Hiragana

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TheBrainSai1
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Hiragana

Post by TheBrainSai1 » Tue 11.07.2006 5:44 am

Hi
I'm learning Hiragan all the time 'cause i know and recognize all the letters but can't remember them except when i see them
what's the best method to remember them
P.S.
Most of the time in the chapters exams i get it right like 98% but stiil i can't remember :(

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RE: Hiragana

Post by aKuMu » Tue 11.07.2006 6:41 am

Write them ;)

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RE: Hiragana

Post by Nibble » Tue 11.07.2006 6:45 am

Find a bunch of text written in romaji, and write it in hiragana. Do it again in a few days.

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RE: Hiragana

Post by magma » Tue 11.07.2006 6:53 am

Here's a tip: if you have a white-collar job, meetings are the perfect opportunity to practice kana.

To this day, one of my coworkers thinks I take notes in Japanese. Little does he know, I was really just writing "あいうえおかきくけこさしすせそ…" until either the meeting ended or I ran out of characters (usually the latter).
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RE: Hiragana

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Tue 11.07.2006 9:03 am

The best way to remember the kana is to read things.

Doodling can help too -- the problem with having nothing to read is that the kana just become little symbols you're trying to fix in your mind with nothing concrete to attach them to.
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RE: Hiragana

Post by Infidel » Tue 11.07.2006 10:56 am

I went and found a lot of japanese written in kana and read it. Eventualy it sunk in.
なるほど。
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RE: Hiragana

Post by TheBrainSai1 » Sun 11.12.2006 1:48 pm

sorry but what is romaji and what is kana? :o

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Post by kanadajin » Sun 11.12.2006 1:53 pm

sorry but what is romaji and what is kana?


Are you joking? Just incase your not.

Romaji is japanese in Roman characters example: "Konnichi wa" and Kana Is just a short way to say katakana and hiragana.

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RE: Hiragana

Post by Kanbei » Sun 11.26.2006 2:46 pm

Hi. Where can i find some texts written ONLY in hiragana?

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Post by Yudan Taiteki » Sun 11.26.2006 2:49 pm

That's going to be tough, since very little authentic Japanese is written that way. Basically the only all-kana text is children's books, and even then they have to be books for children under 6 or they will have some kanji as well. Childrens' books can be quite difficult, though, because the grammatical and vocabulary knowledge of even a 5 year old native speaker is light-years beyond that of a beginner studying Japanese as a second language.
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Post by paul_b » Sun 11.26.2006 3:04 pm

Kanbei wrote:
Hi. Where can i find some texts written ONLY in hiragana?

Why not ask for text with FULL furigana. That's rather more common.

See articles like this for example.

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Post by Yudan Taiteki » Sun 11.26.2006 3:20 pm

Although I wonder how many learners of Japanese can read a text of that difficulty, but only if furigana are provided. It certainly aids decoding attempts, though.

It's also worth noting that if you use Firefox, those will not show up as actual furigana unless you have a particular extension (which doesn't work very well in my experience). IE displays them, however.
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RE: Hiragana

Post by Tegyrius » Sun 11.26.2006 3:31 pm

Check out this book:

http://www.stonebridge.com/kana_picto.html

It helped me a lot with learning hiragana, i learned them all fluently in some weeks.
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Post by richvh » Sun 11.26.2006 3:39 pm

paul_b wrote:
Kanbei wrote:
Hi. Where can i find some texts written ONLY in hiragana?

Why not ask for text with FULL furigana. That's rather more common.

See articles like this for example.


For that matter, my story can be read with or without furigana.
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RE: Hiragana

Post by Christian_ » Sun 11.26.2006 4:21 pm

I found quizes where you matched the kana to the romaji to be most helpful. If you do those for a hour it'll help. Here's some links:

http://www.genki-online.com/js/index.html (Hiragana and Katakana)

http://www.thejapanesepage.com/readarticle.php?article_id=2 (Hiragana)

http://www.thejapanesepage.com/readarticle.php?article_id=5 (Katakana, No Quizzes :( )

There are other good quizes out on the web too. I learned all of the Hiragana soely through Clay's quizes, I did them everyday.

One last thing, is their a reason all the Katakana articles are seperate? Why not make them one like the Hiragana?

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