Learning Japanese: 1

Welcome to learning Japanese, this is how I am planning to learn Japanese without a. I am writing this series for myself to keep track of my progress (as the year has 38% passed and I haven’t made much progress) and maybe it can help someone.

  • Learn Hiragana Syllabaries
  • Learn 1000 words
  • Watch and listen to a ton of audios
  • and practice speaking

Challenges I have to tackle:

  • remember and recall
  • Find a conversation partner
  • and many more …

There is no strict order in this list, that’s not how learning a language works for me. But for me to start somewhere I need to learn Hiragana. What I did not specify in this list is practice, which goes without saying.

I already have some materials give by my teacher and know some fundamentals. Here are some links I find very useful.

I am going to follow my teacher’s methods: learn the Hiragana characters, learn some words and create basic sentences

Laying the strong foundations: mastering the vowels

あ – aa (pronounce a as in all)
い – e (pronounce e as in enough)
う – Uh
え – é (pronounce e as in hey)
お – ô (pronounce o as in Hospital)

Words with above characters

あい  – Love
あお  – Blue
いえ  – House
いいえ –  No
うえ  – Top
おい  – Nephew
あう  – Meet

Sentence: Learning how to say yes and no

Yes is pronounced as ‘Hai’
No is pronounced as いいえ (e-e-a)