July 31, 2012
I learned Hiragana in a few hrs. How? tell you a trick.
た [ta, because see to the left there is a t]
れ [re, see its r to the left]
ん [n, see its a n]
ち [chi, its an internally alternated ti because in Jap: ti and chi are alternatively used phonetics, default alternations, also see that there is a t to the left and in chi there is a h which ti/chi looks like]
さ き か [sa, ki, ka] sa and ki look exactly same with ki 2 bars and sa only 1. thats because s and k are alternated sounds. [s<>c<>k] ki, gi, shi etc are base consonants in Hiragana
[not sa, ka, ga]
か [ka, there is a k with broken hand]
が [ga, there is a k with broken hand but 2-stroke because ga is a heavier ka]
the 2-stroke sounds make heavier sounds and also dot.
eg ただ [ta, da]
さ [already know sa] now za [not ja, za: ざ] because za is heavier to sa as you already know “ta” by “t” da is “t with 2-stroke”
は ば ぱ [ha ba pa] see ha as H/h then ba is H-2stroke pa is H-dot
This rule extends to all HBP [eg Hu, He, Hi etc]
So I just tell you H and for B put 2-stroke and for P put dot.
Ha は, ba pa [ば ぱ]
Hi ひ [Bi: び, Pi: ぴ]
He へ Ho
ほ [ha was H, Ho is H with one more joiner]
Remember a few more symbols which are unified by dot or two strokes and you are done with Hiragana. One needs to remember some symbols through practice because some can be confusing and we keep on forgetting.