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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 5: na, ni, nu, ne, no

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: na, ni, nu, ne, and no, in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 5: na, ni, nu, ne, no

Hi, I'm Michael Metcalf, 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 na, ni, nu, ne, and no 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 in various Grammatical constructions. What I'm going to do is I am going to take you through each character and first display the proper stroke order and then I will tell you a simple word that uses that character.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

So let's get started with "na", "na" is pretty interesting, it's a four stroke character. A common word that uses "na" is... "namida", namida are your tear drops, like when you cry. Next is "ni", it's a three stroke character, and a simple word that uses "ni" is... "ni", it means two. Next is "nu", nu is a little tricky, but with practice you'll get it. It has a little curly que at the end. A common word that uses "nu" is... "inu", that means "dog" in Japanese. Next is "ne", a common word that uses "ne" is... "neko", neko means "cat in Japanese. Next is "no", it's fairly simple and is just one stroke. A common word that uses "no" is is "nomu" this is a verb that means "to drink" in Japanese.

Thank you for watching, and for more information about how to write Hiragana, check us out on the web, at About.com.
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