Hiragana Page 60 Last Bit

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LAST - Some finishing touches


  • There are only 5 vowel sounds
  • All other characters (except n) are made of a consonant sound and one of the 5 vowel sounds.
  • The not-so-logical-pronunciation letters are chi, tsu, and fu. BE CAREFUL
  • The R letters are pronounced somewhere between the R and L sounds of English - Click here for more
  • n cannot be used to start a word
  • You cannot 'ten-ten' vowels
  • Combinations are formed using only ya, yu, and yo 'helpers' and the i column (ki, shi, chi, ni, hi, mi, ri)
  • A small tsu causes a slight pause or break between syllables.  For example in English we say a slight pause after "book" in "booK Club"
    Here are two examples in Japanese where the small tsu can clear up / cause a lot of problems!
    gasmall tsuki gakki - musical instrument [with a slight pause] 
    gaki gaki - brat, annoying kid [without the pause]



A cute drawing made from hiragana is called Henohenomoheji

henohenomohejiThe name sounds impossible to learn, but it is simply reading the Hiragana that makes the character. The eyebrow is 'he.' The eye is 'no.' The nose is 'mo.' the mouth is 'he.' And the face is made by 'ji.'(ji = shi + ") Do you see it?

BOOKS: If you are a learner who needs something to encourage you, there are a few books to help. What's best?  Well, I don't know.  Depends on your studying style and tastes. Follow the link to our store for books and flashcards for learning kana.  Have fun learning!


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