こんにちにゃあ～！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, hosted live from an unknown location unabiding to the time and space. We’re Kiki and Koko, your guides to Japanese language and culture~! However, today, we’re joined by our favourite computer robot friend. He generates quizzes, his hardware is from the Heisei, but his software is Y2K compliant. He’s QUIZBO™! Perhaps you may think you know how to read the hiragana from the previous lesson, but you never know until you put your skills to the test~! That’s right, today, we’ll be asking the age-old question: Do you know「がぎぐげご」?
Oɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴠɪᴏᴜs ʟᴇssᴏɴ ᴏғ Kɪᴋɪ+Kᴏᴋᴏ: Lᴇᴛ’s NɪʜᴏɴGO!!: We introduced you to a handful of new, yet oddly familiar characters. We explained the concept of 濁点, dakuten, and how wearing two dots above a character could muddy the sound. Now, when people are first introduced to these muddied characters, they may find it confusing or difficult to differentiate out there in the wild. But, once you become accustomed to it, it becomes second nature. Of course, it will take more than one glance for this to become natural, but if you return and do your best, over time, we know you can do it! If you know English, then dealing with ambiguous characters may be a bit more common than you think. If you can differentiate 「b, d, p, q」, then you have a great chance with かきくけこ vs がぎぐげご. Well, that is, unless perhaps you have any form of dyslexia… But! You’re still not at a disadvantage if you are, as the same learning techniques we use still apply. It’s about engaging as many senses as possible! And, it’s very important to use stroke order. Writing these characters will exponentially help you not only memorise them, but truly absorb them. Remember: listen, recognise, write, and recite.
- Listen to the pronunciation of the character to engage your auditory senses
- Recognise the character out of a list or text to engage visual learning.
- Write the character to engage kinaesthetic and even visual learning.
- And: Recite the character aloud to further engage auditory learning.
Whilst creating these lessons, we always try to think of every type of learner, so we do our best to include as many kinds of learning as possible. Even including something like this at the beginning of a lesson helps some people have some form of association with the lesson. We know in class, we tend to remember topics oddly in relation to some of the perhaps even off-topic statements made by the instructor. And, simply because we had something that stood out to us that day, we would somehow commit the topic to memory more easily. The class pet may have done something cute that day, or the teacher may have told a story about a poisonous mushrooms, or someone passed a note with a silly drawing. We try to recreate those sorts of long term memory experiences that —even if that’s not the way your brain may work—should still hopefully at least hold some educational value or encouragement. Because we really believe you can do this, and we’ll continue to do our best.
We mentioned him in the intro, and now he’s here to help! We have our computer friend, QUIZBO™, here to read each of the hiragana aloud to you. Press the 「▶」button and listen to the pronunciation. Then, you can do your best to identify which character they said! If you’ve been here since the previous lesson, you’ll know that QUIZBO™ is always available to listen to in his mobile form as QUIZBO™ mini; so, no worries if you need to have him repeat something, he’s here to help!
Maybe you’re not quite sure about how each of these are read… But, that’s okay as well! If you’re not quite sure of the matching moji (文字, characters), you can still guess to study/revise. Or, if you want something a bit more concrete, be sure to visit the Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! blog or online site where we have a whole lesson for you on how to read あいうえお! QUIZBO™ is there to help you read as well!
As for this quiz: the overall questions are in the same order each time, but the answers are randomised, so you can always return or refresh to study/revise!
So, without further ado:
Let’s NihonGO!! がぎぐげご!!
[Questions with QUIZBO™]
#1.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ge】
In romaji, 「げ」 is transliterated as 「ge」which sounds sort of like「gay」
#2.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【go】
In romaji, 「ご」 is transliterated as 「go」which sounds sort of like 「GO!!」
#3.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【gu】
In romaji, 「ぐ」 is transliterated as 「gu」which sounds sort of like 「goo」
#4.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【gi】
In romaji, 「ぎ」 is transliterated as 「gi」which sounds sort of like 「ghee」
#5.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ga】
In romaji, 「が」 is transliterated as「ga」which sounds sort of like 「gahh」
How did you do? Did you get them all correct? Or, did you miss a few? Perhaps you saw a sea of red. But, that’s okay! That is what learning is all about. You can revise and refresh this page or return to it as many times as you like. Whilst the order of the questions may not change, the order of the answers are changed each time you take the quiz. So, this serves as a useful study tool. QUIZBO™ will be there day or night to read the characters aloud for you~!
Just remember, learning to read is a vital set to learning Japanese. If you’re just here to learn a bit for fun, then no worries, but if you’re quite serious about learning the language through fluency, then this is an essential step. Think of how proud you’ll be when you can finally recognise all of the hiragana in all of their permutations! Hopefully, you’ve already learnt gojuuon with us, and if not, then there’s always time~! But, if you have, that is an amazing accomplishment that you should treasure. Many people don’t make it as far, but it truly shows your commitment. Anyone can want something, and even though you should always remember this is a journey that you can’t rush, you have to put in at least some effort to get results. But, that doesn’t mean effort can’t be fun! You’ve already made the first step, so why not continue with a positive attitude, a relaxed environment, and realistic goals. Appreciate each milestone and in future, we’ll be sure to help you commemorate it.
Now, if you’re having any trouble with differentiating these, you can always go back to the 「かきくけこ」 quiz (which is quite fun to say and follows a rule of comedy.) But, going back and revising is always useful~! Perhaps in future, with your help, we’ll be able to create even more study activities to assist you and everyone else who passes through this virtual classroom.
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