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.
- あ ア
- ..... as in sun
- い イ
- ..... as in eat, but shorter
- う ウ
- ..... as in you, but shorter
- え エ
- ..... as in ever
- お 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