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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 9: ra, ri, ru, re, ro

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 ra, ri, ru, re, and ro in Hiragana.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Write Hiragana Part 9: ra, ri, ru, re, ro

Hi, My name is Michael Metcalf, 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, ra, ri, ru, re, and ro, in hiragana.

The Japanese Alphabet is Called Hiragana

Hiragana is the group of characters used to represent all of the sounds found in the japanese language. They are often used to spell out native Japanese words and are used constantly in grammatical Japanese constructions. What I'm going to do is go through each character and present the proper stroke order for how to write them. Then I will show you a simple word that uses that character.

Learn to Pronounce and Write Hiragana Characters Correctly

So let's get started...First, is "ra". A simple word that uses ra is "kara", that means "from" in Japanese. For example, "From me, to you."Next is "ri", it's two strokes. A common word that uses "ri" is... "Ringo". That means apple in Japanese. Next is "ru", it's just one stroke, but a little complicated. The important thing is this curly que at the end, but make sure you don't cross back over the line that you came from. A lot of words use "ru" a common one is... "taberu", this is the verb that means "to eat". You'll find "ru" at the end of a lot of verbs in Japanese. Next is "re", it's two strokes. A common word that uses "re" is... "renga", renga is a brick, like what you build houses out of.Finally is "ro", it's a lot similar to "ru, it's also one stroke. Ro does not have a curly que at the end. A word that uses "ro" is... "rounin", this means a masterless samurai, it's a pretty interesting word.

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