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Hi everyone! Welcome to BASIC JAPANESE WRITING. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to master the Japanese alphabet!
You've learned these 30 hiragana characters from the previous lessons.
In this lesson, you'll learn five new hiragana characters.
The first hiragana character for this lesson is ま. ま.
Try looking at it as a MAN in a MASK and you'll remember ま.
Hiragana ま is written in 3 strokes.
Start with this two parallel horizontal lines. Both of them go from left to right.
The first horizontal line is slightly longer than the second one.
The third stroke starts from the top, cuts through the first two strokes, then makes a loop at the bottom.
To keep a good balance, try not to make these two horizontal lines too long. They should be just a little bit wider than the loop at the bottom.
Ok, let's see it again.
Ok, next up is the hiragana character み. み.
Think of it as the musical note MI. Do, re, み! [sing this one]
Hiragana み is written in 2 strokes.
The first stroke starts with a short horizontal line, goes down, makes a loop at the bottom, and finishes off with an arc.
The second stroke is a curved vertical line that cuts through the end of the arc of the first stroke.
Ok, let's see it again.
The third one is the hiragana む. む.
む looks like a cow and what do cows say? MOOOO~
Hiragana む is written in 3 strokes.
む starts in a similar way to the character す. First, draw a horizontal line.
But unlike す, this should be a bit to the left.
Next, starting from the top, cut through the first stroke, then make a loop towards the bottom. After the loop, retrace the same line but unlike す do not flick your pen yet.
Instead turn to the right, make a horizontal line, then turn upwards and stop right here. Do not pass the first stroke.
The third stroke is a short slanted line above where the second stroke stops.
Ok, let's see it again.
This is the hiragana character め. め.
Does め remind you of this character? The one where the chopsticks are holding some NOODLES?
But look! This part is now missing. This means that the chopsticks dropped some noodles and made a MESS!
Hiragana め is written in 2 strokes.
め is written just like ぬ except for this loop at the end. So first, draw a curved, slanted line.
The second stroke starts at the same height as the first stroke, but curves opposite it, then finishes with a big wave. Instead of the loop in ぬ, flick your pen at the end of this stroke.
To have a good balace make sure the proportions of the spaces are correct.
Ok, let's see it again.
And our final character for this lesson is the hiragana も. も.
To remember も, just imagine it as a MONITOR lizard. This part is its huge, long tail.
ま and も might be confusing because they look similar, but just remember that ま is the one with the MOUTH.
Hiragana も is written in 3 strokes.
First, draw a fishing hook shape starting from the top and ending with a flick. It looks like a Hiragana し, right?
The second and third strokes are two parallel horizontal lines intersecting the first stroke.
Ok, let's see it again.
Let's see all the characters again. ま, み, む, め, も.
Quiz time!
Now, let's review what you've learned. I'll show you a character or a word and give you time to say them. Ready?
め. め actually means "eye."
Which one is the hiragana ぬ? [pause 3 sec] It's this one holding more NOODLES.
つ. Just like a tsunami.
さ. Remember not to mistake it for ち.
まち. This means "town" or "city."
This could be あめ which means "rain" or あめ which means "candy."
あたま. It's an important part of your body. It means "head."
This is きもの. It literally means "something you wear."
ためいき. [make a sighing noise] It means "sigh."
まいにち. まいにち means "every day." Speaking of which, I hope you're practicing every day!
Try saying this long one: (pause 3 sec) Was it difficult? Yes, it is. むずかしい means "difficult."
Great job! Do you have other mnemonic suggestions to make remembering hiragana easier? Share them in the comments below!
Ok, let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned.
In this lesson, you learned the hiragana characters ま, み, む , め, and も.
よくできました! You've now mastered 35 characters and 61 Japanese syllables:
Do you know what a ぬいぐるみ is? You're going to find out what this cute word means next time when we tackle the R column.
Before you go, practice writing the following words on your own!
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See you in the next lesson! またね!


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September 6th, 2016 at 06:30 PM
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Do you know any word with any of these hiragana?

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January 21st, 2022 at 02:14 PM
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Thank you so much for your comment😄

For now, there isn't, but I will forward this to my team😉

Please let us know if you have any questions :)



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January 17th, 2022 at 03:54 PM
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Is there a way to download the mnemonic pictures in pdf form somewhere?

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August 20th, 2021 at 03:26 PM
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Hi Sam,

Thank you for posting. 😄

I'm not sure if we have one.

Could you please email our customer service? They can follow up with our tech department and let you know.




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Sam Chen
August 13th, 2021 at 04:25 PM
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Hello! I'd like to ask if there is a hotkey for pausing/ resuming the video? I'm a bit bothered by the fact that I would have to move my mouse and pause every time I'd like to practice the writing and pronunciation.

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November 24th, 2020 at 02:43 PM
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Thank you so much for your comment😄

Please use this hiragana pathway in which you can download worksheets to practice writing and also you can take assignments😉


Please let us know if you have any questions :)



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November 23rd, 2020 at 04:29 AM
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How do I remember hiragana characters?😞

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April 30th, 2020 at 06:40 AM
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こんにちは Wayne,

Thank you for your feedback, I will forward it to our team! 😇

Wishing you good luck with your Japanese,

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April 24th, 2020 at 10:34 AM
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It would be helpful if an example of 'me' were included in the vocabulary list. When reviewing the list, I noticed this was missing. Thank you.

May 30th, 2019 at 10:24 AM
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Hi Mimi,

Thanks for studying with us and leaving a comment.

Whatever works for you is great! A visual image of a character is very helpful!


Miki H

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May 23rd, 2019 at 09:29 AM
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I would say that the 'man in mask' for ma is really difficult to remember as I don't think it resembles the character very much - I thought a much better one would be 'mast', as in telephone mast, like an aerial on top of a roof? To me it really looks like one, even with the wire hanging down at the end.