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Learning Japanese: Hiragana Resources

Updated on June 9, 2015

Learning Hiragana

This is a list of resources for you to practice and learn Hiragana.

Memrise Is a fantastic resource for learning Hiragana. Their courses are free (but a premium membership is an option) and the community is full of people who are on your same level or higher and would love to help you. Memrise also helps you actually memorize what you learn by use of repetition, flashcards, and paying attention to what answers you get wrong so it can help you get them right.

There are so many courses on memrise that you can't go wrong and the opportunity to make friends who can also help you makes this a valuable resource for learning Hiragana and so much more.



Youtube is a great resource when learning Hiragana. There are tons of videos on the subject ranging from simple pronunciation help to songs and games that can help you learn and remember Hiragana.

For example:

  • Japanesepod101
  • Dr. Moku
  • Tofugu
  • learnjapanesejpbasic
  • JapansocietyNYC
  • Learn Japanese TV
  • Ikimashou Japan

Tofugu's Ultimate Guide to Hiragana

Tofugu: The Ultimate Guide To Learning Hiragana is a good resource to help you remember the Hiragana shapes using pictures. They also have helpful videos and a page of their own resources for learning Japanese online.

Tofugu also has several other guides that are really helpful so it's worth taking a look at. No matter what your skill level they've got something for you.


Lentil is a great place to learn Hiragana and Katakana. It teaches you the Hiragana characters as well as helps you learn to read them while also teaching you vocabulary at the same time. It's a great way to kick start your Japanese studies or also a great tool to use to review if you're an intermediate or advanced learner.

Lentil doesn't only cover Hiragana and Katakana it also covers family names, nature words, station names, days of the week and some Kanji too!

Online Games

Here are some links to online games that can help you learn Hiragana, because learning doesn't always have to be serious, it can be fun too!

Taking a break from studying to play a game can be fun, specially if the game is also helping you learn.


Helpful Books

Books can be a big help in learning Japanese and Hiragana workbooks are a valuable resource for learning Hiragana ans also the basics in vocabulary and grammar. You can find workbooks at your local bookstore or there is a list of some useful ones below that you can acquire online.

Some helpful books include:

  • Learning Japanese Hiragana and Katakana: A Workbook for Self-Study
  • Japanese Hiragana & Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System
  • Japanese from Zero!
  • Let's Learn Hiragana: First Book of Basic Japanese Writing
  • Guide to Learning Hiragana & Katakana
  • Practice Makes Perfect Writing Japanese Kana
  • GENKI I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese



Practice makes perfect. No matter what you choose as your primary source for learning hiragana one of the best things you can do is never give up and keep practicing until you get it right! You'll be reading and writing Hiragana in no time as long as you keep at it!

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