Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 44 - ‘わ’ [wa]

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‘わ’ is romanized ‘wa’.

Words with ‘わ’:
‘わ’ at the beginning:

  • 悪い/るい (warui -> bad; poor; inferior; evil; sinful; unprofitable; unbeneficial; at fault; to blame; in the wrong; sorry)
  • 笑い/らい (warai -> laugh; laughter; smile; sneer)
  • 笑う/らう (warau -> to laugh; to smile; to sneer; to ridicule)
  • 若/か (waka -> youth; child (esp. of the young son of someone of high social standing))
  • 分かる/かる (wakaru -> to be understood; to be comprehended; to be grasped; to become clear; to be known; to be discovered; to be realized; to be realised; to be found out)
  • 態態/ざ (wazawaza -> expressly; specially; doing something especially rather than incidentally)

‘ わ’ in the middle:
  • 座る/する (suwaru -> to sit; to squat; to assume (a position); to hold steady; to hold still)
  • 触る/さる (sawaru -> to touch; to feel)
  • 可愛い/かいい (kawaii -> cute; adorable; charming; lovely; pretty; dear; precious; darling; pet; cute little; tiny)
  • 怖い/こい (kowai -> scary; frightening; eerie; dreadful; I'm) afraid)

‘ わ’ at the end:
  • 茶話/さ (sawa -> a chat over tea)

Stroke order:

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Task: You shall write ‘わ’ 50 - 100 times in your textbook. Memorize the shape, the stroke order, the sound, the pronunciation (echo the sound of the character each time you write it down), etc.


高木 渉 - Takagi Wataru

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