こんにちにゃあ！Welcome to Kiki+Koko: Let’s NihonGO!! Online! We’re your personal guides to Japanese language and culture, Kiki and Koko! Studying a brand new language or one for which you simply haven’t fully learnt the entire writing system is already quite an undertaking. It’s one we’re sure everyone can take on with time, effort, and patience, however finding ways to practise is just something that can take up quite a bit of your precious oasis of study time. When we say we’re your guides to Japanese language, we don’t want to simply show you the basics and leave it completely to you; we want to take you from point A to point B and at weekends, point C. By this, we mean, we’re giving you even more resources you can use any way you see fit. Whilst studying to read and write, writing them on their own is useful to focus, but it’s also rewarding to write full words, and if you’re quite ready after our grammar lessons, then also some sentences. But, it can be difficult to sort out vocabulary that only uses what you’ve learnt so far. It’s useful to keep things clean and organised, being able to differentiate and actually focus on what you want to focus on without the distractions of future materials. So, today, we’ll be presenting you invaluable vocabulary that you can use to practise reading and writing あ～みょ with the modified hiragana gojuuon we’ve presented in between.
Perhaps, though, this could be your first encounter with writing hiragana! Or, just as likely, you’re here, but you also need a refresher on the previous characters. Because when you’re practising new ones, again, it’s important to keep the previous ones fresh in your mind in order to be sure you maintain until it becomes second nature and you can access the information at will. But, it’s also easy to let oneself slip into bad habits once one becomes very comfortable with writing. That’s why it’s important to take a look back at the stroke orders for the other characters we’ll be showing, as well. There’s always an improvement to be had with handwriting, and it never hurts to improve your handwriting! Well…unless you write a lot… Be sure to be safe when you’re encoding these into your muscle memory, keeping good writing habits, especially if you’re someone already taking notes for other classes or everyday use. You can always use a touchscreen or a whiteboard if you ever get in a pinch with tired hands. It usually is a bit of a rest with less pressure than a traditional pen or pencil, that way you can still fulfill your revision needs when your hands ever need a rest. But, we understand, it doesn’t always have that same satisfying texture. If you’re finding yourself buried in piles of practice paper, you can always try to keep it to one notebook.
Obviously, any paper or thing you can write on will do, but it’s just kind of neat to have all of your practice and progress in one neat tidy area. Anyway! As we mentioned, this is a good opportunity to practise previous characters, even if only from the same previous group as well as follow our steps to getting the most out of your study session, which we outline in the main writing lesson. If you need a bit more assistance on the main character blends we’re practising, those are there for you as well.
And this brings us to the challenge! You can use this activity to practise reading, writing, and a bit of vocabulary along the way. That’s right, practising three skills at once! You’ll be unstoppable!! This will cover the hiragana from 【あ】through 【みゃみゅみょ】. That way, you can focus on the characters you’re already learning, or have learnt, without bogging yourself down with new characters quite yet. If you don’t quite have the stroke order properly memorised, and you’d like to practise writing, you can open a separate tab with our stroke order lessons. We really recommend you use this as an opportunity for writing, and even if you’re confident in your characters, it can be helpful to make sure your handwriting improves. There’s something very fun and impressive about nice handwriting that is timeless and rewarding.
So, we’ve created a 12 word activity to help you recall your hiragana. In this mini-activity, you basically have digital flashcards. By clicking on each of them, you’ll reveal a kanji (or katakana) version that defines the meaning of the word, and of course, the translation in English. Many words have several homophones, so we’ve just included some common meanings as not to bog your studies down.
No worries, we’ll keep it simple and stick to a few words that use only the hiragana: 【あいうえお】through【みゃみゅみょ】!
Ready? Let’s NihonGO!!
As a reminder, these are just a few vocabulary words. Knowing hiragana from あ through みょ opens up a HUGE amount of words to you! Some are less common then others, but are useful and interesting to help you connect some concepts to your writing, and recognising the characters in new configurations. We hope you get the most that you can out of these digital flashcards~!
[ピント｜Focus]: We’ll be providing you with a focus on 「みゃ、みゅ、みょ」 vs 「みや、みゆ、みよ」Be sure when you read and write these to focus on the differences between these very similar characters and their 拗音、youon, counterparts.
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ru verb (to take somene’s pulse) Suggested reading: 動詞の基本| Basics of Japanese Verbs| |（ｉｎｔｒｏ＿ｐｔ１）
みゆき (*possibly hundreds of different kanji combinations as a given name)
(a given name: Miyuki)
i adjective (pleasant to look at, easy to see) Suggested reading: 形容詞の基本| Basics of Japanese Adjectives| |（ｉｎｔｒｏ）
(family name; surname)
(elegance; grace; also given name: Miyabi)
(medical term: pulse; pulse rate; stroke of pulse; pulsation)
(Munich; Muenchen (in Germany))
na adjective (diagram; graph; chart; figure)
ru verb (to compromise; to meet halfway; or to approach; to step up to)
Wowee, that was certainly a variety of vocabulary words! Sure, a few of them you may not use every single day of your life, but the point is: How did you do at reading them? Did you have a difficult time differentiating between 拗音, youon, and 五十音、gojuuon? Did you recognise some of the previous 拗音, youon, used again? Do you feel a bit more skilled after this? Whether it was difficult or a breeze, we hope that this enriched your Japanese language learning experience. It can be a bit of a pain to search for focused vocabulary based on the characters you’re studying and only including ones that you’ve encountered before. That’s why we hope this will help you to just focus on the activity, writing, and possibly some composition if you’re overachieving. Just give it your best, and you can return any time to practise reading and writing as long as you wish!
Remember, we’re always adding new explanations and hopefully helpful lessons about grammar and vocabulary so you can create proper sentences and express your thoughts in Japanese! (And, if you want the VERY latest, even before we organise the articles into their sections on the site and even before they’re organised onto our Pinterest boards, you can go the category: 文法｜Grammar! And, better yet, if you’d like to be sure you have the latest hiragana writing lessons before they’re categorised elsewhere in a prettier way, you can just get the list of the latest to access them quickly in the category: 平仮名の筆順 | How to Write Hiragana. And, with that, we hope we’ve given you all of the resources you need to make the most of your current study time! We’ll continue to add more and more for you as the days and weeks roll on during your Japanese language learning journey!
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