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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 6 ha, hi, fu, he, ho

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 Ha, Hi, Fu, He, and Ho in Japanese.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 6 ha, hi, fu, he, ho

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 "ha", "hi", "fu", "he" and "ho" in Hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the Japanese group of characters that represent all of the sounds found in the Japanese language and are often used to write native Japanese words and are used constantly in various grammatical Japanese structures. What I'm going to do in the video is go through each character one by one and present to you the proper stroke order for writing the character and then I'll teach you a nice simple word that uses that character. So let's get started.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

First is "Ha". It's a three stroke character. A common word that uses "ha" is... "hachi", that's the number eight, in Japanese. Next is "hi". It's just one stroke and it's a little fun. And this word, "hito" is common in Japanese, it means person. Next is "fu". It's a little complicated but fun once you get the hang of it. A common word that uses "fu" is... "fune", fune means boat in Japanese. Next is "he". It's very simple, just one stroke. Make sure that the right side is a little longer than the left side. A common word that uses "he' is... "heya". A heya is a room. Finally, is "ho", it's kind of similar to ha but it has once extra stroke on it. The key thing is to make sure that this vertical line does not go past this top horizontal line. A common word that uses "ho" is... "hon", hon means book in Japanese.

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