Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Learning kana, post 2 (hiragana ta-po)

Second post for kana study, again, 3 rows of kana with dakuten sounds. though slightly different this time around. Let's get to it!

You can find the first post here: Learning kana, post 1 (hiragana a-zo)
There is a video of the proper pronunciation in that post too.

All gifs that I display with the kana are from: http://www.umich.edu/~umichjlp/Hiraganapro/index.html


Fourth row T/D
There are a few weird things in this, pay attention to the sounds, though they are pretty easy to write.



TA

Not much notes to make on this one, the third and fourth stroke are like KO but smaller.




DA







CHI

Slightly different pronunciation, the TI sound is in pronunciation closer to CHI and the dakuten sound is JI. Yep, just like SHI/JI from the S row, only is CHI more of a T sound and SHI an S sound.

Remember to curl the bottom upward, like a very round 5.

JI






TSU

Again, slightly different pronunciation, same goes for the dakuten, ZU. Both these dakutens (JI and ZU) are the lesser used versions, the S row versions are more common.



ZU








TE

Not much to say about this one.






DE









TO

I don't know why, but I've always found this one easy to remember.







DO







Fifth row N
This row has a couple of tricky kana to write so pay attention to them. No tricky pronunciation and things so that should be quite straightforward.




NA







NI

Once again a kana that has a bit of the KO kana.






NU

Remember the practice on the A kana? This is one of the reasons why it was important, this is one of the other kana that is based on that same loop that the A kana uses.




NE

The first stroke is straight down, not sloped. The second corner of the second stroke points out across the start of the stroke.







NO

Simple to draw, remember that the whole shape is oval and that the closed loop is smaller than the other side of the kana.





Sixth row H/B/P
Few tricks in here, two kana that look alike and one that has a special pronunciation. Also, unlike other kana, this has a dakuten and a handakuten (the little circle), so you learn 3 rows in one go.



HA

Nothing hard, but you'll see this right part a few times coming up. The HA sound is the one with only one line on this part.




BA











PA









HI

Remember to keep it sloped, not upright.







BI










PI









FU

Yep, this is the one with the weird pronunciation. The pronunciation is not as much a F or an H but a really airy F. Also, the three little lines along this kana should form a triangle in their placement. (both the dakuten and the handakuten will be their regular counterparts.)



BU










PU









HE









BE










PE








HO

As you can see, this one has the same right part as the HA kana, this one only has two lines, of which one forms the top of the right part. This is important to remember because there is another kana that looks like this.


BO











PO








And that is the second week. Three more rows, 30 more kana. And we're over halfway through all the kana that hiragana has.

Remember to practice often and have fun with it. You can find helpful posts about flashcards and how to practice with them on the Learning a language Page.

Study on!

Kia