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Lesson 3 – Katakana (Ya ~ N), Diphthongs

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Overview Lesson 3 Katakana Table Hello everyone! Today, we will look at the last 4 columns of the Katakana table, and we will also finally learn how to make all sorts of sounds with Katakana diphthongs! Katakana (Eighth column) Katakana (Ninth column) Katakana (Last two columns) Like in the Hiragana table, ヰ (Wi) and ヱ (We) are considered obsolete. Diphthongs Just like with Hiragana, diphthongs...

Lesson 2 – Katakana (Na ~ Mo)

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Overview Lesson 2 Katakana Table あけましておめでとうございます! Or, Happy new year! Today, we will look at the next three columns of the Katakana table. Katakana (Fifth column) Katakana (Sixth column) Note that ヘ is exactly the same in Katakana as in Hiragana. That makes it easier to remember, doesn’t it? Katakana (Seventh column) Additional Sounds Now, let’s take a look at the additional sounds...

Lesson 5 – Hiragana (Ra ~ N)

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Overview Lesson 5 Hiragana Chart Hello everyone! Today, we will be going through the final lesson of the Hiragana table. This should be a pretty quick lesson, so hang in there, we’re about to reach the end! Hiragana – Eighth column The eighth column is associated with the ‘r’ sound, so the first letter, ら, is read as ‘rah’, and so on. Take note that there...

Lesson 4 – Hiragana (Ma ~ Yo), Diphthongs

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Overview Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all been keeping up thus far. In this lesson, we will be going through the 7th and 8th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as diphthongs that can be produced. Hiragana – Seventh Column The seventh column is associated with the ‘m’ sound, so the the first letter, ま, is read as ‘mah’, and so on. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Hiragana...

Lesson 3 – Hiragana (Na ~ Ho)

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Overview Hello everyone! I hope that you’ve been practicing writing and recognizing the hiragana in the first four columns. In this lesson, we will be going through the 5th and 6th columns of the Hiragana chart, as well as the additional sounds that can be generated from those letters.   Hiragana – Fifth Column The fifth column is associated with the ‘n’ sound, so the...

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...

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