Here, you can download the complete 10-excercise sheet Hiragana PDF Lesson. This is perfect for Japanese beginners. I highly recommend you print out the PDF Lesson and WRITE on it. Most people make the mistake of not doing so.
But when you put the pen to the paper and write out the Hiragana characters, your brain starts making connections, develops muscle memory… and you learn faster. So, with this Hiragana PDF lesson….
• you will learn how to read and write Hiragana properly
• you can practice with worksheets (printable) inside this lesson
• you can print & re-print and practice as much you want for perfection
• there will be 10 parts in total.
Hiragana PDF lesson (click on the image to download)
Or, you can keep reading for the lesson below.
In case you’re wondering what Hiragana is and why you need it, well… here’s a quick answer. Hiragana is the alphabet of Japanese that makes up almost all of the words that exist inside the Japanese language.
It contains 46 characters, usually a consonant+vowel combinations (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko) or just vowels (a, i, u, e, o).
As a beginner, you will need to learn this FIRST in order to read and write. On average, it takes learners 1 week to learn this.
After you learn this, move on to Katakana and then worry about Kanji later.
Below is the chart of all of the Hiragana characters that you need to know. Look it over from right to left. As you can see, they mostly follow the a, i, u, e, o pattern. This will be your lover during your Hiragana learning process and you will refer to it constantly.
Also, take note of the strong orders. You will need these to write them properly.
So, let’s learn some Hiragana. Don’t worry too much about it being complex.
It’s not. Be like a child that got their first drawing pad and pens and pencils. Just pick up a pen and start writing. That’s all there is to it to learn this. It does not require any intelligence.
In this article, and the Hiragana PDF (that you should print out), you will find the Hiragana writing worksheets that you use to practice writing until you’re perfect. There are 10 parts in total.
Here’s parts 1 to 3. Follow the stroke orders and write across in the empty boxes.
This is just a small sample.
You will find parts 4 to 10 inside the Hiragana PDF.
By the time you’re done with this lesson, you should be able to read and write Hiragana without much difficulty. My next suggestion for you is to move on to Katakana…which is like Hiragana – same number of characters, same sounds, just different shapes and used MOSTLY for foreign, non-Japanese words.
Let me know in the comments if you found this useful!
~ PDF Jeff
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