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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lesson 2 - Second Row of Hiragana

Lesson 2

Sumimasen for taking so long on this next lesson. Enjoy!

HIRAGANA

For this lesson, we'll be learning the second row: ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

You must remember that the Japanese phonetic alphabet has its own order as well. It's important, what if someone learned our alphabet like this: DGWE...just because they seemed easier to learn? For us it will always be ABCD...


As you can see from the picture above, we're showing you how they look when typed (first row) and how they look when written by hand (second row).

IMPORTANT: I can't stress this enough, but when writing the characters, there is a system to writing each of them. Let's take the hand-written 'book' example below:


This word has been written backwards and looks a bit awkward, but it's still legible. You can tell that it's 'book.'

Same when you write hiragana. Try to write them in the correct stroke order because although it may not look any different to you, Japanese people will pick up on the fact that your handwriting looks funky.

Let's start with か:

Pronunciation:
When you pronounce , you have to say it like this:
kah → as in, “cabana”
NOT 'kay'
The is always pronounced as 'kah.'


Next character is :


Pronunciation:
When you pronounce , you have to say it like this:
kee → as in, “key”
NEVER 'ki' as in kite
The is always pronounced as 'kee.'

Next character is :


Pronunciation:
When you pronounce , you have to say it like this:
kuh
NOTE: when pronouncing , refrain from rounding your lips (pull the corners of your mouth back slightly as well) as in 'cute' ← DON”T DO
The is always pronounced as 'kuh.'


Next character is :


Pronunciation:
When you pronounce , you have to say it like this:
keh → as in, “basket”
NOTE: 'e' is never silent in Japanese, like it is in English (Example: note)
The is always pronounced as 'keh.'

Next character is :


Pronunciation:
When you pronounce , you have to say it like this:
ko → ADD SOUND
NOT like the o in hot, when it really sounds like 'hawt'
The is always pronounced as 'ko.'