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🔊[QUIZ] Do You Know 【きゃきゅきょ】?| Let’s Read HIRAGANA!! |拗音 | Youon|with Kiki+Koko &QUIZBO™ (Practise Differentiating Characters)

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こんにちにゃあ~!Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online, your personal ever-growing library of Japanese language and culture learning resources, delivered straight to you via The Internet, served with a dash of positivité, garnished with patience, with a side of love and care. We’re Kiki and Koko, dispatching not only the information you need, but actually making certain that you have the tools to use said information. Sure, we’ve given you the resources on how to read 「きゃきゅきょ」, but we take things one step further by actually testing your skills! That’s right, we’re going to find the answer to the age-old question, steeped in mystery and uncertainty: Do You Know 「きゃきゅきょ」?Well, with the help of our friend, QUIZBO™, we’ll find out just that!

Now, this quiz will be a bit different to the previous ones because of two factors. One of these factors is a little more apparent: this tests on a blend of two characters rather than on only one. And, the second being the size of the characters. It’s absolutely essential, in order to keep yourself from getting your readings all jumbled up, to target the similar characters in order to really ingrain the differences. Sometimes, it can be distracting when you see these blends within a word, and the uncertainty can be overwhelming. But, no worries, as we’ve put laser focus on the characters you’ll need to know, which should allow you to be a little more confident when you practise seeing these blends out there in the wild.

Kiki Koko Essential youonNow, the skills you’ll be using to differentiate 拗音, youon, aren’t all too unlike when you must look closely at 濁点, dakuten, and 半濁点, handakuten, modifications of 五十音順、gojuuonjun. And, if you’ve made it through that, we’re sure this will be a much easier feat. As we always say: if you can differentiate「C」and「G」along with 「b」「d」「p」and「q」in English, then we know that with time, you’ll be able to differentiate these current characters with some time and patience. But, of course, in the beginning, it’s important not to be overconfident! You’ll have to become very aware of the size of the characters in order to know whether it’s a blend, taking on one syllable, or two characters representing two syllables. It’s the difference between きやく(規約), an agreement, or きゃく(客), a customer; きゆう(杞憂), needless fearor きゅう(急), an emergency; and being きよう(器用), clever, or きょう(今日), today. These illustrate not just knowing the difference in how it’s meant to be spelt, but also the difference in pronunciation which can both be very motivating factors. So, whilst this may be a short set of characters, it’s certainly an important set of them!

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君ならできる☆You can do it!

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!! きゃきゅきょ!!
[Questions with QUIZBO™]

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#1.) Which hiragana youon do you hear? Hint: 【kyo】

きょ
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
In romaji, 「きょ」 is transliterated as 「kyo」which sounds sort of like「kyoh」.
きゃ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きゅ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
かや
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
きゆ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きよ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
きぁ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
くゎ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 

#2.) Which hiragana youon do you hear? Hint: 【kya】

きゃ
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
In romaji, 「きょ」 is transliterated as 「kyo」which sounds sort of like「kyoh」.
きゅ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きょ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きや
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
くょ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
かゎ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
くゃ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
くよ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
ぎや
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

#3.) Which hiragana youon do you hear? Hint: 【kyu】

きゅ
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
In romaji, 「きゅ」 is transliterated as 「kyu」which sounds sort of like the saying the letter「Q」.
ぎゆ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
くゎ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
くょ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きゆ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きよ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…! 
きや
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

BONUS: #4.) Which of the following is hiragana youon?

きょ
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
拗音, youon, must include one small, 小さい, chiisai, character such as 「ゃゅょ」
きや
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きゆ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きよ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
くわ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

BONUS: #5.) Which of the following is NOT hiragana youon?

きよ
◎正解~!! Seikai~!! Correct~!!
拗音, youon, must include one small, 小さい, chiisai, character such as 「ゃゅょ」
きゃ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きゅ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!
きょ
× 惜しいなあ!Oshii naa! So close…!

And that’s the end of this quiz! How did it go? Did you get almost all of them correct? Or was it still a bit too difficult? Either way, we congratulate you for giving it your best! If you’re not confident in these, yet, it just means you need a bit more practice. Learning anything new for almost everyone takes more than one or two exposures. With dedication, patience, and a positive attitude, we know you can do it! If you’ve made it this far to learn all of the 五十音順、gojuuonjun, then you’ve certainly already proved yourself to be more than capable! (And, even if not, it still just means you need a bit more practice~) We understand that sometimes it can still be difficult to keep up the patience to learn, but you just have to remind yourself of your motivation. You have to remind yourself of all of your previous milestones that you’d like to continue to build upon. And, you have to remind yourself of the brand new world you’ll have opened up to you when you reach your goals. Either way and whatever your journey, whether a quicker pace or a relaxing saunter, we’ll be there for you every step of the way!

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