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Japanese for Beginners 1: Hiragana

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Lessons in This Class

28 Lessons (1h 23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Japanese Writing System

    • 3. Direction of Writing

    • 4. Vowels

    • 5. Consonants Ka-Column

    • 6. Consonants Sa-Column

    • 7. Consonants Ta-Column

    • 8. Consonants Na-Column

    • 9. Consonants Ha-Column

    • 10. Consonants Ma-Column

    • 11. Consonants Ya-Column

    • 12. Consonants Ra-Column

    • 13. Consonants Wa, o, n

    • 14. Voiced Sounds G

    • 15. Voiced Sounds Z

    • 16. Voiced Sounds D

    • 17. Voiced Sounds B

    • 18. Semi-Voiced Sounds P

    • 19. Contracted Sounds K & G

    • 20. Contracted Sounds S & J

    • 21. Contracted Sounds C

    • 22. Contracted Sounds N

    • 23. Contracted Sounds H, B & P

    • 24. Contracted Sounds M

    • 25. Contracted Sounds R

    • 26. Double Consonatns

    • 27. Long Vowels

    • 28. Conclusion

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About This Class

Hello! Welcome to Japanese for Beginners.

This course is for people who want to learn Japanese for the first time.

We will cover Hiragana, the most basic Japanese alphabet.

In this course, you will learn:

How to write Hiragana letters

How to read Hiragana letters and words

You can download the Hiragana Chart to practice pronunciation by yourself and use the practice sheets to practice writing the Hiragana letters. We also provide you with 2 workbooks so you can practice after completed the course.

Practice makes perfect.

がんばりましょう(ganbarimashoo) We can do this!


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こんにちは!(konnichiwa : meaning ‘hello’)

 Hello everyone!  


My name is Onigiri. 

I am a native Japanese speaker with an advanced Japanese teacher training qualification 

and I have been teaching Japanese to beginners since 2020.


I am happy to help you develop new skills and look forward to seeing you in my lessons. 

See you soon!

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1. Introduction: Cognitive or negated this. Hello everyone. My name is Wendy DD. I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. Osaka is a secant, the biggest city in Japan. It has historically developed as a towel over margins. It is also well-known for its food and committee. This course is for people who want to learn Japanese for the first time. And perhaps for more experienced, the lenders who want to refresh their memory. The basic Japanese alphabet. Here. You get downloaded a writing practice sheets to write the retina by yourself in the world to books which will help you to continue your learning after the course is complete. This course will give you a strong foundation in 3D and writing Hiragana. Once completed, you can move on to that data now cause I look forward to seeing you soon. See you soon. 2. Japanese Writing System: Hello. In this video, I will tell you about the Japanese writing system. There are three types of characters in Japanese. Hiragana. Codec Ana in Kanji is the most basic Oba, three characters. It has full D6 lettuce and roundish shape. Every Hiragana represents one syllable sound. But that got that represents the same syllable added to Hiragana counterpart. At that data has rather straight lines and it's used to for fluorine was and onomatopoeia. The Chinese cap that Kanji was brought from China. Kanji ideograms. Each character has its own meaning. They, the three characters are combined and can be used in one sentence. Now take a look at this word. He says, he diagonal. We call this rule Muji. It is a way of writing Japanese Latin script. Many Japanese people learn to write more Muji and elementary school so that they can write their names in English. 3. Direction of Writing : Hello, labor one. I'm only dd. Indiscipline l. I will tell you about the direction of writing ancient bunnies that traditional Japanese arrived. The ys vertical is starts from top, right, from top to bottom as D9 skull, right to left, horizontal right. These stats from left to right, the same way as English. Both directions I used a modern Japanese. For example, newspaper, boots, I'll usually written vertically. That's all for now. We'll start here. Jana, Pakistan is sin. 4. Vowels : I know I'm on EGD. Now, I will give you some fundamental rules to write. Usually when we write Hiragana, we ride from top to bottom and left to right. Horizontal and vertical lines cross. The horizontal lines are usually written before the vertical lines, but a few exceptions. Additionally, we use two brushes for writing. Some strokes are connected and the brush move, say enough lowly manner when writing. Now with a brush isn't used very often. But it's important to follow the US true colder because it's easier to write in the Vanessa. He has a Hiragana chart. This one starts from top, right. Now we are going to practice the vowels. E. Now, I'll show you how to write. The older. I'll say sounds. That means 1, 2, 3, 4 in Japanese. Okay, let's start at the first true. The second stroke. Stroke is how to write the first joke. The second is 2k. In the last sound. Right? Now, let's practice reading 0, 0, 1. One, last one. I hope you enjoyed the lesson. Practice writing in 3D again and again. Thus, we are going to allow consonants. 5. Consonants Ka-Column: Minutes, Allen Cognitive up on the giddy days and all everyone. I'm on the GED. In the last lesson, we learned files. Today, we are going to learn consonant g, j, Japanese consonants, awful lot. The Bible's stat. The first tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk, tuk, stroke or false. Right. Thank you. This call. With me. Let's try one more time. Go. Broke this 3D. This time there are some vowels as well. All right. Call. The more we make was, Let's keep watching. 6. Consonants Sa-Column: Hi everyone. Today we are going to start the first the first row. The second stroke. The stroke. This is how to write sheet. She has only one stroke. Straight stroke stroke. This is how to set the first rule. Stroke, stroke. This is how to write a soap, has only one stroke. This is how to ride with me. While more practice. What is this? So she is Japanese traditional dish. Last one. So the more you practice, the more you'll improve a 7. Consonants Ta-Column: Hi everyone. Today we are going to learn though. The stroke, the stroke. The stroke. This is how, this is how it has only one stroke. This is only wants to talk. This is all explained because there is no sound in Japanese. We have sound instead. Same goes with this. As we have seen. We have sound instead. Let's practice the pronunciation. Try one more time. Now, let's practice reading. What is this? All right. Hello. 8. Consonants Na-Column: Hello. Hello. I learned about half a week so far. And today we are going to learn now kilohm, the lab. Okay, Let's start. The first. Is NADH. The first draw. The second stroke. Sound, the third stroke. The stroke. This is how the first stroke, stroke and stroke. So this is how, right. This is how it goes. This is another exception. Is starts from the goal line, right? The last letter is no. No, has only one stroke. This is how to write. No. Okay, Let's practice the pronunciation. No. Can you try that again? Now, let's practice reading some Hiragana was. Now the next one. The last one. We'll practice over and over again. That's the best way to master. 9. Consonants Ha-Column: Hi everyone. Today's 5 consonants. The fastener is hot. The first stroke. Stroke. This is how to write hot heat. This is only one stroke. This is how heat. Next one. The first stroke. The second stroke. The stroke. The stroke is how to write has only one stroke. This is the last. Hope. Some sheep. This is how to write. Me. Try one more time. Let's practice reading. Please pause the video if you want more time to think about it. The first word, what is this whole sheet? This is the last one. So as you practice, you'll be able to read them right here again. Let's keep going. 10. Consonants Ma-Column: Today we are going to learn these five letters. Are you ready? Here we go. The first, the first chunk. The second stroke. The stroke. This is how right? Next to meet the first stroke. The second stroke. This is how to write x to the first drug. The second stroke. The stroke. This is how to write. Next to start with the first talk. The second stroke. Stroke. So this is how do right. Now repeat after me. Broke this. So far. What does the same? Next one. Let's try one more. Know me. Know. I hope you enjoy learning here then. I'll see you in nanocrystals Mason, my name. 11. Consonants Ya-Column: Today we are going to only three letters. Yeah. Okay. Let's start. The first. The first stroke. The stroke. Sound. The third stroke. This is how the first stroke stroke. This is how to ride. And the last one. Vcs how to write. Now repeat after me. Try one more time. Let's practice reading words. Yeah. Yeah. The next one. Next, try one more. Don't forget to practice medicine. 12. Consonants Ra-Column: Hi everyone. So many. Left. Now we are going to start the stroke. The stroke. How do right now is Nicholas did at that? Now has only one stroke. This is how to write. And the Nicolson has the same stroke as, you know, has only one stroke just like this? No. Okay. Let's practice reading. Well, this makes some Japanese was Matt. How about this one? Various. Only three litres left now. 13. Consonants Wa, o, n: We are going to last. Let us find out a complete 46. Basically. Here we go. The first is what? This letter has. The same is true glue that as net and the first stroke. The second is true. This is how to write Nicholas. The first drug. The second, the stroke. The stroke. This is how to write or as we don't have more sound in Medan Japanese. So this letter has the same sound as some. May tap this an attack on a computer. It has to be o. All is used as a particle in the sentence. Okay? This one has only one stroke. This is how to write. This is a special letter. It has no vowel sound and there's no start with. And it's always attached to another letter. Now, let's practice reading law. One more time. Now, let's read the next one. The Japanese currency. How about this last one? Congratulations. We've got, wow. I hope you enjoyed the lesson. Additional sounds in the next lesson. 14. Voiced Sounds G: When EDD this, I know everyone. In this lesson we are going to learn to make additional sounds. You can create 23 additional sounds with these two marks, they'll be used to change the sound of leptons. This MOOC is called template then Ola, in a more common term. Dismantle cold hand that could then OA model. Now can you ha, ha. The second one is 1010, the age put on the upper right corner over there. They're done. In each pronounced bop. Bop. Sound, slightly heavier and harder, right? It's called voice to sound in the linguistic term. The third one, iss plus motto. The marquees booth, on the same position as it pin down. A nice pronounced pop ha, sound. So we pronounce a little platform, comes out of your mouth. Okay? Now we're going to change the consonant sounds. Here, the consonants, Pat, key, quote, add to them. Now they are pronounced than go. Same with God. So K sound change to sound. The sound in them. The first one. The next one. So, so good. What does the ball go? To? The next lesson, we're going to make more voice to sound. 15. Voiced Sounds Z: Hi everyone, I'm on EGD. In the last lesson, we learn to make their voice to sound by adding two shorter lines. In this lesson, we are going to change these consonant sounds. So now let's change the sounds or the consonants with the 10. Here we have x0. So let's add to them. They become zan G. Same with me. That GI, Joe. By the way, we don't have sound in Japanese, so we have sound instead. Now let's practice. Some was. What is the next one? So, cool. Castle. Good. How about this one? This is the last one. I'll see you soon. 16. Voiced Sounds D: When the guinea this mean essentially a lowly they're Hawaii. In dismissal. We're going to make their voice to sound over these letters that T to the beginning. Here we have the consonants. Don't modify the sounds by adding n, and now they become that they don't. Can you say with me that day? Did you notice something strange? Yes. We learned in the previous lesson. These are pronounced the same as these letters. Respectably pronounced g, n. So it depends on the word you have to memorize a spilling. Now let's get back to our practice. Some Japanese were all just one. And the last one. I'll see you in the next lesson. 17. Voiced Sounds B: In this lesson, we are going to change the sound over these letters. Hope. Now you know what to do, right? Okay, let's add 10 to he. Who was the sounds will be like, now they are pronounced the same with me. Now, let's try reading some words that have in them. The first one, this one, the next. Then the last one. We are going to make the semi voice to sounds. 18. Semi-Voiced Sounds P: In this lesson, we are going to make semi voice to sound. We only use five consonants. We've used intend to make voice to sounds. And now we are going to use to make same invoice to silence. Okay, let's add a small circle. On the upper right corner. Now, they are pronounced ee, oo with me. Or read some words that have mercury in them. What about the next one? Oh, son. And then the last one. We'll make more additional cells in the next lesson. 19. Contracted Sounds K & G: Hello everyone. In this lesson we use to lead us to make one syllable sound. We use these datas from E line and we're going to make 33 additional sounds. How do we make that sound? Okay, I'll explain that. Yeah, the consonant key, yeah, we blend them together. This becomes smaller than g. And we take the bow out from where we pronounce. So this is pronounced job, note, key. Yeah. How about these letters? Let's combine them together. Now, small, attach to and we pronounce to. Try one more key. When they are blended into small like ya. And it's pronounced jaw. So basically, yeah, small when they're combined. And even though they are two letters, they create one syllable sound. It's called contracted sound. Okay, let's practice reading. Can you say with the mean? We can make the voice to sound. So let's add 10. 10 to cheat. Now, changes to d and they are pronounced. Yeah. Can you say with me? Yeah. Now, let's make some words with well-being, well known so far. And please pause the video if you want more time to think about it. Okay. The first one. Yeah. Yeah. By the way, many Japanese let out a scream of a surprise. Or you can say, these words can be in pentagonal. This node dash indicates that long vowels. So if you see this dash, you need to make that bound longer. You might see this long does a manga, but basically this is used for production. Now. There are many sounds we can make. So let's keep writing them very mature. 20. Contracted Sounds S & J: In the previous lesson, we made one sound by blending. In this innocence. We are going to use this consonant sheet. Yeah. Let's start with small. Now they are pronounced. Shot to show me. Shampoo. Show. Do you remember she can be the voice to sound. Can you guess what the sound will be like? This is how we pronounce John. Joe. Joe. Now, let's practice reading. What does this say? Show me. 21. Contracted Sounds C: In this lesson, we are going to blend a consonant. And yeah, let's get started. Here we have the consonant blender with smaller. Yeah, you a pronounced chomp. Chomp. Chomp. We don't make them voice to sound over these because they're not used anymore. Now let's practice reading the first one. So to obtain churn. 22. Contracted Sounds N: Again today, we are going to use stays constant. Let's begin. Here we have the consonant blend with pronounced. Yeah. Yeah. How are you? 23. Contracted Sounds H, B & P: Hello everyone. We are going to use this constant. We are going to make nine sounds. Let's get started. The consonant. Now, they are pronounced. Yeah. Same with me. Yeah. Your voice to sound. Sounds are pronounced. We can change the sound again. Combined with a small. Now they are pronounced. Yeah. Well, yeah. Six combinations left. I'll see you in lesson. 24. Contracted Sounds M: Hi everyone. I'm 21. Sounds we're going to use standard. Yeah. Okay. Let's get started. Now they become Let's read in some way. You don't need pronouns. I'll explain. When we practice. We are going to make combinations. 25. Contracted Sounds R: In Assange on eBay, this b1, Hawaii, you made, made a contract, a sound, and then three sounds and left. In this inner cell, we are going to use stays constant and the end. Yeah. Okay. Let's get started. Yeah, we have done AS called the blend me. Yeah. Now they are pronounced the same with me. Give me some Japanese ones. How do you read this? Yeah. Yeah. I hope you enjoy your learning Japanese. I'll see you soon. 26. Double Consonatns: Hi everyone. In this lesson, we're going to focus on deselect that. We use the smaller two to transcribe that double consonants. Let's take a look at this example. There are two lines. Here. You read this one to beat Santa. Next one has a smaller tool and it's counted as one beat. We're writing a Roma. You see two consonants. This is called W consonants and consonant. But where we pronouns while consonant becomes Simon indicates that showed the pose. So how does that sound like? Please listen carefully. I'm sad. To beat. It means hill slope. Three beads. Sat. Sat means right, that will alter. This is not easy to hear the difference. So don't worry too much about it. But if you repeated the words in practice over and over, I believe that you will improve your Japanese. Now, let's practice reading. Sat. At that one. Hello. This is our last one. What does the same? E is Shani. Keep practicing. I'll see you then. 27. Long Vowels: We're going to now long vowels. Now we'll take a look at the first row on the top. All done it does except to follow the by the bow. Let's start from right-left. I'm going to hold that vowel sound alone when I read like this. Same goes for that bound. Like this. And the nipple is, what about N and O? So let's check one by one with ones. The first thing we need to Romanized, you see two vowels in sequence. So you have to pronounce a little bit longer. Okay? What about this 1, 0, 0, 0. This is Obasanjo. There is a similar wanted to this. So this is a very important you need to pronounce dialogue about properly. Otherwise, you are saying something you don't mean to. Use the vowel e. E, e, e, e sound. Nissan. Nissan, or G, or G, Sam, Sam, Sam. Again, there is a very similar word to this. Sum. G U, t, t, t, t, t. Some. Take a look at this one and e says, But the last thing that changes when you pronounce. So this is two. Okay. I know it's a difficult, but just remember some was to have a letter pronounced. I'll show you some more examples. That is pronounced as since last vowel is 00, 00, 00, 00, 00, 00. You have to write as a sale, in this case, changes to 0 when you pronounce. Or because of the historical reason that pronunciation was changed. I'll show you some more examples. To that. Goal is pronounced as 0, 0, 0, 0. 28. Conclusion: Hi, everyone. I'm only giving you the complete deed. All the 11 and essence, whale down omega it go. Don't forget to download a while cookbooks, so you can keep practicing. You can come back to the lessons whenever you need. When you're ready, you, John jumping to connect on a course. I'll be waiting for you. See you soon.