Hiragana Quiz

Welcome to the Hiragana Quiz which helps you studying japanese characters, hiragana and katakana online!

   

Learning Japanese is on the To Do list of many Japan lovers. But how do you best start? And how much should one be able to do? For comparison: A Japanese elementary school student learns 80 Kanji characters in the first year, by the end of elementary school he masters about 1000 Kanji, by the end of middle school (9th grade) it's about 2100. 46 Hiragana and Katakana characters are added to that, and of course Japanese grammar is taught. Sounds quite a lot and complicated? A look in a Japanese book or in a Japanese daily newspaper like the Yomiuri Shimbun seems to confirm this assumption. But if you understand how the Japanese language and Japanese characters were created and with the right approach to learning, learning Japanese is not that difficult anymore. With around 127 million speakers, Japanese is one of the eleven most spoken languages in the world. Japanese is also comparatively common on the Internet: Five percent of all pages are written in Japanese. Outside of Japan, you can hear Japanese in the USA again and again. There is a large group of speakers who have emigrated to Japan. Other Japanese emigrants now live in South America. Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan. There are also people who speak Japanese in Korea, Taiwan and parts of China. Japan consists of 6,852 islands. The number of dialects is correspondingly high. They are roughly divided into two types: The first is spoken in the eastern area around Tokyo. The standard Japanese language is also derived from this. The second dialect is called "Kyoto Osaka Type" and is more common in the west. The diversity of the dialects has an effect on the emphasis, grammar and also vocabulary. Some dialects from the outskirts of Japan may not be understood by speakers of other Japanese languages. An extreme case are the so-called Ryūkyū languages: They are considered as own Japanese languages. Japan consists of 6,852 islands. The number of dialects is correspondingly high. They are roughly divided into two types: The first is spoken in the eastern area around Tokyo. The standard Japanese language is also derived from this. The second dialect is called "Kyoto Osaka Type" and is more common in the west. The diversity of the dialects has an effect on the emphasis, grammar and also vocabulary. Some dialects from the outskirts of Japan may not be understood by speakers of other Japanese languages. An extreme case are the so-called Ryūkyū languages: They are considered as own Japanese languages. Japanese characters A special feature of Japanese is its complex writing system, which is a mixture of Chinese characters (more precisely Kanji) and the syllable scripts (more precisely Moren script) Hiragana and Katakana. Hiragana and Katakana represent one syllable with each character. The third font Kanji refers to characters that originate from Chinese. There is also Romaji, the transcription of Japanese words using Latin letters. Before you can really start to learn, you must master the scriptures. Otherwise, there is no point in learning vocabulary, because a Japanese character stands for a term. You can find tips for learning here. Hiragana Table On the Internet you will find numerous pages with Hiragana tables to help you learn. In most of the tables, the characters are marked which are pronounced differently than you would do it in German. Also exceptions are recorded in the table. So you can keep track of what you are learning. Katakana Table Just like there is a Hiragana table, there are also overview tables for the second Japanese syllable script Katakana. It is best to print out both tables and hang them up. Then you can look up the table if you are not sure about the pronunciation. Learn Japanese vocabulary You learn vocabulary by learning the corresponding kanji characters. Each character stands for a specific term. There are about 50,000 of them, and there are different ways of reading each kanji. You can also combine them with each other, which gives you new meanings.