Hiragana Chart & Quiz – Japanese Resources

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Learn Japanese Hiragana and Katakana

In this blog, we share our own PDF learning Hiragana practice sheets, as well as links to some popular apps for learning Japanese. Just started learning Japanese? Head to our main article about the Japanese writing system for a more comprehensive guide!

For those interested in learning the basics of Japanese – please check out our Japanese Crash Course for Beginners

Apps for Learning Hiragana

If you are just getting started with learning Hiragana – you may be thinking that it is easier to learn with an App.

Apps are convenient and easy to take with you to practice using while you are out and about – however we also suggest that you do take some time to physically write the characters as it will cement them in your brain.

That being said – there are several apps that we recommend for being fun and easy to use.

Learn Hiragana & Katakana with Dr. Moku


Dr. Moku's Hiragana & Katakana Mnemonics illustration

Dr. Moku’s Hiragana & Katakana Mnemonics

Dr. Moku’s Hiragana and Katakana Mnemonics are 2 separate apps. One for Hiragana and one for Katakana. In each app, they associate all the kana with pictures, making it easy for you to remember them.

It also makes use of mnemonic hacks (tying each character to a visual story-based meaning) as compared to just rote memorization.

Mindsnacks – Limited Free Version


Mindsnacks - Learn Japanese hiragana

Mindsnacks – Limited Free Edition

Mindsnacks has a visually appealing interface and the limited free version allows you to practice learning Hiragana and Katakana characters.

It is the closest thing to a learning video game that we have found.

Hiragana Learning Chart – Writing Pracitce PDFs

If you are looking for a more analog way to practice and learn hiragana – we have included a sample of a few of the practice homework sheets from our Japanese Crash Course below:

Open the image in a new tab by clicking on the image – you can then print it!

How to use the homework sheets:

Use the hiragana chart here to locate the correct symbol. (Right click to save as – or left click to open)

Hiragana Chart Japanese Practice

Hiragana Practice Chart

Draw a line to the corresponding character and connect them.

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Learning Hiragana: Online Quiz

Ready to test your knowledge of Katakana and Hiragana?  Below we have included our online quiz which will allow you to test your knowledge interactively.

Input your answer – after the quiz you will be given your full score.

Looking for something more advanced? Check out our JLPT Kanji Workbook PDFs!

Hiragana FAQs

Which is easier hiragana or kanji?

Hiragana is relatively easier than kanji according to many experoenced learners. Because kanji can be expressed in hiragana in Japanese language system, even Japanese natives use hiragana and slowly build up their kanji from lower school all way until high school.

Do Japanese use katakana or hiragana?

Hiragana is used more in formal setting than katakana. Of course, kanji is considered the most formal one, but they all represent unique circumstances when using the language.

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