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みなさんこんにちは。(Mina-san konnichiwa.)
Hi everyone and welcome back to JapanesePod101.com’s kantan kana. In the last lesson, we learned the Hiragana characters な(na), に(ni), ぬ(nu), ね(ne) and の(no). If you are not feeling confident about those, review the last lesson before continuing on.
You’ve already learned 25 Hiragana characters. So let’s make it 30. We will start with は(ha). 1, 2, 3. The first stroke has a はね(hane) at the end of it. This character is sometimes pronounced differently but we will talk about that in another lesson. Also は(ha) looks a lot like け(ke) or with the curve at the end. Try not to confuse them.
Here is はは(haha), ”mother”
And here is はな(hana), “flower”.
Next we have ひ(hi). Write it all with one stroke, over, down, around and like this at the end.
ひと(hito) means “person”.
ひくい(hikui) means low.
Now let’s move on to ふ(fu). ふ(fu) is written with four strokes. 1, 2, 3, 4. Also it’s pronounced ふ not “hu” or “fu”. Your teeth don’t touch your bottom lip. If you put your hand in front of your mouth, you should feel a puff of air when you say it.
Here is ふく(fuku) which means “clothes”
And ふた(futa) which means “lid”
Next is へ(he) should all be one stroke. The second part should be longer than the first. There is also another way to pronounce へ(he) but we will save that for another lesson.
へそ(heso) means bellybutton.
And へた(heta) means unskilled.
Our last character today is ほ(ho). 1, 2, 3, 4. This character looks a lot like は(ha) that we talked about earlier. The difference is ほ(ho) has an extra line on top right here.
One example of ほ(ho) is ほね(hone) which means bone.
Another example is ほそい(hosoi) which means slender.
Now let’s have a short quiz. I will show you the Hiragana and you read it. Bonus points if you remember what it means.
はな(hana) “flower”
ひと(hito), “person”
ほそい(hosoi), “slim”
Now it’s time for Chihiro’s tip. Can you think of any Japanese place names that use the Hiragana that we have learned so far? Now you can write ふくおか(Fukuoka) in Southern Japan and あかさか(Akasaka), a district in Tokyo where the JapanesePod101.com office is. For extra practice, find a map of Japan in English and see which place names you can write in Hirgana. Pretty soon, you will be able to write them all.
Have you ever seen a くま(kuma) in the wild? くま(kuma) means “Bear” and we will learn how to write that word in Hiragana and a lot more in the next lesson. See you then.

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August 13th, 2010 at 06:30 PM
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Mina-san,

We're over halfway done with the hiragana! How is it going so far? Are you able to read and write a lot of them now? :kokoro:

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October 14th, 2021 at 04:54 PM
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Ailinさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

Since the host is talking in English in the video, the transcript is also in English👍


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Ailin
October 12th, 2021 at 07:39 AM
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where can I find the transcripts in kana. I only see them hen in English.

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November 12th, 2020 at 10:15 AM
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Danielさん


質問(しつもん)ありがとうございます😄

おしいです!(Close)

It's わたし は ダニエル (da ni e ru) です😉

Yes, you have all those except the line-by-line sections👍

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Daniel
November 8th, 2020 at 11:51 AM
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わたはだにろです!


I hope I said that right Lol. I’m Daniel :)


I just wanted to say I looooove this site. I am learning so much. Could you please tell me if I have all of the audio and the pdf lessons for the basic subscription?


I would like to be able to listen to the words and phrases over and over. I am currently watching this series and Japanese for absolute beginners. Do I get:

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ありがとうございます🤗

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August 4th, 2020 at 03:02 PM
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maxxさん


Thank you so much for your comment😄

It might be confusing to identify them sometimes😅

がんばってください!

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maxx
August 1st, 2020 at 12:44 PM
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Has anyone mistaken ha and ke, they are nothing alike lol

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May 29th, 2020 at 02:47 AM
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こんにちは Serenaさん


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May 27th, 2020 at 05:53 AM
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Wow I have learned so much! Great lessons😁

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April 17th, 2020 at 07:43 PM
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Oliviaさん


質問(しつもん)ありがとうございます😄

Kinō is always spelled with u at the end as きのう. The う (u) is extending the sound of の (no).


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Olivia
April 17th, 2020 at 10:11 AM
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I am confused why "Kino" is spelled with the "U" at the end? I thought that to extend the O it would have been the "shi" at the end?