Alphabet

  • あ (a)
  • い (i)
  • う (u)
  • え (e)
  • お (o)
  • か (ka)
  • き (ki)
  • く (ku)
  • け (ke)
  • こ (ko)
  • さ (sa)
  • し (shi)
  • す (su)
  • せ (se)
  • そ (so)
  • た (ta)
  • ち (chi)
  • つ (tsu)
  • て (te)
  • と (to)
  • な (na)
  • に (ni)
  • ぬ (nu)
  • ね (ne)
  • の (no)
  • は (ha)
  • ひ (hi)
  • ふ (fu)
  • へ (he)
  • ほ (ho)
  • ま (ma)
  • み (mi)
  • む (mu)
  • め (me)
  • も (mo)
  • や (ya)
  • ゆ (yu)
  • よ (yo)
  • ら (ra)
  • り (ri)
  • る (ru)
  • れ (re)
  • ろ (ro)
  • わ (wa)
  • を (o)
  • ん (n)

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Hiragana Mnemonics

A:

I:

U:

E:

O:

KA:

KI:

KU:

KE:

KO:

SA:

SHI:

SU:

SE:

SO:

TA:

CHI:

TSU:

TE:

TO:

NA:

NI:

NU:

NE:

NO:

HA:

HI:

FU:

HE:

HO:

MA:

MI:

MU:

ME:

MO:

YA:

YU:

YO:

RA:

RI:

RU:

RE:

RO:

WA:

(W)O:

N

Hiragana – Katakana Picture Mnemonics

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Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

A: Ah! I see the letter « A »;
I: Hawaii; Eat with chopsticks
U: Uhh! ;
E: Exotic bird; Elevator doors
O:Olive, On and Off switch

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

KA: Cut the sausage
KI: Key
KO: Koo-boo bird; Cocoon
KE: keg;  a tilted letter « K »
KO: Coin; A street corner

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

SA: Sob; Sod
SHI: She has flowing hair; She has a funny smile
SU: Soon the sprout will bloom; Suit hanger
SE: Say
SO:  Sew a zigzag stitch; Sew a stitch

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

TA: Ta; Tomahawk
CHI: AAAACHIOOOO!; Cheer
TSU: It’s a snake; Balls and bats
TE: Ten; Telephone pole
TO : A thorn in my toe; The « t » in toe

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

NA: Knot
NI: Knee; Two needles
NU: Noodle held by chopsticks; Violence is in the news
NE: Net a big fish; I never go to church
NO: No smoking;

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

HA: Ha, ha, ha; Break it in half
HI: Hee, hee, hee; He’s sitting down
FU: Who?
HE: This way to heaven;
HO:  Half a whole note; Holy cross

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

MA: A  baby cries, « Mama »;  Mama’s brest
MI: Me, I’m 21.; Do, re, mi
MU: A cow says, « Moo »
ME: Me is Japanese for « eye »; Mexico
MO: Catch mo fish with this

YA: Yak
YU: Trying to make a U-turn; You are number one
YO: Yo-yo; Yodel

These kana written small turn:
KI, SHI, CHI, NI, HI , MI, RI into
KYA, SHA, CHA, NYA, HYA, MYA, RYA, KYU,
SHU,CHU, NYU, HYU, MYU,
RYU, KYO, SHO, CHO, NYO, HYO, MYO, RYO

DOUBLERS: The kana U is used to double the O and U vowel sounds of other kana
Certain consonants are doubled when preceded by a smaller, silent tsu.

RA: Roger the rabbit; Rocket. RI: Reeds; Reeds RU: Three rubies; Leg and tail of kangaroo RE: Rain and lightning. Rain shoe. RO: Three rubies rolled away; Rotate a nut.

RA: Roger the rabbit; Rocket.
RI: Reeds; Reeds
RU: Three rubies; Leg and tail of kangaroo
RE: Rain and lightning. Rain shoe.
RO: Three rubies rolled away; Rotate a nut.

Hiragana - Katakana Picture Mnemonics

WA: Wasp, Wow, his head’s knocked off!
(W)O: The cowboy said, « Whoa »; An arrow head
N: The sound of « n »; Nicks and cuts

Nonvoiced sounds:
This mark changes the pronunciations of ha, hi, fu, he and ho
to popping sounds: pa, pi, pu, pe and po.

Voiced sounds:
This mark changes the pronunciations of all the kana in the series beginning
ka, sa, ta and ha to vibrating sounds: ga, za, da and ba.

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