Hiragana / Katakana Master Plan #36

Today’s characters are や and ヤ.

They are pronounced as “ya” – please listen to Lesson 20 podcast and practice.

や is Hiragana and ヤ is Katakana.

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Let’s learn how to write や (3 strokes).
Please take a look at the following picture.

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や has 3 strokes.
Please get a piece of paper and start practicing!
Look at my writing carefully and copy it. Write it till your hand remembers how to write it.

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By the way, some people write Hiragana や this way. ↓
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Either way is fine. Just pick whichever you like and practice.

Ok, now let’s move on to ヤ (2 strokes).
Please look at the picture below. This one is easy to write!

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Do the same practice as you did with や.

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There, you have already learned 72 characters so far. すごい!Sugoi!
Today you will be able to write 8 more words in Japanese. Wow!

おや=parent(s)
おやこ=parent and child
おやつ=between meal snack; afternoon refreshment, mid-day snack
こや=hut; cabin; shed
つや=gloss; glaze
なや=shed; barn; outhouse
へや=room
もや=haze

That’s it for today’s lesson. Please practice writing these 2 characters till your hand absolutely remembers them. がんばってね!(Ganbatte ne!)
If you have any questions, please let me know!


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3 replies
  1. Ophelia
    Ophelia says:

    やきまんじゅ cooked yeast buns with a delicious miso sauce (Hitomi, is that right? I think that was what you said. That was many podcasts ago when you explained that.), these are shown a lot on Samurai Champloo

    やきそば fried noodles

    いぬやしゃ Inuyasha–the name of the half human, half dog demon in the anime entitled Inuyasha

    やきとり grilled skewered chicken and vegetables

    やま mountain

    やくざ gangsta (in Japan)

    やすみ vacation

    やさしい gentle/kind/nice

  2. Ophelia
    Ophelia says:

    A hatchet? Hmm, I never thought of it that way. It reminds me of a y, except backwards, and with a curl, and an extra slash. (That’s my twisted mind.lol.)

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