https://www.duolingo.com/Jawad-Dawdi

This is how to quickly memorize the kanas ツ and シ forever

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imagine that the two parallel strokes of ツ are heavy rain;

and imagine that the arc is a huge wave raised by the very bad weather;

we have here a Tsunami;

the word Tsunami begins with : TSU;

TSU is the reading of : ツ

people would say : we can say the same thing for the kana : シ

no, here the two parallel strokes are horizontal;

we will imagine that they represent a friendly wind;

the arc here is no longer a huge wave;

but the sail of a ship;

the word ship begins with : SHI;

SHI is the reading of : シ

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3 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/BygoneBunny

Thank you so much for posting this! I've been struggling for so long with this lol

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doceteme
doceteme
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This is how I remember TSU, SHI, N, SO

SHI is looking up and smiles from her cheek. Her eyes are not quite horizontal

I remember N because シ + ン spells shin.

SO that leaves:

TSU is looking down slightly and smiles from his cheek. His eyes are not quite vertical

I remember SO because I know N belongs with SHI

I also hold my pointer and middle fingers together. Straight up and down for TSU and at a 45 degree angle for SHI. So when I get confused I say TSU with my fingers vertical and then SHI with my fingers at a 45 degree angle.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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SHI is looking up and smiles from her cheek.

ツ looks more like a smile to me than シ.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doceteme
doceteme
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I looks a bit like a smirk, but smiling from cheek is a reminder that the stroke is from bottom to top. Tsu is from top to bottom.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Makoto_Ao
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Everyone did a great job of capturing this. A round of lingots on the house!

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CYYdGk
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Thanks for this. It is so easy to mistaken these two kana as they are so similar if one doesn't pay attention to the orientation of the two parallel short lines.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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Genius! Thank you so much for this Jawad-Dawdi, as well as to everyone else who contributed their strategies! :D

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kshion

I usually just guess based on the rest of the word(s). 役に立った ! 書き留めておきます。

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dani_lem
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Very nice mnemonic

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Swisidniak
Swisidniak
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Similarly I remember them because in Tsu the two strokes line up like writing the hiragana つ from left to right and then curving back to the left and Shi lines up like writing the hiragana し from top to bottom and then curving up to the right. I remember they are the ones with three strokes because their romaji have three letters.

Then for So and N the same, with So being horizontal and N being vertical, and both having fewer letters and fewer strokes.

(forgive my super messy editing)

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Christophe601446
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your version is altogether easy to memorize and, much probably, quite accurate as regards the origins of these letters, since from what I understand hiragana and katakana for the same sound tend to be different derivations from the same Chinese character. It makes sense that the graphical result would be quite distinct but that the general motion of the hand would stay more or less the same.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Orgilicious
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Wow these are very useful. Thank you

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jonathan864042

Nice way to remember it :)

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thatoneart1

this confuses me :D

2 weeks ago
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