Hiragana is a very antique and popular Japanese syllabary, one basic component of the Japanese writing system, along with katana and kanji, for example. It is a phonetic lettering system. The word hiragana means "smooth kana".
Hiragana and katakana are both kana systems. With one or two minor exceptions, each sound in the Japanese language is represented by one character or one digraph in each system. Hiragana is used to write native words for which there are no kanji. Likewise, hiragana is used to write words whose kanji form is obscure, not known to the writer or readers, or too formal for the writing purpose.
When Hiragana is used to show the pronunciation of kanji characters as reading aid, it is referred to as furigana. The forms of the hiragana originate from the cursive script style of Chinese calligraphy. Hiragana seems to be relatively simple, at least compared to kanji, but each hiragana character has a remarkable, curious and useful illustration that goes along with it, called mnemonics. Even though it could seem to be ridiculous, It will be amazing what you will memorize when using this apparently weird method!
You will create some kind of foundation with your Japanese by learning hiragana, and though it´s quite difficult, you will learn the basics of Japanese pronunciation. Remember that i's just the first -and necessary- step to learn Japanese!
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