Saturday, October 12, 2013

Studying Nihongo #10: Hiragana, the R Set (RA, RI, RU, RE, RO)

Click to see a list of my previous posts on Hiragana.

Today, I'm going to show you the R set.

These are the characters:

And, here are the clues you may use:

Ru ( ) and ro ( ) were often confused with each other since they look similar. One way I remember the difference is by thinking of Rurouni Kenshin. I have a poster of this in my room so I get a constant reminder which is ru ( ) and which is ro ( ).

Rurouni () is a combination of two words: rurou () meaning "wanderer" and rounin () meaning "a samurai with no master". Keep in mind though that the word rurouni does not exist in the Japanese language. It's just a word made by the author of the series.

Another way to distinguish the two symbols is to remember that ru ( ) got an extended curl while ro ( ) doesn't.

Ra ( ) can also be confused with sa ( ) and chi ( ), especially chi ( ). Hint: if you disconnect the horizontal stroke/bar from chi ( ) from the rest of the symbol, you get ra ( ).

I'll write a separate post on how to distinguish one confusing symbol to another in a future post. Watch out for that.

Here are a few words with these symbols:

dakara () - means "so" or "therefore"

ringo () - means "apple", kanji:

haru () - means "Spring"

rei () - means "example", kanji:

roku () - means "six", kanji:

Next would be the W set.
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