A: Ah! I see the letter “A”;
I: Hawaii; Eat with chopsticks
U: Uhh! ;
E: Exotic bird; Elevator doors
O:Olive, On and Off switch
KA: Cut the sausage
KO: Koo-boo bird; Cocoon
KE: keg; a tilted letter “K”
KO: Coin; A street corner
SA: Sob; Sod
SHI: She has flowing hair; She has a funny smile
SU: Soon the sprout will bloom; Suit hanger
SO: Sew a zigzag stitch; Sew a stitch
TA: Ta; Tomahawk
CHI: AAAACHIOOOO!; Cheer
TSU: It’s a snake; Balls and bats
TE: Ten; Telephone pole
TO : A thorn in my toe; The “t” in toe
NI: Knee; Two needles
NU: Noodle held by chopsticks; Violence is in the news
NE: Net a big fish; I never go to church
NO: No smoking;
HA: Ha, ha, ha; Break it in half
HI: Hee, hee, hee; He’s sitting down
HE: This way to heaven;
HO: Half a whole note; Holy cross
MA: A baby cries, “Mama”; Mama’s brest
MI: Me, I’m 21.; Do, re, mi
MU: A cow says, “Moo”
ME: Me is Japanese for “eye”; Mexico
MO: Catch mo fish with this
YU: Trying to make a U-turn; You are number one
YO: Yo-yo; Yodel
These kana written small turn:
KI, SHI, CHI, NI, HI , MI, RI into
KYA, SHA, CHA, NYA, HYA, MYA, RYA, KYU,
SHU,CHU, NYU, HYU, MYU,
RYU, KYO, SHO, CHO, NYO, HYO, MYO, RYO
DOUBLERS: The kana U is used to double the O and U vowel sounds of other kana
Certain consonants are doubled when preceded by a smaller, silent tsu.
RA: Roger the rabbit; Rocket.
RI: Reeds; Reeds
RU: Three rubies; Leg and tail of kangaroo
RE: Rain and lightning. Rain shoe.
RO: Three rubies rolled away; Rotate a nut.
WA: Wasp, Wow, his head’s knocked off!
(W)O: The cowboy said, “Whoa”; An arrow head
N: The sound of “n”; Nicks and cuts
This mark changes the pronunciations of ha, hi, fu, he and ho
to popping sounds: pa, pi, pu, pe and po.
This mark changes the pronunciations of all the kana in the series beginning
ka, sa, ta and ha to vibrating sounds: ga, za, da and ba.
Hiragana Picture Mnemonics