The orthography of hiragana

The first step in learning Japanese[volume3]

   01   Japanese vowels

The characters which show Japanese syllables are hiragana and katakana. In this section, we will learn hiragana carefully.

      An example of hiragana:  こ, ん, に, ち, わ, す, て, き

      An example of katakana:  コ, ン, ニ, チ, ワ, ス, テ, キ


There are five vowels in Japanese. Japanese vowels stand alone as individual syllables.

When you click on the underlined hiragana, stroke order is displayed.

   ア
  ..... as in sun
   イ
  ..... as in eat, but shorter
   ウ
  ..... as in you, but shorter
   エ
  ..... as in ever
   オ
  ..... as in low, but shorter

Let's pronounce the vowels. Each vowel is pronounced separately.

(1)  うえ, いえ, あう

(2)  おい, あい, あおい