Hiragana is the basic Japanese phonetic script. It represents every sound in the Japanese language. Therefore, you can theoretically write everything in Hiragana. However, because Japanese is written with no spaces, this will create nearly indecipherable text. Here is a table of Hiragana and similar-sounding English consonant-vowel pronunciations.
Here are some practice sheets if you prefer some structured writing: Hiragana writing practice sheets (PDF) Katakana writing practice sheets (PDF) Kana writing practice sheets for kids; Read in Japanese. Now the big challenge: Reading in Japanese! When I first began to read in Japanese, I disliked it.
Usually, they should be the same size, but considering the history that okurigana used to be markings (like subscripts) on the Chinese text to add Japanese inflections, it is natural that they are written smaller than kanji. In fact, in caligraphy, it is usually said that hiragana should be written smaller than kanji.
Now that you understand how hiragana “technically” works (i.e. you can see a simple word in romaji, then find the right kana to write down that word in hiragana), let’s start reading and writing. Before you start, though, I have to be clear on something really quick. Learning to read and write hiragana isn’t easy.
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It has not one but four sets of characters, hiragana, katakana, kanji and romaji to remember. I won't say it is easy, in fact it is always not easy to learn a new language. But if you are interested in the language, you will naturally find ways to learn it fast.
Hiragana are a set of 46 Japanese characters. Together with Kanji and Katakana they represent the Japanese writing system. Hiragana are primarily used to write native Japanese words that have no Kanji character. They are also serve a wide variety of grammatical purposes in the language.
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