There are some good apps that will help you to do so. For example, I previously shared three free apps for mastering the kana. But the resources for overcoming this challenge don’t stop there. On YouTube there are a lot of songs that make this challenge so easy that it may actually feel like a break from studying Japanese (or whatever else you are doing).
Check out the following eight songs. I think you will find them especially helpful.
8. ひらがな できるかな？～あいうえおの歌 (Japanese Alphabet Hiragana Song)
This video focuses on hiragana. As it starts out as possibly the slowest of them all, it is one of the first to try.
7. あいうえおのうた (Myu sings AIUEO)
This is as simple as it gets. It shows an animated girl with her puppy singing the alphabet. She goes through the alphabet two times and the screen shows how each of the kana is written as she sings it.
6. あいうえおのうた (Myu sings AIUEO in Katakana)
This is the same as the above video except, as you guessed, instead of showing how everything the girl sings is written in hiragana, it shows how it is written in katakana.
5. あいうえおのうた(The AIEOU Hiragana Song)
This video has a different beat, which keeps things from getting too monotonous, and it’s enjoyable to listen to, at least as far as such a song can be.
4. あいうえおのうた(The AIEOU Katakana Song)
Again, this is the same as the above video, except that it is shows katakana instead of hiragana. (There are no more repeats in this list, I promise.)
3. ひらがなのうた (The Hiragana Song)
This video focuses on hiragana, and has a more advanced animation sequence at the end to try and make things interesting. It’s hardly as entertaining as something by Studio Ghibli, but it adds variety and is worth adding to the mix for that reason if not any other.
2. あいうえお (The AIUEO Song)
This video gives you a different and perhaps the most enjoyable song to listen to. Like the others, it shows you the kana as it’s being sung, and as a special bonus adds some extra sounds where you can start practicing the small tsu sound (which turns out to be a big deal).
1. ひらがな だくおん はんだくおん
This video stands out because it focuses on daku-on and handaku-on. These are the different ways that the kana sounds when quotation marks or a circle is written above them.
More Kana Love?
Heard of any other hiragana or katakana songs? Have you already started singing to the ones in this post? You can be honest.
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