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12 October 2010 @ 11:17 pm
Lessons 5 & 6  

Originally published at Tumble Dailies. Please leave any comments there.

2 weeks have past and I have officially finished learning the 五十音 (gojuuon), 濁音 (dakuon) and 半濁音 (handakuon) of the ひらがな (hiragana). So now, all notes are printed in hiragana/katakana/kanji and note-taking and homework is expected to be written in hiragana… which is a big challenge, coz it takes a longer time to take down notes. Katakana is a big challenge, as we haven’t started learning it yet, so I keep having to refer to my Gojuuon guide to check which syllable the katakana letter is.

Also, the other challenge is learning to silence the つ (tsu) for certain words, such as きっぷ (kippu) and ざっし (zasshi). So I now have to be careful about how I write my notes, so that I can downsize the つ character when it needs to be silenced, which means I have to standardize the size of my letters. Starting to feel mentally challenged to remember what I’ve learnt now that the vocab is slowly increasing.

Last but not least, 初級会話 is now spoken at a faster pace like normal native conversational speed, despite the fact that we are now expected to read everything in hiragana instead of romanji. The most challenging of all in my opinion, as I keep tripping over my words. :( So now I have to keep playing my 初級会話 CD to practise my enunciation and reading speed.

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