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Learn Hiragana Kantan Kana Lesson 1 Learn to Read and Write Japanese

MINASAN YOUKOSO! Hi everybody, my name is Chihiro and welcome to JapanesePod101’s Kantan Kana series. The fastest easiest and most fun way to learn the two basic Japanese alphabets, Hiragana and Katakana. Over the next twenty five lessons, you’ll go from zero to complete mastery. Are you ready OK, let’s begin! In the first half of this series, you will learn Hiragana. Every Hiragana character represents certain sounds, but doesn’t have meaning by themselves. Using these Hiragana characters, you can write almost any Japanese word. There are 46 Hiragana characters, and they are commonly arranged like this.

Look complicated Don’t worry. We’ll do one row at a time, and before you know it you’ll master them all. OK, let’s start writing! The first character you will learn is A. To write it correctly, pay attention to the stroke order. 123. When you’re starting out try to make your characters look as close to mine as possible. Keep your lines slightly curved like this. Good! Let’s move on. The second character is I. I is more simple than A but there are two things to keep in mind. First, watch me draw it once.

12. When you draw I, imagine there is an oval that you’re tracing around like this. This will help you write the lines correctly. Also, don’t forget about this part. This is called a HANE. This is left from when characters were written with a brush and ink. Try to make this HANE with your pen. Believe it or not, now you know how to write a word in Japanese. This is AI, or love Let’s learn another character so we can write more words. Here is U. Make the top stroke angled like this, not flat.

This is IU, which means to speak And here is AU, which means to meet Two more characters for this lesson, GANBATTE KUDASAI. E is next. The first stroke of E is the same as U, and the rest is all in one stroke. Don’t lift up that pen! This is IE which means house. And this is UE which means up. Our last character today is O. This first stroke is like A But this stroke swings around like this and makes a loop. Then make one final stroke here.

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