Day 4


LEVEL: Intermediate

ひらがな Hiragana

We are making good progress. You probably wonder where the other letters have gone and why we don't add the two strokes to the other syllables. In modern Japanese only the column か・さ・た・は uses the dakuten or diacritical mark. One more thing, when you look up these variants in a dictionary, they are classified as follows: か・が・き・ぎ・く・ぐ, etc. Today's stay focuses on the last column of hiragana using the dakuten, the letter -h-. With two strokes, we pronounce these syllables with -b-.

Kana to romanization

Look carefully at all characters used to transcribe the Japanese syllabary. Find on this table on top the Japanese Hiragana and at the bottom the romanized version in the English alphabet.



kana to alphabet


Tips: Go left to right and right to left, trying to memorize each character. Close your eyes and try to visualize the characters in your head.

Play by hovering over the kana with your mouse (or touch on your phone) the kana to see the transliteration.



Now take a sheet of paper and practice writing each Hiragana below several times. Observe the order of the strokes to be able to draw the characters correctly. The color blue indicates the first stroke, pink the second stroke, green the third stroke, and yellow/brown for the last stroke.

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Let's move on to practice with these different words to read. Read all the Hiragana and check your answers below. Do the same exercise again another day to consolidate your memorize.






See the answers
Note: Reading words are examples. They are shown for reading practice only. There is no need to memorize them at this step of learning. You will have the opportunity to learn them later in the vocabulary section.

Good job!


Hiragana learned!

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