Monday, 3 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 10 - 'こ' [ko] & 'ご' [go]

Now for the last character of the 'k' section... 'こ' [ko]!

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こ, in hiragana, or コ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent IPA: [ko]. The shape of these kana comes from the kanji 己.

'こ' is romanized 'ko'.

Word beginning with 'こ':

  • 子/ (ko -> child)
  • れ (kore -> this one: indicating an item near the speaker)
  • ここ (koko -> here)
  • 答える/たえる (kotaeru -> to answer; to reply)
  • んにちわ (konnichiwa -> hello (daytime greeting))
  • 子ども/ども (kodomo -> children (ko + domo = children))

Stroke order:

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Same with the previous 'k's lessons, a dakuten may be added to this character; this changes it to 'ご' [go] in hiragana. こ + " (dakuten) = ご (look below)

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'ご' is romanized 'go'.

Word with 'げ':

  • 五/ (go -> five)

Task: You shall write 'こ' & 'ご' 50 - 100 times in your textbook. If you want, like with the previous lessons, write 'こ' 70 times and 'ご' 30 times . Memorize the shape, the stroke order, the sound, the pronunciation (echo the sound of the character each time you write it down), etc.
And after do that, revise all of the characters in the 'k'section 'か', 'き', 'く', 'け', and 'こ'. Repeat (write) them one after an other repetitively ('か', 'き', 'く', 'け', 'こ', 'か', 'き', 'く', 'け', 'こ', etc.) 100 times.

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