World’s Best Hiragana and Katakana Charts
If you're hunting for downloadable hiragana chart and katakana chart PDFs to print out and put up on your wall, you need something that looks professional, clear, and makes studying fun. More importantly, you need all the hiragana and katakana plus the voiced consonants, and the kana combinations!
This is why we have created the World's Best Hiragana and Katakana Charts, totally free for your kana learning pleasure.
Get your downloadable kana charts and put them on your wall, in your binder, or anywhere else you're able to reference them with ease!
Fun fact: The ゛mark is called dakuten and gives "voice" to the k, s, t, and h columns. The ゜mark is called handakuten and makes the h column into consonant p
Print these kana charts out, put them up on your wall, and practice reading and writing until you are comfortable.
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If you plan on making any progress studying Japanese, you do need to learn hiragana and katakana. It's just part of the process, and it will make your life a lot easier in the long run. Do yourself a favor, and learn all your kana as soon as possible into your Japanese study journey, because it's a lot tougher to break the "romaji habit" than to tough it out for a week or two up front and memorize them.
There are 46 hiragana characters and 46 katakana characters. Counting the "voiced consonants" (diacritics), there are actually 71 characters in each syllabary, but it's simpler to think of them as modifiers rather than new kana. Diacritics are the two dots and the circles you see next to some kana characters (see the top left of our charts), called dakuten and handakuten.
It depends how motivated you are! You could memorize hiragana and katakana in a weekend, or space it out over a month. On average, it takes most people a couple weeks of relaxed study (~30 minutes a day) to memorize all the kana.
You can make your own hiragana and katakana flashcards, or you can go grab our set of pre-designed kana flashcards with over 300 Japanese vocabulary included.
If you want to practice hiragana, how about you test yourself with one of our downloadable kana word searches?
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