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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 2: ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters ka, ki, ku, ke, and ko.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 2: ka, ki, ku, ke, ko

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 かきくけこ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko).

Hiragana Characters "ka," "ki" and "ku"

Let's begin with か(ka). "Ka." か(ka) is used to write かさ(kasa), which means "umbrella." かさ(kasa), umbrella.

The next character is き(ki). "Ki." き(ki) is used to write きた(kita), which means "north." きた(kita), north.

Next, let's pronounce く(ku)。 "Ku." く(ku) is used to write くるま(kuruma), which is the Japanese word for "car." くるま(kuruma), car.

Hiragana Characters "ke" and "ko"

The next character is け(ke). "Ke." けi(ke) is used to write けむり(kemuri), which means "smoke." けむり(kemuri), smoke.

The next character is こ(ko). "Ko." こ(ko) is used to write こえ(koe), which means "voice." こえ(koe), voice.

かきくけこ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko). "Ka," "ki," "ku," "ke," "ko."

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