There are two forms of scripts; both are called kana, hiragana and katakana. Kana are considered the basic alphabets of Japanese. Kana are phonetic. Hiragana is more cursive-like than katakana, and hiragana is used as grammar particles and conjugations involving kanji (characters/symbols used in Japanese; is known as the third writing system). Hiragana is also used when you do not know the kanji for the word. It is for this reason that it is frequently used among beginners, although all levels of learners have to use hiragana.
Below are resources you can use to learn the hiragana! Happy learning!
Great site for stroke orders of all the hiragana, including the modified ones:
Cute and simple worksheets of practicing writing and then matching the word with the picture: