In our Hiragana chart you will find each one has a different stroke order. The stroke order is shown with numbers. The number 1 means it is the first stroke. Where the number is placed is where your pen begins that stroke.

The example below is the Hiragana "MA". You can see that it has 3 strokes.

First stroke is a straight line

Second stroke is a straight light directly under the first stroke

Third stroke has a loop at the bottom.