Hiragana Chapter 12

Hiragana Page 60 Last Bit

Well Done! You Made it!

LAST - Some finishing touches

PRACTICE AT THE HIRAGANA FLASHCARDS PAGE

  • 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] 
    and
    gaki gaki - brat, annoying kid [without the pause]

 

FUN WITH HIRAGANA

A cute drawing made from hiragana is called Henohenomoheji

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