Before we move onto Hiragana learning techniques and the other Hiragana (“What?” you ask, “There’s more?” Don’t worry, the rest of the hiragana just build on what you already know…), let’s see if you have got a good handle on the hiragana I’ve already talked about by seeing if you can distinguish between like characters.
I want you to get out a pen and paper so that you can actively write these characters down. Here we go!
Quiz – Similar Characters – Romaji to Hiragana
Write down your answers, then click “Show Answer” to see if you were right!
Here are the last few characters you will have to learn to complete hiragana:
Lesson 10 - わ to ん
わ – WA
A magician waving his wand. The straight stroke is his wand and the curvy lines is the path the wand is taking
を – O/WO
An Olympic champion discus thrower. A note on this character – it is pronounced “o”, just like another character is pronounced “o” – お – however, this one is used only as the object particle. To type it into a computer you type “wo”, and sometimes you will see it referenced as “wo”.
ん – N
Looks like the letter n.
OK, we have now gone through all the characters in hiragana! Coming up next: practises, how to tell the difference between similar characters, and a list of the best hiragana-learning resources!Read More
According to How-To-Learn-Any-Language.com, Japanese is one of the hardest languages an English speaking person can learn. Not only does it have a difficult writing system, the grammar is vastly different to English and most of the words are completely alien sounding. Compared to other languages you could be learning, Japanese is quite difficult.
However, that being said, with a bit (or perhaps I should say a lot!) of dedication, Japanese can also be quite easy. For instance the pronunciation for English speakers should be quite easy. With perhaps the exception of the “R” sound, we already have all the sounds needed to speak Japanese. The number of sounds in Japanese is really quite limited. Compared to English, with all the different vowel sounds, “th” and other difficult pronunciations, I feel sorry for the Japanese trying to learn English. I think they must have it a lot harder!
Another great thing about Japanese is I find the language very logical. English is a mash of other languages with lots of exceptions to the rules. Japanese has very few irregularities. If you can get a rule once, it is easy to replicate over and over again.
OK, so you want to learn Japanese?
Really think for a moment… You want to learn Japanese, right? But will you be able to?
Of course you will be able to. You can learn a language at any age, time, place, situation. What I mean is, will you put in the required effort? Will you keep it up for the rest of your life, as you will most likely have to (after all, if English is your native language, you most likely practise that every day in some form!). Do you have what it takes to learn this language?
First, work out WHY
Why do you want to learn Japanese? What’s the driving force behind this decision? Do you even know?Read More
Hey guys, only one more line to go!
Lesson 9 - ら to ろ
ら – RA
Looks like a Rabbit. You can see it’s cheek and floppy ear.
り – RI
Reeds in the river.
る – RU
It’s easy to think of this one in combination with ろ ro. See how one has a loop at the end and one doesn’t. To me this looks like the cursive form of “z” with a Ruby at the end.
れ – RE
A mountain climber resting with a climbing stick. The vertically line is the resting stick, with the squiggly line being someone sitting down…
ろ – RO
Remember る ru, with the ruby? Here a Robber has stolen the ruby!
You are now almost there! Only three more characters to go!Read More
OK, this lesson in hiragana is soooo damn easy you should be able to get it in ten minutes. There are only three characters on this line! Here they are:
Lesson 8 ー や to よ
や – YA
Looks like a yak. Here in Australia the way we pronounce yak uses the wrong “a” sound, however it is easy to see the little animal with horns, so it’s easy to remember.
ゆ – YU
No “U” Turn. I can see this as a sign with the tire tracks in a “u” turn, with a line going through saying NO!
よ – YO
A yo-yo. I guess you can se a yo-yo here…
Only two lines left to go now. We’re almost done.Read More