こんにちにゃあ～！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online!! Now with 50% more of your daily dose of exclamation marks!! We’re Kiki and Koko, your guides to Japanese language and culture.
Before this lesson, you may have learnt あ through と with us. And, we still want to take time out to congratulate you on learning 20 hiragana so far! If you started from zero, that’s 20 more characters that you wouldn’t have been able to write otherwise. We’re really proud of you for sticking with it!! With this current set, you’ll be halfway through 五十音順, gojuuon jun! —If you’re new here or you’ve forgotten gojuuon’s meaning, feel free to click the link and we’ll tell you all about it— That’s a huge milestone, boyos! It’s not all totally sunshine and ice lollies, but once you get in the swing of things, you’ll notice that the more you learn and stretch your mind, the more you can learn. Everything and anything can seem difficult at first, but just think, with all of the previous lessons and this one, you’ll be able to read words like:
And SO many other words!!
Click here to see the answers, kanji, and definitions!
(You can practise as many times as you like)
We’re getting into a broad rang of vocabulary with all of the new hiragana. You’d be able to read the ruby text for kanji for quite a few words at this point. If you thought you recognised a lot of hiragana before, you’re going to really be in for a treat after learning these! You’ll probably see 「の」literally everywhere as it’s an important piece of grammar we’ll cover soon.
Now, today, we’re going to equip you with the knowledge of how to read the next five hiragana in the gojuuon order. 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!! なにぬねの!!
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, 「な」 is transliterated as「na」which sounds like 「nahh」which sounds like the kno in 「knot」
In romaji, 「に」 is transliterated as 「ni」which sounds like「knee」
In romaji, 「ぬ」 is transliterated as 「nu」which sounds like「new」if you’re from the states.
In romaji, 「ね」 is transliterated as 「ne」which sounds like 「neigh」or 「nay」
In romaji, 「の」 is transliterated as 「no」which sounds like …well, the English or Spanish word「no」
And, voila! That, friends, is how you read: なにぬねの! If you study these, and repeat them aloud, and revise, we’re sure you’ll be able to read and recognise なにぬねの in no time! Or, take all the time you need, the journey is yours for the travelling. If you need to go back and re-revise the previous ones, then go ahead! There’s no rush and no limit to how many times you can look through these. However many it takes for you to remember and however you’d like to continue your journey!
We hope this was/will be helpful for you on your Japanese learning journey!
Until next time, thank you for visiting! And have a wonderful day!