Before we start, I want to remind you about Japanese writing. Japanese is a written combination of three scripts, hiragana, katakana and kanji. The Roman alphabet (Romaji) is also sometimes used, mainly for the convenience of foreigners. Roughly speaking, kanji represents blocks of meaning and hiragana expresses the grammatical relationship between them. Katakana is used for foreign names, place names, and words of foreign origin.
Click here to learn how to pronounce them. Click here for the complete Hiragana Chart.
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