1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Japanese
  4. >
  5. For Japanese learners かんたんな読み…


For Japanese learners かんたんな読み聞かせ

Here are some YouTube videos for listening. These are all from Japanese picture books. かえりみちhttps://youtu.be/8gIz4UbJuo8 ぐりとぐらのおきゃくさまhttps://youtu.be/OwSXyfQftXE 14ひきのさむいふゆhttps://youtu.be/qNUEi5aDgck

February 19, 2018



thanks for posting. I've a way to go before I can understand them myself but I did enjoy listening.






Hi all. I have trouble with the following: は What I hear is WA, not HA.

When I copy "hello" in japanese from google translate it says:



so it ends with WA.

Can anyone please explain to me what is the problem here for me and how do I solve it?

Also, I'm new here, looking for friends who will guide me through this webpage :)

Thank you all.


is pronounced wa when it's used as a topical marker (particle), and ha otherwise. In the phrase こんにちは, こんにち means today and is the topical marker (it's not part of the word). That's why it's pronounced wa.
こんにちは roughly translates to as for today (the equivalent of How are you doing today in English).

There's a great guide on Japanese Grammar (including particles) in this link:
Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese.

To navigate the forum check these links:

Duolingo Help center
Duolingo unofficial Wiki and FAQ
Community guidelines

Good luck and enjoy learning Japanese :)


I know, it's VERY confusing. I'm new too, this is actually my very first day!! If you want, we could stick together as we both learn japanese. I actually started learning because I picked up a couple phrases from a subbed anime (One Punch Man, if you've heard of it) my brother introduced me to, and I just decided to learn more! So yeah, if you want, we could be friends! P.S. Call me Black.

Learn Japanese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.