Japanese Lesson – Hiragana 2

Hello Everyone,

In this lesson, I will guide you in learning 5 new hiragana characters: かきくけこ. いこう!

But before we go any further, do you remember our previous hiragana:

If not, I’d suggest you go through the lesson again.Repetition is the key to success.

For the exercises, as I previously indeicated, you can either use a notebook with a square grid (grids of above 1cm, 1/2 inch are nice to start) like the one you may have used at elementary school, or print-out one of the sheets below or buy a dedicated notebook such as the one proposed here.

Empty sheet

Hiragana あ to そ

This hiragana is pronounced: [ka]

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character か in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word かお [kao] / face /
  • Write 5 times the word あかい [akai] / red /

This hiragana is pronounced: [ki]

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character き in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word あき [aki] / fall, automn /
  • Write 5 times the word かき [kaki] / kaki fruit /

This hiragana is pronounced: [ku]

It has 1 stroke:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character く in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word きく [kiku] / to listen /
  • Write 5 times the word いく [iku] / to go /

This hiragana is pronounced: [ke]

It has 3 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character け in a row
  • Write 5 times the word いけ [ike] / pond /
  • Write 5 times the word おけ [oke] / bucket /

This hiragana is pronounced: [ko]

It has 2 strokes:

 

Exercices:

  • Write 10 times the character こ in a row.
  • Write 5 times the word こえ [koe] / voice /
  • Write 5 times the word こい [koi] / (romantic) love /

 

Here it is for today. Do not hesitate to repeat the exercises at will.

Oh! And you may have spotted the いこう! [ikou] at the beginning of this lesson? This means: / let’s go! /.

Cheers,

Stéphane

 

Next lesson: Hiragana lesson 3: sa, shi, su, se, so

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