Sunday, 2 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 2 - 'い' [i]

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い in hiragana or イ in katakana (romanised as i) is one of the Japanese kana each of which represents one mora. い is based on the sōsho style of the kanji character 以, and イ is from the radical (left part) of the kanji character 伊. In the modern Japanese system of alphabetical order, it occupies the second position of the alphabet, between あ and う. Additionally, it is the first letter in Iroha, before ろ. In order to write the hiragana い, draw a curve, not entirely unlike a parenthesis, downward stroke with a hook, and then draw a smaller, floating curve to the right side. Both represent the sound [i]. In the Ainu language, katakana イ is written as y in their Latin-based alphabet, and a small ィ after another katakana represents a diphthong.

'い' is romanized 'i' and is pronounced as 'ee' as in 'eat'.

Words with 'い':-
Words beginning with 'い':
  • 行く/く (iku -> to go)
  • 石/し (ishi -> stone)
  • っしょ (issho -> together)
  • す (isu -> chair)

Strokes order:
The Hiragana い is made in two strokes:
  1. At the top left, a curved vertical stroke, ending with a hook at the bottom. 
  2. At the top right, a shorter stroke, slightly curving in the opposite direction.
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    Task: Same again, you shall write 'い' at least 50 - 100 times in your textbook. After you do that, write 'あ' and 'い' one after each (あ, い, あ, い, あ, etc.) 50 times (or 100 if you have the time).

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