I was having trouble distinguishing between certain Hiragana, so I made this chart!

I took some screenshots from this video and rearranged the Hiragana characters that I thought seemed similar next to each other horizontally and vertically.


Is the point of this post to ask for advice distinguishing them/learning hira?


It definitely gets a lot easier with practice. Keep at it :fist:

Wait till you see some of the katakana :sweat_smile:


Did I say something wrong?


Maybe your question felt intimidating :man_shrugging:

Sometimes it happens.


Ah I didnt mean to and I hope OP didnt take it that way. I just wanted to know if they wanted advice or encouragement.

Edit: I can see now how I possibly phrased it in a way that might sound judgemental, so let me try again.

I can see why it would be confusing at first, but it gets easier to the point you dont even think about it! Would you like to hear what I did to learn hiragana?


Hopefully OP will post again, the people on the forum are very nice.


I took it more as OP offering it up in case others were also having trouble distinguishing them, since seeing them side by side highlights the differences well. ^^

Don’t worry about a thing, @AreYouChasingMe ^^ Hope you’re doing well! :wave:


@AreYouChasingMe Other beginners will find your post helpful, so please edit again to revert to the original.

Also, hello and welcome to the forums :grinning:


I forget sometimes, but welcoming people when it says it’s their first post is always a good idea.


Haha, you didn’t say anything wrong, @IzCreature, but it just made me reflect on my post and decide I didn’t need to leave it up. I figured most people here are doing fine with their Hiragana studies.

@Omun is right though. That is what I was doing. :sweat_smile: Thank you for the encouragement!

And thank you, @Rowena, for the encouragement as well. Since people didn’t ignore the post, I will indeed fix it! :slight_smile:

I partially made this post to test out the posting functionality of the forum anyway. But I definitely did not expect everyone to be this friendly, so I appreciate that!

I realized you can’t delete a post, but I didn’t want to clutter up the forum with an unnecessary post, so I just flagged it as off-topic and edited in a way I thought would prevent people from viewing it. I ended up getting a warm welcome instead! Haha

And yes, I would like to hear what you did to learn about Hiragana, @IzCreature. I’ll take any pointers I can get!

Thanks everyone!


Can confirm! The more you read the easier it gets. It will eventually becomes as easy as reading latin alphabet.


I recently started confusing れ with ね, especially when there is a る in the mix somewhere. I guess tiredness + me paying less attention the easier reading becomes. Or my latent dyslexia kicking in again :stuck_out_tongue: .

The chart looks like a great idea! What I think also helps is being able to associate characters with specific stroke orders more tightly so one’s less likely to confuse them.


One of the things that helped me is play around with drag and drop apps. Changing the font style is also a good challenge as you can see what gets to be preserved under deformations.


yeah, you have to learn hiragana as fast as possible and as good as you can


And for anyone still new to hiragana, during reviews WK also offers a hiragana chart if something is slipping your mind. It includes the info for small characters, or the ー in words like ビー玉


Ah I see what you were doing now, and it is a valuable resource!

This was quite some time ago so my memory might not be perfect (or as emotionally attached to the struggle,) but I believe my main method was to find a chart with stroke order and draw the whole chart over and over. If you plan to do any hand writing, stroke order is important!

There was also a poem I found that has every hira in it. I started writing that once I got very bored of chsrt drills.

I also practicing saying each character as I wrote it!

But I think one of the things that made ir really stick was seeing hira in use and reading it in sentences. I was using duolingo at the time, but I cant really reccomend that now. Lingodeer is a good alternative, or level 0 graded readers and a dictionary.


Welcome, WELCOME to this beautiful community!! :confetti_ball: :partying_face:

Thanks for sharing, keep practicing and you’ll get very, berry, used to hiragana and katakana… and of course kanji!!! Good luck with your studies!!! 頑張ってね!!


And welcome to you as well, @klashy !!!


Thank you! :blush: