Each Japanese syllable is made up of either a single vowel: a,i,u,e and o or a combination of a consonant plus a vowel. The only exception is the n, m or ŋ sound which is represented by the character ん.

There are 46 basic Hiragana, 25 voiced or semi-voiced variations (called “Daku-on) and 33 contracted sounds. Here, “voiced” means you use your vocal cords to pronounce them. It begins with the consonants b, d, g, j and z and semi-voiced ones begin with p, that we call Daku-on.

A I U E O Play Audio
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K
ka

ki

ku

ke

ko
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S
sa

shi

su

se

so
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T
ta

chi

tsu

te

to
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N
na

ni

nu

ne

no
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H
ha

hi

hu

he

ho
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M
ma

mi

mu

me

mo
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Y Y
ya

yu

yo
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R
ra

ri

ru

re

ro
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W
wa

o
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Daku-On

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G
ga

gi

gu

ge

go
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Z
za

ji

zu

ze

zo
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D
da

ji

zu

de

do
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B
ba

bi

bu

be

bo
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P
pa

pi

pu

pe

po
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