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Introduction to Japanese 2

Courtney R, Japanese Sensei

Introduction to Japanese 2

Courtney R, Japanese Sensei

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10 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Strokes

    • 3. Lesson 1

    • 4. Lesson 2

    • 5. Lesson 3

    • 6. Lesson 4

    • 7. Lesson 5

    • 8. Lesson 6

    • 9. Look Alikes

    • 10. Review

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This is the second course in the “Introduction to Japanese series, produced by Courtney R. In this course, you will learn to read all 46 Japanese hiragana characters. Throughout each lesson, you will be encouraged to work on the class project, a hand-written, complete hiragana chart. The class is geared towards Japanese learners- at all levels, who need to learn or improve their hiragana recognition or handwriting.

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Courtney R

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Konnichiwa! Hello! And thank you for stopping by! If you're brand new to the Japanese language, or need a refresher, you can find my course Introduction to Japanese 1 here. Also, check out my website for more Japanese resources!

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My name is Courtney and I am a Japanese teacher, graduate student, and artist. I am from Atlanta, Georgia and it is my dream to move to Japan and work in the healthcare field.

Inspired by my own struggles during my journey to fluency, I created my language blog to guide others. It is my goal to help people realize that they can learn another language (or any new skill), regardless of their age, race, etc..., not to m... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Venus on. Call me drop with us. You are cold release and say the introduction to Japanese to Yoko. So everybody Hello and welcome to introduction to Japanese. To I am Courtney and I will be a Japanese teacher. In introduction to Japanese one, you learned about the fundamentals of the Japanese language which did include three systems of writing. If you haven't had a chance to take that course, I strongly recommend taking it before you take this course, or at the same time that you're taking this one. An introduction to Japanese to you are going to learn all 46 characters of the system known as he died Ghana. By the end of this course, you should be able to read and write fluently. And if you practice consistently, this is something you can do in four weeks or less. For the final project, you will have a hand written heat are gonna charge completed by you. I have a blanket on a principle that will be attached with this lesson along with additional supplementary material if you would prefer not to print or if you are unable to print but also attached a pdf with instructions for how to make your own hand written worksheets. So on that note, as always, you can find additional supplementary material on my website, which has been short and down Teoh pair of parent dreams dot com. For this course, I will offer another optional exam slash flashcard deck and yeah, that's it. So I will see you in less than one mother that 2. Strokes: Hello, everyone. And, um, before we get started with everything, I wanted to go over this very important thing really quickly. And that is strokes. So when it comes to learning how to recognize written Japanese, you will need to know about strokes. So strokes are literally the brush strokes or, in this case, the pen strokes or the pencil strokes. Um, it refers to the lines and strokes are counted. So a character where you have to lift your paper, your pen or pencil, or your brush off of the paper three times would have three strokes. Um, so this is It's not as important with Kana, but it is important, Especially when you get to Condi and you're trying to look up con Gee, a lot of times understanding how many strokes are in a character is very important. Um, not to mention a character. You understand how complex a kicked it is just from knowing how many strokes it has. Um, so strokes do have a bit of an order in Japanese strokes generally go from left to right and from top to bottom. So typically, when you are when you see a character and you're not really sure of how it's written. Um, the stroke that is closest to the top and farthest to the left is most likely going to be the first stroke. Um, and that just kind of helped you to properly right Japanese and also it It's just a good thing, especially if you're writing and I don't know, maybe you want to impress someone who's Japanese. Um, it looks a lot better when you use the correct stroke order. It's kind of like how some people, when they write in English and you see them, right, some characters literally backwards. So it looks kind of silly. Looks kind of strange. Even if their letter looks fine, it just looks kind of crazy, right? Um so pay attention to how many strokes I used to write each character. It's again, um, not something that you really have to stress, but it is something that I think is worth taking note of. So I just wanted to mention that really briefly before we get into the lessons and that's it. I will see you in less than one might on it 3. Lesson 1: so before get started. I've already taken some time to go over with. This course is about as well a strokes. So the last thing that I want to mention before I start less and one is that this is the hero Ghana Practice sheet. So, as I'm writing, you should follow along on this sheet. You'll notice that over here it has some hero Ghana characters that are already printed those air there for you to trace with your pencil as you follow along with me. Once you've traced it at least once, perhaps you want to keep going over it more than once, you're going to try your best to imitate it in your best Japanese handwriting in each box. If you run out of space, I do have completely blank Khanna practice sheets that you can download on my website pear , a pear dreams dot com, And on that note, let's get into lesson one. So, in this lesson, we are going to go over the following characters up through oh, call through Colt. I saw through So So when we're finished, I am going to come back to this blank here, got a chart and fill them in where they belong. The first character that I'm going to write is one horizontal stroke. It's a little bit bent, another stroke, vertical, slightly bent. And then we've got this large bendy stroke right there. That's number three E G. Knee farm. Next is eat eight. Teoh. I mean, so first you've got this vertical ish stroke here with a little hook at the end and then a slanted slightly bench top beside it. Okay, next is Oh, God. One strike stroke here. And a Fendi one there who next is at horizontal stroke. Now, for this character for the second stroke, it almost starts off like the letter Z. But then it comes back up following the same line and makes this hump here. It sort of reminds me of the letter h and then oh, some And next is call from pop. Next is key E g me Song T. Now, one thing I'm going to mention quickly with the character key, and I actually mentioned this was several characters is that you might see it drawn differently. So they're the stand character. However, as you can see in this version of it, the third stroke is one big stroke. Whereas in the alternative version, the third stroke is broken and it becomes this becomes like 1/4 stroke. Our next character is Coop. Coop, Eat cheese. Next is okay. You kick me fun. Can't. Next is cool, E g clean, cold. So with quote, you have this, um, horizontal ish stroke that has a hook at the end and then another horizontal stroke that is a little bit bent, but straight. It becomes street that starts off a little bit. I think that next is something so similar to key Saw can be drawn with the second stroke broken and then becomes 1/3 stroke. So that's how that could look Next is she see? Next is soon suit suit. Next is set last. We have so soul with, say, I mean sorry with. So sometimes you may see it looking like this for a long time. I actually on Lee wrote it this way. I only started to write it this way recently. So if you see this, just know that is the character. So I'm now going to fill the characters that we just completed into my blank here Ghana chart. So that is it for lesson one. I'll see you in the next lesson. 4. Lesson 2: Hello and welcome back for Lesson two. For this lesson, we're going to cover the following characters. Top through. I told not through No huh Through a hole. The first character that I'm going to begin with is Top top T eight from Cheap. Gone are horizontal stroke, a long vertical stroke and similar to the character quote. We have this horizontal ish bench stroke with a hook, and then we've got this slightly bent horizontal stroke beneath it. Notice that they fall. Between that, the top of this horizontal stroke and the bottom of his vertical strokes. They're not bigger than it. Next is key. She now I'm sure you may be wondering. Well, I thought it was tea. The role Aji character used to represent it is a T, and then a vowel. That, it's shown, is next to an eye, which means e well. All that I can really say about that is that's why I said, in course, one that you cannot trust Row Maggie Maggie are not perfect. And although she falls under the tea character, that's just because of the similarities in how do you create the sound with your mouth? Um, but in reality When you right out she and Ramadi you will use C h I. So that's all that I can really say to explain that Next is sit suit Very easy. One stroke as in tsunami. I know it sounds kind of similar to suit, but Sue is a lot smoother soup. You can kind of feel the t sound and you can kind of hear it too. It's a little harsher than suit. Next is take easy enough 10 and last we have to. I told these should be connecting next is not so. I know this one might look a little tricky at first somewhere to talk. It starts with a horizontal stroke and then a slyly vertical, slightly slanted short stroke right beneath it. Is this looped stroke here and then a slanted stroke decided Not next is me so well again. Very similar to talk. Except it only has this vertical ish been to stroke and then almost really the exact same thing is cool with the horizontal stroke with the hook and the bent horizontal stroke beneath it. Well, next is new. No. So it has this bend slanted stroke and then this long stroke which comes all our around intersects noticed that this is still visible so it doesn't intersect up here. It intersects here and continues all the way to hear Makes a loop, and then it's done. No. Next is net net so again that a second stroke is very long. You've got this horizontal stroke, and then this long, long second stroke, which looks at the end, similar to new and last we have no, no. Next is hot, huh? Next is he he? And that's all. One big stroke noticed that the initial vertical ish part of that one stroke is shorter than the final. Who now with who and extra. I meant to mention this with cheat as well, similar to as I've mentioned before. These are more characters that are sometimes written a bit different, so cheap sometimes looks like this and who sometimes looks like this. Who it has an H, and it's next to the letter you in Rome AGI, which represents the new sound. However, it is most commonly pronounced with a closer to the F sound, more like food, but you don't completely suck your lip in to make the sound, so it's almost like a mixture between who and food who? Very strange. I know. And I'm planning to make a Siri's where I explain these types of things in depth. Next is head and finally hole whole. Now I'm going to fill in. These characters on my blank heat are not charged, so that's all for this lesson, and I will see you in less than three. 5. Lesson 3: in this lesson. We are going to do the following characters, Ma. No, not through. No. I will come back to these characters here. Um, because they have some special circumstances. The first character that I'm going to write here is mop. The first horizontal stroke is slightly shorter than the second, and the third is a long stroke that begins vertically, makes a loop at the end and ends here. The end of it is not, um, much further out from the second stroke. Next is me. Me. Next is moved. Moat Next is met. Met next is no, no, The next character is that now, before I continue, you may be thinking that that sounds it could be sound. Where is that On the heat are gonna chart that is under the r sound. The Japanese language doesn't have the r sound the way we have it in English And again that's another one of those things that I will be publishing an entirely second different Siris on to explain it. So just know for now this is that it's under the arm. Next is the the Sometimes they can be returned without this little hook here. So this stroke is just vertical, and this one is a little bit vent. Next is dude do next. Is that that? And last but not least, no. No. I'm now going to fill them in on my head are gonna charge. So that's it for this lesson and I'll see you in the next one. 6. Lesson 4: in this lesson will be going over our final heat are gonna in the basic character chart. Yeah, through you'll Well threw well and our special character. The first character that I'm going to write is Yeah, yeah, The reason why there's a grade out blank after Young is because there is no sound. The next sound is actually you following the character you. There's also no a blank, and that's because there is no yet. The next character is your. The same circumstances apply under the W, which marks watch. This is what there is. No we wou or way. The next character is well, finally for the character. It actually is on its own, and it's just the continent. Sound funny enough? It almost looks like the letter in. It's one stroke, so I know that was very short. And again, where these blanks are, these sounds don't exist. That doesn't mean that these sounds can be made. They can be made, and that's something a little bit complex that we will discuss when we get to cup a comma for the moon sound we already have not through. No, this is just so there is no sound to mark here. Gonna fill them? I blink here. I got a chart now, So that is it for this lesson, and I will see you in the next one. 7. Lesson 5: So in this lesson, we are going to begin reviewing one of our two sets of special characters. If you notice we have G, z, d, B and P on the left, we have the constant that will go next. Each sound these sounds are actually created using are based characters, which is why it's so important that you begin by studying the base characters. We're going to begin, uh, with God through gold. And actually, I'm in this lesson. I'm going to go through all of them, believe it or not there that easy to learn that I don't need to make multiple lessons to go over them. If you are familiar with the base set, this is going to be nothing for you. Our first character is gone. Vote is written by first creating the base character costs. Notice that God, the way you make the sound got is very similar to the way you make this sound. Call God. That is why I call is the base character. In order to make God, we're simply going to add something called Dr 10. Dr The Doctor are what tells you to change the sound of the base character so I'm going to write the rest. As you can see, every character has the docked in in the right hand corner. This changes this character from cock to God. Key to deep cooked to boot. Can't to gay hope to war. Next is the sound disease out its base? You shouldn't be surprised is Bs sound saw becomes Zo She g to is it said there and so so again here I want to mention I mean, I do this a little bit far. This is G not Z G. Next we have the d sound. Top becomes don. She actually also becomes g. So becomes zoo Ted becomes that and pole becomes don't now as faras when to use this g and this G this zoo and this zoo, Um, it's circumstantial, and you will just memorize the few exceptions where these characters are used instead of these two represent those sounds. Um, again, I will be coming out with a series where I explain these types of things very shortly. Next is the beasts out Its base is the h hot, huh? Becomes about He becomes me who becomes do. Hey, becomes bet Hope becomes both last set of characters again with the P constant. Their base is the same as the base for the B characters. But the doctor thin is actually a circle model instead of the two strokes. Huh becomes huh? He becomes P who becomes cool. Head becomes that whole becomes go. That is all for this lesson. I will see you in the next one. 8. Lesson 6: in this lesson, we're going to go over our second set of special characters, those on this side of the chart. Now that you understand that special characters are made up of base characters, we won't actually go through all of these. Instead, I'll only go over. Some of them slightly explained the sound that they make, and then I leave it to you to fill in the chart at the end of this. Listen, I won't write all of the characters, and I'll simply show a picture of what it looks like when it's finished. The first character that I'm going to start with is for this sound we went over. Sounds like he's the double constant sounds. Um, we went over them in intro to Japanese one. So if you want to get more of an explanation on how the sound is made, I won't really be going into that here. Instead, I'll simply be talking about how to write it. Shot is made of to heat our characters. The first is T. The second is yeah, notice that the sound that the constant begins with is large. The sound e is negated by this small Yeah, and it transitions smoothly as Yeah, the same is the same. Uh, the same goes for cute. And your remember there is no yay or yes sound. So it's on Lee. Yeah, you and you'll better the options for this Que que killed. Now what sound do they make? Yeah, you guilt. See, that's the beauty of heat are gonna once you understand the base and you understand the docked in characters like these air. Pretty easy to understand. Next. Sure, sure. Short John do Joe, not Geo, do you geo job do, Joe? I must a big time there. The app view your the out do your very difficult to pronounce will take time to memorize I'm just gonna put that out there for you now. But again, as I always say in my lessons, don't think that this stuff is impossible. It's not. You can get it. And with enough practice, it will become easy. So I will show you a picture of my completed chart. All right, so this is a picture of my completed. He talk on a chart and we go. So, um, if you've been following along, you should have a completed chart like this if you messed up, feel free to print another one or if you need just print another one for extra practice. I would suggest timing yourself B and your ability to complete the chart and trying to be able to complete it as quick as possible to just work on your ability to quickly recall He don't on our characters when you need them when you need when you see them, I mean, but if you don't do that, it's OK because from this point on, you will not see very much, if any, DiMaggio and my lessons, so you'll have ample opportunities to work on your He don't got a recollection abilities. But that is actually all for at as far as writing is concerned. The next lesson. I will go into the characters that look similar, and, um, we'll wrap up 9. Look Alikes: all right. Hello, everyone. And welcome to lessen seven, which is going to be Ah, look at some characters that look alike. So these are the characters that might confuse you are it confuses most people, including me when I first began, and before I start, I just want to say that, um, some of this is really just going to come from practice. You can come up with all of the images and things like that in the world to remember these . But practice is essentially what's going to really make it stick. So let's get started. Our first look alike is she versus, um, some people like to go, and so she is on the left, excuse me and and sues on the right. Ah, lot of people like to look at the character she and pictured as a girl's long flowing hair . And they will say she has long hair, whereas what I like to think of is she stands up vertically, where as soup is horizontal, like the waves of a tsunami. So maybe that's a dark comparison to think of Sue and soon the and tsunami. But, um, that's how I think of it. Um So next we have new and met the way that I remember. The difference is that no has a loop at the end, just like net. So next also starts with the end sound just like new. And they both have Ah, loop at the end. Whereas May does not And so kind of my tactic is sometimes I will just remember something for, like, one and not the other or for two and not the third, Um, just to kind of do like a process of elimination. If I see this loop and I know that new has a loop then I know if I see this that it can't be new because I associate one character with one thing and I don't associate the other with anything. So or I associate the other with not being the one I'm trying to figure out. I don't know that, uh, I'm rambling. So next is due vs No, new versus. So do is on the left here and do has a loop. No, has no do next. We have key versus saw versus cheap key. Ah, lot of people remember that key looks like a key, and I think that's true. That's not how I remember how I learned it, But it does look like a key. So I think that's a great way to associate it with a picture The way that I tell the difference between south and cheek. Is that the bottom of soft? If I were to continue drawing, I could draw an s. The bottom of saw Looks like the top oven s. She goes in the opposite direction of C. So next we have, um there May. And what? So our first character here on the left is there And, um, I don't associate there with anything, but I know that May and Lou have a loop. So that's how I remember neck and with what I think of Wow, it doesn't have a loop or are hook. Wow. So next I have que versus half versus hope, so care on the far left Care can't have a loop at the end. Okay. Can't have a loop at the end versus wow. Not what Gush. I always want to say Wow. As you learn Japanese, you'll understand why I want to call this a while. But ha does not have or hot has a loop at the end and who has a whole another stroke. So you can tell that I'm obviously from the South because I really just broke the word another in I just broken up like that on that is such a southern thing to do, but, hey, it works. So hope has a whole another stroke. That hot does not. And, um, so that's how I remember it. Um, that is actually it. Those are all of the look alikes in the he dog on a table. You will come across many look alikes in the Japanese language, and you'll have your own ways of memorizing them. And so if you know anything, that may be works for you that I didn't mention, and you want to share it with everybody. Please, please, please posted in the discussion. I would appreciate it. I would like to learn from you. So on that note, I'm going to end this lesson here, and I'll see you in the review. My planet 10. Review: okay, have low, everyone. You've made it through the course, and now we're going to have a really quick review. Um, and I will give you some important information. So you've done it. You finished your heat on a chart, and it should look like this. So take a look at your chart. If you want to make another one a fresh one, that's fine. If you just want to compare the one that you've written to a completed one Here it is. So double check your work, make sure it's good, and I'm really looking forward to see your hand written charts. Um, so the final exam, just like an introduction to Japanese one is a quiz lit deck, and the password is again para para in all lower case letters. If you go to a little with something like this, except it will say introduction to Japanese too. And just go ahead and click on test. Um, take the test. If you're feeling up to it, post your results. Um and I would love to see how you do share your successes, please. And of course, as always, supplementary worksheets are available on my website. It is actually not pair pair dreams blawg dot wordpress dot com anymore. I've actually shortened it. Teoh, just pair pair of dreams dot com If you go to this long euro l it will automatically take you to the short to the Rebs website with the shortened Bureau. But either way, if you need If you would like to see what other material I have, definitely check out my website. And, um, I hope that you got the most out of this course. I would love to hear your feedback. And thank you again. I am appreciative is an understatement. Um, I truly love the Japanese language. I love to share with others and having an opportunity to teach it to other people. Not only does it help my Japanese, but it's it's enjoyable. I actually really enjoy doing this. So, um, I I can't express my appreciation for those of you who have taken my courses. I just can't express it enough. Um, and I would appreciate any feedback so that I can improve. I would love to just continue to improve my lessons. And so on that note, I will see you in my next course. Or maybe on my website or social media or send me an email or something. And ah, good luck with your Japanese language journey, my Bennett.