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.

  ..... as in sun
  ..... as in eat, but shorter
  ..... as in you, but shorter
  ..... as in ever
  ..... 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