Japanese Syllable Alphabets

Hiragana & katakana chart with audio sound

Japanese Beginner Students might get confused by what Hiragana, Katakana, Romaji and Kanji stands for. Let me explain to you.

Japanese contains two syllable alphabets, katakana and hiragana.They both represent the same syllables, which means same pronunciation, but the way of writing of hiragana and katakana is different.

Below is a chart of the hiragana and katakana. Please click each syllable alphabets below, you will see hiragana in pink background and katakana in gray background, you can also click the icon below, you will hear the audio sound of each hiragana and katakana. If you want to check the writing of each syllable alphabets, please click here.

Hiragana & Katakana Basic Sound

a
i
u
e
o
  • あ 

  • い

  • う

  • え

  • お

ka
ki
ku
ke
ko
  • か

  • き

  • く

  • け

  • こ

sa
shi
su
se
so
  • さ 

  • し

  • す

  • せ

  • そ

ta
chi
tsu
te
to
  • た 

  • ち

  • つ

  • て

  • と

na
ni
nu
ne
no
  • な 

  • に

  • ぬ

  • ね

  • の

ha
hi
fu
he
ho
  • は 

  • ひ

  • ふ

  • へ

  • ほ

ma
mi
mu
me
mo
  • ま 

  • み

  • む

  • め

  • も

ya
yu
yo
  • や 

  • ゆ

  • よ

ra
ri
ru
re
ro
  • ら 

  • り

  • る

  • れ

  • ろ

wa
o
  • わ 

  • お

n
  • ん

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