September 1, 2019 27

Japanese Hiragana き & さ – Which one is Correct?

Japanese Hiragana き & さ – Which one is Correct?

konnichiwa you cathain sedis today I want to use this lesson to answer a question about hiragana that I received from so many students some hiragana liras are written in two different ways why many of you must have wondered about these two letters ki and SAP there are two types of these letters why is that let me explain the reason and also which one you should learn to write the one on the left is called ninja font and the one on the right is called your passion font in the majority of printed matter structures books newspapers magazines and the website this mincho font is widely used so I believe a new type hiragana on your computer of a phone you will get this version if you want to check you can quickly type key or app on your phone now and you see which one you will get I’m pretty sure that you get dispersion ninja font now let me add my handwriting of these two letters here so this is how I write key and Enza which fund looks closer to my handwriting right Yokoso font right this is the version of a hiragana that we native Japanese learn in school when we study hiragana for the very first time as a child to avoid confusing young Japanese children who are still learning hiragana the textbooks for the first and second graders in Japan are all printed in this fund joke a shot means extabit in Japanese so colossal font means the font that is used in textbooks I don’t know why they didn’t stick to Colchis your phone to print all the materials in Japan but I don’t know maybe people in the publishing industry felt mingzhou font looks more stylish or something I don’t know but as they created more and more fancy looking phones some hiragana let us end up looking quite different between the original handwritten version and the printed version but you actually see the same thing exist in English too for instance when you type the alphabet a most of the time you get something like this right but my English teacher back in the middle school taught me to write the alphabet a like this so this is how I write this alphabet and I believe most of you do too so the mismatch between the print it Fund and a handwritten letter do exist in English as well and please keep in mind even though you wrote chess at like this Japanese people will still read your letter as sir because our brain has been trained to recognize various versions of one single letter like this they all looks at the native Japanese people so if you have already developed the habit of writing you are sat like miniature font you can stick with it okay but if you are still in the process of learning hiragana were about to start with hiragana then I highly recommend learning the hundred own version of each hiragana simply because that’s how we native Japanese write those letters that’s why I or any Japanese language teachers teach the hundred um versions of the hiragana in Japanese classes once you master the basic shape of each letter then from there you can develop your own handwriting styles let me show you some example handwriting by my students at the college take a look at this app you can see that each person has his or her own style right but they all have one thing in common this part is not connected same goes with their key every student’s handwriting shows its own character but they are all consistent in the respect that this part is not connected so ideally I want you to develop your own Honda writing style with the basics in place like my students at the college okay for the rest of today’s lesson I’m going to list other hiragana nellis that typically have a difference between the pre-need font and a hundred own letter then I’ll teach you how to write the letter correctly in the hundred inversion I’ll also leave the timestamps for each letter for your convenience in the description box below okay these are the hiragana letters that you need to be especially careful not to copy the ninja font when you practice writing Ashera ghana letters he sat now who knew more by the way you can download the hiragana chart and the practice sheets on my website I always use cocoa font to create hiragana materials so rest assured that you are not going to learn the wrong shapes of hiragana by using my materials okay let’s begin with hiragana key this is how you handle write this letter correctly eg stop me stop some brush-up young stop he dagonets up et stop II brush up stop hiragana nah Ichi stop me stop son blush down young a loop at the end and stop point number one be sure to stop the second of stroke around here it doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom point number two keep stroke number three below this line so you are not shouldn’t look like this point number three please do not do this I mean down and then who I sometimes see my students right they are not like this please do not do it be sure to stop for stroke number four hiragana whoo et brush down me release some brush up young stop make sure to keep stroke number 3 and n 4 above the bottom line so you should write your hook like this see the number 3 & 4 are players to be row at the bottom when I write this is not good here Ivana Ichi plays normal on the left side of the square and then coming down a loop here and still going goes up and then release some stop keep this loop long and the thing in a nicely place it along with this line just like you did for the hiragana soup so be careful not to write your look like this hiragana more et release me stop son stop keep stroke number two and three the same length also be careful not to write even more too skinny like this or too chubby like this hiragana et brush up me release both strokes are slightly curved like this they are not completely straight and Stroke number two is almost twice longer than number one I hope this lesson helped you to understand why there are two ways to write some hiragana letters you can find the hiragana lessons for all the 46 basic letters on this channel also the current complete the program which is a package of the online courses Japanese one two three four will retire soon in summer 2019 and close its store to new enrollments if you want to get in before the package is gone please check the description box below they were Mota Sigonella Sunday I’m Michelle

27 Replies to “Japanese Hiragana き & さ – Which one is Correct?”

  • M ghazanfar says:


  • B A Y U says:

    き さ

  • HADDAD Mohammed says:

    You removed a lot to me .
    I was think about that
    Thank you teacher

  • Ro Gi says:

    but, if I use the Mincio in my hand writen , it's a error?in Italia we writing in type caracter and hand caracter too, but isn't considerate a very error, in the hight scool.

  • Ryan Catron says:

    ありがとう ございます (Arigatou Gozaimasu). I wondered why the curves were not connected in Ki and Sa as well. Also, is Hu another way to pronounce Fu ふ?

  • Letz ID says:

    I'm always confused about this. Arigatou gozaimashita for the video 😀

  • yoi hi says:

    konbanwa ^.^

  • Iris Gross says:

    English letter "a" is a great analogy

  • DarkDelphin834 says:

    When you write the letter a it looks like greek α

  • Nehal Ahmed says:


  • Mayank Madaan says:

    & ri also written in different form

  • Mr. Tech Guy says:

    I think it's easier to see or recognize the difference in kyokasho between two characters.

  • Tineo Cruz says:

    I just want to ask about why konbanwa and konnichiwa is written the same in kanji? so it is read in two meaning..ahhh am so confused in kanji…

  • terebiomimasu says:

    This was quite eye-opening. It's been so long since I studied hiragana and katakana in high school that I may need to 're-learn' them. Or at least, try to learn them from another teacher. I likely developed bad/lazy habits.

  • Sergey Sergienko says:

    Yuko Sensei, I noticed that in some fonts the kanji "言" are written in different ways. Sometimes with a horizontal top dash and sometimes with a vertical dash. Which option is more correct?

  • Rak Usu says:

    Oh so it’s like that. I always thought that the micho one is like Japan’s cursive or paint brush version of the character.

  • Piping Rusty says:

    Are there alterbate symbols for Katakana as well, or is this type of thing only found in Hiragana?

  • AaaAaA 2007 says:

    This was super useful!!

  • genekisayan says:

    hello sensei , are you the wife of a french youtubeur ici japon ?

  • Tharindu Wijerathne says:

    Thanks ❤️❤️❤️❤️🇯🇵

  • columbus8myhw says:

    り is different? Wow, I never knew

  • Real samurais drink strawberry milk says:

    When I started learning hiragana, I used to write さ and き in the handwritten form, but later switched to the Mincho form, because I felt like the undetached curve was easier to write while writing fast. Even though my sensei told me it was ok for me to write it that way, I got very nervous about which font to write during my mid term and final exams and whether I'd be marked down for writing the Mincho form (because another sensei would be checking our papers and I wasn't sure if the preference varied from person to person.) I ended up writing the Mincho form though, because I was used to it, and thankfully it didn't really matter. I even scored the highest in both the exams, so I doubt that any marks were deducted for the font. I wish I had come across this video earlier, so that I'd know that both forms are acceptable by the native Japanese and that personal preference doesn't really matter. It would've saved me a lot of anxiety.

    Also, we were taught to write ふ, な and む differently from what you taught in the video, and now I'm confused again 😕

  • 《YELLOW 》 says:

    i assume the mincho font was created because it was easier to print. it connects lines so that the printer would be able to create the character in less strokes, eventually becoming a font. thats my theory anyway

  • peter LO says:

    thanks sansei!

  • Eric says:

    Thank you for answering this question. I now know which to learn to write as a priority.

  • Philson says:

    Damn. Wish I had built the habit of kyokashou form… If I'm not wrong, "so" is different as well right?

  • Homer Thompson says:

    I have to be the only person I know who writes the "a" by hand exactly like it looks when typed.

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