Monday, February 14, 2011

Lesson 3

Ah, it's this time of the day again. Here it comes - Lesson 3. Now we're sure to move on to vocabulary and grammar, right? Right? .... Nope. Guess what, today's lesson is STILL about Hiragana and Katakana! We're progressing like crazy, aren't we ;)  On a serious note though, this will be the last lesson on that topic and next tiem there really will be some grammar and vocabulary so we can finally start saying things in Japanese. On to the kana for now though.

Last time we learned how to change some of the sounds by adding dots and circles. Now we will learn how to combine some of the kana. Not all of them can be combined, though. In fact only the i-edning ones can. And then again, they can only be combined with three certain kana - ya, yu and yo. The combination is done by writing the i-ending kana normally, and then adding a small version of one of those three right next to it. This makes a total of 21 results, which I am going to list below (since they follow an easy and obvious pattern, I'm not really sure if I need to do all of them, but I'm going to do it anyway, just in case). Here goes:

きゃ - kya きゅ - kyu きょ - kyo
しゃ - sha  しゅ - shu  しょ - sho
ちゃ - cha ちゅ - chu ちょ - cho
にゃ - nya にゅ - nyu にょ - nyo
ひゃ - hya ひゅ - hyu ひょ - hyo
みゃ - mya みゅ - myu  みょ - myo
りゃ - rya   りゅ - ryu  りょ  - ryo

Of course, the can be modified with two dots and circles as well, resulting in this thing here (I'm too lazy to write them all myself):

 

Now that you know this, there are only two more small detail to tell you, but since I have to go now, I will have to write an appendix to Lesson 3 later and mention them in it. That's it for now folks. Good luck with you studies! And most importantly - have fun!!!





39 comments:

  1. i did 2 years of japanese in highschool, this brings back memories ;)

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  2. The language appears to be quite complex. I am sure that it requires a lot of patience and intelligence to learn. Respect! I barely manage with English. haha

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  3. i wanted to learn Japanese language for a long time now. Will fallow. Looking forward to more tutorials.

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  4. I will try to learn some Japanese on your blog from time to time, but I'm quite busy at the moment

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  5. i've wanted to learn japanese for a long time now. thanks for the blog! FOLLOWING!

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  6. Gna be hard remembering this..

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  7. The only thing I know in Japanese is "Watashi wa Jujja desu!"

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  8. I'm gonna print these out and practice with subtitles on some animes, nice stuff man.

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  9. Oh man it keeps getting harder.

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  10. I learn more and more each time!

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  11. Looking forward to lesson 3. I think I'm getting my basics down.

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  12. Memorized most of it actually. ;) Piece of cake.

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  13. is it this hard for japanese people to learn english?

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  14. This blog helping me a lot . I belive one day I will understand animes without subtitles :)

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  15. oh, now i understand everything! :3

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  16. holy crap way over my head. still going to keep up with your blog in hopes it will someday help me pick up japanese girls

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  17. Damn, still haven't studied. Need to start with it soon!

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  18. This one is pretty hard to grasp for me :P

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  19. Its pretty hard to learn, lol :-P
    But thanks, this is still awesome dude :-D

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  20. Uh why do all of them look so similar??

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  21. Very nice topic for your blog. I love japanese!

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  22. This will take a while to fully understand, so confusing when you don't know anything about it.

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  23. hope some people actually follow your posts because these are informative if you want to start learning.

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  24. one of my cousins is very into the Japanese culture. he moved to japan and lived there for a while this blog shows the complexities of the Japanese language

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  25. Loving this bog, Ive actually learned quite a bit from it, keep it coming, maybe one day I can surprise a friend and speak to them in there language.

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  26. they really look similar, hope i can remeber them all

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