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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 10: wa, o, n

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters wa, o, and n.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 10: wa, o, n

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York, for About.com. In this video, I am going to show you how to pronounce the hiragana characters わお (wa, o) and ん (n).

Hiragana Characters "wa," "o" and "n"

These characters correspond to the 10th and last row of the hiragana chart. Let's begin with わ (wa). "Wa." わ (wa) is used to write わに (wani), which means "crocodile." わに (wani), crocodile.

The next character is を(o). "O." There are no words that begin with the hiragana character を (o). を (o) is used as a particle.

Next, let's pronounce ん (n). "N." There are no Japanese words that begin with ん (n), though many words end with ん (n). For example, ん (n) is used to write もん (mon), which means "gate." もん (mon), gate.

わおん "Wa," "o," "n."

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