I’ve done several articles about the Japanese writing system and the characters it consists of, so, I want to show you exactly how to write each of the 46 hiragana and 46 katakana. I may have to break this into several videos to make things easier to remember. This may sound kind of stupid, but the best way to learn how to write in Japanese is by writing. It seems like common sense, but I know I’ve fallen victim to the “I’ve written them over and over already, so I’ll just review by reading them.” crowd. From my personal studies I have found that when I don’t write (even the kana) for a while, it is REALLY easy to get rusty, especially since this isn’t my native language. I really think reading and writing can be linked. If I can write the kana without thinking about it, I can probably read those exact same kana effortlessly. I went karaoke last night, and I realize that even though I’ve been here a while, reading even the kana at song speed is quite a challenge; I won’t even get into trying to speed read kanji yet…that’s gonna take a while.
Well, without further ado, here’s are two videos showing you how to write in hiragana: