The Hiragana Vowels

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In this series, we're going to teach you how to master the Japanese Alphabet in the fastest, easiest, and most fun way! Did you know? Written Japanese actually uses three different scripts: hiragana, katakana, and kanji. We'll start with the hiragana vowels, あ、い、う、え、お. Let's practice!

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English [Auto] Have your line I'm Rissa Burkham to basic Japanese writing. In this series I'm going to teach you how to master a Japanese alphabet in the fastest easiest and most widely you know written Japanese actually uses three different scripts. He not cut back on the end. It is the basic Japanese alphabet contrary to the English alphabet However each character only presents one syllable sound. So every time you see one specific character you know it will always sound the same way. The second script used in Japanese is katakana. Each kept going I can like to present the same syllable as it's like on a counterpart. However it is written a bit differently and is used mostly for 14 lines. These two make up the Japanese alphabet and there will be the focus of this series. On the other hand kanji characters represent a word or a concept like you like to and katakana they are there presence of them plus there also different meanings for each of them. This makes kanji characters harder to master. However it's important to learn them as well because they're essential in understanding Japanese to learn more about kanji. Check out our series at Japanese bought one the one on which I also host with Alisha. In this first lesson we'll be diving into Tigana and you'll be learning your Feist's five collectors here like on connectors are the most common of the three script because it's used to write functional was like grandma to go porticoes and also commonly find at the end of adjectives and verbs there also are lots of bars that are more commonly written here out rather than kanji technically he like the characters could also be used to establish that Kanji conjure characters that you don't know how to write but don't use this as an excuse not to learn kanji they're 46 like characters and they're commonly arranged in this order. Take note that when Japanese is written vertically you read it from right to left. So Ruby starting with this column these five characters out of five sounds in Japanese. The rest of the characters are made up of consonants sound in one of these varves sounds except for that Calixto. OK. Are you ready to learn your first. I got to. Here we go. This is the leg on the character. To remember it is Kellock Zha. Try comparing it with an apple. Do you see it. It is written in three strokes. The first stroke is a horizontal stroke from left to right. Even though horizontal lines look totally flat in font try writing them at a bit of an angle to make your writing a good the second stroke is a body stroke that cuts the first stroke in half. It starts at the top and it carves out device and down to the bottom. The third stroke is like a spider. It starts from the center and carves down to the left. Then it carves back up into the light crossing the starting point before finally going back down. Flick your pen at the end of this last stroke you have a good balance. Make sure that there isn't too much space in between first and the side stroke. Take note of the space is made by the third stroke as well. This space should be the smallest then this loop is a bit larger. And finally the space inside a flip is the largest OK. That it again next up is the hard Tigana Calixto. Think of this character as to ice side by side. Eat. You can actually see a lot in writing as it acts like a suffix to most adjectives in Japanese. He Tigana it is written in two strokes. The first stroke starts from this part. It's like a carved diagonal line at the bottom. It turns Shapley uprise. Click your pen while you finish this stroke just kind of flick the released with a sharp turn is called a hand. When you do honey. Don't put away your pen immediately. It should be as if you're connecting the stroke to the next one. The second the stroke starts from here. It's actually about where you stopped to turn. If you haven't released your pen from the stroke just draw an opposite carving line from the first stroke without the Hannett pot as you can see this stroke should be shorter than the last one. It should look like you're enclosing a circle when writing an OK let's see it again the third one is heat I'm gonna do. Remember it is Kellock to imagine a book. Getting punched in the stomach saying he Tigana is written in two strokes. First Joe this short slanted line at the top center put a second stroke. Join e-Sharif starting from this point. Copying to the right and then down to the bottom Senza flick your pen at the end of the stroke. Make sure the first stroke is not to break so that your characters won't be off balance. OK let's see it again. This is the he log on and click the. It looks like an energetic ninja louche Tigana is written in two strokes. It's nuts just like that he like Ana with a short slanted line on the top center. The second stroke goes like this looks complicated. Just think of writing a number 7 then go back retrace a bit then make a small wave extend the end of the stroke but don't flick your pen. Try your best to keep the same line dealing the retracing part. This will make your writing neat OK. Let's see it again. Now our final character for this lesson that he gonna all or to remember. Try to think of it as a u f o. Take a look at these two characters. Do you remember this Calix on the left. That's right it's the hiragana up in order to differentiate Tigana from. I just remember that all as a floating stroke on the side o is also often used in writing. Like eat or is commonly find at the beginning of race. It is used to imply politeness Tigana or is written in three strokes. It starts in a similar way to he's gonna up with a short horizontal line but this time is a bit longer and more to the left. The second strokes does as a body go a line that cuts the first stroke in half. Then it turns sharply to the left then turns again to make a big carved line flick up and at the end of this stroke the third stroke is a small stunted line. It should be located a bit to the top right of the far stroke. The left side of your head all should be aligned. Keep the proportions of these spaces as well to keep a good balance OK. Let's see it again. See over the characters again. E And oh. Now let's give you what you've learned. I show your character or a word and give you time to say I'm ready. Member that energetic ninja eat. Believe it or not it's actually a word. Eat means stock. Which one is the you. Is the one that looks like an apple and doesn't have a floating stroke. This one I it means love let this one means up or above it means no owl. This means blue great job during men though and I said they're gonna collect it. I used this out the pronunciation over kanji. They are placed above or beside a kanji and written smaller. This use of Ghana is called Ghana OK let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. In this lesson you've learned five you like to bars at Eat end. Oh you can take in much that you've now mastered your first five Kellock is do you know what big is in Japanese. In the next lesson you'll learn it when you get to know your first batch of consonant varsity both before you go practice writing the following lies on your own. I owl you yet the Ali next lesson. Then a.