Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 19 - 'て' [te] & 'で' [de]

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Kaoko: Hehe, I thought I would do some entertaining once in awhile, so I invited a guest to join us for today’s lesson. And of course, she also has a connection to our today’s subject. And her name is... TENTEN!

Tenten: Hi. How are you guys doing? You see, I have two ‘te’s in my name... that’s why Kaoko invited me for today’s lesson. よろしく お願いします ね~

Kaoko: Plus! She will be our guide.
Tenten: Hai! 頑張るよ! So, mmm.. you are dealing with the character ‘te’, right?
Kaoko: Yes. Mind explaining it to us?
Tenten: Sure. て, in hiragana, or テ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent [te]. How its written and how it is pronounced is really easy to remember. We’ll cover it in a moment.
As we are here, you may also want to hear some of my name’s trivia. Tenten, "Ten", in Japanese means heaven or heavenly. So in this case, it means "heavenly, heaven". "Tenten" can also mean, "little by little" in Japanese, "this and that", "here and there", or "dot". It is also a possibility that my name insinuates "Ten out of Ten," a reference to my skill in hitting targets-
Kaoko: You are going off-topic.

Tenten: あ, ごめん.
Kaoko: Oh, can you name anything that begins with ‘te’, Tenten?
Tenten: Mmm, the first thing (or word) that comes to mind would be ‘敵/てき’. Meaning ‘enemy’, it could also mean ‘opponent’. That reminds me... I once had a opponent who is so strong... her name also begins with ‘te’.
Kaoko: Woah, ほんとう です か?
Tenten: Yup. Her name is Tem
ari. I had a match with her in the chuunin exam... but, I- I was defeated.

Kaoko: Tenten...
Tenten: まあ いい. I have some photos of the event. いっしょ に 見ましょう?
Kaoko: Sure!

This panel has decided our destiny (see my wonderful name?).
We confronted each other, ready for the match.
This was just so embarrassing... but as you can see,
 I was defeated...*sigh*
Kaoko: Wait, wait... seeing your name again, it was written in Katakana...
Tenten: What's wrong with that?
Kaoko: But we are having a Hiragana lesson here...
Tenten: まあ いい, at least they had learnt some useful facts.
Kaoko: But, but...
*Closing for the time being*

'て' is romanized 'te'.

Words with 'て':
'て' at the beginning:

  • 手/ (te -> hand)
  • 敵/き (teki -> enemy; opponent; rival)
  • 手紙/がみ (tegami -> letter)
  • 天気/んき (tenki -> weather)
  • 点/ん (ten -> dot; point; mark)
  • 帝国/いこく (teikoku -> empire)
  • 照る/る (teru -> to gleam; shine; sparkle)
  • んぷら (tenpura -> a Japanese dish made from seafood, chicken, or vegetables dipped in batter and deep fried)
  • 天井/んじょう (tenjou -> ceiling)

'て' in the middle:

  • 最低/さいい (saitei -> least; lowest; worst)
  • お手洗い/おあらい (otearai -> toilet; restroom)
  • 迚も/とも (totemo -> very; exceedingly; awfully)

'て' at the end:

  • だっ (datte -> but; however; still; even though)

Stroke order:

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The character 'て' may also be combined with a dakuten, changing it into ‘で’ [de]. With the dakuten added the pronunciation is changed, to 'de'. て + " (dakuten) = で (look below)

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‘で’ is romanized (pronounced) ‘de’ as in ‘demo’.

Words with 'で':
'で' at the beginning:

  • です (desu -> expresses politeness toward the listener)
  • も (demo -> (particle で [de] + も [mo]) even; but; however)
  • 電気/んき (denki -> electricity)
  • 電話/んわ (denwa -> telephone)
  • 出る/る (deru -> to appear, to come forth, to leave)

'で' at the end:

  • まで (made -> untill; as far as; up to)
  • 腕/うで (ude -> arm; skill)

Task: You shall write 'て' & 'で' 50 - 100 times in your textbook. If you want, like with the previous lessons, write 'て' 70 times and 'で' 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 are done write 'た', 'ち', ‘つ’ and 'て' one after each repetitively (た, ち, つ, て, etc.) 50 times (100 if you have time).

Thank you very much for attending.
See you guys again next time! And good luck with
your homework!

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