How to remember は、ほ

They Look so similar to me. Is there any way to help keep them seperate in my memory? ありがとう!

February 14, 2019


I think of it like this: 1 line (horizontal) is less than 2, and "A" is less than "O", so 1 line = HA and 2 lines = HO.

Not the easiest way to remember it but works for me. As a side note, は is one of the most common kana used in Japanese, and since it can have a particle function, you'll need to learn pretty quickly that it has 2 ways of being pronounced. (HA or WA) Even though it's pronounced "ha" when part of words, it is otherwise "wa" as a particle. Because of how common it is and how important it is to identify it in a sentence, you'll get used to seeing the difference between は and ほ pretty quickly.

February 14, 2019

Just to note, は is a particle, not a participle.

Apologies if this seems overly pedantic, but it's probably best not to confuse people by mixing up two distinct grammatical concepts.

February 14, 2019

Whoops, my bad. Not sure why I put that. XD

I fixed it in my post. Thanks for pointing that out.

February 15, 2019

Exactly as I did !

February 14, 2019

Glad to know I wasn't the only one, lol.

February 14, 2019

は is pronounced as WA when it is a particle but I think it's important to firmly keep its proper HA pronunciation in mind while learning.

If you don't it may mess you up later when trying to conjugate words between their different forms, i.e. て form, ます form, Dictionary form, etc.

February 14, 2019

There are many similar hiragana. I sort them from the easiest to the most complicated

  • は ほ
  • = ha ho (alphabetical order)

  • こ に

  • = ko ni (ko means "little", so it's the little one)

  • さ き

  • = sa ki (think of saké)

  • く へ

  • = ku he

  • ら ち

  • = ra chi

  • の め ぬ

  • = no me nu

  • ろ る

  • = ro ru (the one with the little round is NOT O)

  • れ わ ね

  • = re wa ne (ne from "neko" = "cat" looks like a cat)
February 14, 2019


February 14, 2019

you're right, thanks. French accepts the plural "hiraganas" but not English

February 14, 2019

No worries.

February 14, 2019

count up. 1 then 2. and Abc......lmnO. its simple 2 comes after 1 and O comes after A. sorry if this is confuseing

February 22, 2019
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