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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 4: ta, chi, tsu, te, to

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 the Japanese characters: ta, chi, tsu, te, and to in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 4: ta, chi, tsu, te, to

Hi, my name is Michael Metcalf and I'm a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri in Columbia for About.com and by the end of this video you will be able to write ta, chi, tsu, te, and to in Hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the group of characters that represent all of the sounds found in the Japanese language and are often used to spell out native Japanese words and are used often in various Japanese grammatical constructions. What I'm going to do is I am going to take you through each character and display the proper stroke order and then I'll teach you a simple word that uses that character. Let's get started!

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

First is "ta", four strokes. A simple word that uses "ta" is ... "tatsu." Tatsu is a verb that means to stand, like to stand up.Next is "chi", chi is a two stroke character. A simple word that uses chi is... "tsuchi", tsuchi means like soil, or dirt or earth, like the ground. Next is "tsu", it's very simple, just one stroke. A word that uses this is... "tsunami", it's the same word we use in English to describe a large tidal wave. Next is "te", it's also one stroke. It's a little tricky, but with practice, you'll get it.  A simple word that uses "te" is... "te". Te by itself just means hand.And finally is "to", it's two strokes. And a simple word that uses "to" is... "totemo", it means "very."

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