Welcome, welcome, welcome! This is Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online in blog form, the #1 blog for Japanese language and culture taught by twin
cat-like aliens and a sentient, Heisei-era, robot computer. (We can 100% confirm this.) We’re Kiki and Koko, your guides up the mountain that is learning Japanese language. We travel with you, giving you the tools you need, filling your travel pack with supplies, helping you navigate the twists and turns even when oxygen becomes dangerously low.
During this pleasant travel-outing, we bring to you more than knowledge. We bring you a challenge! Do you have what it takes? Did you practise and revise your characters? Do You Know 「はひふへほ」? Well, we’ll find out, if you can match the proper moji (文字, characters) to the reading you’ll hear. But, how can we do such a thing: reading each hiragana to you when you’re aaall the way over there?? Not to worry. We have technology.
Would you look at that! It’s our favourite computer friend who happens to create helpful quizzes: QUIZBO™くん！Any time you press the 「▶」button on the player, QUIZBO™ will read the hiragana to you. And no worries, if you need him to repeat it, you can press it as many times as you fancy! He won’t mind, it’s what he’s here for~!
Oh, but we can’t assume you’ve been here since the beginning. Maybe words like hiragana mean nothing to you, or you simply haven’t read the previous post to be quizzed properly. Be sure to visit the Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Blog or Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online site where we have all of the previous lessons available as well as QUIZBO™ who is there to help you learn the readings on any of the lessons marked with a 「🔊」—This symbol may differ from device to device, but it should correspond to whatever it renders as there.
Now, talking of devices, our fancy technology allows for the order of the answers to be randomised so that you can go through each unchanging question for a still randomised experience. So, even if you don’t do well the first time, you can refresh the page and revise/study with QUIZBO™.
Oh! And, if you are in a place where you can’t listen to audio at the moment, or you need something visual to use, we have you covered with romaji which can be helpful in the meantime, but remember, it’s just a helpful tool that’s not meant to be relied on forever. But, that’s why you’re here already!
So, without further ado, it’s time to see if you’re up to the challenge of matching the reading to the proper moji (文字)!
Let’s NihonGO!! はひふへほ!!
[Questions with QUIZBO™]
#1) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【fu/hu】
In romaji, 「ふ」 is transliterated as 「fu」and 「hu」which sounds sort of like the foo in「fool」 It’s not exactly the same, but it’s helpful to remember. There’s a longer explanation found here.
#2.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【hi】
In romaji, 「ひ」 is transliterated as 「hi」which sounds sort of like the hea in「heat」
#3.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【he】
In romaji, 「へ」 is transliterated as 「he」which sounds like 「hay」
#4.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ho】
In romaji, 「ほ」 is transliterated as 「ho」which sounds like 「hohh」
#5.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ha】
In romaji, 「は」 is transliterated as「ha」which sounds like 「hahh」which sounds sort of like the ho in 「hot」
And there it was:「はひふへほ」! How did it go? Did you know? If you have already mastered these, then: おめでとうございます, omedetou gozaimasu! Congratulations! But, also, a congratulations even if you didn’t quite get them all correct. It’s all about learning! You can’t learn without knowing what it is that you don’t know. That’s why we’re here for you, guiding you as best we can towards the path of Japanese lingual and cultural knowledge!
And, remember, no matter what any new and fun teacher tries to tell you, repetition is an important part of learning. That’s why you have to keep it fun! Repeat and revise with a positive attitude. You might not know it now, but you will! You can refresh the page and try again as many times as you wish~
And, don’t forget to revise/study the previous lessons to see how far you’ve progressed.
We hope this was/will be helpful for you on your Japanese learning journey!
You mean so much to us, and we appreciate that you’ve chosen to learn with us.
Until next time, thank you for visiting!