Drew Mcclure
Head hurts from Learning So I've been studying Japanese for 3 weeks now, i know its not long but i have also started learning Hiragana but i seem to have trouble trying to remember the basic of it. So are their tips from anyone to help learn it. I do have an app called memrise which is kinda helping but i feel I forget it shortly after.
Apr 2, 2017 11:17 PM
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I've had a basic Japanese course years back, and the 6 of us in class took about 3 months to get the hiragana and katakana down pat. Reading a lot of hiragana and katakana in a sentence was quite difficult for us, but it seems that some native Japanese speakers have difficulty with that as well. It just is the way how the language evolved, so there is no going around it.

Some tips:

1) I have a basic app that just shows the hiragana and katakana on my mobile phone. I'll refer to it whenever I have a problem with a character. 3 years since that day, I still occasionally have issues with some katakana words. 

2) Write it by hand whenever you have essay practice (like Elena's suggestion). 

Eventually you will have to encounter the dreaded kanji characters, so...頑張りましょう! 

April 3, 2017
Order the Japanese From Zero 1 textbook. It slowly integrates the Kana into Romanji. Each chapter adds 4-6 Hiragana. 
April 3, 2017
Thank you all so much for advice on learning Japanese it really has help hopefully I should get the hang of it soon or later. 
April 5, 2017

I recently read somewhere, that what you need to do is "practice Remembering something" so you don't forget it.


Hiragana and Katakana are keystones to learning Japanese, and not something you want to skip over.


So you want to practice recalling how to write and read (the sounds of) the Kana.

When I went to Japanese Classes, the teacher would read out a word list and we would have to write the word in Hiragana or Katakana. It was difficult at first, but with time and practice it became easier.


As you recall and write out the Hiragana or Katakana, try to be mindful of how you remembered it.

* Maybe you use mnemonics,

* or word pictures and remember か as looking like k,

* or do something like remember the relationship between ね ぬ め as Ne-edle, Nu-oodle, and Me and Mie-goreng what is sort of like Indonesian noodles (ok all the english spellings are wrong, but the sounds are correct in my head, and I rarely mix them up).

* Also, take note if any of the Kana you always seem to forget, or that stump you.


Most of all, keep reading and using Hiragana and Katakana. Reading and listening to short interesting articles (found on a websites like https://matcha-jp.com/easy/ or NHK easy news http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/index.html ) is one of my favorite ways to れんしゅします!

April 3, 2017

Drew, the answer is pen, paper and some motivational song like the eye of the tiger. There is no other way than writing them over and over again unfortunately. Though it shouldn't take more than a week to memorize it both カタカナ and ひらがな , Just grind through it. But once you know it, use it regularly so you don't forget. 

April 3, 2017
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