Hiragana

The table below represents the entire Hiragana syllabary categorized by the consonant and vowel sounds. With the exception of a few sounds (as shown by the pronunciation in parentheses), most sounds in Japanese are easily represented by a vowel or consonant-vowel. There is also one consonant-only sound: 「ん」.

Hiragana - Click for stroke order and sound
n w r y m h n t s k    

(n)
a
     
(chi)

(shi)
i
   
(fu)

(tsu)
u
      e
 
(o)
o
Roumaji comic

To understand how this chart works, let's start by looking at the right-most column, which are all the vowel-only sounds.

a
i
u
e
o

Here are some sample words for reading practice.
Example: あい - love (read as "ai")

  1. あう - to meet
  2. いえ - house
  3. おい - nephew
  4. うえ - above
  5. いう - to say

Each additional column represents a consonant