In the last lesson we went over さしすせそ and here we’ll cover the T consonant characters. This series has a couple odd character to think about: ち (chi) and つ (tsu).
TA CHI TSU TE TO-たちつてと
First up, pronouncing these characters. Tap each character to hear native speakers pronounce them.
Keep youre eyes on ち and つ. Notice ち is pronounced “chi,” not “ti” and つ is not “tu” (though you may sometimes see them written in romaji as “ti” and “tu”).
- た (ta) – sounds like “tah” — “ah” with a T in front
- ち (chi) – sounds like “chee” — like “cheese” without “-se” at the end
- つ (
tsu) – is special, see below
- て (
te) – sounds like “tay”
- と (to) – sounds like “toe”
つ (tsu) is an interesting one. It’s like saying “su” with a super short, sharp t just before the s in “su.”
One way I’ve heard is a good method to learn this is to say “eight suits” over and over. See where the eight and suits come together? Eight suits.
“eight suits, eightsuits, eigh tsu its, …”
That sound you hear between eight and suits is how you pronounce つ.
Look Out For さ and ち
In the last lesson I said plan ahead for さ (sa) and ち (chi). Guess what. This recall brings back the basics so it won’t cover the さ you learned in the last lesson.
But you can bet in a few lessons it will be back.
Plan for に
In the next lesson you’re going to learn the N consonant. One of the characters, に (ni) looks quite similar to た.
Time to practice! Just like in all lessons, do this as many times as it takes for you to feel like you can confidently select the correct answer without guessing.
This recall goes back to the beginning and weaves あいうえお in with たちつてと.
Good job! Continue practicing until you can confidently identify each character with ease. Click the buttons below to restart the practice (challenge yourself with inverted and challenge mode).
Once this practice feels easy to you it’s time to take a long break and then move on to the next lesson.