こんにちにゃあ～！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, your trusted source for Japanese language and culture. We’re your hosts, Kiki and Koko! No matter the language, and no matter your travel plans, it’s safe to say, knowing how to read and write is essential. Spoken language is only a piece of communication. Especially in the digital age, you’ll find yourself in a small world where you can learn new things and communicate with new people through the written word. In learning to read and write, it’s important to have a way to test those skills. But, don’t think of testing your skills as something that is final that only occurs once. Think of testing your skills as a method of practising and challenging yourselfーsomething you can return to complete again and again until you feel comfortable. And in order to practise, we recommend engaging as many sense as possible. Here to engage your auditory senses, we have with us our robot computer friend, QUIZBO™! With his help, we’ll assist you in testing your skills and practising your reading. It’s time to test your skills and ask the age old question: Do you know 「ざじずぜぞ」?
When you’re out there, it’s important to be able to identify characters in a string of others. In our main 五十音, gojuuon, lessons, we tested your skills when looking at characters from the same row, which can be challenging on its own at first, as well. But, during this era of carefully spotting 濁点, dakuten, it’s important to identify them from a diverse mix of characters. So, today’s quiz, you may notice some characters that wouldn’t be a part of the row, but ones that you should definitely watch out for all the same. When you walk down the streets of 東京, Toukyou, you’ll need to be able to read each character individually and together. Of course, this sort of practise comes with reading vocabulary as well, but sometimes those characters give context clues over time that can definitely be helpful, but when you’re first starting out, it’s definitely important to properly absorb these. You’ll be much happier in the long run when you can learn new vocabulary without relying on hiragana. And, when we move further onto kanji, we’ll have you covered as to how you can look up any kanji meaning without ever having to initially know the pronunciation. But, that won’t be for a bit, so no need to be in a rush. it’s all about taking your time and letting these properly store in your long term memory.
You may notice that when you binge watch a series, you may not remember as much in the long run as the series that you watched weekly. And, more so, you’ll remember something you’ve watched multiple times on multiple occasions more so than that one film to which you sort of fell in and out of paying attention. It’s all about attitude, exposure, engaging your senses, and focus. By focus, we really also mean being passionate about learning. But, at the same time, there are some people who do learn well by passively studying here and thereー just a few minutes a few times a day, sort of glossing over things, and the general idea sticks. It honestly depends on the way you learn best. Some people get overwhelmed with long intense study sessions, and others need to get into a sort of groove by studying for a longer amount of time. You just do your best with whatever you find works best for you.
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 from あいうえお to– well, the current lesson! 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!! ざじずぜぞ!!
[Questions with QUIZBO™]
#1.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ze】
In romaji, 「ぜ」 is transliterated as 「ze」which sounds sort of like「zay」
#2.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【zo】
In romaji, 「ぞ」 is transliterated as 「zo」which sounds sort of like 「zoh」
#3.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【ji】
In romaji, 「じ」 is transliterated as 「ji」which sounds sort of like the letter 「G」
#4.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【za】
In romaji, 「ざ」 is transliterated as「za」which sounds sort of like 「zahh」
#5.) Which hiragana do you hear? Hint: 【zu】
In romaji, 「ず」 is transliterated as 「zu」which sounds sort of like the word「zoo」
And, that’s the whole of it! Did you do well? Or was it a bit tricky? Either way, you can easily refresh the page, and while the order of the questions will be the same, the order of the answers is randomised. This means, you can practise as many times as you like without worrying about always answering ‘C’ for a certain question. It’ll purely rely and your visual and auditory skills. And, there’s also use for the romaji which will assist in future. But, maybe you need a bit to go back and revise these in order, in which case, QUIZBO™ is here 24/7 to read the characters aloud to you as many times as you need. Sometimes there’s a bit of use to learning them in order, as well. The alphabet song is certainly helpful for sussing out a trail of 26 letters, so getting these memorised row by row should be helpful.
Now, remember, when you’re studying these, be sure to compare them to the gojuuon characters they’re based on. Things only become confusing and easier to mix up when you separate the concepts. By facing the similarities face to face, it will help you suss out the differences that may not be as apparent when they’re only in your memory. And, whether you’ve only made it to the first few characters and are somehow reading this, or you’ve made it to this lesson, and you’re looking off into the horizon of the characters you’ll have to learn in future, we want to be sure to let you know that you can do it!
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