How to read and write Japanese! Hiragana Part 1 A O
What’s up everybody My name’s jake and this is my first tutorial in my reading and writing japanese series I’m making this series because I noticed how many people there are that want to be able to learn how to read and write japanese and hopefully this tutorial can help them out because i know how hard it is to try and learn a second language when i first wanted to learn japanese i had a hard time because i grew up in a small town and didn’t have a lot of.
Resources at my disposal there was the internet but it was hard because there wasn’t any longterm structured lesson plans which i felt that i really needed in order to learn the material so i’m gonna do my best in order to show you how to read and write japanese let’s begin japanese is comprised of three separate writing systems Hiragana Katakana and kanji Hiragana is used to write native words in japanese while Katakana is used to write words that are borrowed from other languages like english or german kanji are actually chinese characters the japanese incorporates.
What’s interesting about kanji and what’s also tough for a lot of people is the fact that kanji actually represent ideas and meanings all by themselves there’s actually a fourth system of writing called romaji japanese people don’t actually use romaji this is used to teach english speakers how to read and write in japanese it’s useful because it helps you learn the material but it can be a doubleedge sword because some people can learn to lean on it too much you need to try and get out of romaji as quickly as possible so you can read.
And understand the material for now we’re just going to keep it simple and focused on Hiragana the japanese alphabet consists of forty six characters also known as kana these kana are made up of five vowels forty consonants that are followed by vowel and one lone consonant today we’re just gonna start with the first five kana in the japanese alphabet which are so the way i’m going to do these tutorials is first I’m going to introduce you to a new character japanese and then explain to you how to pronounce it.
Then ill follow that with a short clip explaining and showing you how to write it in japanese the first kana in japanese is this is most similar to that english however japanese bells are very pure sounding and don’t have any diphthongs therefore when you say this don’t pronounce it as a pronounce it a to write a draw a short horizontal line like this one then draw a vertical line through the first line that we drew to create a cross then on the right side of the vertical line and a little below the horizontal.
Line create a third line that goes down diagonally to the base of the cross and then loop it back just under where we started and then to the base of the kana without touching it the second kana in japanese is this is most similar to an I in english however it’s not pronounced I or ih it’s pronounced to write e draw a vertical curved line and finish with a small hook on the end going up draw a shorter mirror image of this line without the hook the third kana in japanese is.
This is most similar to a u in english however it’s pronounced too write draw a short diagonal line then begin a line going in the opposite direction and curve it down creating a hook shape the fourth kana in japanese is this is most similar to an e in english however is pronounced to write e draw a short diagonal line then create a line going in the opposite direction this time almost do a one eighty going down finish with an arc creating a wavy looking lower case h.
The final kana that we’re gonna cover today is its most similar to a o in english to write draw a short horizontal line then draw a vertical line going down to make it cross at the end of this cross however loop it over itself and and end at the base of the kana then finish with a short diagonal line so now that we’ve covered the first five kana in japanese let’s look at some words in japanese using these kana the first word that we’re gonna look at.
This is the japanese word for blue it’s spelled a o i the second word that we’re gonna look at the day is the japanese word for good which is this is spelled notice how this word is spelled the same vowel backtoback when you see this all you have to do is elongate the vowel sound by a little bit so this word is pronounced the third world we’re going to look at is the japanese word for love which is it’s spelled the next word that we’re gonna look at is how to say yes in japanese.
This is pronounced it’s spelled similar to it’s two vowels that follow right side each other so you elongate the vowel sound the next word we’re gonna look at is how to say no in japanese it’s spelled the final word this is the japanese word for up it’s spelled alright guys that’s gonna be it for to days tutorial i’m gonna try and upload more these and keep them entertaining as well as educational so if you’ll have any suggestions feel free to comment on the tutorial below and like it if you enjoyed it so i know that i’m doing ok job and know to continue.