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皆さん、ようこそ。(Mina-san, yōkoso.)
Hi everybody, my name is Chihiro and welcome to japanesepod101.com’s Kantan kana series, the fastest, easiest and most fun way to learn the two basic Japanese alphabets Hiragana and Katana. Over the next 25 lessons, you will go from zero to complete mastery. Are you ready? Okay let’s begin.
In the first half of this series, you will learn Hiragana. Every Hiragana character represents a certain sound but doesn’t have meaning by itself. 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 will do one rule at a time and before you know it, you will master them all. Okay let’s start writing.
The first character you will learn is あ(a) to write it correctly, pay attention to the stroke order. 1, 2, 3, when you are starting out, try to make your characters look as close to mine as possible. Keep your line slightly curved like this. Good, let’s move on.
The second character is い(i). い(i) is more simple than あ(a) but there are two things to keep in mind. First watch me try it once. 1, 2, when you drop い(i), imagine there is an vowel that you are chasing around like this. This will help you write the lines correctly. Also don’t forget about this part. This is called はね(hane). this is left from when characters written with the Russian ink. Try to make this はね(hane) with your pen. Believe it or not, now you know how to write a word in Japanese. This is 愛(ai) or love. Let’s learn another character so we can write more words.
Here is う(u). Make the top stroke angled like this, not flat. This is いう(iu) which means to speak and here is あう(au) which means to meet. Two more characters for this lesson. 頑張ってください!(Ganbatte kudasai!) え(e) is next. The first stroke of え(e) is the same as う(u) and the rest is all in one stroke. Don’t lift up that pen.
This is いえ(ie) which means “house”. And this is うえ(ue) which means “up”. Our last character today is お(o). This first stroke is like あ(a) but this stroke swings around like this and makes a loop. Then make one final stroke here. This is おい(oi), “nephew”, and this is あお(ao), “blue”.
Now let’s have a short quiz. I will show you the Hiragana and you read it out loud. Bonus points if you remember what it means.
あい(ai), Love
いう(iu), to speak
あお(ao), blue
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. Have you been writing as you watch? I hope so because there is no better way to master the kana quickly and to write them for yourself.
Do you know how to write かこ(kako), ”past”. You will learn that and much more in the next lesson. See you then.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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みなさん、こんにちは!

If you can't read (or can only partially read) the text above, then this brand new video series is for you! :D Learn how to read and write Japanese from scratch with our Kantan Kana video series featuring Chihiro-sensei. It is also great for those who have learned hiragana and katakana but would like a review - or for those who want to perfect the art of writing them.

Please let us know what you think!! :hachimaki:

July 17th, 2018 at 9:56 am
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Minasan! Konichi(ha)wa! ;p

Stephanie
June 26th, 2018 at 12:34 pm
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So after some thought, I realized that this is the equivalent to learning a new alphabet as we did when we were very young. The issue is that I have forgotten how I learned an alphabet. So what is the best way that you would recommend learning this alphabet (and in that case, any alphabet). Shoot I write it out a certain amount of times a day? Should I be saying it as I write it? I am fully open to any tips and recommendations.

Juno D
June 26th, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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Hi, there. Thank you for this wonderful video. It's the best way to learn how to write in Japanese. 👍

June 24th, 2018 at 10:41 pm
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Konnichiwa Yusuf,


Booklet for Japanese kids to learn Kana? There are millions of them on online shop If you can search. We also have free eBook for Kana learners.(It was not precisely prepared for Japanese kids thought)

https://www.japanesepod101.com/japanese-alphabet


Sincerely,


Sono

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Yusuf
June 18th, 2018 at 1:05 am
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Is there booklet to help japanese kids learn how to write their alphabet and read. If so can where can I buy it?

May 4th, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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Hi becky jac,

Thank you for your comment!


Both mean blue, but あお is a noun while あおい is an adjective.

Hope this helps you!


Keep studying with JapanesePod101.com

Cheers,

Miki(美希)

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April 11th, 2018 at 8:41 pm
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Hello jjjiijjii1177,


Great to have you here!


Please stay tuned, as we'll have new lessons for you every week! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask us.


Cheers,

Sincerely,

Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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jjjiijjii1177
April 10th, 2018 at 3:58 am
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ooohh

it's really really helpful

thank you so much for your free lessons

March 30th, 2018 at 11:46 am
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i have a question, so i was watching one of your other videos on youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p9Il_j0zjc. the time 5:59 is saying the hiragana for blue is different than the hiragana here. youtube is showing あお い, but you're stating あお. Can you write it both ways?

March 27th, 2018 at 1:45 am
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Hi Dnaw,


Thank you for your positive feedback!


Don't forget to also check out the series How to Write in Japanese: Hiragana and Katakana:

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/how-to-write-in-japanese-hiragana-and-katakana/


Also, make sure to download our FREE kana practice worksheet here: http://www.japanesepod101.com/japanese-alphabet/


Looking forward to seeing you often here. :)


Sincerely,

Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

Team JapanesePod101.com