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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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July 9th, 2010 at 06:30 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:

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Aaliyah Gaiterさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

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Aaliyah Gaiter
December 25th, 2021 at 12:47 PM
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ive got the vowels down now:)

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December 7th, 2021 at 09:48 AM
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こんにちは child,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

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We wish you good luck with your language studies.


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December 5th, 2021 at 06:25 AM
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this literally helps so much

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Reiさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

It's called マッキー😉


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Rei
December 1st, 2021 at 06:24 AM
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Hi!


What marker is Chihiro using?

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August 10th, 2021 at 07:40 AM
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こんにちは Ilikefrogs,


I'm sorry I am not quite sure what you mean. What marker do you want to use and why?


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July 28th, 2021 at 06:42 AM
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こんにちは Santari,


You are very welcome. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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Ilikefrogs
July 23rd, 2021 at 03:37 AM
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Do I need to use a marker?

Santari
July 15th, 2021 at 02:17 PM
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Very comprehensive - thank you so much.