a - think of an apple

The a character is written with 3 strokes.

i - think of a pair of eyes

The i character is written with 2 strokes.

u - think of the word ugh!

The u character is written with 2 strokes.

e - think of an energetic ninja

The e character is written with 2 strokes.

o - think of a UFO

The o character is written with 3 strokes.

Notice the similarities between A and O. The easiest way to tell them apart is that O has a an extra stroke on the top right corner.

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