Nihongo Hiragana Japanese language grammar


Japanese has no “tone” at all.





The first step to learning Japanese is to learn the alphabet. Or at least to learn the sounds that exist in that language. Like many other Asian languages, Japanese has no “tone” at all. There are only two exceptions to the alphabet, which we will discuss later. The Japanese alphabet does not contain letters, but instead contains letters, which is technically a character set rather than an alphabet. The characters in the table below are called hiragana. Hiragana is the main alphabet or character set in Japanese. There are two other character sets in Japanese. Kanji (Kanji), which will be explained later, and Katakana, which is another alphabet / character set mainly used for foreign languages. Katakana will be explained in Lesson 2. Don’t wait to move on until you’ve learned all the hiragana characters. Learn them as you continue with the other lessons. 
There are five vowels in Japanese. Pronounced (a), “ahh”, (i), “eat” pronounced like “e”, (u), “soon” pronounced like “oo”, (e), “elk” Pronounced like “e”, and (o), pronounced “oh”. With the exception of (n), all hiragana characters end with one of these vowels. The only “consonant” that does not resemble English is the Japanese “r”. It is a little “rolled” like a combination of “d”, “r” and “l”. 


日本語には5つの母音があります。 (a)、「ahh」と発音、(i)、「eat」では「e」のように発音、(u)、「soon」では「oo」のように発音、(e)、「elk」では「e」のように発音、および(o)、「oh」と発音します。 (n)を除いて、すべてのひらがな文字はこれらの母音の1つで終わります。英語に似ていない唯一の「子音」は日本語の「r」です。 「d」、「r」、「l」の組み合わせのように少し「巻かれ」ています。 

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