ArchiveNovember 2018

Lesson 2 – Hiragana (Sa ~ To), Doubled Consonants

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Overview In this lesson, we will be going through the 3rd and 4th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as the additional sounds that can be generated from those letters.   Hiragana – Third column The third column is associated with the ‘s’ sound, so the the first letter, さ, is read as ‘sah’, but here we have our first exception. The second letter, し, is not...

Chapter 0 – Learn Japanese overview

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About the Japanese language Before we start to learn Japanese let’s take a look at what the language is made of. The Japanese Language has 3 written systems: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The image above shows all letters in the Hiragana alphabet, which is the most commonly used written system. You put letters together to form words, like しょうせつ (Light novel). It might look pretty difficult...

Lesson 1 – Hiragana (A ~ Ko), Long Vowels

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Overview In this lesson, we will be learning the first two columns of the Hiragana table (from right to left). We have to know how to pronounce each letter, how they are written and how they are represented in English (Also known as Romaji). As we look at each letter, try writing them out on a piece of paper. At the end of the lesson, I will give a brief explanation of long vowels, as well as...

Nagaru Tanigawa interviews Honobu Yonezawa!

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(Source: Honobu Yonezawa and the Classics Club) Nagaru Tanigawa is an author whose debut work The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, won the Grand Prize for the 8th Sneaker Award in 2003. His other works include Let’s leave the School. Q: Are there any authors whose works have influenced your literary style in any way, regardless of whether they write mysteries? A: Tsumao Awasaka, but his...

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