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みなさんこんにちは。(Mina-san, konnichiwa)
Hi everyone, my name is Chihiro and welcome back to japanesepod101.com’s Kantan Kana series. In the last lesson, we learned the first five Hiragana characters あ(a), い(i), う(u), え(e),お(o).
Do you remember them? Today we will move on to the next line in the Hiragana chart. We will start with か(ka). 1, 2, 3. Notice the はね(hane) on the end of the first stroke. Try to make these two lines parallel. Now you can write かお(kao) which is face and いか(ika) which is squid.
Our next character is き(ki) 1, 2, 3, 4. き(ki) is tricky because when it is printed, the third and fourth stroke are connected. When you write it, make sure that they are separate. I have a trick for remembering き(ki). If you close up the circle and draw some more detail at the top, it kind of looks like a き(ki). If you can think of a picture or a story that links the sound with the kana, it will be a lot easier to remember. Here is a えき(eki), “station” and here is かき(kaki) for persimmon.
く(ku) is a really easy one. Just one stroke. Now you know the word for to write. かく(kaku) and あく(aku) or evil.
Our fourth character today is け(ke). 1, 2, 3. Don’t forget the はね(hane) on the first stroke. The bottom of the third stroke should curve inwards, not straight, up and down. Here is いけ(ike), “pond”, and here is かけ(kake) to bet. Just one more character today.
The last one is こ(ko) 1, 2. Here is こえ(koe), “voice”. And here is かこ(kako) “past”.
Let’s try a short quiz. See if you can read these words. If you can, try and remember their meanings.
えき(eki), station
いけ(ike), pond
かく(kaku), write
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. Don’t get lost in studying and forget the real world. Find kana around you, don’t see any kana, go to JapanesePod101.com and check out the kana transcripts for every lesson dialogue. You may not be able to read them all yet but you can get a feel for how the kana are used in real life.
Have you ever eaten Sushi? You will be able to write it at much more in the next lesson. See you then.

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JapanesePod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the second lesson of Kantan Kana! Today we learn か、き、く、け、and こ!

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JapanesePod101.com
August 2nd, 2019 at 1:53 am
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Hi Jun,


As an absolute beginner, we suggest you start with the very basics: the alphabet and how to read and write Japanese. Therefore, you've done right in studying the Kantan Kana series.👍


Another series that is worth watching really early in your Japanese learning is our pronunciation-related lessons:

https://www.JapanesePod101.com/lesson-library/ultimate-japanese-pronunciation-guide/


You would then be ready to start with one of our main series, the Absolute Beginner series:

https://www.JapanesePod101.com/lesson-library/absolute-beginner


Hope this is helpful! If you have any more questions about the website or Japanese, don't hesitate to contact us again.👍


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Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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Jun
July 30th, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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hi japanesepop101


im new to this, ive watch few of introduction to japanese videos, but at the same time i feel like i need to watch kantan kana videos first since im not familiar with hiragana and katakana yet. i need advice as to which should i watch first, thank you :)

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JapanesePod101.com
July 19th, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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Hi Leonardo,


Thank you for posting.

In order to take the assignments, you need to study this pathway:

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/learn-hiragana-with-worksheets/


Instead of this one:

https://www.japanesepod101.com/lesson-library/classic-japanese-pod-101-kantan-kana/


If you have any more questions please email us to: contactus@JapanesePod101.com


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Laura

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Leonardo
July 16th, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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Hey hello, I would like to know where can I find the assignments for this lesson, I can find them through the learn hiragana space, but not directly from here.

Can you help me?

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JapanesePod101.com
May 2nd, 2019 at 12:16 am
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Hi Zak Mellor & yawa,


Thank you so much for the positive comments! We are so glad to hear you like our site! 👍

If you have questions, please let us know in the comment.


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yawa
April 28th, 2019 at 7:48 am
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Zak Mellor,

I agree, I love it! :3

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Zak Mellor
April 25th, 2019 at 3:33 am
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This website is the best for learning Japanese.👍

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JapanesePod101.com
April 5th, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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Hi Rodel,


Thank you for posting.


Practice makes perfect! So make sure to download our FREE kana practice worksheet here: http://www.JapanesePod101.com/japanese-alphabet/


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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Rodel
April 3rd, 2019 at 6:42 am
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The more I practice writing KA, the more it doesn't look like KA. 😄😄😄

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JapanesePod101.com
July 26th, 2018 at 11:10 am
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Hello Marshmallow,


Thank you for your question.

In addition, let us suggest you to follow the handwritten letters in the video and the letters in the practice sheet (on p.3 of the lesson notes).

They're the same.

The letters in the vocabulary section and Grammar section have the different 'style' from the handwritten ones.

However, that style is not commonly used in handwriting.

Some letters, like 'ki (き)' have some different styles/design when they're printed.


Sincerely,

Lena

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