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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 4: ta, chi, tsu, te, to

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters ta, chi, tsu, te, and to.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 4: ta, chi, tsu, te, to

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 たちつてと (ta, chi, tsu, te, to).

Hiragana Characters "ta," "chi" and "tsu"

Let's begin with た (ta). "Ta." た (ta) is used to write たけ (take), which means "bamboo." たけ (take), bamboo.

The next character is ち (chi). "Chi." ち (chi) is used to write ちず (chizu), which means "map." ちず (chizu), map.

Next, let's pronounce つ (tsu)。 "Tsu." つ (tsu) is used to write つき (tsuki), which is Japanese for "the moon." つき (tsuki), moon.

Hiragana Characters "te" and "to"

The next character is て (te). "Te." て (te) is used to write てんき (tenki), which means "weather," as in "weather report." てんき (tenki) , weather.

The next character is と (to). "To." と (to) is used to write とけい (tokei), which means "watch," or "clock." とけい (tokei) watch, or clock.

たちつてと (ta, chi, tsu, te, to) "Ta," "chi," "tsu," "te," "to."

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