Katakana – ne

Katakana: ネ

Romaji: ne

 Example words:

ネック       nekku         neck

ネガ        nega         negative

Katakana – ni

Katakana: ニ

Romaji: ni

With this, you have your first Kanji character.  Also, “ni” means “two”, so, two lines.   One suggested memory aide is to think of “two needles”. 

 Example words:

ニコチン  nikochin     nicotine

ニッケル  nikkeru      nickel

Katakana – na

Katakana: ナ

Romaji: na

memory aide:  think of the knot in the ribbon that you put on a present.  This is where the two ribbons, cross.  You tie a knot.

Don’t confuse it with オ (romaji: o), the na does nothave the extra line on the bottom.

 Example words:

ナイフ        naifu         knife

ナンバー   nanbaa     number

Katakana – to

Katakana: ト

Romaji: to

memory aide:  think of the t in toe.  It looks like a “t”.  and the “toe” will help you remember the pronounciation. 

 Example words:

トースト       toosuto     toast

トップ        toppu       top, first 

Hiragana

  

a
あ

  

i
い

  

u
う

  

e
え

  

o
お

ka
か

ki
き

ku
く

ke
け

ko
こ

sa
さ

shi
し

su
す

se
せ

so
そ

ta
た

chi
ち

tsu
つ

te
て

to
と

ha
は

hi
ひ

fu
ふ

he
へ

ho
ほ

na
な

ni
に

nu
ぬ

ne
ね

no
の

ya
ã‚„

 

yu
ゆ

 

yo
よ

ra
ら

ri
ã‚Š

ru
ã‚‹

re
れ

ro
ろ

wa
わ

 

(w)o
ã‚’

 

n
ã‚“

Hiragana – a

Hiragana: あ Romaji: a

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