Hiragana and Katakana

Hiragana

Hiragana letters are the simple basic letters in Japanese.

It starts from あ、い、う、え、お with readings a(ah), i, u(wu), e(eh) , o(oh) . And the next rows each with five letters have the same voice of readings each starting with k,s,t,n,h,m,y,r,w.

Hiragana Letters
Hiragana Letters

There are some special letters derived from the previous ones. They are listed below.

special_hiragana
special_hiragana

These are all about hiragana letters. The first step in Japanese learning can be begun with learning these. This will be helpful in continuing with the rest.

Katakana

Katakana are those letters that are used to write words from other languages. The names of non-Japanese people and places are also written in Katakana. The following table has 46 Katakana letters and their English pronunciation.
(For Indian learners, I have another post with pronunciations in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. Please refer it so that it ill be helpful in understanding the correct pronunciation which is much easier in those languages).

Katakana Letters
Katakana Letters

The above figure with Katakana letters and their reading with stroke order will be really helpful.