Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, Japanese language lessons transmitted via Internet for availability through the Earth’s very own World Wide Web.
Hopefully, you’ve just finished with あいうえお, and you’re ready to take on some more! And, if so, then we commend you with a job well done! Be sure you’re ready to keep pushing forward, though. Sometimes you can surprise yourself with how much you can memorise, but overloading yourself can make it a chore; and we want to make sure you’re having a lovely time with us! Language learning can be hard work, but if you keep coming back to review, then little by little, it’ll become second nature.
Today, we’re going to learn how to read the next five hiragana. If you’re not sure what hiragana is, then be sure to take a look at this article to see how the Japanese writing system works.
But, without further ado, we’ll need to enlist the help of our computer friend, QUIZBO™くん！(The ™ is silent) This is a portable version, QUIZBO™ Mini, who lives here on the site. He’ll be here to help sound out these hiragana for you. You can click the sound ‘bytes’ as many times as you’d like, QUIZBO™ won’t mind. ( Get it, bytes? … Computer? …We’ll stick to teaching Japanese. ) Afterwards, you’ll be able to take a quiz with QUIZBO™ to help you review them or test your knowledge! Are you ready!?
Let’s NihonGO!! かきくけこ!!
We’re going to show you the character, then you you can click the play button to hear QUIZBO™ sound it out for you. But, as a better visualisation of each sound, we also have the romanised pronunciation of each character so you have something in English to which you can compare it.
In romaji, 「か」 is transliterated as「ka」which sounds like 「kahh」
[/audio] In romaji, 「き」 is transliterated as 「ki」which sounds a little like「Key」and I suppose it looks a bit like it.
In romaji, 「く」 is transliterated as 「ku」which sounds like the「coo」 in 「cool」
In romaji, 「け」 is transliterated as 「ke」which sounds like 「kay」
In romaji, 「こ」 is transliterated as 「ko」which sounds like 「co」 in 「cola」
And voila! That’s how you read: かきくけこ! If you study these, and repeat them aloud, and revise, we’re sure you’ll be able to read and recognise かきくけこ in no time!
We hope this was/will be helpful for you on your Japanese learning journey!
Until next time, thank you for visiting! And have a lovely-jubbly day!