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Hiragana & Katakana :
The first thing to learn is hiragana (ʿ̾Ҥ餬), since it's the most commonly used writing system and the easiest to learn. Hiragana and katakana are syllabic writing systems. Below you can find the tables of the basic hiragana and katakana, known to the Japanese as the gojuon-zu (޽), or "the table of the 50 sounds".

The order in which the characters are placed may seem strange, but this is the order in which the Japanese 'alphabetize'. It's a good idea to get used to this order.

We offer a free application for learning Hirigana and Katakana, the Kana Quizzer. Click here to learn more about it.

The katakana (Ҳ̾) table:


hiragana and katakana together are known as kana (̾).