The Hiragana Game – Practice makes perfect.
Learning Japanese begins with knowing how to read Hiragana and Katakana, and we have the charts, apps and games to practice. Of course there’s no better way to practice Hiragana than bouncing around the sky over Tokyo while popping balloons. When you’re ready for a shot ascending the Tokyo Skytree, start the game!
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How to Play the Hiragana Game
The game will start with a cloud on your screen and will be marked with romaji. Romaji is the representation of Japanese Hiragana using the western 26-letter alphabet. Matching the romaji to the correct Hiragana symbol is your goal, and your success of landing on the correct balloons will result in an upwards lifting force to the skies! As you might have guessed, landing on the wrong ones will have dire consequences. Practice makes perfect though, right? If you can make it up to the top of the Tokyo Skytree, there’s a rocket chair waiting for you to take you to the final destination (wherever the heck that might be!)
1. Use the Hiragana Chart to survive
Keeping your fur shiny, clean and not matted involves not falling hundreds of feet onto the pavement below. Of course the way to do that is to use the Hiragana Chart, which I have provided for you next to the play area. It’s not really cheating if you use it, because let’s face it – searching for the right hiragana symbol when every second matters isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do! In other words, the game can be challenging to you as a learner of Japanese whether you have the chart handy or not.
2. Stay in the center whenever possible
Some strategical advice I can give you is not to stay on one side of the screen while you’re waiting for the next balloons. That will give you plenty of time to reach either side of the screen if you have to.
Don’t stop after learning Hiragana. Practice Katakana next!
This should go without saying, but Katakana is really important. Actually, it may be even more important to practice than Hiragana because you will have less exposure to it. Katakana isn’t seen as often while learning Japanese, and for that reason it can be quite difficult to remember. No fear though, our other feline friend is here to help you practice. You can go check it out here or watch me play through:
Learn to write Hiragana
After you have learned to recognize Hiragana without looking at a chart, you can further improve your Japanese by producing the language onto paper. Although this skill is not necessary in the early stages of learning Japanese, you will be highly rewarded for it later on. You will discover that practicing written Hiragana will also improve your reading speed, which is obviously a great bonus.
Since our Hiragana game is focused on recognizing kana rather than writing it, you can check out our more detailed writing guide here. Head over there now to start honing those Hiragana writing skills.