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Welcome to - Lesson Two Japanese Writing

 
First off, I would really like to thank everyone who joined on for the first lesson I started last week and left comments. I thought it would be nice to get maybe five comments, but you all overwhelmed me by just how excited everyone in the Whiskey Media community showed they are for joining in. These lessons even got showcased on the front page of Anime Vice.

Today we are covering four more groups from the Japanese A-I-U-E-O Chart. In Lesson One we covered the base Vowels and their pronunciations. Once you learn that, the rest of these falls into place as far as speaking goes. You are probably going to start noticing some similarities between some characters to others. Just trust me that once you practice them. They are going to get easier t separate and write.

If you are having trouble. Just check the bottom of this post to go back to the Lesson Guide and review what was covered last week.

Base N

(In the graphs. You will see how to write each of the characters. The red dot marks where you are to begin your strokes.)

Base H

You aren't seeing things. That third hiragana is pronounced as "Fu", phonetically "Foo". Only very rarely have I ever seen this same Hiragana used for pronouncing "Hu". It's similar to last lesson where we covered the T Base and there was a Chi.

Base M

This wasn't incredibly clear in my graph. Notice the loop in the Mu hiragana? In the second stroke that is all one motion. Just imagine going down to loop around a tree before continuing the rest of the path. You perform the same action in the Mi and writing Su (す) from the first lessons.

Base Y / W / n

I know this segment seems a bit random. Since they are a bit rogue on the chart that I would put themtogether here so we can work through this kana writing classes faster.
Pay particular attention to the Ya, Yu, and Yo hiragana. These are going to play a big role later on. I've seen different guides that show variations of writing the Ya hiragana, but it's not imperative which way you use. I'm showing you the way I was first learning.
The ん character is a complete stand alone in the chart, but you will see it quite often, but it's going to be one of the easiest to learn since it looks like a fancy lower case "h". 

In the next lesson, we are going to finish up the base chart of Hiragana and talk about modifiers such as the Dankuten, Handakuten, and others. Once that is out of the way, we can move on to Katakana.
 
I hope you enjoy, and please share the word on these lessons so we can get more people involved.

Next Lesson: Hiragana - Character Base R / Dakuten & Handakuten 

Back to Lesson Guide: HERE

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for lesson updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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