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Lesson 002

Oops. Was supposed to post this last week....

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Okay, ideally, everyone's at least a little familiar with A, I, U, E, O, KA, KI, KU, KE, KO, SA, SHI, SU, SE, and SO.

First off, a little review work on these last handful of kana..

Review:

For now, I won't be posting encoded characters, for several reasons. Instead, we'll stick to using graphics for the images.

With that being said, here is a list of 12 words that cover the characters we learned last week:
12 words


Spend a minute or two, copying these terms down on paper and trying to figure out how you pronounce them.

Please don't just click the answer list below until you've actually tried to get the answers. Once you think you have them all, click here for the answers.

Did you get them right? If not, look to see which characters you didn't get right, and copy each of them 10 more times, pronouncing it each time. In order to learn Japanese, it's important that you can fluently read the kana. It's also important for the upcoming lessons, because as soon as we start learning grammar I'm going to stop using romaji (the alphabet).

Okay, now onto the lesson...
Kana: TA, NA, HA

This lesson introduces 15 more characters: TA, CHI, TSU, TE, TO, NA, NI, NU, NE, NO, HA, HI, FU, HE, HO.

Please note that there are some variances in pronunciation now! I should also note that in some romanizing systems, you will see CHI romanized as TI, TSU as TU and FU as HU. This does -not- change their pronunciation:

The 'T + I" sound is pronounced "Chi" (as in "Cheese"). It is not pronounced like the drink "tea".
The 'T + U" sound is pronounced "Tsu" (The "TS" sound is the same as in "its"). It is not pronounced like the number "two".
The 'H + A' sound is pronounced "Ha", like "Hawk" or "Hall" when it's part of a word ("HANE", "HATA") but it can also be pronounced as "WA" ("Water", "Washington") when used as a particle in sentences. When used in words (which we'll review next lesson) it is pronounced "HA".
The 'H + U' sound is pronounced "Fu", but with a soft F.
The 'H + E' sound is pronounced as "He" as in "Headache", but it can also be pronounced "E" (like the hiragana "E" from before) when used as a particle in sentences.

Everyone should read and listen to the KanjiSteps explanation and sounds for each of these characters. Also, like last time, KanjiSteps has practice sheets for writing these characters. I suggest (again) writing the characters 10 times each. Go here for KanjiSteps, part 2, and read the next three pages, the TA, NA, and HA rows.

See ya next time!
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