Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 13 - 'す' [su] & 'ず' [zu]

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す, in hiragana, or ス in katakana is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Their shapes come from the kanji 寸 and 須, respectively. Both kana represent the sound [su͍]). In the Ainu language, the katakana ス can be written as small ㇲ to represent a final s, and is used to emphasize the pronunciation of [s] rather than the normal [ɕ] (represented in Ainu as ㇱ).

'す' is romanized 'su'.

Word beginning with 'す':
  • な (suna -> sand)
  • し (sushi -> Japanese dish)
  • てき (suteki -> beautiful; lovely)
  • ばらしい (subarashii -> wonderful; splendid)
  • ごい (sugoi -> incredible; impressive)
  • る (suru -> to do)

Stroke order:

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The character 'す' may also be combined with a dakuten, changing it into ず in hiragana, and 'zu' in Hepburn romanization. With the dakuten added the pronunciation is changed, to 'zu'. す + " (dakuten) = ず (look below)

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‘ず’ is romanized (pronounced) ‘zu’ as in ‘zoo’.

Word with 'す':
  • 水/(mizu -> water)
  • い (mazui -> not good)
  •  (mazu -> first [of all]; to start with)

Task: You shall write 'す' & 'ず' 50 - 100 times in your textbook. If you want, like with the previous lessons, write 'す' 70 times and 'ず' 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 you've done that, write 'さ', 'し', and 'す' one after each repetitively (さ, し, す, さ, し, す, etc.) 50 times (100 if you have time).

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