[Japanese language] Lesson1 Hiragana

Have you tried to learn Japanese language?
I think you felt it was so difficult!

Japanese language is so unique.
Mainly it consists of three kind of words Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji.

These are basic Hiragana!

Let’s read Japanese word in anime using that list!

“あそびあそばせ”

Were you able to read?

“a so bi a so ba se”

Asobi Asobase!!

Good!

Let’s go next anime!

“くまみこ”

Were you able to read?

“ku ma mi ko”

Kumamiko!!

Very good!!

Let’s go next anime!

“けいおん”

Were you able to read?

“ke i o n”

Keion!!

Great!!

This title is often written “K-on”. Both K-on and Keion are good.
Keion is a bit hard to pronounce for Japanese.
So when we pronounce Keion, often pronounced like K-on.

Next title!

“らき☆すた”

Were you able to read?

“ra ki su ta”

Raki☆Suta!!

You may remember this anime “Lucky Star”. It is good English title.
But Rakisuta is better in Japanese Hiragana title. We don’t pronounce this anime Luckystar but Rakisuta.
Because Hiragana sometimes express friendliness so we feel Rakisuta is more cute than Luckystar.

Next anime!

“がっこうぐらし”

Were you able to read?

“ga tsu ko u gu ra shi”

Gatsukougurashi!

Gatsukougurashi?

We don’t know this title.

Yes, this is a little hard to read.

“つ” is “tsu”, but がっこうぐらし is “っ”. It’s small “っ”.
Pronunciation of small “っ” is like jumping or hopping.
So がっこうぐらし is Gakkougurashi. Not Gatsukougurashi.

It may be diffichlt!
If it is hard to pronounce for you, it is good pronounce like “ck”.
Like back, kick, rock…Gackougurashi.

Let’s see PV and hear pronunciation.

You can hear がっこうぐらしGakkougurashi from 0:26~

Let’s see another example!

This is “ふらいんぐういっち”

Can you read?

“fu ra i n gu u i cchi”

Like this.

In English, this title is “Flying witch”.
But Japanese people are not good at English, so this title is “Furaingu uicchi” for us!

Let’s see PV and hear pronunciation.

You can hear ふらいんぐういっちFuraingu uicchi from 1:13~

Next anime!

“ひなこのーと”

Were you able to read?

“hi na ko no …. to?”

What is “ー” ?

ー means extending like this.

In English, this title is “Hinako Note”. In Japan, “Hinako Nooto”
Yes, we pronounce note as nooto!

Let’s see PV and hear pronunciation!

You can hear ひなこのーとHinako Nooto from 0:36~

Ok, this is last title this time.
If you can read this, you are Hiragana master!

“たまこまーけっと”

It appear both small “っ” and “ー”.

Were you able to read?

“Ta ma ko ma…ke…to”…???

“Ta ma ko ma a ke tto”

Tamako Maaketto!!

Fantastic!!

Yes, this title is “Tamako Maaketto”
You remember this title as “Tamako Market” maybe.

“Market” sounds and pronounce like “Maaketto” for us!
Of cource, we learn market in school so we can understand when you pronounce Tamako market.

Let’s see PV and hear pronunciation!

You can hear たまこまーけっとTamako Maaketto from 1:16~

All right everybody, that’s all for this time!
I hope you become Hiragana master!

Next lesson is Katakana.
See you next time!

さようなら! Sayounara! (Good bye!)

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