Furigana (振り仮名, Furigana) are a Japanese reading aid. They consist of smaller kana (Hiragana or Katakana) printed next to a kanji or other character to indicate its pronunciation. It can be very useful for learners of Japanese because if a Kanji character is not known it can be read by the simpler kana characters.
Hiragana and Katakana are important to learn if you plan to continue to learn Japanese. A chart is listed below.
***This can feel overwhelming to many who have never seen them before. If you need more help or another way to learn try this site: kanachart.com
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