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What is Hiragana?



What is Hiragana?

Hiragana, which means "rounded" or "easy", is a phonetic script much like English where each character has a unique sound and the characters can be written one after the next to spell out a word. Learning hiragana is the first step in learning how to read and write Japanese - indeed it is the first of the three Japanese scripts that Japanese children learn. Hiragana is used to write the grammatical parts of words or sentences and write Japanese words that do not have a kanji (Chinese-based character).

Learn about the other Japanese phonetic script, katakana, here.

Learn the Japanese kanji script, here.


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