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Let’s Do Some Japanese Hiragana Practice Today

Remember how you learned to read English? You just did it, right? Our parents and teachers helped us, but they did so by making us read!

And we can learn to read hiragana the same way – by just doing it.

So today we are going to do some Japanese hiragana practice. I promise to keep it simple so that it’s easy to do. Below you’ll find a basic dialog between two people. Go ahead and read it from left to right like you would if it were English.

Hey, how’s it going?


こんにちは。おげんきですか?

はい、げんきです。おかげさまで。 あなたは?

わたしもげんきです。 いいおてんきですね?

そうです。すずしいですよ。

なにかのみませんか?おちゃはどうですか?

はい、おちゃがすきです。

きょう、なにをしますか?

さあ、わかりません・・・ああ、しっています。ほんをよみます。

すごい。いいほんですね。ほんのなめえはなんですか?

なまえは「ひらがな」です。ちいさいほんです。

じゃ、またね。

ええ、また。

How’d it go?


So how was it? Pretty good? Too easy or too hard? When I started reading Japanese, the hardest thing for me was the fact that there are no spaces in between words. But, once you learn katakana and start getting into kanji it actually gets easier to read! That’s because when you see a kanji or a word in katakana, you know it’s a new word and you actually don’t need spaces anymore.

Anyway, let me know what you thought with a comment down below! Also, tell me what you’d like to see more of – more hiragana, some katakana, even full on Kanji.

Interpretation for “Hey, how’s it going?”


Hey, how’s it going?

I’m good, thanks. What about you?

Yeah, I’m also doing well. Nice weather isn’t it?

Sure is – It’s cool for sure.

Won’t you have something to drink? How about some tea?

Sure, I like tea.

What are you doing today?

Hmm, let me think… Ah, I know! I’ll read a book.

Nice. Must be a good book. What’s the name of the book?

The name is Hiragana. It’s a small book.

Well, see ya later eh?

Yeah, later.

If you want to be able to read Hiragana, then check out this page that teaches you how to learn it.

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