Hiragana Page 60 Last Bit

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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

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?


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encourage you, there are a few books to help. What’s best?  Well, I don’t
know.  Depends on your studying style and
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learning!

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