Let’s learn ひらがな！ Although, if you need this post, you probably can’t read that. It says “hiragana” of course.
I learnt hiragana through lots of writing – I preferred writing words rather than the characters in isolation. I also used the association method, where I pretended the characters looked like something else. This is from a hand out I got in class back in high school, when I first learnt Japanese (but then proceeded to forget), and it made relearning much easier. I also found that I hadn’t really forgotten some of the characters after all.
I’m sorry, but I do not know the source of this handout. If you know the source, please tell me, I will credit. I hope it is ok to repost it here, as I believe it will help people. And just to let you know, the original handout had pictures that helped you to visualise, but I don’t think it would be right to post them here. Please use your imagination, and perhaps come up with your own ideas!
Also, if you want more information about ひらがな I will post some links soon.
Lesson 1 – あ to お。
あ – A
Looks like an antenna
い - I
looks like two i‘s. i.e. Hawaii.
う - U
an old lady with something falling on her back, and she says “ooph!”
え – E
a “h” with an extra dot and line
お – O
looks like a flag on the 18th hole at golf, and the ball is almost on the green.
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