Monday, 3 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 8 - 'く' [ku] & 'ぐ' [gu]

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く, in hiragana, or ク in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. Both represent [ku͍], and their shapes come from the kanji 久.

'く' is romanized 'ku'.

Word beginning with 'く':
  • 雲/も (kumo -> cloud)
  • 蜘蛛/も (kumo -> spider)
  • 頚/び (kubi -> neck)
  • 口/ち (kuchi -> mouth)
  • 黒/ろ (kuro -> black)
  • 国/に (kuni -> country)
  • 熊/ま (kuma -> bear)

Stroke order:

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Same with the two previous lessons (か [ka] & き [ki]), the Japanese character 'ku く' can easily be modified/change to 'gu 'ぐ'' by adding a dakuten (two small little curve) at the top on the right: く + " = ぐ (look below)

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'ぐ' is romanized 'gu'.

Word beginning with 'ぐ':
  • ぐらい (gurai -> about; around [time])
  • る (guruguru -> turning round and round)

Task: You shall write 'く' & 'ぐ' 50 - 100 times in your textbook. If you want, like with the previous lesson, write 'く' 70 times and 'ぐ' 30 times. Memorize the shape, the stroke order, the sound, the pronunciation, etc. And after you've done that, write 'か', 'き', and 'く' one after each (か, き, く, か, き, く, etc.) 50 times (100 if you have time).

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