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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 Hiragana characters か(ka), き(ki), く(ku), け(ke), こ(ko) . We will be using some of those characters today. So if you are not sure, feel free to review the last lesson. We have ten characters down and we are going to tackle five more today.
Let’s start with さ(sa) 1, 2, 3. Do you remember the character き(ki)? さ(sa) is the same as き(ki) except it only has one line here instead of two like き(ki) when さ(sa) is printed, the last two strokes are also made into one single stroke but when you are reading it, keep them separate like this. This is かさ(kasa) umbrella and this is さけ(sake) alcohol.
Next is し(shi) another easy one. Notice that it’s pronounced as “shi” and not “si”.
Here we have うし(ushi), “cow”, and しお(shio), “salt”.
The next character is す(su). This first line is straight but the second line loops once and curves slightly to the left. Here is how you write すし(sushi). You can also write いす(isu) “chair”.
This is せ(se). Pay attention to the stroke order. First, the straight line. Then the second stroke. The last stroke goes just pass the second stroke.
Here is あせ(ase) ”sweat”.
Here is せき(seki), ”cough”.
Our last character today is そ(so). There are two ways to write this character. So pick your favorite. The first way is one long stroke. It’s like a “z” in English with the curve at the end. The second way is like this. The only difference is this part at the beginning. You can write it however you like it but be prepared to see it both ways when it’s written.
Here is うそ(uso), “lie”. And here is そこ(soko), “over there”.
Let’s try a short quiz. See if you can read these words. If you can, see if you understand the meanings.
うし(ushi), “cow”
うそ(uso), “lie”
あせ(ase), “sweat”
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. The order of learning the Hiragana is called 五十音(go-jū on) like the alphabetical order in English, it’s the method used for organizing words in Japanese. Be sure to learn this 五十音(go-jū on) ordering if you want to use a Japanese dictionary.
Have you ever written in ちかてつ(chikatetsu)? You will learn how to write that and many other words in the next lesson. See you then.

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the third lesson of Kantan Kana! Today we learn さ、し、す、せ、and そ!

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May 2nd, 2019 at 12:53 am
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Hi Zak,


The website URL is correct and working. You need to be signed-in to download.

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April 26th, 2019 at 4:15 am
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The alphabet that you provided Fare with doesn't seem to work anymore, are you able to give me a valid URL or are you unable to get it back?

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December 2nd, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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Hi Xiaojia,


Thank you for studying with us.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


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December 2nd, 2018 at 11:02 am
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thank you

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October 11th, 2018 at 10:25 am
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Hi JJ,


Sorry that you had problems watching the video. It plays okay for me now. Maybe due to your internet connection?


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August 16th, 2018 at 9:18 pm
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your video is so lag....

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August 3rd, 2018 at 2:59 am
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Hi Farez,


Glad to hear that you found our lessons simple to follow!


Hope you like the rest of our series.


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


Looking forward to seeing you often here.


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July 30th, 2018 at 3:29 am
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These lesson are so useful thanks it was so simple

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May 8th, 2018 at 5:35 am
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Hi Sindi,


Thank you for the comments. I'm glad to hear you've figured out the problem and no more confusion! 😄


うそ = lie

いいえ = no


Thank you very much for studying with us!


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April 19th, 2018 at 1:22 am
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Ah, I see the problem. The Romaji of いいえ is shown as Iie. Or capital i, small i, followed by e, but the font used shows I (Capital i) the same as l (Small L).

I was looking at the Romaji iie, instead of the English next to it, which is actually 'No'. Confusion over :)