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みなさんこんにちは。(Mina-san, konnichiwa) Hi everyone, I am Chihiro and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com’s Kantan kana series. In the last lesson, we learned the katakana characters ナ(na), ニ(ni), ヌ(nu), ネ(ne) and ノ(no). If you remember your hiragana that will really help with this lesson. If you see some characters you don’t know, be sure to review some past lessons. Now, let’s take a look at the next five katakana characters.
We will begin with ハ(ha). 1, 2. Just two short lines, one going left and the other going right. Think of it as a line broken in half. Here is ハニー(hanī) “honey” and here is ハイチ(Haichi) “Haiti”, a country in the West Indies.
Next up is ヒ(hi) 1, 2. Perhaps it looks like the heal of the foot. Here is コーヒー(kōhī), “coffee” and here is another onomatopoeia for ヒソヒソ(hisohiso), a word used to describe something when it’s done secretly.
Next up is フ(fu), just a single stroke with the turn. Now you can write ハーフ(hāfū), “half” and here is アフター(afutā), “after”. Here is the easiest one we will learn today.
Remember the hiragana ヘ(he) while in katakana, it’s the same thing. Let’s write ヘクター(Hekutā). For those who have the name Hector. And here is ヘナ(hena) as in the Henna plant.
Our last character is ホ(ho). Probably the most difficult one in this lesson, 1, 2, 3, 4. Now you can write ホース(hōsu) a hose used for gardening and here is another onomatopoeia chord [ph] for you. ホーホー(hōhō). Can you guess what that is? It’s a sound an owl makes.
Now let’s have a short quiz. I will show you a word in katakana and you read it. Bonus points if you remember what it means.
ハニー(hanī) “honey”
コーヒー(kōhī), “coffee”
ホース(hōsu) “ hose”
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. There are many words in which the foreign word is used over the Japanese counterpart. For example, words like ハニー(hanī) and アフター(afutā) also have Japanese equivalents. Sometimes Japanese uses the non-Japanese word because the image associated with it is different. You see a lot of it when talking about the latest trends, concepts and ideas whereas in katakana, you tend to have a modern feel to them.
Have you ever been to メキシコ(Mekishiko) or モナコ(Monako) even if you haven’t, at least you learned how to write Mexico and Monaco in katakana in the next lesson. I will see you then.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Mina-san, have you thought of a good way to remember the katakana ハ ヒ フ ヘ and ホ ? If you have a special method, please let us know below ;)

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JapanesePod101.com
December 11th, 2017 at 2:23 am
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Hi Chingiz and ジェイコブ


Thank you for the comments! I know it's a confusing part....

Following lesson and videos explains difference of Wa and Ha.

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/particles-1-coincidence-times-two-japanese-particles-wa-no-and-mo/

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-hiroko-1-ha-or-wa/

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson/absolute-beginner-questions-answered-by-hiroko-2-should-i-use-watashi-wa/


Keep up the good study at Japanesepod101.

Cheers,


Sono

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ジェイコブ
December 10th, 2017 at 6:45 am
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Chingiz: Maybe a bit late to the party, but I found that in some cases, the symbol for "ha" は is used instead of "wa" わ. I've seen it most in the phrase 私は_______です。(Watashi WA _______ desu.) You'll have to look up the specifics, though, because I'm far from an expert :)

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Chingiz
November 19th, 2017 at 7:41 pm
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Konnichiwa!


I have a question about speaker's first phrase みなさんこんにちは. Why the last symbol は sounds like wa? I didn't found this symbol in hiragana. But by the hiragana "wa" looks differently. And as i see this is "ha" symbol.

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Fattah
December 22nd, 2016 at 12:54 am
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Almost there, KATAKANA! :smile:

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September 5th, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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Refiul san,

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your post.

We are happy to hear from you.

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Refiul
August 26th, 2016 at 9:08 am
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Awesome videos. Keep it that way, greetings from Paraguay :thumbsup:

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November 8th, 2015 at 7:56 pm
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Anya さん、

Konnichiwa.:smile:

Thank you for your post.

I see.

Please enjoy the music and lessons.

Yuki 由紀

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Anya
November 7th, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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Oh, I like theme song so much :smile: I dance during each lesson

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November 3rd, 2015 at 10:57 am
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Kry san,

Konnichiwa. :smile:

Thank you for your positive comment.

Of course we will help you.

Please feel free to ask us when you have questons.

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Kry
October 31st, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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I just wanted to say WOW, I never thought i could learn to understand japanese. I JUST AAHAAH. I am striving to understand it fluently and you are helping. I am currently on lesson 6 hiragana. My friend is hardcore when it comes to anime and japanese. I am hoping to catch up with her and with your help its possible. JUST THANK YOU KEEP UPLOADING MORE HIRAGANA VIDEOS PLEASE!!! :grin::grin::grin::