Now that you have officially completed Part One of this course, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with a list of all the individual sounds of Japanese, all in one place.
Feel free to bookmark this page in case you ever need to come back and review all of the sounds, or just a few of them.
In addition to the list below and the audio file which you can play to hear all of the sounds, I will also provide you with a chart of all the hiragana so that you can save to your phone or computer.
Free Chart Of All Hiragana
Earlier I provided you with two free hiragana charts. The first chart only showed the basic hiragana that you had learned up until that point, and the second chart illustrated the correct stroke order for each one.
Now I would like to give you a complete chart that shows every hiragana symbol that is used in modern Japanese, and which represent all of the individual sounds of the language.
- Download the complete chart by clicking here.
This ought to be a useful tool for helping you to remember each of the sounds.
There are many ways that these kinds of charts can be organized, but I decided to use a way that was in line with how we learned them in this course. My hope is that it makes sense to you and that you find it to be helpful.
Recording Of All Sounds
Of course, we’ve been focusing on the sounds of Japanese and now is a great time to review all of them before moving on to Part Two where we start to focus on words.
I’ve organized them in the order that they were presented, so you should be able to go through them with ease. Whenever you are ready, go ahead and press play on the below audio file and then follow along with each character.
P.S. This would also be a good time to practice these sounds in a “listen and repeat” kind of way!
Daku-on and Handaku-on:
Want To Learn More About Hiragana?
There is actually a lot of really cool information to learn about hiragana which includes things such as how it came about, who was allowed to use it originally, why it is written in a cursive manner, and much more.
If you would like to know these kinds of things about this script, then check out the page I wrote all about hiragana below.
On that page I also give a lot of information and several pictures and charts that help you see how hiragana is used and how you can improve your abilities with it.
And also, even though we won’t be learning any new characters in this course, I wanted to provide you with some more resources in case you wanted to get started on the second system in Japanese writing. I’ll talk about that more in this next part.
Want To Learn Katakana (2nd Writing System)?
Hiragana is pretty cool for people who learn Japanese as a second language, but for natives there is actually a cooler system to learn and use.
I’m talking about katakana which covers the same sounds that hiragana does as well as some additional sounds that come from languages outside of Japanese.
In addition to that, the katakana system looks different and has a lot of different purposes in the language that are important to learn about at some point so that you can really understand the messages being conveyed in written Japanese.
If that is something that you would like to learn more about now, then you can do so by clicking on the link below.
I also provide you with a lot of charts, tips, pictures, tools, and other resources that can help you learn and understand it.
The good news is that once you have learned the first system (hiragana) then the second one (katakana) is actually pretty easy to pick up.
That’s because a lot of the knowledge you already have will carry over. It’s also because some of the characters look very similar between both systems.
At the end of that article I also give you a link which can get you started on learning kanji, the third system in Japanese, but I’m not going to go into any details on it here because it is such a huge topic.
Over Half Way Done
The next lesson will be the first one in Part Two of the course. Having said that, you are actually already over half-way done since learning the individual sounds is the biggest part of the entire course.
This next part is pretty cool because we get to focus more on words, and we get to see some cool things that happen with them in the Japanese language.
If you are ready and excited to continue, then go ahead and click down below to get started!
If you have any questions or comments about anything that we covered so far in Part One, be sure to let me know by leaving it down below in the comments section below.
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