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The Japanese Syllabary

This page shows the Japanese , how to pronounce the letter individually, and how the letter sounds within words. The best way to learn the is:
  • Review the and their sounds on this page.
  • Click on Flash Cards to play Multiple Choice, Flash Cards and Test to learn the letters off by heart.
  • To really sharpen your ear to the sounds of Japanese, click on the Spelling button below to learn how to spell using based on the sounds in the word. Don't worry about not knowing the meaning of the words yet, to learn those you can click on the Vocabulary Sets menu item.

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    Letter Romaji PronounceExample
    aお 
    くしゅする 
    iげか 
    りえ 
    uさんじゅいち 
    ろくじゅさん 
    eほほむ 
    る 
    oの 
    ば 
    kaおんがく 
    いだん 
    kiてん 
    をする 
    kuせいふ 
    にじゅうろ 
    keぶ 
    しゴム 
    koむす 
    うすい 
    saんじゅう 
    んじゅうに 
    shi 
    ろめんでんゃ 
    suはな 
    め 
    seいと 
    っけんいれ 
    soふ 
    かみり 
    taんす 
    こ 
    chiがつ 
    きゅうじゅうい 
    tsuしゅじゅ 
    めやすり 
    teんじょう 
    うんんしゅ 
    toうがらし 
    う 
    naく 
    しょっきだ 
    niじゅういち 
    ゅうよく 
    nu 
    ne 
    じ 
    noたても 
    む 
    haいすいかん 
    よんじゅうち 
    hiゃく 
    っき 
    fuね 
    きょうう 
    heいし 
    や 
    hoおうだんどう 
    うれんそう 
    maすなは 
    あた 
    miずぎ 
    はちつ 
    muね 
    すめ 
    me 
     
    moいろ 
    くだの 
    yaすり 
    ま 
    yuおやび 
    あしのび 
    yoうふくダンス 
    もくうび 
    raさくんぼ 
    くじ 
    riまんき 
     
    ruおど 
    ストレッチす 
    reでんしんじ 
    ほうんそう 
    roくじゅうはち 
     
    wa 
    あじう 
    o/woかたすくめる 
    くびふる 
    nへいげ 
    じゅうはち