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When you practice your kana,
write them in "a i u e o" order.
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Kana order doesn't seem as important. I've been using so many various sites, books, and speaking with people and the order changes. a i u e o is definitely the one I see the most (and now I have the youtube song stuck in my head...)
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Lisu wrote:

Kana order doesn't seem as important. I've been using so many various sites, books, and speaking with people and the order changes. a i u e o is definitely the one I see the most (and now I have the youtube song stuck in my head...)


It is important for things like most indexing/ordering patterns, dictionaries, etc.
(Think of how often our alphabetical ordering is used)
It is called goujon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goj%C5%ABon

The other ordering system is based around a poem and is called iroha.
http://www.sljfaq.org/afaq/iroha.html
It is not used as often, but pops up occasionally.

Again, you would be doing yourself a disservice not to learn the kana in the correct order.
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I haven't really thought about that.

It is the order I learned them in (using Genki) but it never particularly clicked that it seemed any more important.
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