Lesson 1: あ い う え お


How to Type

Keystrokes a i u e o -
Marks 「   」
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This section introduces keystrokes to input Hiragana letters by English keyboard.

For example, you can input [] by pressing [ a ] key if your computer is capable of typing the Japanese characters.

Most keystrokes are the same as Rōmaji spelling.

Keystroke for [] (long vowel holizontal bar) is [ - ] (hyphen).

You can download/print-out Keystroke Chart for reference.

Japanese Text Input

You can input Japanese characters on your computer by changing the language setting or installing additional applications.

Read Japanese Text Input page for details.

Sample Fonts

Standard Shape

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In this course, specially developed original font is used to present the standard shape of Hiragana letters.

This type of font is called Kyōkashotai (textbook style) and is ideal for character study.

Sample Fonts

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Here, commonly used fonts are introduced so that you can get used to different style of letters.

Just take a look and observe the difference.

Please note that the shape of these sample fonts can be inappropriate for handwriting. Be sure to refer the standard shape when you do the writing practice.


How to Do

  1. Hiragana letters will be shown.
  2. Answer the keystrokes to input them.
  3. You are good enough if you can answer correctly the last 10 questions.

Type your answer in Roman alphabet on the text box below the video screen.

For more practical training, you can type the answer in Hiragana (if your computer is ready for the Japanese text input).

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Go to Lesson 2.



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