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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 8: ya, yu, yo

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 ya, yu, and yo in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 8: ya, yu, yo

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 ya, yu, and yo in Hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the group of characters that are used to represent all of the sounds in the Japanese language and are used to write out native Japanese words and are often used in various Japanese grammatical constructions. What I am going to do it go through each character and present the proper stroke order in which to write it, 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 "ya", it's three strokes. A common word that uses "ya" is... "yasashii", it's and adjective that means "kind" or "nice". Next is "yu", it's two strokes. It looks kind of like a fish. A common word that uses "yu" is... "shouyu", shouyu means soy sauce in Japanese. Finally is "yo", it's two strokes. A common word that uses "yo" is... "yoru", yoru means night, as opposed to day, in Japanese.

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