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PostSubject: Japanese Lessons   Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:43 pm

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to ROFLCOPTER and Hayleyzball Japanese Lessons.
New lessons will (hopefully)be posted everyday.
These lessons will help you to learn the basics to the somewhat advanced language of Japanese.


Heres a bit of information to start off with:

Japanese Writing

Japanese writing is traditionally from top to bottom, from the right hand side of a page to the left. A traditional Japanese book appears 'back to front' to the westerner. This layout is still most common in Japan today. Some books (e.g. the telephone book) are now published in horizontal script, from left to right. Students often write in modern way in there excersice books - but not always. Remember that Japanese people don't use western letters for their own language - only foreigners do that!


Modern way of writing:

Start at こ

こんにちわ。おげんきですか。
はい、おかげさまでげんきです。


Traditional way of writing:

        Start here。V
で さ は    か  お  こ
す ま い    。   げ ん
。 で ’         ん  に
  げ お        き  ち
  ん か        で  は
  き げ        す  。




Translations.


Hello. How are you?
Thank you. I'm fine.

Konnichiwa. ogenkidesuka?
Hai, okagesamade gekidesu.


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Western writing often gets slanted to the right, or sometimes to the left; Japanese writing is straight up and down and is in a box shape. Please, do not slant your hiragana. Remember that your hiragana, and later katakana nad your kanji, are all the same size. All kana and kanji fit into the same size square. When writing kana (and kanji) remember the golden rule about strokes. The rule is:

1. LEFT TO RIGHT 2. TOP TO BOTTOM 3. CLOCKWISE


Pronunciation

The pronunciation of Japanese kana is very easy. All vowels and consonants are short and all Japanese words seem broken up into syllables. Perhaps the only difficult kana to pronounce are the five vowel sounds. Here are the five English words to help you remember the five hiragana vowel sounds:

あ=A     as in car, or (a)rtist
い=I as in litre, or t(ea)pot
う=U as in super, or h(oo)p
え=E as in step, or p(e)lican
お=O as in sock, or (o)strich

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Ohk now thats over.
Todays lesson is on the vowels:
A,E,I,O and U
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artist
An important kana that should reinforce the stroke order of left to right, top to bottom and clockwise.




teapot
The second stroke on the right is clearly shorter than the first stroke.




hoop
Make sure that the first stroke is ABOVE the second one - don't let it fall off.




pelican
Make sure that the first stroke is ABOVE the second one - don't let it fall off.




ostrich
this kana is often confused with the kana. The curl on the right is bigger than the left side.


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Thank you for participating in our first lesson.
The next lesson is on the K kana.
Ka,Ki,Ku,Ke,Ko
and will be given by Hayleyzball
feel free to pm me if you have any questions.

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Lessons   Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:18 am

-Lesson 2-

Today the teacher is Hayleyz vi Britannia

Good morning class! Very Happy
Today we will work with next part of hiragana - from "ka" to "ko". It's not so many, but you don't have to learn everything at the one time - next lesson will be later, and it will be hiragana from "sa to so", but i don't know who will post it. Anyway it will be posted today Very Happy
To hear pronunciation turn your speakers volume up, cuz it's a bit too silent, and wait a bit it WILL load for sure.

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How to write:


ki -
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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Lessons   Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:57 pm

-Lesson 3-

Today the teacher is Hayleyz vi Britannia, again

So, it's time for another part of hiragana Wink "sa to so". Be patient, we will start something cooller soon xD
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How to write:


shi -
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PostSubject: Lesson 4   Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:11 am

~Lesson 4~
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(Thank you Hayleyzball for covering Ka - Ko and Sa - So)
Today we are covering Ta to To



taniwha






cheeky cat
Don't confuse this one with "sa" which is the other way around.




tsunami





teddy bear





toilet

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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Lessons   Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:39 am

~Lesson 5~
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Today we are covering Na to No



nuts and bolts
Sometimes strokes three and four are linked. It is a matter of style.






needy
Sometimes students remember this kana through that of a "knee".




noodles





nest
Again it is a matter of style. Usually the second stroke is drawn as one long twisted line. Think of the numbers "1-7-2". Students sometimes remember this kana as "netball".




nought


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PostSubject: Lesson 6   Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:29 pm

~Lesson 6~
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Today we are covering Ha to Ho



huff and puff






helium




Fuji-San
The true pronuncuation of this kana is closer to "hu".
There are some variations of this kana: Sometimes all four strokes are linked, and sometimes strokes 1 and 2 are linked - in the English shape of the number 3





heaven





haunted house
Make sure that stroke 4 does not cross stroke 2


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PostSubject: Lesson 7   Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:40 pm

~Lesson 7~
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Today we are covering Ma to Mo



mask
Stroke 3 crosses strokes 1 and 2。





meow




moo





mend





moray eel
In this kana the stroke order appears different. First the vertical stroke, then the horizontal ones.







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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Lessons   Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:53 am

~Lesson 8~
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Today we are covering Ya, Yu and Yo



yay!
やま = Mountain





you
ゆき = snow




yonder
よる = Night


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PostSubject: L9   Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:30 am

~Lesson 9~
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Today we are covering Ra - Ro



ruck
らくだ (rakuda) --- camel





reel
りんご (ringo) --- apple




ruby
るす (rusu) --- absence



rear
れきし (rekishi) --- history



raw(Roll the tongue)
ろうそく (rousoku) --- candle


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PostSubject: Re: Japanese Lessons   Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:49 am

~Lesson 10~
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Today we are covering Wa, Wo and N



waka
わに (wani) --- crocodile



what?
There are no Japanese words that begin with the hiragana character "wo." "Wo" is used as a particle.



naah!!!!
There are no Japanese words that begin with the hiragana character "n."


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