Either if you have memorized the shape of Hiragana manually or by using mnemonics provided by our guide, you will still need to practice a lot of reading to lock them up to your long term memory. But yes, it’s not easy to gather material to practice Hiragana. So we try to create a page for you to practice your reading!
One of the best resource for beginners to practice reading are children’s book & easy to read manga. If you only want to choose one, the best one is from Ghibli’s picture book series. They are thick (over 150 pages), use simple sentences, equipped with furigana and not to mention, the price cost the same as a 10-20 pages children book! So worth to have~
In any case that you can’t get your hand on the books, you can use this page to practice reading! This page takes 2 part of Princess Kaguya story and layouted in a way so you can focus practicing Hiragana reading. We’ll keep adding more stories, so please look forward to them!
Important notes before you start
Treat these pages only as a reading practice and not as a lesson to learn Japanese
You can totally ignore the meaning. Just try to read the hiragana correctly since understanding the meaning of a sentence require more knowledge in Japanese grammar and is an entirely different skill set than what you want to achieve now, which is to read Hiragana & lock them up in you long term memory.
If you focus on both the word & meaning, your brain will get exhausted very quickly and might get discouraged to learn further.
But what if I want to learn Japanese?
Check out lesson index instead, or if you have budget and only want to read one book, get Understanding Basic Japanese Grammar. Once you read it, you'll be able to use other books to practice reading Japanese and expand your vocabularies effectively with less frustration.
Some hiragana are read differently
Notice some hiragana which being used as particles in a sentence are read differently.
You don’t have to memorize the usage of particles for now
Just focus on noticing them and read them correctly. To make it easier to you, hiragana used as particle and read differently is written in bold.
Now that you're ready to practice, pick one of these stories below!
Note that these stories are a work in progress. They are incomplete stories but you can use them to practice reading Hiragana with no problem 😀 Happy learning~