Hiragana Chapter 11

Hiragana Page 57 Combinations

This part is a little different... Take it slow and you should be able to catch on

PART ONE - ADDING THE "TEN TEN"

How to make the 'ten-ten' letters. A 'ten-ten' is like a double- quote (") It changes the sound of the letter to a harder sound. You can ONLY 'ten-ten' the 'K' row, the 'S' row, the 'T' row and the 'H' row. (look at the chart to the right - the red ones are the ones with slightly difficult pronunciation)

Now look at the chart below. You will see that

  • the 'K' row becomes 'G' (still the same good ole ka only with a ten-ten ; notice it is a harder sound)

  • the 'S' row becomes 'Z' (again harder sound)

  • the 'T' row becomes 'D'

  • the 'H' row becomes 'B' or 'P' ('B' is with a ten-ten (ex. ba) and 'P' is with a circle (ex. pa))


NOTE: Actually if you allow it to sink in, the sound changes seem quite logical. You will get used to it quickly


Review this page until you feel comfortable with it

 

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Hiragana Page 58 Combinations

This part is a little different... Take it slow and you should be able to catch on

PART TWO - Combinations

Usually easy... BASE + a smaller ya, yu, or yo

ki + ya = kya

(be careful with the boldfaced ones)

AND (be careful with the boldfaced ones)


NOTE: Again in time this will seem natural - Really!


Review this page until you feel comfortable with it

gambatte!

Hiragana Page 59 Small Tsu

This part is a little different... Take it slow and you should be able to catch on

PART THREE - Small TSU

One more thing... You have learned tsu - But sometimes it appears smaller than other letters. This causes a slight pause or break between syllables.

Example: chotto (which means 'a little') pronounced "cho - to" with a slight break between syllables. In romaji it is usually written by repeating the next consonant as with 'choTTo.'