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01 July 2009 @ 10:02 am
Hiragana 1  
We'll start off with the basics and a few words.


A, I, U, E, O, are vowels. They will always sound the same, no matter what.
Below are the Vowels, along with their hiragana counterpart, and the way to pronounce said letter.


 A   あ"A" as in "father"
 I  い"I" as in "e" or "feet"
 U  う"U" as in "Oo" (as in little kids going "Oo" when there's trouble.)
 E  え"E" as in "Eh?"
 O           お       "O" as in "Oh"

Some very basic words that are commonly used.

    Yes       hai    はい
      No       iie   いいえ
    Good        ii   いい
     Bad     dame   だめ
Thank you    arigatou ありがとう
     Hello   konnichiwa  こんいちわ
 Goodbye   sayounara  さようなら

Pronunciation:
hai sounds like "hi"
iie sounds like "ea"
ii sounds like "e"

Constant sounds remain the same.
dame "da-me" ("me" will sound like "meh")
arigatou "a-ri-ga-to-u"
konnichiwa "ko-nni-chi-wa"
sayounara "sa-yo-na-ra"
 

I'll also cover "I".

  "I" Neutral & formalwatashi わたし
      "I" Feminine  atashiあたし
     "I" Masculine  boku  ぼく

watashi "wa-ta-shi"
atashi "a-ta-shi"
boku "bo-ku"

 
 
 
rmtaylenrmtaylen on May 1st, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
OMG thank you so much!!! I have the hardest time in the world learning new languages but i really understood what you were talking about!!!! and it was really easy to learn how to pronounce them!!
I find the letters really hard to remember but i think that is to go without saying (even though i said it anyway).
But thanks again and keep up the awesome job!!
Im so happy im finally learning something!!!