Hiragana - its the Japanese equivalent of the English alphabet where all 47 characters are used to make up words. There were originally 50 hiragana but the Japanese government got rid of 3 because they sounded too much like other existing hiragana. The whole hiragana set is still called "Goju On" meaning "Fifty Sounds."
Learning and understanding Japanese helps to enrich ones enjoyment of Japanese Pop Culture - even more so if the content is moesome ^^; We previously learned hiragana from Mirai in 3D form and I'll be working with my girls to bring you more Japanese language material in various media forms including products.
Today is the first sound from the hiragana set which is "あ" (a) and pronounced like "ah." For each hiragana introduced, we will learn a new word that starts with that hiragana and today its "あくまっこ" (devil girl) and pronounced like "akumakko."
The katakana equivalent is "ア".
You can use this in a sentence like:-
Boku no sensei wa akumakko ni niteiru
My sensei looks like a devil girl.
Write out "あ" 50 times on your right arm and say "あ" 20 times on a public train or bus.
All hiragana in this series will be tagged "hiragana".
How much hiragana can you read?
BTW, just wondering if you have Japanese fonts installed?