Japanese Lesson – Hiragana 1

Hello Everyone,

In this lesson, I will guide you in learning your first hiragana characters: あいうえお. Let’s go!

As I indicated in the introduction lesson, we will learn hiragana step by stap, one group (that is to say ・a, ・i, ・u, ・e, ・o) at a time.

For the exercises, you can either use a notebook with a square grid (grids of above 1cm, 1/2 inch are nice to start) like the one you may have used at elementary school, or print-out one of the sheets below or buy a dedicated notebook such as the one proposed here.

Empty sheet

Hiragana あ to そ

This hiragana is pronounced: [a]

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character あ in a row.

This hiragana is pronounced: [i]

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character い in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word あい [ai] / love, affection /

This hiragana is pronounced: [u]

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character う in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word あう [au] / to meet /
  • Write 5 times the word いう [iu] / to say /

This hiragana is pronounced: [e]

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character え in a row.
    Note: え [e] / picture, drawing /
  • Write 5 times the word いえ [ie] / house /
  • Write 5 times the word うえ [ue] / on top of /

This hiragana is pronounced: [o]

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character お in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word あおい [aoi] / blue (adj.) /

 

Here it is for today. Do not hesitate to repeat the exercises at will.

Stéphane

 

Next lesson: <a href=”https://wonderlang.xyz/en/japanese-lesson-hiragana-2″>Hiragana lesson 2: ka, ki, ku, ke, ko</a>

 

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