HIRAGANA PRACTICE 1
This is the beak of Kookaburra. Ku for kookaburra.
Where is this pointing to? This is he for heaven.
This is the lovely hair of a girl. Shi for she has long hair.
You can catch more fish with more bait on the hook. This is mo for more fish.
This is a big wave. Tsu for tsunami.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 2
This looks like a yak, a hairy yak in the yard. This is ya for yak.
This is an old lady bending over. U for “Ooh my back!”
This looks like a coin. Ko for coin.
The two “i”s at the end of Hawaii is pronounced “i”. So this is i for Hawaii.
These look like reeds by a river. This is ri for reeds by the river.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 3
Ow! There is a thorn sticking out of your toe! This is to for thorn in your toe.
What letter does this look like? It looks like n. This is n for n.
This looks like an h with an extra line. This is e for extra stroke.
With a couple of extra lines, this looks like a keg of beer. So this is ke for keg.
Draw another line down on the right and this looks like a knee. Ni for knee cap.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 4
The first half looks like a t. With a few extra lines on the second half it becomes an a. The two together spell ta for ta.
This is a nun kneeling down to pray. This is na for nun.
The knife is a bit small to cut the apple. Ka for cut.
This is a fancy toothpick stuck in a cheese ball. Chi for cheese ball.
Run rabbit run! This is ra for rabbit.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 5
A brooch with a sparkling ruby. This is ru for ruby.
Then, a robber stole the ruby! Ro for robber!
The sewing machine is sewing a zigzag stitch. This is so for Sewing.
After a hard game of tennis, the racquet broke. This is te for broken tennis racquet.
Look at the man laughing, ‘Hee hee’. This is hi for ‘He has a smiley face’.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 6
These are two friends watching the beautiful setting sun Se for setting sun.
This is a samurai sword. Sa for samurai sword.
This reminds me of an old key and a lock. Ki for key.
This is like a telephone pole. Ma for call mum on the phone.
There is a hole in the keg (see KE) Ha for ‘Ha ha ha, there’s a hole in the keg’.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 7
は has a hat on as it is hot outside today. This is ho for hot.
Imagine a yo-yo doing around the world. Yo is for yo-yo.
The flag is on the eighteenth hole and the golf ball is on the green. O for on the green.
The seed has sprouted. It will soon be a flower. Su for soon to be a flower.
This looks like a cow. A cow goes ‘moo’. This is mu for moo cow.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 8
This one has no story This is no for no story.
An antenna up on top of the roof, with a loose wire. A for antenna up on a roof.
Can you see the chopsticks? They are picking up an egg noodle. This is nu for noodle.
Oops! You dropped the egg and made a mess! This is me for mess.
Can you see the car making a u-turn? This is yu for u-turn.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 9
Can you see the magic wand doing magic? This is wa for wand.
There is a hole in the basketball net. This is ne for net.
Here is a mountain climber with a climbing stick having a rest. This is Re for rest.
This looks like number 21. This is mi for “Who’s 21?” “Me!”. Do you believe me?
This is the highest mountain in Japan. Fu for Mt Fuji.
HIRAGANA PRACTICE 10
This is another o character. It has the same pronunciation as お. It is an Olympic discus thrower. This is o for Olympics.
Well Done! You’ve learnt all Hiragana characters! Now let’s see how many you remember so far...
い ろ は に ほ へ と ち り ぬ る を わ か よ た れ そ つ ね な ら む う の お く や ま け ふ こ え て あ さ き ゆ め み し ひ も せ す ん