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now, let’s start with the basics of Japanese
Below you will find the basic hiragana table. Hiragana
is a phonetic alphabet used in conjunction with
kanji (Chinese characters representing ideas) as
the basis for all Japanese words. Mastering hiragana
and the other phonetic alphabet, katakana, is essential
in the study and mastery of the Japanese language.
If you have a good handle on hiragana and katakana
not only will reading Japanese become an enjoyable
experience but your pronunciation will improve dramatically.
2 displays the hiragana representation
of voiced consonants using two small vertical lines
or a small circle. For example $B!H(B $B$O(B $B!I(B (ha) becomes
$B!H(B $B$P(B $B!I(B (ba) and then $B!H(B $B$Q(B $B!I(B (pa) using the symbols.
This doesn$B!G(Bt apply to every character so please
look at table 2 carefully.
3 displays the use of “ya”,
“yu” or “yo” in combination
with other characters. When reading or writing these
combinations be aware that the “ya”,
“yu” or “yo” is represented
about half the size of the preceding character.
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