Japanese uses up to four different scripts simultaneously (kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji) but you can write any text using the kana alone, which makes these two syllabaries the key to learning Japanese. Although there are probably thousands of kana charts online and offline, I could never find one that would be compact and comprehensive enough and finally decided to designed my own. It has since been updated a number of times and used by tens of thousands of Japanese LinguaLift users. Japanese pronunciation guide Make sure that you write out あ as many times as you possibly can, occasionally doing so with reference to your chart, and occasionally from memory if you can. Then move onto the other characters.