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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 7: ma, mi, mu, me, mo

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: ma, mi, mu, me, and mo in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 7: ma, mi, mu, me, mo

Hi, my name is Michael Metcalf and I am a student of Japanese at the University of Missouri for About.com. By the end of this video you will be able to write the Japanese characters, ma, mi, mu, me, and mo, in Hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the group of Japanese characters that are used to describe all the sounds in the Japanese language, they are often used to write out native Japanese words and are used in various grammatical constructions. What I am going to do, is I am going to go through each character and present the proper stroke order in which to write them and then I will teach you a simple word that uses that character. So let's get started.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

First is "ma", it's three strokes and goes kind of like this... A common word that uses "ma" is... "mado", mado means "window" in Japanese. Next is "mi", it's two strokes. A common word that uses "mi" is... "miru", miru is a verb that means "to look" or "to see" in Japanese. Next is "mu", it's three strokes. A common word that uses "mu" is... "muri", muri means "impossible." Next is "me", it's two strokes. A common word that uses "me" is... "me", me by itself, that means "eye" in Japanese. Finally is "mo", it's similar to "ma", it's three strokes. A common word that uses "mo" is "motsu", motsu is a verb that means "to carry" or "to hold" something.

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