The MLC original “Hiragana Cards” and “Katakana Cards”
There are three types of letters in Japanese.
1. Hiragana (phonetic sounds) are basically used for particles, words and
parts of words.
2. Katakana (phonetic sounds) are basically used for foreign/loan words.
3. Kanji (Chinese characters) are used for the stem of words and convey the
meaning as well as sound.
Hiragana is basically used to express 46 different sounds used in the
We suggest you start learning Hiragana, then Katakana and then Kanji. If
you learn Hiragana first, it will be easier to learn Katakana next.
Hiragana will help you learn Japanese pronunciation properly, read Japanese
beginners' textbooks and write sentences in Japanese. Japanese will become a
lot easier to study after having learned Hiragana.
Also, as you will be able to write sentences in Japanese, you will be able to
write E-mails in Hiragana.
Katakana will help you read Japanese menus at restaurants.
Hiragana and Katakana will be a good help to your Japanese study and
confortable living in Japan.
On the following page is a Hiragana and Katakana chart - please stick it
somewhere visible so that you can constantly refer to it.
To master Hiragana, it is important to practice writing Hiragana. Revision is
also very important - please go over what you have learned several times.