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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 1: a, i, u, e, o

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters a, i, u, e, and o.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 1: a, i, u, e, o

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York, for About.com. In this video, I am going show you how to pronounce the hiragana characters あいうえお (a, i, u, e, o).

Hiragana Characters "a," "i," and "u"

Let's begin with あ (a). "A." あ(a) is used to write あさ(asa), which means "morning." あさ(asa), morning.

The next character is い(i). "I." い(i) is used to write いぬ(inu), which means "dog." いぬ(inu), dog.

Next, let's pronounce う(u). "U." う(u) is used to write うみ(umi), which is the Japanese word for "the sea." うみ(umi), sea.

Hiragana Characters "e" and "o"

The next character is え(e). "E." え(e) is used to write えき(eki), which means "station." えき(eki), station.

The next character is お(o). "O." お(o) is used to write おかね(okane), which means "money." おかね(okane), money. あいうえお(aiueo). "A," "i," "u," "e," "o."

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