Hiragana and Katakana Test

Test your hiragana and katakana recognition ability! Also, how fast can you see the character before it disappears?


Hiragana (平仮名)
Katakana (片仮名)

Timer Options

second(s)




Hiragana and Katakana

Hiragana and Katakana are two of the writing systems in the Japanese language. Hiragana is often used in many words. Katakana is used more for loan words and for other specific cases. It is crucial to learn these two writing systems to progress in learning Japanese.

Dakuten, Tenten, and Combinations

These are all still in hiragana and katakana. Dakuten are the two slanted line symbols in the characters. Tenten is the circle present in some of the characters. Combinations are a merge of the sounds of two hiragana characters or two katakana characters.

How to use this?

It's simple. Select the characters you want. Then, if you would like, set a time option. Want to practice writing? Select that button. Then, press start and play!

Why use the timer option?

The timer option can be used to test how fast you can see a character before it disappears. If you can identify a character within a very short time(like it flashed by), then you will easily spot it and be confident in knowing what you just saw. It can also help with reading through Japanese text faster.

How to use the writing practice tool?

The writing practice tool gives you the ability to practice writing out hiragana and katakana characters. Write it out and then check if you got it right. Write the character from seeing the character for a certain amount of time(with the timer option), or do it without a timer. You can also choose to write the character from seeing its romaji or kana version. Refer to other guides to learn how to write these characters in their proper stroke order. Then, come back here to test your ability.