The Ultimate Way to Remember the Japanese Alphabet’s Order

OK, quick fact about the Japanese language – words can be written left to right like the English language when you write it out like ねこ. However, you read Japanese from up to down, right to left when the Japanese characters are displayed in a vertical manner.

The Japanese alphabet is thus displayed in a chart as shown above, which is read up to down, right to left. The order of the letter columns is very strange, but luckily my Japanese sensei for 10/11th grade taught my class a memory trick that I will never, ever forget.

A – A
K – KID
S – SAID
T – TO
N – NINE
H – HENS
M – MY
Y – YELLOW
R – RIBBON
W – WAS
N – NEW

A KID SAID TO NINE HENS MY YELLOW RIBBON WAS NEW.

ありがとうございます, スター先制!

Random Japanese lesson, go!

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35 thoughts on “The Ultimate Way to Remember the Japanese Alphabet’s Order

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  2. Cool. Never heard of that but, yes, that makes life so much easier. Thanks!

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  3. Hmnn…”Arigato” seems a lot easier; I think I’ll stick to English!

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  4. I wish I would have known this in college!

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  5. Yes i like your Japanese writing.

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  6. Awesome. I’m trying my best to learn japanese, this should help a lot.

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  8. I love learning japanese! Its a little late for me to be finding this now, but it definitely would’ve been great for studying when I was younger!

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  9. I have to share this with my husband, who’s been teaching himself Japanese in fits and starts. He does lovely calligraphy though :)

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  13. Thanks for checking out my blog, and commenting at: wwww.michaelanson.wordpress.com. I certainly appreciate the feedback. I liked your memory trick to remember the Japanese alphabet. I had to think for a second, but I believe it’s called a mnemonic device. Now that I’m in grad school for creative writing, I can certainly use all the help I can get to remember things.

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  14. Japanese is such a beautiful language. I’ve always wanted to learn. Thanks for the mnemonic device AND thanks for LIKING my nerdyromantic.com blog post.

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  15. The way I learned it was the way shown in RTH/RTK, where it’s like a song that goes a-ka-sa-ta na-ha-ma-ya, ra-wa-n, ra-wa-n

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  16. I’m going to show this to my roomie. She lived in Japan for 2 years and absolutely loves Japanese culture and language. Thanks for posting! :)

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