If you’re new to this series, check out my previous posts under the “Japanese from Scratch” category.
The best way to practice writing is to use plain old-fashion pen and paper. You can download the Hiragana practice writing sheet here:
Here are the example words from the lesson with some additions for extra reading practice.
- あい – love
- あお – blue
- いえ – house
- うえ – above
- おい – nephew
- おう – to chase
- あう – to meet
Here’s a odd tidbit. Did you know what we call “green” for a green traffic light is called 「あお」 in Japan? Actually, it IS kind of blue in Japan depending on how you look at it so it’s not that strange.
The sound 「おう」 is also an interjection used to express an “informal affirmative response“. So next time somebody says, “Let’s do it!” You can respond 「おう！」 instead of “yeah!”. Practicing interjections in Japanese is a great way to start sounding and maybe even feeling a bit more Japanese.