The Japanese writing system consists of kana and kanji. What is a kana? Kana are syllabaries and there are two types — hiragana and katakana, each containing 46 basic characters. Hiragana is primarily used for native Japanese words and grammatical elements.
Learn hiragana with food vocabulary.
Review the hiragana chart and listen to the pronunciations here.
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Here are some helpful workbooks that will teach you the stroke order for each kana.
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Hang the chart in front of your desk, carry the chart with you wherever you go. Have a cup of tea and guess what the missing letters are. Can you name all the items?