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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 5: na, ni, nu, ne, no

with Ayaka Hills

Understanding hiragana is an important part of learning Japanese. Here's a guide to the hiragana characters na, ni, nu, ne, no.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Pronounce Hiragana Part 5: na, ni, nu, ne, no

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 なにぬねの (na, ni, nu, ne, no).

Hiragana Characters "na," "ni" and "nu"

Let's begin with な (na). "Na." な (na) is used to write なまえ (namae), which means "name." なまえ (namae), name.

The next character is に (ni). "Ni." に (ni) is used to write にほん (nihon), which means "Japan." にほん (nihon), Japan.

Next, let's pronounce ぬ (nu)。 "Nu." ぬ (nu) is used to write ぬま (numa), which means "swamp." ぬま (numa), swamp.

Hiragana Characters "ne" and "no"

The next character is ね (ne). "Ne." ね (ne) is used to write ねこ (neko), which means "cat." ねこ (neko), cat.

The next character is の (no). "No." の (no) is used to write のど (nodo), which means "throat." のど (nodo), throat.

なにぬねの (na, ni, nu, ne, no). "Na," "ni," "nu," "ne," and "no."

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