Learn Hiragana | sa shi su se so
The Japanese alphabet known as hiragana is the native Japanese writing system. Master reading, writing, and speaking the hiragana characters (sa shi su se so | さしすせそ) 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.
sa in hiragana (さ, sah)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with sa in hiragana.
- Monkey: さる | saru
- Cherry Blossom: さくら | sakura
shi in hiragana (し, shee)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with shi in hiragana.
- Traffic Light: しんごう | shingou
- Underwear: したぎ | shitagi
su in hiragana (す, soo)
practice writing this common Japanese word starting with su in hiragana.
- Sushi: すし | sushi
se in hiragana (せ, seh)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with se in hiragana.
- Cicada: せみ | semi
- Murmuring Of A Brook (used to describe the sound): せせらぎ | seseragi
so in hiragana (そ, soh)
practice writing these common Japanese words starting with so in hiragana.
- Cleaning: そうじ | souji
- Vacuum: そうじき | soujiki
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.