Japanese Lesson: Hiragana ひらがな
I know that many people who look at my lessons cannot read hiragana or katakana. Though I put them in roman letters as well, it's important that you are able to read these two syllableary systems if you would like to be at least a quarter 'fluent' in Japanese.
The vowels sounds in Japanese soudn like "Ah, ee, oo, eh, oh". All Japanese words will have one of those sounds at the end, or just an 'n'.
Vowels あーA いーI うーU えーE おーO
かーKa きーKi くーKu けーKe こーKo
さーSa しーShi すーSu せーSe そーSo
たーTa ちーChi つーTsu てーTe とーTo
なーNa にーNi ぬーNu ねーNe のーNo
はーHa ひーHi ふーFu へーHe ほーHo
まーMa みーMi むーMu めーMe もーMo
やーYa ゆーYu よーYo
らーRa りーRi るーRu れーRe ろーRo
がーGa ぎーGi ぐーGu げーGe ごーGo
ざーZa じーJi ずーZu ぜーZe ぞーZo
だーDa でーDe どーDo
ばーBa びーBi ぶーBu べーBe ぼーBo
ぱーPa ぴーPi ぷーPu ぺーPe ぽーPo
Forming words is easy. if you have a Japanese keyboard, you just type in the romaji. For example, the romaji for japanese is 'Nihongo'. You would simply type that; にほんご
The Kanji for that is 日本語. If anyone would want it, I may do another lesson on Kanji. For now, do your best to learn hiragana. I cannot guarantee that I will always be using roman letters.
You should definitely contribute to a Japanese for English Speakers course, once it's in the incubator! You'd be a great help!
I have tried to do that. Many people are trying to make one happen, myself included, but Duo has not gotten back to any of us.
Hi Oribaakki! (That is assuming you still use Duolingo and that you see this comment). First off, I would definitely like to say ありがとうございます for putting together these amazing Japanese lessons! They have given me a very solid foundation for learning Japanese, and I find myself referring back to them often :)
I have started doing the Hiragana lessons on Duolingo, and I couldn't help but notice that the symbol for "ha" は is incorrectly listed as being the symbol for "hi". Just thought you should know :)
Again -- thank you very much for putting this all together. You're awesome :D
Thank you for pointing out the error! Even though there is now a Japanese duolingo course and I feel like my lessons are necessarily needed unless someone needs a grammar explanation, it makes me happy to hear that people are still coming back and finding them useful.