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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 3: sa, shi, su, se, so

with Michael Metcalf

Hiragana is the Japanese alphabet that represents all the sounds in the Japanese language and is used to write Japanese words. Learn how to write sa, shi, su, se and so in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 3: sa, shi, su, se, so

Hi, my name is Michael Metcalf and I'm a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri in Columbia for about.com, by the end of this video you will be able to write sa, shi, su, se, and so in Hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the group of characters that represent all of the sounds in the Japanese language, they are used to spell out native Japanese words and they are used often in grammatical Japanese constructions. First I am going to go through each character and display the proper stroke order and then I will show you a simple Japanese word that uses that character.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

First, let's do "sa", it's three strokes. A simple word that uses saw is "samui", that means cold in Japanese.Next is "shi", it's one stroke, very simple. And a nice easy word for this is... "shishi", that means lion in Japanese. Next is "su", it's two strokes, and a common word that uses this is... "sushi", the popular food from Japan that we all love. Next is "se", it's three strokes, across, down, and then down with a little hook. A word that uses "se" is "sempai", a sempai is like a senior or someone who is ahead of you in some sort of ranking system. Finally is "so", it's a little tricky, but with practice you'll get it. A word that uses "so" is... "sensou", that means war in Japanese.

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