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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Anyone know of any websites or software that can be used to practice writing hiragana with a tablet?
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a-nameless-one Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Nothing good, though you can try "Obenkyo" or "WriteKana".
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thank you. I've realized that simply using a trace sheet in Photoshop works well enough.
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Fzang Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist
I just write them over and over and over and over on paper. Eventually they stick.

Also, you should attempt to write words and sentences with kana, and not just write the individual kana. It works your brain much harder, and they will eventually come much more "natural" that way, the same way you don't think about how an "a" looks like when you write a word with that letter.
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Thanks. I was thinking of doing that last night. I'll try later.
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My husband's been snapping up Japanese-related software left and right, and the only thing I've heard of even similar to this are DS games (he bought Kamken 3, but you need to know a bit to even play it).
He practices on post-it notes, over and over. He says stroke order is very important, but a lot of things that purport to teach you kana don't go over stroke order. He's got his kana down, now, and he's working on kanji (via the same method.)
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thanks. I actually worked it out the same night I posted this thread. I've been opening .pdf trace sheets in Photoshop and simply adding layers then using the brush tool to trace over them.

Your husband may or may not be interested in looking into "Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese."

Cheers.
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f-guy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Back in the day we used to use pen and paper to master hiragana.
Oh, the kids these days.....
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
I know. Embracing technological progression in a way that ends up being just as effective and everything.
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Knightster Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Dat technology man.
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oathbinder-3D Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Nintendo ds game : learn japanese game :))
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm all set, though.
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teshia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist
You might be able to find something useful for studying hiragana/katakana here: [link]

Not sure if any of those will work they way you were asking for, though.
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
You can buy workbooks that are marketed towards elementary aged kids in Japan. It’s easier to do it by hand.
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:iconaeon88:
aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks for the suggestion.
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Rayum Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Hiragana is really easy, just practice it on paper. Though I'm certain that there are sites for that about Kanji.
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
As per HurricanClaw's suggestion, I'll be doing so as soon as I get around to buying some tracing paper. Thank you.
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Lovely-Words Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why can't you just use a pen an paper? You get a better feel for the characters that way.
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aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I've done as much, but I've just started practicing and would still like to rely on trace sheets until I feel sufficiently familiar with the stroke movements. I'd also like to conserve printer ink. Hence, this thread.
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:iconhurricaneclaw:
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Print out one copy, and use tracing paper. :dummy:
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:iconaeon88:
aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thanks again. I've have to buy some.

In the meantime—to anyone reading this—the question is still open.
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:iconhurricaneclaw:
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope :dummy:
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:iconaeon88:
aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you, sir.
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:iconhurricaneclaw:
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do I really sound that much like a guy? Really?
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, a really manly one at that :iconlazeflirtplz:
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Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll take that as a compliment :lol:
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:iconsiantjudas:
siantjudas Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013   Digital Artist
I meant it as one.
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:iconaeon88:
aeon88 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Whatever you are, you have my thanks.
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:iconhurricaneclaw:
Hurricaneclaw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a potato. Remember it.
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