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how to read the Japanese "alphabet"

Do you read/say it

left-right/top-bottom - a, i, u, e, o, ka, ki, ku, ke, ko....
or
top-bottom/left-right - a, ka, sa, ta, na....

and does anyone have any pointers of a good way to remember them as well as how to write them.

thanks,

For learning: Japanese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    First line is vowels of "a, i, u, e, o".
    Followed by consonants + "a, i, u, e, o", like "ka, ki, ku, ke, ko, sa, shi, su, se, so..."

    One way to remember the consonants is "A Kookaburra Said That Naughty Hippo Made Your Raincoat WetteN". Hope it helps.

     

    You can try this way:
    You just need to remember a, i, u, e, o.
    Look at "ka, ki, ku, ke, ko. sa, shi, su, se, so....."
    All words have a, i, u, e, o sounds and that's the order. It's enough to remember that you have a, i, u, e, o, and then you just add stuff before that.

    it's goes horizontally: a, i, u, e, o
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    i think the good way to memorize it is "iroha"

    holy wiki:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iroha

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