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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 3: sa, shi, su, se, so

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters sa, shi, su, se, so.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 3: sa, shi, su, se, so

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York, for About.com. In this video, I am going show you how to pronounce the hiragana characters さしすせそ (sa, shi, su, se, so).

Hiragana Characters "sa," "shi" and "su"

Let's begin with さ (sa). "Sa." さ (sa) is used to write さかな (sakana), which means "fish." さかな (sakana), fish.

The next character is し (shi). "Shi." し (shi) is used to write しお (shio), which means "salt." しお (shio), salt.

Next, let's pronounce す (su). "Su." す (su) is used to write すな (suna) , which means "sand." すな (suna), sand.

Hiragana Characters "se" and "so"

The next character is せ (se). "Se." せ (se) is used to write せかい (sekai), which means "world" in Japanese. せかい (sekai), world.

The next character is そ (so). "So." そ (so) is used to write そら (sora), which means "sky." そら (sora), sky.

さしすせそ (sa, shi, su, se, so) "Sa," "shi," "su," "se," "so."

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