Hiragana and Katakana (Free Study Material)

Updated Nov 21, 2019

There are three types of letters in Japanese.

  • 1. Hiragana (phonetic sounds) are basically used for particles, words and parts of words.
  • 2. Katakana (phonetic sounds) are basically used for foreign/loan words.
  • 3. Kanji (Chinese characters) are used for the stem of words and convey the meaning as well as sound.
Three types of letters in Japanese.

We suggest you start learning Hiragana, then Katakana and then Kanji. If you learn Hiragana first, it will be easier to learn Katakana next. Hiragana will help you learn Japanese pronunciation properly, read Japanese beginners' textbooks and write sentences in Japanese.

Katakana will help you read Japanese menus at restaurants. Hiragana and Katakana will be a good help to your Japanese study and comfortable living in Japan.


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Download Hiragana and Katakana Worksheet (PDF file)

Hiragana and Katakana worksheet (free PDF file) ひらがな カタカナひらがな カタカナひらがな カタカナ




Learn Hiragana and Katakana (BGM)
Learn Hiragana and Katakana (No BGM version)

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How to write KatakanaHow to write Katakana
Basic Hiragana 22 min. lesson
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Download Hiragana and Katakana table (PDF file)



Download Katakana table (PDF file)



Download Hiragana and Katakana Table (PDF file)

Hiragana and Katakana table


Hiragana Katakana FLASH material

Hiragana Katakana FLASH material



漢字 かんじ Kanji