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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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July 16th, 2010 at 06:30 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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December 23rd, 2021 at 01:11 PM
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Temarius Walkerさん


Thank you so much for your kind comment😄

Keep up the great work😇👍


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


Sincerely

りょうま(Ryoma)

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Temarius Walker
December 22nd, 2021 at 03:45 AM
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Thanks for the awesome resources. Making flashcards is also another great way to learn Kana very quickly.

I'm looking forward to my journey of learning Japanese.

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October 22nd, 2021 at 06:16 PM
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tarさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

You can download the worksheets and practice writing them.

"Learn Hiragana with Worksheets" series also has assessment tests that you can take after studying each row😉

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

Also, making and using flashcards is very helpful as well😇


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


Sincerely

りょうま(Ryoma)

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tar
October 15th, 2021 at 11:13 AM
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i know japanesepod101 is probably not going to respond but, do you have any tips for remember japanese characters?

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September 14th, 2021 at 03:18 AM
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こんにちは Joshua,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

レヴェンテ (Levente)

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Joshua
September 12th, 2021 at 09:48 AM
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thank you so much! im learning alot and its lots of fun!😁

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August 13th, 2021 at 03:14 PM
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Hughさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

It's a type of fruit and it's called かき in Japanese😉


Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Ryoma

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August 6th, 2021 at 05:08 PM
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hamaさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

Yes, it's kanji😉

Please let us know if you have any questions :)


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Ryoma

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Hugh
July 30th, 2021 at 12:16 AM
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Hi, in the context of this lesson what is the meaning of persimmon? Is it the company of that name or is there another meaning in Japanese?


ありがとうございます

hama
July 18th, 2021 at 07:15 AM
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柿 [かき] is 柿 the kangi?