Hiragana

Hiragana is a Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katakana, kanji, and in some cases rōmaji (the Latin-script alphabet).

Hiragana and katakana are both kana systems. With one or two minor exceptions, each sound in the Japanese language is represented by one character in each system.

Hiragana is used to write native words for which there are no kanji, including grammatical particles. Likewise, hiragana is used to write words whose kanji form is obscure, not known to the writer or readers, or too formal for the writing purpose.

This table will help you study Hiragana. Click on each letter to see how to write it

Monographs (gojūon)

aiueo
kakikukeko
sashisuseso
tachitsuteto
naninuneno
hahifuheho
mamimumemo
ya  yu  yo
rarirurero
wa      wo
        n

Diacritics (gojūon with dakuten)

gagigugego
zajizuzezo
da    dedo
babibubebo
papipupepo

Digraphs (yōon)

kya  kyu  kyo
sha  shu  sho
cha  chu  cho
nya  nyu  nyo
hya  hyu  hyo
mya  myu  myo
rya  ryu  ryo

Digraphs with diacritics (yōon with dakuten)

gya  gyu  gyo
ja  ju  jo
bya  byu  byo
pya  pyu  pyo

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