Learn Hiragana | ma mi mu me mo
The Japanese alphabet known as hiragana is the native Japanese writing system. Master reading, writing, and speaking the hiragana characters (ma mi mu me mo | まみむめも) by following the examples below.
Use the illustrations from The Jappon Hiragana Chart to easily memorize each character while also learning new common Japanese words. See if you can find them in the illustrations!
How To Write Hiragana
Learn how to write hiragana by following the stroke orders below. For more help on how to write each character, see the hiragana practice video below.
ma in hiragana (ま, mah)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with ma in hiragana.
- Magic: まほう | mahou
- Wizard: まほうつかい | mahoutsukai
mi in hiragana (み, mee)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with mi in hiragana.
- Path: みち | michi
- Water: みず | mizu
mu in hiragana (む, moo)
practice writing the following common Japanese word starting with mu in hiragana.
- Insects, Bugs: むし | mushi
me in hiragana (め, meh)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with me in hiragana.
- Eye: め | me
- Sprout: め | me
- Noodle: めん | men
mo in hiragana (も, moh)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with mo in hiragana.
- Forest: もり | mori
- Moss: も | mo
Hiragana Writing Practice Video
Learn hiragana pronunciation by listening to a native Japanese speaker.
Hiragana Chart | Learn More Hiragana Characters
Learn more hiragana characters through fun illustrations with the Jappon Hiragana Chart, by downloading hiragana practice worksheets, or by reviewing additional articles on how to learn hiragana.