Practice Hiragana #2

TASK 1
Hand-write the following in Hiragana:

a) pi, bo, ya, chi, mo, sa, ji, ge, bo, be, na, nu.

b) tsu, ki, ne, to, ru, da, te, no, wa, yu, yo, so.

c) cha, shu, kka, ppi, sho, tto, ke, ni, ri.

*Try without help, then check if you made any mistakes using a Hiragana chart.

Task 2
Hand-write the following paragraph in Hiragana:

Konnichi wa, genki desu ka? watashi no namae wa michiko desu. Hajimemashite. Jaa, donna koto ni kyoumi ga arimasuka? Watashi wa eiga to ongaku ga suki desu. Hokkaido wa dou desu ka? Hokkaido ni itta koto ga nai desu yo. Totemo tooi desu ne. Anata wa Shikoku ni itta koto ga arimasu ka?

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ANSWERS Task 1:
a) ぴ、ぼ、や、ち、も、さ、じ、げ、ぼ、べ、な、ぬ。

b) つ、き、ね、と、る、だ、て、の、わ、ゆ、よ、そ。

c) ちゃ、しゅ、っか、っぴ、しょ、っと、け、に、り。

*Remember that to make double letter (‘kk’ for example) you use a small ‘tsu’ (つ) before that character. With things like ‘cha’ and ‘sho’, you use a small ‘ya’ (や) or ‘yo’ (よ) after the main character – ちゃ/しょ

ANSWERS Task 2:
こんにちは、げんきですか?わたしのなまえはみちこです。はじめまして。じゃあ、どんなことにきょうみがありますか?わたしはえいがとおんがくがすきです。ほっかいどはどうですか?ほっかいどにいったことがないですよ。とてもとおいですね。あなたはしこくにいったことがありますか?

*In Japanese writing they generally don’t leave spaces between words. This makes reading Japanese an even more daunting and difficult task for any beginner, since it takes some time before you get to know where one word ends and another begins (I had a lot of difficulty with this when corresponding with pen pals in Japan when I first started learning).  But you get used to it eventually, and Katakana and Kanji help to break things up a bit.

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