Hiragana with Dakuten: が to ご

When you add a Dakuten to certain Hiragana, it changes the consonant. We'll show you how and introduce five more characters that use it.

Lesson Objectives

  • Learn the meaning of Dakuten and how it is read and pronounced.
  • Be able to read and write some words with Dakuten.
  • Learn some Japanese onomatopoeic expressions using Dakuten.


In the previous lesson, you learned the Hiragana characters for か to こ.  With the introduction of Dakuten, the consonant changes from a K to a G.  Characters that use Dakuten look very similar to their counterparts except for the "dot dot" to the right.  The characters below are not the only members of the Hiragana family to use Dakuten.  You'll learn others later.

 

Pay Close Attention to Small Characters

When reading Japanese text in newspapers, books and even online, the characters can be quite small.  Only with practice can you quickly identify if a character uses Dakuten or not.  When writing characters, remember if they use dakuten or not.  You might wind up writing gibberish!

 

Ga

Gi

Gu

Ge

Go

 
 

Vocabulary

Let's introduce a word that uses a character with Dakuten.  Can you see it?  Make sure you pronounce it correctly and practice writing it.

 

えいが

movie

 

があがあ, ぐうぐう, and ごおごお !?

If you like to watch Japanese dramas or anime, you might have noticed that there are many onomatopoeias (words that imitate sounds, etc.) in the Japanese language.  The hiragana with dakuten, が ぎ ぐ げ ご, tend to be used to describe "annoying sounds."  Take a look at the illustration. 

Yes -- this is how Japanese people snore! Keep studying, and you will be snoring in Japanese someday!

 

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Print The Hiragana with Dakuten: が to ご Writing Sheet

In the previous lesson, you learned the Hiragana characters for か to こ.  With the introduction of Dakuten, the consonant changes from a K to a G.  Characters that use Dakuten look very similar to their counterparts except for the "dot dot" to the right.  The characters below are not the only members of the Hiragana family to use Dakuten.  You'll learn others later.

 

Pay Close Attention to Small Characters

When reading Japanese text in newspapers, books and even online, the characters can be quite small.  Only with practice can you quickly identify if a character uses Dakuten or not.  When writing characters, remember if they use dakuten or not.  You might wind up writing gibberish!

 

Ga

Gi

Gu

Ge

Go

 

Vocabulary

Let's introduce a word that uses a character with Dakuten.  Can you see it?  Make sure you pronounce it correctly and practice writing it.

 えいが
 movie
 

があがあ, ぐうぐう, and ごおごお !?

If you like to watch Japanese dramas or anime, you might have noticed that there are many onomatopoeias (words that imitate sounds, etc.) in the Japanese language.  The hiragana with dakuten, が ぎ ぐ げ ご, tend to be used to describe "annoying sounds."  Take a look at the illustration. 

Yes -- this is how Japanese people snore! Keep studying, and you will be snoring in Japanese someday!


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