もくようび - Thursday
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Mid Term Exam Opens Today! Review Grammar, Vocabulary and Hiragana Before Attempting!
Writing Combination Sounds and Double Consonants
The idea behind combination sounds is to make a sound with the various consonants in Japanese (like k, s, t, b, n, m, etc.) and combine them with the vowel sounds of ya, yu and yo to form a new sound.
To write the sound "kya" simply write き = ki with a smaller ゃ after it. The "i" sound in き is dropped. きゃ
Be very careful not to write the "ya" the same size as a standard character. You'll want to write it about 1/2 the size of a standard character. If the "ya" is the same standard size (like きや) you're actually writing "kiya" here and not the combination sound kya.
We use the small tsu (つ) to express the first consonant in words that have double consonants. Any time we have a word that would be written with two of the same consonants side by side in romaji, we need to use a small tsu to represent that first consonant. For example, the word kippu (meaning "ticket") is written as きっぷ in hiragana. Taking it piece by piece:
ki = き
p = っ
pu = ぷ
Also, be sure to write the small tsu about 1/2 the size of a standard hiragana character to differentiate it from "tsu" = つ
きっぷ = kippu (correct)
きつぷ = kitsupu (incorrect)
Some other things I'm noticing from writing assignments:
"sho" should be written as しょ
しお = shio (not sho)
Sounds using the combination with the consonant "n" use the character に (ni) with the small ya, yu or yo. Nyu = にゅ Do NOT use the character "n" for these. んゅ is incorrect!
I hope this helps! Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions on this or need help.
Yesterday's Particle Review
これ は わたし の うち です。
Here we use は to mark the topic of the sentence and の to denote possession.
へや に ベッド と まど が あります。
に denotes location. と joins the two subjects and が marks the subjects. We don't use もhere because that is also used to mark topics of a sentence. Also, the last blank is が - sending a shout out to Miranda G. for messaging me about this!! Thank you Miranda!
いぬ は うち に います。
は marks the topic and に denotes location.
How did you do on that? If your particles are a bit rusty, please go back and review them prior to taking your mid term.
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